The very first thing I did this morning was take down my ravelry shop. Here’s what it looked like as of 6:03 this morning!
Over the course of the year, I’ll be adding things back into the shop. By the time you read this, the books will already be back. Over time, individual patterns will start to come back. Some will come back in the next few days, some not till later in the year, and a few will probably just stay gone indefinitely.
Now, I’m going to try and answer a few questions folks may have, let me see if I can guess yours!
Are you retiring?
Nope! This is my job, it’s how I pay my bills, and I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still have new patterns coming out (I’ve got one scheduled for January 7 and another for February 4 and another for March 3), and the existing patterns will start showing back up soon.
Are you leaving ravelry?
Absolutely not! I adore ravelry. They are by far the kindest and most ethical company I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. They are a wonder and a delight and I wouldn’t have this job without them. I would never leave ravelry.
Why are you doing this?
Mostly because I’ve released hundreds of patterns over the last decade, and it was just time for a massive tidying up. I’ve tried doing that piecemeal over the years, but it’s just too daunting. Think of this like dragging everything out of the closet, giving the closet a good scrub, then putting back only the stuff you really like (and putting it all back just so while you’re at it). Taking it all down is an awfully good motivator to get it reformatted and relisted (see that bit above about this being my job and how I pay my bills!).
What about my download code?
It totally still works!
- If it’s from a book, all the books are already back up in the shop. Just follow the instructions on your book and you’ll be all set.
- If it’s from a specific pattern (like you got it in a kit or a class and that kit or class was for one particular pattern), it still works. Just go to pantsvillepress.com/download and follow the instructions.
- If it’s a general code for any pattern (like you won it as part of a knitalong), it will work for patterns as they come back into the shop (there are only a tiny handful of those codes out there, they all got handed out well before the shop came down, and none of them expire any time soon, so folks who have them will still have plenty of time to use them and patterns to pick from, don’t worry!).
When will this specific pattern come back?
I don’t know! Which sounds super mean, but is true. I can tell you I’ll be bringing my personal favorites and my most popular patterns out first, and that I plan to have at least the twenty or so best sellers back up by the end of the month. But beyond that, I don’t have a specific schedule and it will largely depend on how much time I have to devote to reformatting and relisting patterns. If there’s one you’re just itching to see come back, you can totally leave a comment here with the name of it and I’ll see what I can do.
How can I see what’s come back?
The currently available items will always be visible on my ravelry shop. You can look there at any time to see what’s available now. I’ll probably also mention at least a few of the highlights of what I’ve brought back when I send out newsletters. I’m not generally going to send out messages when I bring stuff out (because good grief, you’ve got enough email and I don’t want to do that to you). But when I send out a new pattern email, there’s a good chance I’ll sneak a little ‘oh, by the way, patterns x y and z are back in the shop’ message in there. If you want to be on the mailing list, you do that right here.
Whew. I think that’s probably most of the questions folks will have. If there’s something else you’re wondering, leave a comment and I’ll try and answer it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some patterns to relist!