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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Craft On: New Pattern and Sample Knitting

I released a new pattern for June! If you use the coupon code comfortable on either Payhip or Ravelry you will receive 15% off the price through July 8, 2020. Unfortunately, I cannot make coupon codes on LoveCrafts, however it is also for sale there.

This whole lockdown thing has been a lot harder on me than I thought it would be, and the releases I had planned were just a lot for me to handle. I had a couple third party publications with hard deadlines (so keep your eyes open in August and October!) that I worked on, and while I was still knitting and writing notes, it was really hard for me to concentrate on things like editing, photography, beta knits, and so on. This is why the last time I had a new pattern release was February. Right now, I am knitting (re-knitting) on Qibli and getting it written along with Ember Days. My goal for those is to have the slippers out toward the end of July, around my birthday, and the shawl out in the middle of September. While I have another pattern I would like to put out in August, it may not make the cut this year. In the meantime, I am plugging away on the knitting and writing and hoping to get back into the groove of life and designing again. Before I said that I would try to set up a Shopify account for direct sales of my patterns, but since they didn't handle VAT, I was trying to figure out how I could sell to people outside of North America, and I think Payhip will be a good fit for pattern sales. However, I am looking into Shopify for selling my stash, as I am trying to get it down to a more manageable size, and it wouldn't be such a big deal to limit my shipping to my own continent.

Also, I am looking for beta knitters to try out my Vespers pattern that will be in Knotions Magazine in August. Would you like a chance to knit this before anyone else can? Please e-mail me for details. Thank you!

Anyway, we are progressing These Happy Golden Years, which delights the younger kids, because they are so excited that Laura and Almanzo are finally a couple. I finished Babel last night, and except for some of the author's anti-religious and other prejudices that slip in (just a couple places), the book was both fun and informative. I hope to read his book Lingo, but with our library closed and only the Libby App to stand in for it, there is an ironic barrier. The book is only available on Libby in Spanish. The ladies and I are making our way through Songs of Praise and finding it refreshing and edifying. It is wonderful having Amira join us and I have so missed praying and studying with a group of other women so much. I didn't even realize how much I had missed it until I finally got a taste of it again.

Linking to Keep Calm and Craft On and Yarn Along.

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Your knits are looking great. That last photo is fabulous!
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