I have been busy lately; my daughter started Kindergarten this fall and I went back to school myself as well. Bachelors degree, here I come! (Finally!) But that has meant much, much, much less time for knitting and crocheting. I have been slowly working on projects for friends of mine, but no holiday knitting is taking place and no knitting for pure enjoyment at all. I'm not complaining too much though; all in the name of education! I've wanted to go back to school ever since my daughter surprised me as two pink lines on a plastic stick, and I am so glad I am finally able to.
Today I finally was able to go through some pending comments and reply to them, so if you have been patiently waiting for a reply to a question or comment you had, there should be one now. I'm so sorry it took me so long!
Right now in my limited spare time I have been working on a pattern for a Minion hat, and I hope to have one up within the next couple of weeks. After that I do have a couple other ideas; a crochet Aviator/Bomber hat, a crochet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat perhaps, and maybe some more knitted ear warmer styles. Hopefully I can get the time to get some of those patterns written out!
I've also had a few people ask me over the past few months why I offer my patterns for free and don't try to sell them, so I thought I'd address that here too while I have a chance. The answer is quite simple really; because I don't want to. Knitting and crocheting is a craft that most people do for relaxation and a sense of achievement -- it feels good to finish something and have it be a useful product. It makes you feel pride and a sense of accomplishment to finish a project and have even just one person say "wow, you made that?!". Why would I charge someone to obtain that feeling? I'm not that kind of a person. If you want to be able to make something special for your friends, families, or anyone else who may want it, why should you have to pay to do so? You already have to pay for the yarn, needles/hooks, and all the other notions required for your craft; I'm not going to make you pay anything else to do something intended to make you and others feel good. That's just not the type of person I am. (I guess that's why I'm going to school for Psychology and not Business, huh?) So if you have any special requests for patterns you'd like to see here please feel free to say so with a comment and I will try my best to come up with something for you -- just don't fault me if it takes me a while, and remember that I am not a professional pattern writer by any means, I'm just doing the best I can.
Happy crafting! :-)