While I thoroughly enjoy posting free patterns on a continual basis and already have more than 100 free patterns on this blog; it does take a lot of time and effort to maintain. Many hours go into designing a project and one can figure if it takes 30 minutes to stitch a project from this blog, that it probably took well over an hour to design it. And did I mention, I have to buy my own supplies to provide these free patterns for you to enjoy!
Exactly what is involved?
- Designing the pattern itself
- Writing up the instructions
- Testing the instructions
- Taking photos
- Formatting the pattern
- Creating a PDF
- Creating the download files and posts
Scheduling diverse posts
- Monday’s Minutes-to-Make Free Project
- Tuesday’s Review
- Wednesday’s Midweek Madness
- Thursday’s Thoughts
- Friday Newsletter
This includes a new quick crochet project every Monday. Something that can be stitched up fast, easy to make, and produce results almost immediately
Recently I started reviewing patterns, books, and other fun things. This really is a win-win. I stitch up projects for the year as I review them to have on hand for gift-giving. But it also helps you to know if it’s a project you may want to stitch for yourself or a book you’d like to purchase.
For awhile I’ve been designing patterns that are delivered in weekly increments. They’re widely known as Crochet-a-Longs. For knitters, they have KALS – Knit-a-Longs. It’s a fun way of stitching larger projects without being inundated or intimidated. It’s the perfect way to learn new stitches or master working with thread. While I love crochet-a-longs it can be difficult in setting up the pattern in parts. Usually a pattern is designed and written in its entirety. To deliver in increments, one has to go back, break it down, include all the information on each section including photos and then create the PDFS. And then create all the steps as outlined above.
This is just fun for me. It gives me the freedom to write about a range of interests and passions. It could be just about anything!
While I’ve been really slack lately linking to past newsletters, I’m rethinking how I want to re-arrange this part of the blog. But if you sign up, you can have the newsletter delivered every week to your email. How easy is that!
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