Category Archives: Free Patterns

Set My Picot Free Award Winner!

So, I was doing a search for belly dancing costumes…and what do I find?
http://www.crochetkitten.com/ she has tons of patterns she’s made, and they are so totally awesome.
I contacted her on Ravelry.com and asked if I could use her images here because they are just too nifty. She wasn’t a CLF member at the time, though she might be now, and I’m not gonna check because well..it just doesn’t matter…I’m awarding her the Set My Picot Free for some awesome crochet representin’!

Josephine Scarf Front
Originally uploaded by Selena K

FOUR DAYS! Ah…Ah…Ah…

I kind of feel like The Count from Sesame Street…Five days…ah ah ah…Four days..ah ah ah…FOUR DAYS until The Flamies! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH….

Not that I’m excited, but I’m excited! Don’t forget the only place you can hear the awards is on Mary Beth Temple’s Getting Loopy!

I have promised to be a good Fearless Leader…grin…Not too much trouble will I cause…In fact I’ll be SOOO good I’ll be outrageously good 🙂 GRIN….Now you guys know that requires effort on my part so I want you all to tune in so you can witness me, being good 🙂 GRIN…

I’m still gonna be silly though 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

May the hearts and minds over flow with love on this fine weekend…

I have to say I’m really not much of a Hallmark holiday kind of person…but I do have a sort of attachment to that “crazy little thing called love”…

Through my life, which you may have kind of figured out has been somewhat “interesting”…some would say difficult… I have had to learn to love the unlovable, accept the unacceptable, and learn to forgive the unforgivable…and move on, and act in the world.

When I say love the unlovable, it doesn’t mean I hang out with those people, but I find something in my own heart and mind to say, “They are human, they have a history, they have a story…it does not make up for what was done to me by them…but it means that I can love them as human beings from a far…”

Early in my life I didn’t have that down real well! LOL…But as each year goes by and I stretch my ability to love others as human beings, and learn to stay in my own healthy space, I liberate myself from the burden of the need for retaliation, for retribution. I’ve also found that what goes around comes around, and I do not have to be the agent for that retribution anyway 🙂

Why do I say this? Well, if you haven’t noticed, I may blog rants, but my solutions to problems tend to be on the creative side, and I work to find new ways to liberating crochet…because folks I am interested in liberating my own mind…as Bob Marley said to do in “Redemption Song”…

I think this is the best way to free ourselves…from many things…and LOVE real love, not the stupid petty, “emo” (as my daughter would say) kind of love, is one of the best ways to do that…and heck I know we crocheters show that kind of love in our projects all the time… So here’s one for you! The Crocheted Flannel ornament can be found on my personal blog “The Secrets of yarn.” Click the I Heart Crochet photo to get the free pattern!

Giving it away…

I know ’tis the season of giving, but I want to have a chat with you about this…Yes, you…Because this isn’t about making gifts etc, this is really about how so often we just “give it away.”

Women tend to be the worst about giving “it” away, whether “it” is their time, talents, patience, caring…After look at all the somewhat traditionally female job roles those that involve creative nurturing (nursing, teaching, seamstress work, childcare, elder care) almost all of these kinds of jobs are low paid, certainly lower paid than the traditionally male job roles.

So, let’s look at our making things and designing things…I have been to so many bazaars where crocheters have made BEAUTIFUL things and had them priced at dime store discount prices, often the price didn’t even cover their materials, let alone their time. And the plethora of free patterns on the web, I’m not talking about the simple scarf, or the basic hat, I’m talking about dresses, and skirts, and large table cloths, and baby sets with intricate color work or stitch patterns….Why are these free patterns?

My friends when you sell below the value, you cheapen it for everyone, especially yourself. In fact you are sending the message, “It doesn’t matter to me, it’s just something I do, why should I get paid?” It is NOT greedy to want compensation, everyone deserves compensation. It is greedy to charge a billion dollars for a pattern, but it’s not greedy to charge $7, why? Because the base cost of printing, then mailing, not to mention the design time, graphing, charting, frogging, testing, and marketing….Giving all of that away? For why? For what reason? You are not a bad person for wanting to make something in return for your talents and time…

Why? Because it does matter, you matter, I matter, the designers matter, the yarn companies matter, the publishers matter, we’re all in this mess together, and if we get into this get it cheap or free mode, we do what we fear most, hit rock bottom financially.

This whole drive to be known, or published and get out there for FREE is driving down the economics for all of us. In fact, here’s a grand REAL LIFE example.

Right now Time Magazine is soliciting photographs from people on Flicker and stating that they can’t pay the photographers for their photos that they want to use in their Year End issue….Excuse me? Time/Warner can’t afford to pay for photos? Give me a break, of course they can, but some people will fall for it and submit just so they can be in Time Magazine…They are just get credit and retention of their copyright…Hell I did better than that giving contributors copies of the book they submitted to and I’m doing this out of my personal bank account, I have not been listed as one of the 50 biggest companies in the W H O L E F R E A K I N world. (For more on this subject check out Bec Thomas’s Blog .)

Ok, so how does photography fit into what I am saying for we who crochet? Because it’s the same dang difference. Folks if we all work together to support each other at a fair level of compensation, not Oil Company CEO style, but more like Farmer’s Market style, then we’re ALL better off…Cause here’s the real deal, we’ll lose the great designers who do sell their patterns, if people choose to go the freebee route and not purchase the patterns…And if you do make great patterns charge SOMETHING for them, anything is better than free…

And for those of you who make items for sale, charge something that gives you a profit! And if you make gifts for people don’t give them to people who are snarky about it, just make things for people who appreciate the gifts!

Why? Self Esteem people…What we do is a SKILL, do you here me!???? A skill is something that takes time, practice and talent to achieve, it’s not just something you’re born with, and that skill has value….

As long as we give it away, who’s going to value it?