A Patreon conundrum

In my enthusiasm for getting started on Patreon, I didn’t think through all the tax-related ramifications. I knew I might have to pay income tax on the proceeds, and am glad to do so. However, I didn’t think about sales tax.

The reward I had envisioned falls under the sales tax rules where I live. This means that if I keep providing exclusive digital goods for patrons, I would be legally required to find out whether patrons lived in North Carolina, and if so, pay the relevant sales tax to the state. I’m not inclined to do this; I don’t have any way of finding out where my backers live through Patreon.

I’m going to go ahead as originally planned for this month, but I can see a couple of alternatives for after that:

  1. Provide no special rewards for backers (just, I hope, the satisfaction of supporting someone who’s providing useful content for free to anyone who likes it).
  2. Let backers suggest words for me to encode, but make the resulting stitch patterns non-exclusive and free to my blog readers.

I’m inclined toward number two, since it’s closest to the original reward.

What do you think?

Knitweaving: a less well-known technique.

Knitweaving: a less well-known technique.

I was browsing through Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook a couple of months ago, looking for information for a design project that’s still in process when I came across the entry for knitweaving (again; I’ve certainly browsed the book a lot). This time it intrigued me, and turned out to be a good method to use for a personal project, shown above. It’s going to be a stole made from a grey background yarn, decorated with handspun yarn received in a swap with the friends who spun it. The “back” of the fabric is in the top of the picture and the “front” is at the bottom. (I like both sides in different ways.)

I was telling my friends about the method and went looking online for more information to share. I was only slightly surprised to discover that the only discussions of the technique were from the perspective of machine knitters – I’d really only ever seen that one half-page of information in Stanley’s book and hadn’t ever seen any other non-machine-knitter using or discussing it.

So. What is knitweaving? It involves carrying a second strand of yarn (I’ll call it the weft, since that’s the weaving equivalent) across a row of knitting as decoration without ever working a stitch with it.

Advantages:

  1. Some yarns look better in the skein than they do when knitted up, right? I find that those yarns often look better in actually woven cloth because the yarn is stretched out in straight lines. This is a way to achieve a similar effect in knitting.
  2. Leftovers and swap yarns of varying thickness can be combined in one project without as much worry about gauge (within limits, obviously – I suspect that the thickest yarn used shouldn’t be any thicker than the knitting needles used for the project.)

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Secret Code Stitch-of-the-month club via Patreon

I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to put a donation button on my blog so that people who find my posts useful but don’t want to buy my patterns can make a donation if they like. I don’t want anyone to feel obliged, mind – this is information I happily provide for free. At the same time, I am trying to make some money from being a designer. So I’ve been trying to figure out an optional way for people to send me money if they can and if they feel my posts are useful.

I recently heard about Patreon, which is kind of like a variation on Kickstarter. In this case, it’s a way that people can support people who are making things they like. Creators can either be funded for specific projects or can set up a subscription if they post content regularly. Like me! This seems even better to me than a donation button.

So I thought I would set up a Patreon account. If you would like to subscribe (a dollar a month, or whatever you choose), I would really appreciate it. If enough people do it, I’ll be able to get rid of the ads on my blog, pay to be able to publish stitch maps with my patterns, and who knows what else.

In exchange, I’ll give you an extra stitch pattern each month that I won’t publish elsewhere. There will always be an option that isn’t lace, even if it’s only a chart that can be used for colorwork. Note: colorwork charts can also be used for Tunisian crochet colorwork, cross stitch, needlepoint, beadwork, quilting patterns, designing weaving drafts… In short, anything that’s designed on a grid.

I think we could call it a secret code stitch-of-the-month club. (Even though not all of my patterns are based on encoding things as knitting.)

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Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the dice, version 2: slipped stitches. Two different yarns, both sides of the fabric.

Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the dice, version 2

First, I’d like to thank everyone for their sympathy last week. It really means a lot to me!


I usually try to include one lace pattern and one not, for the sake of those who don’t wear lace. I forgot last time, so here’s something to fill that gap.

I envisioned the pattern as charted, with the floats and the bulk of the purl blips on the front, but it turns out I like both sides equally. I worked it in both solid and variegated yarn because slip stitch patterns often work especially well with variegated. The solid is more subtle, especially on the mostly knit side – but I think it’s still a pleasing texture.

When designing textured stitches in particular, it’s always worth looking at both sides of the fabric. Sometimes you’ll find that you prefer the side that was meant to be hidden!

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A sad farewell to crochet

I tried resting my hands. I tried finding different ways to move my hands. I tried different kinds of hooks. But there’s no help for it: I’m going to have to give up crochet because it hurts my wrists too much. I’m only 44; the women in my family live a long time and I’d like to be able to do yarny things as long as possible.

I’ll go ahead and finish getting one more crochet pattern published, but after that I’m afraid I’ll be doing no more.

(Knitting seems to be okay; I’ll be going on with my knitting.)

ETA: I’ve had plenty of advice and suggestions. Please, no more. Thank you!

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Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the Dice

I’ve been wanting to try rolling dice to generate a stitch pattern for a while, using my secret code techniques for the layout, and so this étude is a try at that. I think it worked out well. Here’s a free knitting stitch pattern for you!

I rolled the numbers 3, 6, 6, 2, 5, and 4.

I was very careful about where I placed my decreases – I like to be able to see their lines as a pattern of their own, I included a two stitch cable (also known as a traveling stitch) in the first row to enhance the effect. I also felt free to place corresponding decreases on row 9 for two of the increases on row 11, since this isn’t actually a secret code.

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Chart Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the Dice
Row 1 (RS): K, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LC, k. (6 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: K2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Yo, k, k2tog, ssk, k, yo.
Row 6: P5, k.
Row 7: K, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k.
Row 8: P2, k, p3.
Row 9: Cdd, yo x 2, cdd. (4 sts)
Row 10: P, k, p2.
Row 11: Yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2. (6 sts)
Row 12: K, p3, k, p.

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knitting stitch pattern: a Roll of the Dice by Naomi Parkhurst is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Charting on the road

When I’m at home and I want to chart a knitting stitch, I use my professional quality software, StitchMastery, which is excellent. I highly recommend it.

But sometimes I’m out and about with my iPad and just want to sketch up a chart to work from and be able to edit.

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