Ep 98: Making (all the) Things
I’m chatting about all sorts on the podcast today!
MINDFUL SHAWL RE-RELEASE
I released a new, improved and expanded Mindful shawl pattern last week. I’m loving the new bigger version in the pattern and feel so pleased that the writing style, charts and little techniques I’ve added make the pattern even better than before!
I used beautiful Eden Cottage Titus 4ply (fingering-weight yarn). It’s a lovely Merino/silk blend perfect for shawls and available in a stunning, gentle range of colours.
UNWIND YARN FESTIVAL
I’m so looking forward to heading back to Dunedin in March. I spent 5 very happy years in Dunedin as a student in the early 90’s and it’s always fun to go back. This time I’m heading down to teach some classes and display all my samples at Unwind. It’s a lovely festival, not too big but big enough to feel buzzing.
SKEIN SISTERS ADVENTURE
I’m lucky to be off to Sydney for the last weekend of November to spend a few days at the very fabulous Skein Sisters yarn shop. I CAN’T WAIT!
I’m teaching a full weekend of classes (which sold out quickly sorry!) and also will be there for knit night on Friday evening and a super fun “style session” on Saturday afternoon. Come, try on my samples and let’s talk about what you love, what suits you and how you can change things to make them perfect for you.
MAKING THINGS APP
The Making Things app is a brand new, subscription based platform for knitters. Think Netflix for knitters ;)
The idea is that you pay a monthly fee for access to over 1500 well-written knitting patterns from a ton of awesome designers. You can use as many as you like every month and the app includes lots of cool features like row counters, highlighters, interactive charts and a 24/7 chat line for questions.
I’m having a long chat to Megan, the founder of Making Things in this weeks podcast and you’ll hear how enthusiastic she is to create a beautiful, simple to use, inspiring and exciting space for modern knitters.
The payment model for designers is interesting and quite different to any we’ve had before. With Making Things designers receive payment in two ways. Firstly, through affiliate links, so we are paid a fee if someone clicks our designer link and eventually signs up to the platform (like the one I’ve got below) and secondly, every time someone uses one of our patterns in the app. I’m waiting to see how that goes over time.