Helpful…or Overkill

Alright folks, polling the collective again.  Say you were looking at a knitting pattern (so out of character I know), would you rather see:

  • Shown in: So-Soft DK by Handwerks in the color Lemongrass, size medium.

Or do you prefer the rather wordier:

  • Shown in: So-Soft DK by Handwerks in the color Lemongrass. Shown in size medium, which used about 130 yards. One (230 yard) skein will likely make any of the listed sizes if the mitt doesn’t reach beyond the forearm.

This is for patterns for the book (ie not a stand alone downloadable pattern) if that matters.

Knitter’s Choice

I feel like I have been slacking.  This is actually a pretty ridiculous way to feel.  I’ve turned 51 patterns in the last two (and a bit) years.  That’s a rate of aaaaalmost two patterns a month, which isn’t exactly slow.  And of course that’s only counting the patterns that are out.  I’ve got quite a few lined up and waiting to make their appearance in one form or another.  But it’s been an unusually long time since I put out a pattern, and it’s bugging me.  This isn’t for any lack of patterns to hand.  I have two all finished and ready to go save for pictures.  Even better, I’ve arranged to get pictures sorted out later this week.  I’ll be putting one pattern out early next week and another early the week after.  The only question now is which first?

Would you like a light, soft, slouchy hat:

Or a lacy, curly, frilly cowl and mitt set:

And like I said, I’m going to be putting out both, so you’re not going to hurt my feelings by wanting one sooner than the other!

Discretion vs Shameless Over Sharing

I’m struggling with a bit of a question. I’m trying to find the right balance with sharing things on this site. Now don’t worry, I’m not considering sharing the details of my digestion or my marriage or my finances. I am old enough (and possessed of a Victorian enough mindset) that I am not tempted to share those sorts of details with you. The things I’m talking about are all reassuringly knitting-related.  They have to do with Book the Second.

It’s more or less taken over every free minute of my life (and more than a few minutes that really ought to have been devoted to other things) for the last few weeks.  It likely will for many weeks (possibly months) to come.  Things are well underway.  Yarn has been arranged, swatches knit, patterns written, unusual props purchased, field trips planned, friends shamelessly enlisted to further the cause, and a variety of other unexpected activities undertaken.  So the question is, do you guys care?  Do you want to hear about the behind the scenes stuff, or is it like sausage…you like the end result but don’t want to know how it comes to be?

I’m fine either way.  I can (likely) more or less keep my trap shut, at least until things are a bit further along.  Or, I can (quite obviously) blab shamelessly.  What do you guys think?  Do you want to know, or is all that dreadfully boring?

Q and A

So I’ve been just thrilled by the response I’ve gotten to the patterns I’ve made available for sale.  Seriously, thrilled.  The Boy can attest to the rather ridiculous happy dance and squee of glee that accompanies most checks of my sales and website statistics.  More people have bought my patterns than I ever thought possible, and I appreciate each and every one of those purchases. So far, I’ve been successful enough to more than pay for my classes at Sock Summit.  With a bit of luck (and the release of a few more patterns) I might just make enough to offset the whole cost of the trip.

Given the success (and the resulting glee) I definitely plan to keep knitting socks and witting up the patterns.  I was going to keep knitting socks no mater what, but this makes it even more fun somehow.

So, if I’m going to keep doing this, I guess I’d better get a sense of what you guys want and like.  I’ve got a couple of questions, and I’d really appreciate it you’d take a second to answer some of them in the comments if you’ve got a moment.

  • First, would you be interested in a combination release of all the patterns together as a group at a reduced rate?  I’m thinking of doing a package deal after I finish up Propitiate, maybe even something with a pattern exclusive to the package.
  • Second, what difficulty level are you looking for in your patterns?  Are the ones you’ve seen from me so far too hard, too easy, just right?  Related to this, how much detail do you like in a pattern?  Am I losing you in a sea of unnecessary verbiage, or do you like a bit of detailed explanation?
  • Third, do you like instructions for (and maybe even pictures of) alternate versions?  Do you prefer to come up with such things on your own, or do you like having a few suggestions provided?

I’d love to get your thoughts, and it seems only fair to offer something in return.  Lets try this.  If I get at least a dozen comments with answers in the next 72 hours or so, I’ll pick one of the comments at random and pack up some of the loot I got at Knitters Connection and send it your way.  Don’t leave your address in the comment, just be sure to use a real email address and I’ll get in touch with you if you win.

Just How Much do You Like it?

pedigreed_leftSo, the Pedigreed socks are a bit of a challenge.  They will be mirror images of each other and feature four different cable patterns and a wrap around rib.  They’re fun to knit, but they are not an entirely simple undertaking.  I actually rather like my socks to be challenging, but I’ve learned something.  The socks that are tricky to knit are also, not surprisingly, tricky to write up.

The pattern for these would be by far my most complicated yet.  It would need 8 charts, 6 of them full-page affairs.  The written text would take several pages.  The whole pattern would likely be about 12 pages long and represent rather a lot of effort on my part.  The testing process would also be quite a bit more intense than usual.

pedigreed_left2Given all that, I’m not sure it’s worth it to sell the pattern for four or five dollars (the going rate for the other patterns I’ve written).  I’m also not sure how much demand there would be if I priced it a bit higher, say six or seven dollars.  So I’m taking a poll.

If you would, please let me know if you’d be willing to pay an extra dollar or two for a detailed, twelve-page, chart-laden, photo-heavy pattern for advanced intermediate socks.  Feel free to tell me that six or seven dollars is just way too much to spend on socks as well.  I’m trying to decide if I should write these up, and don’t have my heart set on it one way or the other.