Sometimes I'm a little shocked by the things I see online, thoughts shared by peers. I don't get a chance to read up on the latest news or look at other people's blogs very often but this morning I had a little extra coffee time and I was enjoying catching up on the latest until I saw the words that free patterns somehow cheapen the craft of crochet! I was actually a bit floored by that, maybe even a little hurt that my peers harbor such thoughts but then I had another coffee and thought about it some more. It's all good, no harm done to me, I'm letting those words roll right off. After all, it's just an opinion and it doesn't make it true. I have opinions and my opinions aren't always true, right?! I may know lots but I'm not all knowing.
And for what it's worth, here's my opinion on the matter not to combat anyone in particular but in case the view that free patterns cheapen the craft is shared by another in the future. We have to be careful that we don't claim a craft as something to be governed by one or by a group:
It's Free But Definitely Not Cheap
A price tag added to a pattern does not add worth to that pattern nor does a free pattern make it cheap. A pattern is a pattern and they are all different. As
designers we all have different styles even if a pattern is similar to another and people will find a designer's style to their liking or not to their liking and choose accordingly.
We're all different and we all have something different to offer. Make your own way and make it the best way you can. I work very hard at what I do, very hard. Yes, I do earn an income now on youtube but that took almost 4 years of endless work and dedication (and not to mention the loss of sleep) with my first love being teaching. That love of teaching drives me to do what I do, if it didn't then I'd be charging for every pattern I publish. But I found a way to do it without charging anyone so if that upsets people that's really them just thinking they have the only rights to a craft that been in use since the 1800's.
I came onto the facebook scene with Amigurumi Freely in 2011 and there was already bunches of pages offering free patterns. All Free Crochet, Red Heart Yarns, Ravelry, Crochet Me and on and on. I didn't think at the time nor do I think now that those big pages are cheapening the craft of crochet! They are invaluable assets to the community. Where would we be without them really? I'm a small page in the shadow of these bigger ones and I could care less, I love those pages. I enjoy them and I'm just carving out my own space in the crochet world and I love what I do! I find joy in what I do. There's joy in teaching a new a craft to another human being and the fact I can do that at no charge to any of you feels really awesome. You can't put a price tag on that and that is not cheap.
I'm looking forward to 2015, there's so much more I want to share! I feel so much love and excitement. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for us all. I wish all my friends, peers and fellow youtubers great success.. onwards and upwards!
Love and Peace!