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Giving Thanks To Those Who Bring Us Beautiful Knitting

Nov 21, 2008

I’m between Thanksgivings right now—Canada, my new home, has already celebrated theirs, and the U.S., where my family lives, celebrates theirs next week. I kind of like having an entire season of gratitude, instead of just a week or so; it helps me to reflect on ALL the good things that have happened this past year.

One good thing that happened last year is that I got to be part of something special, something new in the Interweave family: the Knitting Daily Pattern Store, which opened one year ago next month. That might sound hokey and market-y, so let me tell you why the Pattern Store is special to me—and to all of us here at Interweave. The pattern store allows us to contribute to the health and growth of the knitting community in two new ways:

First: We can “open up the archives” and make hundreds of out-of-print patterns available (with errata included), in an inexpensive format accessible anywhere in the world (no international shipping costs!).

Second: We can support our hard-working designers with ongoing royalties from pattern store sales. Designers are the heart and soul of our products; their creativity compels us to pick up our needles, hooks and yarn everyday. Designing a knitting (or crochet!) pattern is a LOT of work; we are committed to doing business in a way that compensates this creative work fairly.

How does the pattern store support the designers so they can continue to bring us such wonderful designs?

Over 400 patterns are currently available for sale in the KD store, many of them hugely popular favorites from long unavailable back issues of Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Interweave Crochet, and Knits Gifts. We ONLY sell patterns online if the designer has given permission for us to do so; the designers get to decide which of their patterns go into the store, as well as how much to charge for their pattern. Over 200 designers are signed up for Interweave's online profit-sharing arrangements; several popular patterns have already earned their designers many times over the original design fee. Designers retain the copyrights to their designs; they can choose the contract arrangement that works best for their needs—and the options allow them to earn up to 50% of the price of each pattern on top of what they were paid for the design to appear in print.

As we get ready to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Knitting Daily Pattern Store, I would like to take a moment to say a huge—and well-deserved—THANK YOU to each and every designer who has chosen to participate in our new online adventure.

Designers: We’re proud to offer your work for sale; we’re proud to support you in such a tangible way; and we’re grateful for the beauty, fun, and challenges you bring to our knitting lives each day. Thank you. Thank you for every wonderful stitch!

