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Monday, November 19, 2012

Expanding my reach

just breath!
I don't know what came over me, but yesterday I decided it was finally time to start using my Craftsy account.  I signed up when Craftsy first got started (I think I was trying to win something), and I promptly forgot all about it.  Then they started hosting classes and there were a few that had real appeal for me, but I just didn't have the time.  Then I got an email telling me about their pattern store, and how sweet the deal is over there.  Much better than anything some of the other online pattern sales sites are offering.  Right now I mainly use Ravelry because I love it, and it's where the knitters are, but I can see that lots and lots of knitters are on Craftsy too.  It's like the light went on yesterday and I decided to try my hand at uploading a pattern.  Next thing I knew, I had five patterns up there!

I don't know how well this is going to work out for me, but it seems like a good idea to try them out.  Their site offers a heck of a lot more than just knitting and crochet, and for that reason, I find it to be overwhelming.  That being said, I'm sure there are a lot of people who navigate the cite quite successfully, and I hope that they'll find my patterns and consider making a purchase.  And if you have a Craftsy account already, and you've knit any of my patterns, would you please consider adding that project to your Craftsy profile?  I'd love to see some projects other than mine up there :)

Now, in knitting news.  I'm working on several test knit socks for a friend and fellow designer's book.  It's crazy!  I'm involved in the smallest way but when it comes out, I'll be able to point to a few of the socks and say "I tested those socks".  It's so cool!  And when I'm not working on those, I'm trying to knock out the ever-growing pile of finishing/repair work that I do for the shop.  Right now I'm converting an Irish cabled pullover into a cardigan.  Last night I worked the crocheted steek reinforcement and cut it open.  I started knitting the button bands yesterday.  I need to pull out my giant copy of "Principles of Knitting" to figure out how to do what I'm envisioning, but I think it'll turn out nicely.  I definitely underestimated how long it would take, and I'll need to call the client and let her know.  She might even be willing to knit the button bands on her own if I can pick them up.  And once the repairs and tests are finished, I'll have to kick it into high gear and start working on my new designs for the online magazine.  The yarn is here, and I'm excited to cast on.

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