On Pattern Writing and Interviews

Today over at Shivaya Naturals there’s an interview with none other than me! It’s all about the One Hundred Hats project, and there’s even a sweet giveaway at the end of the interview.

With this, the second interview I’ve done in as many weeks, hitting the internet, I thought I’d pause from my knitting to talk patterns.

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue saying it until I’m blue in the face: there’s some amazingly talented pattern-writers out there all over the internet, sharing their brilliance with the rest of the knitting and crochet community. In recent months I’ve joined them, both giving away and selling patterns over at A Devine Life. It’s been so much fun writing patterns, testing them out, and seeing others love and use them, and I thought I’d bring some of that magic over to One Hundred Hats.

And so I’m not just using other people’s patterns for these One Hundred Hats, I’m going to write a few of my own as well! The first pattern will debut sometime in mid-October, and will be named by the winner of the Shivaya Naturals giveaway!

Each of the patterns I write (and I’m hoping for somewhere between twelve and twenty over the course of the year!) will cost $4. While most of the patterns I write are free offerings for the knitting/crochet community, I’m going to charge for these patterns as a way to raise money for Warm Woolies. Half the proceeds from each sale will go directly to Warm Woolies, as a way to help off-set the cost of shipping these hats to kids in need.

As I debut each pattern, I’ll feature them on both One Hundred Hats as well as on A Devine Life (my normal spot to feature new patterns) as a way to get the word out about both the pattern and the project. I’ll also partner with any blog that wants to offer a copy of the pattern up in a giveaway, in exchange for letting me say a few words about the One Hundred Hats project, interview style. Shameless? Possibly. But it’s also a great way to get the word out about the project, making stuff for others, and changing the world.

So be on the lookout for hat patterns (like the hat m y brother is wearing in the photo above) to start coming your way on a regular basis, beginning in October.

And super-duper thanks to Heather of Shivaya Naturals for the amazing interview and the opportunity to involve the community in this great way! Good luck to those who enter the giveaway!

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