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Schematics

How to use your schematicsschematics

When I started publishing my knitting patterns some years ago, I didn’t include schematics. I gave written instructions, yarn recommendations, and photo illustrations at various points throughout the pattern. I very soon realised that knitters want schematics! All of the original patterns that I published without schematics have now either been updated or disbanded.

I started designing my own patterns in the 1980s and always used pencil, paper, measuring tape and calculator to work out my patterns and grade them. It is only recently that I have invested in some really neat software. There are only a couple of my patterns with hand drawn schematics still available because I can’t bare to get rid of them! But all the rest have professional looking and accurately measured schematics now. Continue reading Schematics

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Craft Workshops

Exploiting Your Skills Holding Workshops

I read Marianne’s blog Fast Fashion v Cottage Craft which was a very interesting blog.  The environmental issues are something which concern me Workshopsgreatly. This is why I use organic fleece and organic dyes to avoid the use of chemicals.

Marianne also touched on learning to become a maker when suggesting different ways that we can help with these issues.  Today I want to talk about another idea for promoting and expanding your business.  Continue reading Craft Workshops

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Fast Fashion v Cottage Craft

Fast Fashion v Cottage CraftCottage Craft

Fast fashion high street brands who have their stock manufactured abroad are having a devasting impact on our planet! In recent years we all know that plastic has become a major concern, but other polluters like the fast fashion industry are being ignored. Cotton, for example, may not sound like a polluter, but the cotton production process uses pesticides in the farming stage and toxic dyes in the manufacturing stage. But even more damaging is the way in which the production process uses huge amounts of natural resourses, ie water! Apparently it can take over 15,000 litres of water to grow the cotton just to make one pair of jeans! Continue reading Fast Fashion v Cottage Craft

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Selling Knitted Items

Where do I sell my Knitted Items?Knitted items

I was asked in the Facebook Machine Knitting group the other day…”Your photos are always the best! Wondering what you do with all the garments you make after photographing them?” Thankyou Alan Mross, great question! So I thought I’d share a few ideas on where I sell my knitted items – both offline and online from my own experience.

Obviously my pattern sales are where my business is at, but yes, Alan has a point…the garment has to be knitted in order to test the pattern and get some good shots for publication, but then what do I do with them?!

There are lots of opportunities to consider, both on and offline. But here are a few that I have delved into for a number of years. Continue reading Selling Knitted Items

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No Roll Edge

Two Chunky Knits and a Videono roll edge

It’s that time of year again! Why do we love it? Because we can get out those favourite chunky cardies and snuggle up by the fire with cocoa (or a glass of wine) and a movie!

no roll edgeSo I’ve chosen to show you two chunkies – one hand knit pattern and one for the chunky/bulky machine. Plus as a bonus I’ve included a little video showing how I do a ‘no-roll’ edge for machine knitters. It works especially well for chunky yarns. Continue reading No Roll Edge