As Susan so kindly pointed out, Unstrung was recently chosen as the Free Knitting Pattern of the Day at Daily Knitter. (Some of you may have gotten here from there; Welcome! I hope you like the patterns!)
While I'm flattered by the unexpected attention (I have no idea who brought Unstrung to the Daily Knitter's attention--it wasn't me), it does put me in a bit of a pickle.
Those of you who've been following the Pattern a Week Project from day one know that I'd originally intended to release new patterns for free for a period of about a week, and then convert them to for-pay patterns. This went charmingly at first, but lately I've gotten behind on the converting-to-pay part. The reason is that I'm a busy mama, and the necessary editing and test-knitting of patterns that I require of myself to feel good about charging for them takes more time than I've currently got at my disposal.
But just because I'm too busy to start charging for some of those patterns now doesn't mean I was never going to charge for them; somewhere in the back of my mind was a plan, once this fifty-two-week adventure is over, to go through the backlog methodically and spruce up the chosen patterns. Not all of them; some of my patterns will be available for free forever, and the ones I've decided that about already are collected on the Free Patterns page.
So what's a girl to do when a pattern she'd intended to charge for someday gets listed on a free pattern site? Does she give it up for lost, along with any profit she might potentially have made? Does she (eventually) start charging for it, thus annoying and losing future visitors? Does she send polite e-mails to the sites in question, asking them not to list her patterns without her consent? Suggestions are welcome!
In the meantime, I've decided one thing for sure: since I am not going to be able to catch up on making new for-pay patterns any time soon, but yarn costs money, I've added a Donate button over on the left sidebar there.
If you have downloaded a free pattern from this site, and if you have found value in that pattern, or would gladly have paid for it if I'd charged for it, consider making a donation. Any amount is welcome, and I'd like to know if my work really is useful to people or if y'all are just being polite. ;)
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