Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Knitcircus Blog Tour!
It's blog tour time! Jaala from Knitcircus will be our guest today and will be talking about her magazine and the importance of valuing designers, yay! Also, be sure to read to the end of the post for a chance to win the pattern collection from this issue! Ok, take it Jaala:
Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog! Your VeganCraftastic Etsy store is so much fun and we’re glad our readers are going to get a chance to check it out.
Part of our core values at Knitcircus lie in supporting other small businesses and designers. The human connections are important to us as well as the process of selecting, editing, laying-out, photographing and making something cohesive and enjoyable for knitters to use.
Sometimes people wonder why everything available on the internet isn’t free, and while it wonderful to have free things, a lot of work goes into creating a good, well-written, test-knitted and tech-edited pattern. If you’ve ever knit a pattern and made a yarn substitution, changed stockinette to rib, lengthened the sleeves, it feels like you’re creating a pattern. But when your friend asks you, “Hey, how’d you do that; I’d like to make one, but three sizes bigger,” and you start explaining, you realize that it’s more complicated than you thought. Was the neck increase every other or every third round? How do you account for a bigger bust shape? Does the shoulder width stay the same? Did that ribbing change your gauge all that much?
Or maybe you whipped out a pair of mittens while watching Project Runway Season 6 and thought you’d jot down the pattern and you get through the cuff, but then realize that noting where the thumb increase falls in relation to the cable is a little trickier than you thought, and how do you talk about the thumb increase when it’s not on the same round as the cable? Professional designers make it look easy. Solving problems and writing a pattern that’s easily re-knittable takes more effort, time, math, charts, size grading, measurement and frogging than meet the eye. We also have each pattern worked over by our tech editors before people begin knitting it.
Knowing that, we like to compensate our designers as well as we can considering our small, independent status, and part of that lies on protecting their rights and allowing them to get as much mileage out of a pattern as they can. So we negotiate rights that allow us to publish the patterns for people to purchase as part of the pattern collection for three months, and then they can publish the pattern themselves, re-submit it elsewhere and/or include it in our online pattern store (coming soon! I’m working hard on that, I swear).
On the other (mittened) hand, what are we without our readers? So we’ve made the patterns affordable by packaging them as a collection—17 new patterns for $7.50’s a pretty good deal! And we’re able to offer all of the articles and pattern photos for free, which is fun, too.
We’ve thought abut it and come up with an out-of-the box solution which lets us offer things for free, give our designers their freedom and deliver a great pattern collection for an affordable price—and our readers get to check out links to great Etsy stores, so we can let people know about great indy yarn dyers and people making great Happy Squirrel buttons and Sugar Skull WIP bags!
I’m really glad to see that you’ve donated to the Hearts for Haiti (please put in link) store on Etsy, too. I love how creative people are finding creative ways to help.
Thanks so much, Kala
Thanks Jaala! And now, who wants to win a free pattern collection? To win the pattern collection from the new issue of Knitcircus, leave a comment here letting me know the favorite thing to love to knit. For me, it's socks! Make sure you leave some way for me to contact you if you win, either an e-mail address (written as youATwhereverDOTcom) or your Ravelry name, just being signed into blogger isn't enough, I've had to track down winners that way before and it's no fun! If you have any problems leaving a comment here, feel free to send me a message on Ravelry (I'm Kala over there) with your entry :) So enter now, the winner will be drawn tomorrow, February 3rd!!!
***contest is over, thanks everyone for entering!***
Posted by VeganCraftastic at 2:53 PM