I don’t think it’s ever to late to say thanks. So after spending many hours, weeks, and even months on one pattern, my hat is off to all those before me who have done yoman’s work in producing patterns for knitting. Like many, I have formed the habit of looking for the “free” stuff-but no more. I realize now, that unless you have done it, it is hard to appreciate the work that goes into producing a pattern; but once you have attempted it, believe me, just like mine, your attitude will change.
Having written instructions materials before, i.e. handbells music instructions,plays, musicals and craft tutorials, etc., I thought this would be a snap – wrong. Nothing had prepared me for the demands of this project.
First, like in everything, we assume to much, and quite often don’t communicate well. The first thing I encountered was knitting terminology. In my “knitting backwards” tutorial, I had about 40 responses, some telling me I was right in my use of the term, some telling me I was wrong; conclusion- it depends on where you live, and who you learned your knitting from, or, if your are lefthanded or not. The bottom line was that people in different parts of the world often use different terms to describe a move or a stitch. “It’s the way Grandma showed me.”
Secondly, it is a flaw in our present culture that we seem to want everything given to us-we want it free and easy. But, that not exactly new, as the artisans of Rome in Cicero’s day, suffered the same fate as the creatives minds of today.
So, the next time you cringe at the price of a pattern, take a deep breath, and consider the hours of work that went into it (by the way, that includes sleepless nights, missed lunches, aching backs, from sitting at the computer, charting one stitch at a time- you get the picture). There is no way to caluate an hourly wage on the creative process, and even if you could, I assure you, none of us could afford it.
Something to think about-