Here are the designers you support when you buy from the Knitting Daily Pattern Store: Pam Allen, Erica Alexander, Jennifer Appleby, Veronik Avery, Sarah Barbour, Teri Barr, Tonia Barry, Karen Baumer, Caroline Bautista, Sandy Beadle, Alice Bell, Amanda Berka, Phoenix Bess, Marlaina (Marly) Bird, Gwen Blakley-Kinsler, Cat Bordhi, Deb Brandt, Kelly Bridges, Dawn Brocco, Carol Brown, Monica Welle Brown, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Ann Budd, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Silka Burgoyne, Nancy Bush, MK Carroll, Cathy Carron, Robyn Chachula, Doris Chan, Connie Chang Chinchio, Donna Childs, Lily M. Chin, Kenny Chua, Therese Chynoweth, Amy Clarke Moore, Marie Connolly, Kat Coyle, Celeste Culpepper, Sandy Cushman, Carol Cypher, Lisa Daehlin, Rhonda Davis, Judith Dern, Valentina Devine, Luanda Diaz-Santiago, Joy Doss, Sharon Dreifuss, Donna Druchunas, Judith Durant, Teva Durham, Edie Eckman, Fiona Ellis, Jodi Euchner, Lisa Evans, Hannah Fettig, Jared Flood, Sara Foster, Catherine Gagnon, Chrissy Gardiner, Lynn Gates, Norah Gaughan, Lorinda Gayle, Laura Gebhardt, Mary Ann Gebhardt, Mary Gehling, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Pam Gillette, Cecily Glowik, Faina Goberstein, Laurie Gonyea, Ellen Gormley, Megan Granholm, Laura Grutzeck, Jennifer Hagan, Angela Hahn, Alice Halbeisen, Robin Hansen, Edna Hart, Beryl Hiatt, Katie Himmelberg, Amie Hirtes, Sarah Hoadley, Amy O'Neil Houck, Nicholette Hoyer, Margaret Hubert, Marikka Hughes, Melinda Hunt, Laura Irwin, Kate Jackson, Eunny Jang, Stefanie Japel, Kathleen Power Johnson, Sasha Kagan, Michelle Katerberg, Donna Kay, Helen Klebesadel, Erika Knight, Joanne Frantz, Kate Kuckro, Marji LaFreniere, Jennifer Lang, Susan Pierce Lawrence, Nguyen Le, Dawn Leeseman, Faina Letoutchaia, Alexandra Lockhart, Heather Lodinsky, Elizabeth Lovick, Sara Lucas, Anne Kuo Lukito, Nancy Marchant, Marta McCall, Joan McGowan-Michael, Colleen Meagher, Sheryl Means, Robin Melanson, Sally Melville, Simona Merchant-Dest, Kathy Merrick, Marty Miller, Melissa Mitchell, Annie Modesitt, Charlotte Morris, Marilyn Murphy, Lela Nargi, Lisa Naskrent, Nancy Nehring, Deborah Newton, Cheryl Niamath, Kristin Nicholas, Liz Nields, Chloe Nightingale, Ruthie Nussbaum, Elin Nybo, Sharon O'Brien, Kristin Omdahl, Michele Rose Orne, Jennifer Pace, Maggie Pace, Shirley Paden, Mari Lynn Patrick, Gryphon Perkins, Annette Petavy, Marcy Petrini, Lindy Phelps, Andrea Pomerantz, Leslie Pope, Christina Marie Potter, Moira Ravenscroft, Carol Rhoades, Sean Riley, Laura Rintala, Joelle Meier Rioux, Beverly Roberts, Rachel Roberts, Gayle Roehm, Wren Ross, Mary Rowe, Karen Rumpza, Robin Russo, Katy Ryan, Sophia Sallas-Brookwell, Mareike Sattler, Theresa Schabes, Lou Schiela, Kristi Schueler, Charlene Schurch, Ron Schweitzer, Emilee Mooney Scott, Amy Shimel, Sharon Shoji, Lisa Shroyer, Robin Shroyer, Ann Smith, Becca Smith, Lise Solvang, Meema Spadola, Kristin Spurkland, Tracy St. John, Caitlin Stevens, Elissa Sugishita, Carol Sulcoski, Judy Sumner, Carol Sunday, Judith L. Swartz, Sarah Swett, Jennifer Tallapaneni, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, Cindy Taylor, Mary Beth Temple, Kristen TenDyke, Sara Tobias, Kennita Tully, Julie Turjoman, Takako Ueki, Julia Vaconsin, Carol Ventura, Kathy Veeza, Laura Wallins, Melissa Wehrle, Margaret Goeden Whan, Alison Green Will, Harriet Wintermute, Sandi Wiseheart, Fronia Wissman, Jill Wright, Lois Young, Diane Zangl, Victoria Zygas, Shayna Zelko, and last but never least, Kathy Zimmerman!


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What's on Sandi's needles? I really did not intend to get so caught up in Nancy Bush's Leaf and Nupp Shawl (from our new book Knitted Lace of Estonia) that it would push everything else out of the way--but that's what happened. I was travelling this week, and somehow I managed to get six of the fourteen center repeats done in only a week's time. It's so much fun to see the lace pattern growing so quickly...however, now I am in a bit of a pickle. All the women members of my family whom I am visiting are pointedly discussing what color they would like their shawl to be...

