Natty Knits is now on Craftsy.com. It’s quite a labor of love to copy 40 knitting pattern designs into a new interface, but I’m slowly adding a few every day.
Craftsy is an online craft store, it specializes in teaching crafters new things through a series of online classes. You can take classes in knitting, sewing, cake decorating, crochet, embroidery, paper crafts, jewelry making and other crafts too. Then Craftsy sells patterns (some are free) and supplies to crafters, so they can practice their newly learned skills. Those patterns are made and uploaded by independent designers, like me! It’s an excellent idea.
Craftsy has some serious advantages for a knitting pattern designer. Firstly there are no fees, which is a little astonishing. Secondly, the site seems to be very robust, so far I’ve experienced no crashes or bugs and the user interface is very easy to navigate.
I also like the classes. I dabble in other crafts from time to time, mostly card making and sewing, because when knitting is your business it’s nice to step back and make something for fun and not for a deadline. I’ve already bought the “Design and Sew an A-Line Skirt” classes but I’m contemplating going back a step and buying “Sewing Studio” which seems to be a sewing 101. The classes are a series of videos with a little chat forum attached in case you get lost or stuck or your sewing machine explodes.
Now all I need to do is find the time to take the class.
Meanwhile, you should take the time to meet Craftsy, just go over and say “hello”.