Two months in

Holy smokes this Update Your Whole Giant Back Catalog thing is a project (details over here and over here if you missed the earlier bits and want to play catch up).  Let’s do a little update, shall we?

We’re two months into the process, and there’s an awful lot of stuff back already.  All the big books are back up.  The individual patterns from Fine Things for Plain Occasions and Silk Road Socks and Firmament are all available now (and the individual patterns from the Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet books will show up later in the year, which I know a bunch of you have been waiting for).  There are more than 40 non-book individual patterns out, including three new ones that have come out this year.

There are more new patterns on the way (there are always new patterns on the way…there’s a stack of them looming at me from the shelf right behind me…they’re downright menacing).  The next one out should be the mitts to match this week’s hat, and that will probably come out later this month.  That pair of baby hats will be out soon too.  And I just might sneak in a tiny ridiculous thing in between those two if my stamina holds up and I don’t get distracted by something shiny.

But, while the new stuff is underway, I’m also still working on bringing back more of the existing patterns.  There are a two or three that I’m reknitting myself (usually because I wanted to add a bunch of process photos to the pattern, and that means knitting them so I can get those shots as I go).  You’ll see those later in the year.

There are three or four where I have grand dreams of taking the existing knits out of my closet and wandering out in the woods to grab some new pictures of them.  Those are mostly dependent on the weather and my schedule all cooperating to bring me with a day where I have time go play forest sprite, and being outside will not mean being up to my ankles in mud (it’s Maine, mud season is a real thing around here).

And then there are a whole stack of super early socks where I’m going to enlist some help from valiant sample knitters to get shiny new socks made to take pictures of.  Because while I could write a good sock pattern eight years ago, I did not take great photos.  And if we’re being brutally honest, pretty pictures sell patterns.  So if I’m going to go to the trouble of reformatting the pattern, I want pretty new pictures to go with it, and that means getting new socks knit.

The yarns up top are some of the ones I’m planning to have turned into socks (I’m trying a new thing with sample knitting, so if you want to know more about that, check out the ravelry thread over here).  And you’ll be seeing those patterns show back up slowly over the rest of the year.

Ok…so that’s the update!  Lots of shiny new stuff, lots of old favorites, and quite a few sneaky plans to turn some of the old stuff into fancy new stuff with pretty new samples.  I do not lack for things to do.

 

One month in

Somehow (and please do not ask me how, it certainly wasn’t my idea) we’re just over a month into the new year.  And we’re exactly a month out from the morning I sat down at my computer and took my whole ravelry shop down for a giant organizing and tidying spree.*

It was scary (selling stuff on ravelry is how I pay my bills).  And reformatting and relisting things is a massive project (I’ve got more than 280 patterns…revisiting them all is daunting).  But it has been so so so satisfying.

Since that morning in January, I’ve brought about thirty individual patterns back out, brought all the big books back out, made the individual patterns from Silk Road Socks available, and released two brand new patterns.  I’m working on bringing more patterns back every week, working on bringing more individual patterns from books out, and of course continuing to bring out new patterns.

I know ravelry can be a tiny bit overwhelming (So Much Neat Stuff…all in one place), so I just want to do the tiny reminder that you can always find everything I have available there in one place right here.  If that gets to be too much to scroll through (like I said, I have rather a lot of patterns, so that page is only going to get longer), you can also check out my bundles over here.  That’s where I have things like ‘all the tiny patterns‘ or ‘all the hat/cuff patterns‘ or ‘socks and slippers‘ or ‘all the books‘ grouped together to make it easier to narrow down what you’re looking for.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a few minutes to revel in this glorious snow storm we’re getting, then settle down and see what else I can get back out this week!


*Here’s the bit where I mention how there are a tiny handful of very noisy chowderheads who are somehow still mad at ravelry for having said ‘you can’t be openly racist here.’ I am pretty sure I’ve already invited all those folks to see themselves out.  But just in case any of them are still hanging out and are getting excited thinking I’m one of them or that I’m leaving ravelry, let me just put that idea down right this second.

Ravelry is amazing. It’s run by some of the bravest and most ethical people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.  I love ravelry.  I never intend to leave ravelry.  I’m just doing some housekeeping.  Any chowderheads are welcome to go be mad about it somewhere else.

And down!

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!