Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Knitcircus Blog Tour!

****contest is closed, thanks everyone for entering!***

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!***

-Kala

39 comments:

Kathy said...

I love a good giveaway. My favorite thing to knit would have to be mittens. They're quick, easy and satisfying. I get great satisfaction from knowing that something I made is keeping someone warm!

Sharon Rose said...

I'm on kilt hose kick right now... those long socks guys wear with kilts. My husband loves them but they take forever when you're designing your own! :)
Needlegrrl on Ravelry, Sharon out in the world. :)

zimme345 said...

I would have to say socks as well, just because they are portable and fairly quick. However, I'm almost done with my first sweater and I may have a new favorite thing to knit! :) Hope to see you tonight.

herbstsonne said...

Scarves. Everybody loves them!

Sara said...

My favorite thing to knit is scaves and socks - I know that's two things. But, I love them both equally...

Never had knit socks until 5 years ago...now I can't stop.

Amy said...

I love to make hats and cowls.

Ravelry ID: knitterofhats

Elaine said...

I'm a sweater knitter.

elweyu AT hotmail DoT com

Emma said...

I think I have to say socks too, they are just so satisfying.
Emmakat at gmail dot com
or emmakat on ravelry
great post!

RoamingKnitter said...

Hats, socks - socks, hats. Don't know which is the top favorite.

Ravelry ID: RoamingKnitter

Sylvia said...

I love knitting anything - really. I always have several things on needles - a sweater or too, some more portable things like has or mittens, maybe a shawl.

weyuker AT gmail DOT com

Jenn Doll said...

Great giveaway and great Etsy store too! I love to make hats, big and little ones! Fun! And everyone can wear them!

mluni said...

I guess socks are my favorite. There are so many great patterns and even more wonderful yarn I often have a hard time choosing.

Dyveke on Ravelry

jaaladay said...

Thanks so much, Kala! That was fun. Best of luck to everyone who enters!

weeseaweed said...

nice interview, kala! good score on the blog tour, too.

well, you know i like socks, but i also like a bit of yarn bombing on the side. yep, that would be guerilla knitting.

Betsy said...

I love to knit shawls! I've become addicted to lace, so anything lace is fun, but shawls are my favorite.
Thanks,
Betsy
Ravelry id: bbknitting

InJuneau said...

Wonderful giveaway.

I think my favorite thing to knit at the moment is market bags. Most of the family got them for Christmas and loves them. I also loved knitting a Pi Scarf for my dad, but it's not something I'm likely to knit again. The One Row Handspun Scarf from the Yarn Harlot though? That I love to knit too!

(InJuneau on Ravelry)

WickedPyssa said...

My favorite thing to knit (lately) is small shawls/neckerchiefs. Six months go it was definately socks socks socks!

ckwebgrrl said...

I love socks but I have my eye on the Bisbee Scarf from this month's edition. I'm ckwebgrrl on Ravelry.

jg.crews said...

I love to knit socks. I always have at least one sock project going in between knitting sweaters, scarves, etc. I really like your blog and I am going to check your Etsy shop.

Thanks.

Gail Crews

Amaranthe said...

By far I love making hats and mittens. Rav name is WallflowerGirl.

Mary said...

My favorite thing to knit? What else: mittens! They are just so adorable, and I love my double-ponted needles. I don't enjoy flat knitting at all. I'm just getting into sweaters; they may be my second favorite! I'm mittenmacher on ravelry (and ppk).

Gynx said...

I love beanies! They're quick, easy, and almost everyone loves them.

laura.jinks@gmail.com

Jane Prater said...

Variety in my knitting is important, but I always have socks on the needles.
jane@jpknits.com

caroline said...

Hmmm. I love to knit baby gear. It's almost immediate gratification and the models are gorgeous!
Caroline aka FiberTribe on Ravelry

JFibers said...

I love me some good kid's hats...
Jen AT yourlocalyarnshop DOT seeyouonTuesday!

Heather said...

I love knitting hats and scarves! My favorite way to knit hats is using Magic Loop!

HASHL1976 at optonline dot net

sarah said...

My favorite thing to knit, right now anyway, is socks. I just got into knitting socks and it's my latest obsession.
Great giveaway!

sadiekate2001 at yahoo.com
sadiekate on ravelry

Renee G said...

I love to make scarves.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Jags said...

My favorite thing to knit right now is scrappy lengthwise scarves using my small amounts of handspun and phat fiber samples!

Its just garter stitch, but the constantly changing yarns makes it exciting to knit!

Jags aka jaguarrior on Rav

Anonymous said...

My favourite thing to knit ...

Illusion (shadow) knits and then use it for socks, scarfs, ...

osmia on Rav

Nova Sharkey said...

Hats or babyclothes - quick and cute!

tigerpants on ravelry

phoenixfire said...

I'm a sock knitter too, Kala, but I have to admit, I have become a little obsessed with fingering weight shawls. I haven't actually knit one yet, but I've queued at least half a dozen!

phoenixfire@ravelry

knittingdancer said...

My favorite things to knit are shawls, kitchen towels and dishcloths.

Knittingdaner on Ravelry

Kristen said...

so far my favorite things to knit are scarves or mittens. Can't wait for spring to prompt warm weather knitting!

Globalite on Ravelry

allison cecil said...

I love to knit scarves. Simple, fast, and fun.

Katie said...

Hmmm...my favorite thing to knit is hats! No second syndrome with a beautiful hat. Thanks! On Ravelry I am ktmay12.

Anonymous said...

lace shawls :) although, they take me quite a long time to do!
knitmit on rav

kelseymelissa said...

Right now lace is my favourite thing to knit! :) I just made my first lace shawl and I'm in love.
My rav name is kelseymelissa. :)
crazee_kels AT hotmail DOT com

Cathy said...

I've been on a sock knitting kick for awhile now, but I also love any quick, little fun project (your Nesting pattern is fitting that bill right now! - I just knit a second nest last night and started another baby bird). I love that sense of accomplishment, so no great big afghans for me!

-etownknitter on Ravelry

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