Wednesday 7 November 2012

Patterns To Go.....

I touched on this topic briefly yesterday.......I have lost count of the number of times I get a convo or a message through Etsy, Madeit or FB asking if I sold my patterns.  It used to bother me that people were not interested in buying one of my hats but they wanted my patterns instead....over time I've come to realise that I should be flattered, and now I see it, and I am.

I've hummed and harred about this for a while, and I've tried to work out a better way of running dover & madden, but reality is my business is too big for me to continue knitting like I time is no longer my own and I want to reclaim it back....I don't want to get to the stage where I'm resentful and lose my passion for knitting and what I've built up with dover & madden, so I had to look at alternatives.

I guess people don't realise how much time I spend on each little's a lot.  Most of my hats from start to finish take me around 4 hrs to make, and I work fast.....I have to.  So when it comes to evenings I was trying to get at least one hat finished sometimes one and a half, and coming home from day work then working dover & madden was just getting too much.

I did think about employing people to knit for me, but being the perfectionist that I am, I just found this a little too scary.  Yes there are good knitters out there, but they're hard to find, and then paying wages starts to become get it....all seemed too hard and it went into the too hard basket where it stayed!!

So writing up my patterns to sell as PDF formats to knit at home seemed like the logical thing to do.  I've created quite a few patterns over the last 12 months and I've got a bunch more waiting to be played with, so with much angst and fear and dread, I've started writing up my notes for my first pattern release....I'm sure with time it will become easier, but there is a lot to be done.....My scribbly notes are just that, scribble!!  I understand what I'm on about but will anyone else....Anyway it's happening.

Little CASH will be my first's an easy one for those who just know purl and plain knitting and it's my first ever hat I designed so it seems fitting that this will happen first....So stay tuned.  There will be a 5 ply version, which is the current one I use, and then an 8 ply version a little later on.

I have a couple more orders to complete, a couple of things for friends who are having bubs, then I'm knitting some little CASH hats for photographers so I have some new images to insert into the pattern when I'm writing them hopefully I can have this pattern ready before Christmas....if not January 2013, we'll see how I go....but with a bit of time off my casual job over Christmas, I may just have the time.

Anyway I feel like a weight has been lifted off me....and I still will do the odd piece of knitting for my Etsy shop, and one thing I've always wanted to do but was never able is to hold a market at a craft fair or the might just become a reality.....I have enough yarn here to open my own yarn shop!!



  1. I'm so excited for you to start selling patterns...although Josephine may have a hat for every day of winter if I get too carried away! I've just done a blog post with Phiney wearing one of the beautiful hats you made her. Her yellow one is still slightly too big, but will be perfect for after Christmas I'm sure. I don't think she ever takes the beautiful mustard one off right now, we love it :)

    It's lovely you feel a weight has been lifted. I hope you had a wonderful weekend x

    1. Hi Nell,

      Thank you for the lovely post, I just popped over and had a look....I do love that hat. I do have your replacement CAMILLA, nearly finished and I'll pop it in the post for you later this week. Glad you like the idea of the patterns, I did worry what some people would think. It's a good compromise for me. Hope all is well on your side of the world. Vic x

  2. What exciting news! Whilst I am one of those poor souls who really can't knit (despite my Grandmother's best efforts) but I appreciate the workmanship and true craft of those who can. Even my 90 year old grandmother looked at your knitting and said "What beautiful, beautiful work". Very high praise indeed from someone who was a tailoress and was the local judge for many a local draft fair in her time. Her fingers are gnarled with arthritis now so she can't knit but we have enjoyed being able to look through your beautiful wares. My grandmother choose a couple of masterpieces from your etsy shop for my daughter and her other great grand-daughter and they have since been on the heads of two more great grand-children. We love your work and will treasure the hats we have purchased. I'm even inspired to have another go at knitting with one of your more simple patterns. Meanwhile I will keep an eagle eye out for the hats that you may list. Would love to be on any mailing list you might put together. Wishing you all the best in the new direction of your business. I'm sure it will continue to be a success!

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