I've wanted to be a crochet designer for a lot of years; it was the perfect "retirement job" for me. It's a 'location independent' career; I could work on designs just as easily in the Arctic Circle as in Key West.
And that's what I did. I worked hard to build up my business, to get my name out there and to make those industry connections. I've been mostly satisfied with my career as a designer - I truly love crocheting and I'll admit to slight panic attacks at the thought of going somewhere without having at least a crochet hook or two and yarn with me.
But lately, the drive to continue to publish has been less resounding than in the past. I'm still designing and as long as I can hold a crochet hook in my hand I will probably continue to do so; but the desire to publish those designs? Not so much.
I feel like I've been worn down over the past 5 or so years - continually bumping into the attitude that charging $5 or $6 for a pattern is excessive. Trying to explain the time and costs that are part of publishing a professional pattern. Needing to remind other crocheters that yes, I understand that money is tight for you. And no, that doesn't mean that I should work for free so that things are more "fair" for you.
Having people constantly diminish what you do by insisting that you give it away for free gets old. And that's kind of where I'm at. The frustrations I feel with the whole knit & crochet pattern industry are threatening to take the joy of designing from me. I want to do all that I can to keep that from happening and so I am taking off my designer hat indefinitely. I am still designing (as evidenced by the photos you'll see from time to time on my Facebook pages!) but I'm removing the deadlines and pressure I've put on myself to release x-number of patterns during any specific time period.
Please know that my patterns are still - and will continue to be - available to purchase on Etsy as well as Ravelry, Craftsy and Crochetville.
Going forward I will be focusing on different facets of my business - selling more finished crocheted items, continuing to create and sell stitch markers and branching out a bit more into business services & e-books.
For details on the first of those new offerings, click on over to this page and read about my new copy editing services - available beginning today!