Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ceres Winners!

Congratulations Diane and Kat!  You've each won a free copy of Ceres!

Since so many people entered my giveaway, and all of them with helpful, well thought-out responses to my question, I decided to give two copies away, instead of one.  Spread the love.  For those of you who are interested, able and didn't win, Ceres is available for you to purchase through my blog and through Ravelry.

Stay tuned for more patterns, and more giveaways!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Giveaway Glee!

Jeez, kids, if many more of you enter my giveaway, I might have to give out two copies of Ceres!  :-P

I'm really enjoying the responses to my Ceres giveaway!  Some of it's stuff that really hadn't occurred to me, like buying patterns the moment you're ready to knit them.  All of it's helpful.  Thanks to everyone who's entered so far!  For those who haven't, you've still got a couple of days left to enter and win a free copy of Ceres!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Brown Things

I was supposed to go to a sort of folk-harp masterclass on Sunday morning.  So I grab my harp, hop into my car, get horribly lost and miss the class.  As a consolation prize, I took my husband, who shall remain nameless, to The Sow's Ear for yarn and chai, both of which he enjoys.  Did I win the nameless husband lottery or what?

So I spent the $30 that I didn't get to blow on the class on yarn.  Nice fall yarn, unfortunately, and I'm knitting something devastatingly simple, so expect a rather unseasonal free pattern to emerge before long.  :-)  I'm going to be nice to myself, knit for myself calm and easy before getting back into the "knitting for publication" groove.  I have ideas, but I'm not going to push them out just yet.

I finally bought yarn.  Oh, that feels good.  And what yummy yarn it is.  Merino wool, alpaca and silk.  Sulka.  Yes.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ceres Giveaway!

Like Ceres?  Want a copy of the pattern?  Don't wanna pay $5.00 for it?

I rather enjoyed the last giveaway I did.  I think perhaps I'll make it a habit to do a giveaway each time I release a new pattern.  So here's what we'll do, we'll conduct some market research while we're at it, maybe get an interesting discussion going.

To enter:  post a comment answering the following question:  What, if anything, would make you willing to pay for a knitting pattern?  Comments entered before 8pm CST on Sunday, February 7th (that's next Sunday) will be entered into a random drawing.  One winner will be drawn and posted that night.

There's no shortage of free knitting patterns on the internet, and there are a lot of people who stick exclusively to those.  But there are people who purchase patterns for money - either in print magazines or individually online from sources like Ravelry, Twist Collective or individual blogs like mine.  I'd like to get a better idea of what people expect and hope for in a knitting pattern that they're willing to shell out cash for.  What makes a pattern worth paying for?  (For the record, "nothing," is a perfectly legitimate and informative answer).  What about the patterns you've paid for made you go, "Oooooooooooh..." and then buy the pattern?  I ask this not just to boost sales, but to really make sure people get what they're after when they buy a pattern from me.  So what tips you over the "I'll buy that" edge, and what do you expect when you go there?