Sample Knitting - samples are knit from patterns already edited or existing ones, with the purpose of the sample being photographed for website, brochure, magazine, etc.,. This is paid work, either by credit or cash. Sometimes the sample is returned to the knitter, sometimes not :)
Test Knitting - test knitting is done on an unedited pattern with the purpose of testing out the pattern for size, wording, mistakes, or other issues that might arise. A lot of times, test knitting is voluntary, and the knitter can chose the size and yarn they would like to use. Some pattern designers will send yarn to be knit with, but in most cases, it is up to the testers. There are usually several test knitters. The reward is the free, unavailable pattern, a knit item to keep and helping out a fellow knitter.
For samples, I am working on 4 samples for 2 different companies. I am almost done the first one and then the other 3 should go pretty quickly. Unfortunately, you will have to wait to see these fun items :D
For testing, I have the opportunity to test knit for a fellow Raveler who designs beautiful children's clothing. She has an adorable little girl that models all these sweet designs :) Most of Anadiomena's patterns are free, too! I have tested the Yacht Club Skirt in 2 sizes with 2 different yarn weights. I knit one for Willow and one for Scarlett :) I am so excited about this! They love their skirts already!
I also test knit a sweater, The Sea Princess, and so far have Willow's done. Next will be the matching berets :)
So, this is where I am at right now. I have managed to get quite a bit of knitting done since January, this year, but have not blogged about it. I will add a few of my favorites :) Happy Knitting!