I need to cut back on blogging for a few weeks. I’m going to keep doing my regular Patreon word posts about every ten days, but my other weekly blog posts are going to pause for the moment. I need a break.
One of my next projects is to use the tutorials that Sarah Bradberry posted to make the CSS on my Payhip shop as much more accessible as possible for the moment. Furthermore, she’s asked them to make the site more accessible and they were quite positive in their reply. That’s good news!
The whole debacle around the increased inaccessibility of the new Ravelry site design has been a reminder to me to make sure my blog and patterns are as accessible as I can make them.
So here’s what I have been doing already and will be doing to make my work more accessible.Continue reading Accessibility considerations
I find myself with a lot of writing and design projects I want to finish quickly, so I’m going to take the next month or so easy as far as blog posts, aside from my Patreon stitch patterns.
One of the design projects is a fundraiser shawl, and I think I’ll try to share my progress with that on a weekly basis, as there’s no reason to keep it secret. Here’s how things are going so far!
Yarn is BC Garn Bio Shetland.
Mosaic stitch pattern is Help, encoded.
The fundraiser might change in the future, but for the foreseeable future, money will be split between RAICES and a local immigrant justice group (I need to do the research on that one).
I am sometimes asked how to see the words in my stitches. The answer is that they aren’t directly visible, because of how my design process works. My goal is not to make something that looks like the original word; rather, it is to make a stitch pattern I enjoy looking at.
Right, I think it’s time to admit that I’m at a loss for ideas for what to blog about outside of my monthly Patreon stitch and one or maybe two other stitch patterns a month. I can’t do more free stitch patterns than that or it cuts into the work I’m trying to get done to sell. The frustrating thing is that I like blogging weekly; it usually helps me keep moving.
This week I’m going to open up the floor for questions – what would you like to see me blog about? (No guarantees that I will…) Are there any of my blog posts I should expand upon or explain further?
…I need to finish up the secret code rewrite, I know.
The other day, WordPress reminded me that I’ve been using their blog service for six years now, and so I decided that I’d look back and take a rough inventory of what I’ve done here. While I’ve been doing casual yarn-and-art related blogging since then, I’ve really only been blogging on a regular basis for four and a half years, and most of that time has been spent on knit-blogging.
I have published sixteen patterns in those six years, most of which still make me happy. I’ve usually written at least one blog post in a week since 2013; more than fifty of those are about knitting and design techniques, some of which I’ve come up with on my own (though I’m sure other knitters have come up with at least some of them independently). I’ve talked a lot about my secret code methods, and I’ve posted more than 120 original stitch patterns. That’s… kind of a lot.
I started a Patreon three years ago, and it’s been growing slowly but surely—thank you! I’ve also added a tip jar, and am more grateful than I can say that people have used it. I didn’t know what to expect in that regard, really, but it seemed worth trying.
My blog readership has grown a lot. I never thought I’d see this many visitors in a year! I’m really gratified by how many people are interested in my work these days, and it encourages me to keep going.
There are some interesting things in the works around here, and I hope they’ll make you as happy as they do me.
Thank you for a good six years, and I hope to see you around here for many more!
I just wanted to let you know that my Post Index is up to date for the first time in a while. Huzzah!
Back next week! In the meantime, may I recommend these posts about making coordinating stitch patterns by using a subset of rows or columns of a larger stitch pattern? I’m still very pleased by that idea.
This is the next part of my rewrite of my instructions for turning words into knitting charts (or charts for other crafts). Once the letters have been turned into numbers, they need to be charted on a grid. I already posted three ways of making rectangular grids with the numbers; this is the fourth way.
This is the method I tend to use most often for my lace stitch patterns, though it varies from word to word.