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Judy@12 wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 11:19 AM
I just started reading the blogs, so I'm a bit behind the times. I, too, have much to be thankful for, especially my newly renewed (and vastly more obsessive relationship with knitting!). I was struck by the entries from Canadians in the US and vice versa as my elder daughter has just moved to Edmonton (in August) to attend graduate school at U. of Alberta. My other daughter is at Northwestern U. in Illinois- As children from Portland, OR they are discovering the meaning of cold weather. I am madly knitting warm woolen items to fill their Christmas lists. Thank you for your comments.
JanaT wrote
on Nov 25, 2008 5:31 AM
I so appreciate the innovation by Interweave to use internet technology to give designers what they so richly deserve. I love looking at vintage or archived patterns! Bring more out, please! Also, I'd like to search the pattern store by designers. I agree about using PayPal, too.
Dawn in NL wrote
on Nov 24, 2008 2:33 AM
To Charli, I had that problem for a while but finally found the answer is to be in the website (not the email) and then click on the tab Blogs. Enjoy.
McKennaO wrote
on Nov 22, 2008 6:34 PM
What a beautifully simple and eloquent missive on compensating designers. Too often we forget the sheer amount of work - never mind inherent talent - required to write a genuinely good pattern. Thank you, Sandi. By the way, I "third"(?) the PayPal option. I have no issues with using credit cards, but the simplicity of PayPal is very appealing. Surely it can't be that much more costly to Interweave than credit cards?
KristiT wrote
on Nov 22, 2008 3:09 AM
I'd also love to see a way to search by designer, and I'd also love to be able to browse patterns by skill level - search by item type and then sort by skill level would be even better.
charli wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 5:16 PM
Is there a way for me to scroll methodically through the KD posts? Or even to see a list of headings and dates to click through to?
charli wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 5:14 PM
what an unfair tease that clicking on the designer's pics don't get me anywhere!
AnnaM wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 2:48 PM
PS. I second the request for Pay Pal payment. It is so easy, and would make a big difference. I don't have credit cards anymore, either. Anna
AnnaM wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 2:46 PM
Sandi, thank you so much for this post. Before I became disabled, I began to develop a knitwear design career, and doing the research back then, the discouraging thing was lack of royalties for designers. I followed Annie Modisett when she was blogging on this subject, and she showed the difficulty clearly. Interweave was courageous and progressive to develop the system you outlined, and as an erstwhile designer, I thank you and the company for making a move. I hope other companies follow your lead. Plus, as usual, you are the heart of Knitting Daily, and we all thank you for being you. Anna
PollyR wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 2:41 PM
Lovely post, thank you! As someone who moved from Canada to the States at almost the exact moment you moved the other way, Sandi, I understand exactly your "Thanksgiving Season" feelings--I keep being disconcerted when people ask me how my holiday season is going, as I feel like I'm in Thanksgiving season right now, and that the Christmas/winter holiday season hasn't started yet! I'm very grateful for the Pattern Store too--as a relatively late comer to Interweave Knits, I would be incredibly frustrated if I couldn't get all the beautiful patterns from sold-out issues! One thing I am wondering about the pattern store, though--why the price variations? I'm not complaining, just wondering why one (camisole) pattern costs more than another (coat) pattern, for example. Enjoy Canada; it's a great place!
LindyN wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 2:21 PM
Wow! Thank you for the "Giving Thanks to Those Who Bring Us Beautiful Knitting". I am in awe of people who can design. I appreciate your bringing that to my attention.
Knittinaj wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 2:18 PM
I am grateful for Knitting Daily. It keeps me inspired to knit. Sandi, I miss your emails.....they are not the same without you.
JudithB wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 1:22 PM
I give thanks for the reasonable prices and the fact that I can store your patterns on my hard drive. I'm running out of bookcase space for my knitting books!!! Also love the gifts KD gives us in the form of great free patterns! The extra $$ I save with the free patterns gives me an opportunity to buy better yarn and there's nothing to replace great yarn! Happy Thanksgiving to All. JMB
MaryD wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 12:29 PM
Whay don't you allow something pay pal for purchasing patterns? I will not put my crdeit card info on the internet (I had one stolen that way) and so can never buy patterns from the store.
marginnati wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 12:20 PM
In Internet searches, I've seen pictures of mukluks that were (I think) from the Dec. 2005 Interweave. Any chance these could be added to the available patterns?
LauraN@2 wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 11:04 AM
I love your post on Gratitude, particularly for all these hardworking knitwear designers. I wonder if there would be a way in the Pattern Store to search the patterns by Designer? I was wanting to search them this way and didn't see it as an option.... Warmly, Laura