Oh, so many questions...
This will be the first toe-up pattern I add to my line, and that's the new Gone Surfin' yarn. Love it! It's a little bit different than the other wool/tencel blends I've used - it's fluffier and not quite as shiny. I was lacking a new Us Weekly to peruse yesterday while I ate breakfast, so I picked up No Sheep For You and learned all about alternative fibers. There was quite an interesting section on all the different by-products that can be spun into yarn (like Tencel, for example). It was a great read!
Anyway, the pattern should be available in a couple months through Gardiner Yarn Works. Now I've got to figure out how to work that Sockapalooza Knit Pligg thing...
Okay, now onto the discussion. Thank you to all who commented on my last post about shopping at your LYS - it was very enlightening. I'm a little surprised at the number of people who have been treated badly at their LYS. The next issue of Yarn Market News is going to be addressing the reputation of yarn shop owners as not-so-nice people - it will be very interesting to see what the shop owners have to say about that. I am lucky to have a really great shop, Close Knit, nice and close (but not dangerously close) to my house. The owner is fabulous, as are the other shop owners I've run into around town.
I will definitely be keeping on-line sources for my patterns, regardless. It's just a question of whether I sell them from my own site, or route them through an on-line shop run by someone else (like The Sweet Sheep, The Yarn Grove, Sandra Singh or Knot Another Hat, to name my current sources). I still have quite a bit of yarn over on my shelf, so none of this will happen for quite awhile anyway.
Now, on to my next question - what kind of patterns would y'all like to see added to my line? More socks? Should I branch out and do some kid stuff? Felted bags? Sweaters? Lace shawls? Should I add some easier stuff, or do you guys like the more challenging patterns? What would make you go crazy?
And just so my poor mom doesn't feel left out, here's a picture my brother-in-law took of the boy in his building gear.
Sorry, Mom, I don't have a new picture of the girl - you'll see her in person in a couple of days anyway! We can't wait!