Well, it’s the last day of the free pattern gift that I spontaneously set up… and you knitters, you have knocked my socks off. If you haven’t yet, you’ve got until midnight to pop over here –> http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kourtney-robinson and use the code ‘Free1’ for a free pattern.
I’m still reeling (in positive delight) about how many of you have downloaded a pattern! I wanted to cheer myself up, by cheering others – and holy wow. I’m still downloading the file from Ravelry so that I can make a pivot table to see how many people, how many patterns, etc. I’m probably going to make charts. Because you know, I love Excel. And pivot tables.
I don’t need Excel though, to know how much awesome there is. LOTS. Far more that I anticipated! Saturday was a ridiculously busy day – eye appointments for the kids and a pupil dilation and retina exam for me – we’re all fine, although I spent a bunch of Saturday squinting and reeling, until my pupils came back to normal. After the eye exams, we travelled to Canmore to see family and have a mini-Xmas. Luckily, my pupils had calmed down by the time I needed to help build a Lego van and bbq set… Then home, supper, bedtime…
I’d popped on to Rav and seen that my patterns were doing amazingly well*, and I saw that there were a whole pile of messages in my inbox. It was around ten pm when I updated my blog. Then it was about 11 when I started reading through my Ravelry inbox. I plan on replying to all the messages, but I’m still tad too overwhelmed (again, in a good way). In person, you could see me making goldfish faces and flapping my hands, but that doesn’t really come across all that well in text.
Anyways, a couple people let me know that it looked like they could download all my patterns, as long as they did it one at a time. A couple more people sent messages, genuinely horrified that they got more than one free. I replied to them that it was okay; no big deal. And after some thought, I altered the offer so that you need to enter a code (Free1) and it’s limited to one pattern per person.
Now, I didn’t (and don’t) want to be stingy – but I wanted you, dear knitter, to know that I set value on my patterns. I wanted to give each of you a gift of a pattern. (If you took advantage of the electronic loophole, I am not upset. I’m not mad. Enjoy the knitting. Don’t feel bad. Pay it forward somehow.)
I wanted to create a feeling of a gift. I didn’t want things to feel like the flyers that get dropped off on the steps every week – they are free, but I don’t feel like they have much intrinsic value**. Sometimes, when things are free, their value is eroded. It’s s fine line; I put a lot of effort and energy into even the simplest of my patterns. I’m glad to have thrown open the doors to the library, so to speak. It was an impulse, but a good one.
Years ago, when I was still working in an office environment at an engineering firm, I was having my annual review. My boss asked me about my five year career plan, and I goggled at him. “I don’t have a plan.” Then he goggled at me. I explained that I don’t do too much firm planning; I believe in keeping my eyes open for opportunities as they present themselves. If I’m too focused on a single goal, I may miss chances that present themselves. I try not to overthink things. That said, I think that the Universe is showing me an opportunity here – so I’ve started a group on Ravelry.
I’ve been thinking on and off for a while that it’d be nice to have one spot where people knitting the same design can discuss things, post progress shots, and we can all help each other answer questions. The group is here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/dollybird-workshop , and I’m going to pop on over and start a couple topics.
I’m very excited because I plan on showing you all SQUEAK, who is S___’s new kitten. And utterly adorable.
Yes, I’m becoming one of those people who put pictures of cats on the internet. Don’t tell me that you’re really surprised.
*You might have heard me saying “SQUEEEEE!”
**Unless I’m looking for washing machine sales. Etc.