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Fluffy Stitches Changes

May 8, 2020
The new Fluffy Stitches round logo

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Fluffy Stitches will be going through some changes in times to come. Find out what’s going to happen and more importantly, find out the reasons that brought these changes on.

What’s happening?

This is going to be a different kind of post.

In this post, there won’t be a pattern or a review. It’s going to be a post about what you can expect in the future. And why am I writing this? Because the future brings change to Fluffy Stitches. And although I may not have everything figured out (as usual) there is a point to this change.

I don’t know if you’ve ever read my first post, but in it, I tell you why I started Fluffy Stitches. Truth be told, I had no idea it would become such a big part of my life and that it would become so important to me. Doing all these crochet and knit projects, learning about Tunisian crochet, connecting with other crafters. All of this has become part of my self-care routine and I know that I need all this in my life.

However, running Fluffy Stitches is not just about making patterns, writing them down, and publishing them. There’s a lot of work behind the scenes and I know that I’m still not doing all the things I should (pattern testing, hello!).

Now, I’m at a point where I have to decide on the amount of effort and money I want to invest in my little corner of the Internet. Because honestly, between the time it takes to do it all and what I’m getting out of it, I know can’t keep it up.

Is Fluffy Stitches ending????

NO!

This doesn’t mean that Fluffy Stitches is going to end. I can’t do that.

The good feelings I have when I pick up a squishy ball of yarn. The zen state I get into when I do a stitch, and then another, and then a row, and then another… The feeling of happiness and accomplishment that fills me when I finish a project that I imagined from scratch. The overwhelming joy when someone likes my work and leaves me a comment or buys my pattern! The feeling of connection when I talk to another crafter who understands exactly what I’m blabbering about.

Because of all these amazing things, I can’t let Fluffy Stitches end.

So… what are you gonna do?

Keep making one stitch at a time. Just at a slower pace. πŸ™‚

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been publishing two posts per week. Moreover, I’ve been releasing a new pattern almost every week. While I love sharing new patterns, at this point, I can’t keep it up without risking mistakes. And although making mistakes is all part of being human, I want to squash the chances that YOU’re the one to find those mistakes.

I want to improve the quality of the designs I’m publishing. I also want to include more sizes. Therefore, I need to review a few parts of my design and publishing process and make a couple of changes to Fluffy Stitches. This mean:

  • Reducing the number of posts to one per week, to be released on Fridays.
  • Releasing 2 new patterns per month.
  • Writing patterns for more sizes.
  • Having patterns reviewed and tested.

Publishing different things.

I’ve had a couple of ideas for new things that I’d like to have here on the blog. Instead of just “loose” patterns, I’d like to work on small collections, for instance. Make a few patterns either for a certain season or occasion. Or make a “Best Of…” and throw in a few exclusive new patterns and sell this as eBooks, for example. This way, you’d have more of the patterns you love.

This is something that I haven’t been able to explore because I’m so caught up in the hamster wheel of * making-publishing-promoting, repeat from *.

Having more collaborations.

I enjoy so much to be involved in other crafters’ work! For example, testing for a designer. It’s such a pleasure to make a beautiful pattern come to life and to know that you’re helping another designer and every maker that will pick up that pattern. Another example is when you use hand-dyed yarn. When you use it in your projects, it makes them so unique. And by using it, you’re telling that dyer that all the time and effort they put into finding out the right recipe to get the most beautiful colors was absolutely worth it!

Part of the fun of this craft is talking and working with other crafters, and this is something that I want to do more of. Reach out to hand woodcarvers (knitbrooks, I’m thinking of you!), hand dyers, spinners, designers, and collaborate to create projects that I could never think of all by myself. Crafting is better with friends, and I really want to show you that!

You’re dreaming, no one cares!

Maybe. That’s my biggest fear.

But if you’ve read this far, then you know that I’m doing these changes to improve Fluffy Stitches. I’m doing it to improve the quality of the content that I give you, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. In fact, I’m thinking that if I give you better things, you’ll actually have more reasons to come back!

So I’m gonna have a little faith and jump. And hopefully, everything will get into gear soon and after these changes, Fluffy Stitches will be in better shape than ever!

You’re bluffing. You’re gonna disappear and never be releasing anything else again.

Not true.

I understand that this might look like a “goodbye” post. One where what I’m truly saying is that there are a lot of things I’d like to do, but I just can’t keep the blog going. I assure you it’s not. And to prove it to you, I even invested in a new professional logo (finally!) for the blog and a signature!

I take Fluffy Stitches seriously, and I want it to be a space where you know that you’ll always find high-quality, fun patterns that are worth your time and yarn.

And if that means that I have to take a step back to regroup, then I’m doing it because it’s worth it!

(And I am working on a new pattern now, see?)

A Tunisian Crochet WIP

Fluffy Stitches is here to stay!

However, if there’s anything you’d like to ask, or if you just want to say something about all this, feel free to leave a comment below. I’ll be sure to answer.

See you next week! πŸ˜‰

A "Susana" signature, one of the changes at Fluffy Stitches

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    Reply Maria May 24, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Difficult to keep feet on steady groun but still follow one’s dreams. All the best for your project

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