On this page you will find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about me and my designs.
Where can I get help with one of your patterns?
Please do not contact me directly for help. I get requests a lot about help because I know my patterns can be challenging, but I have specifically created two groups so that we can help each other. Lots of people have worked my patterns and I find, most of the time, if you ask for help, they are willing to help.
You can join one or both of these groups and make a post about your question. Please read the rules of each group before making any posts.
How do you come up with your designs?
Most of my designing is done without planning. I do not have an idea in mind when I begin--for the most part. However, sometimes I will be inspired by a design or motif and try to incorporate that into a new design, but a lot of the time when I try that, I do not succeed.
I start mathematically--knowing how many stitches are needed to increase the first few rounds is important in making sure the pattern lays flat. Then after that, I simply try to add texture as much as I can as I go around. I'm only now to the point where I feel confident planning 1-2 rounds ahead, but for the most part I just wing every round.
Because of this, I do a lot of frogging. If something doesn't work or look right, I pull it back. And there have been times where I had to pull back 5-10 rounds until I felt better about the design.
How long does it take for you to design a pattern?
Normally, it takes between 4-7 days. However, if I become demotivated for some reason, it can take up to 3 weeks. Sometimes life gets in the way, but for the most part, I design pretty fast. You can see of how long a pattern takes me by looking at the project pages for the patterns I design. I keep track of them by including the start/finish dates for most of the patterns there.
How do you find the time to crochet so much?
My children are in school most days of the week, and I don't treat my business as a regular job. So, I find time to work when I can. Mostly, I design while they are in school and then after they are put to bed around 7pm. I stay up very late every night because my husband works late.
I probably don't get enough sleep.
Where do you find your inspiration?
In the beginning, I was inspired by designs by Patricia Kristoffersen and Fujiko Takagi. Now, I can be inspired by anything. If I see a doily pattern I want to try, I work it, but I do it in a manner where I let myself learn from the designer's techniques.
How can I receive updates for your new patterns?
I don't really use my email list too often because I don't like to spam people. However, there are two sure ways you can keep up-to-date on my patterns. The first is to follow my Facebook business page. If you 'hide' the posts from my business page from your Facebook newsfeed, though, you will stop seeing any new posts I make. The second way is to join one of our groups: the Facebook group or the Ravelry group (or both).
Will you make a video of ____ pattern?
No. The short answer is that a video could not be made available to only people who purchase, and so making a video would undercut the profits on that design. Not every medium is piracy-proof, but I try to mitigate the chances of others sharing my work illegally--and this is one of the ways by which I've done that, by not providing full videos.
Will you make a tutorial video/photo for ____ stitch/round in ____ pattern?
No. The community of people who follow my designs is quite large and I get requests nonstop. I do not have time to respond to everyone's requests or even begin to fulfill them all.
I hope you understand that just like you, I have crochet preferences. I do not like every stitch of every design I've ever made. In fact, there are some designs I refuse to work again because they were not fun experiences to begin with (I'm looking at you--"Marion"!).
When I feel inspired, I make tutorials. There are no plans and I only do it when I can find the time.
Videos for specific stitches are sometimes done as I am designing. Sometimes, when I notice during a specific round that this round will be difficult to explain, I will stop and make a video of it. However, going back and making a video of a design that I've already finished almost always does not happen. I do not like re-working patterns that I've already done, so it takes a lot to motivate me to do so.
The exclusion to the rule here are Crochet-Alongs. When Crochet-Along patterns are decided, they come with a complete photo-tutorial and maybe a video or two, because I think Crochet-Alongs should have as much visual aides as possible. I believe if I am providing a Crochet-Along, I need to go above and beyond the available pattern.
Can I be a tester for your patterns?
I get this question a lot. My testing group is a closed group. When I add testers, I do only by contacting crocheters where I've seen their work on social media and I like what they have done. It usually means they take good pictures, have meticulous stitching, and aren't busy. Many of my testers were contacted specifically by me. Some were recommended to me from my testers. If I need testers in the future, I will seek them out.
I do not take requests for testers.
Why don't you have e-books for your printed books?
I already sell all my patterns digitally through Ravelry and offer substantial discounts. To offer e-books of the printed books would undercut my own sales. The books are already offered at a further discounted rate than the discounts in my store. The books are priced at $18/each, which means the patterns in the book (seven total) are $2.57/each. If you were to buy those same 7 patterns in my Ravelry store at one time, you would be paying $3.19/each (after the 20% discount). However, because I only make royalties off the book, I only make $1.02/pattern from the book sales; the rest of the profit goes directly to the publisher.