This is a long one, so you might want to fix yourself a tea (or glass of wine) put on your comfiest clothes and snuggle up in your favourite chair…
You may or may not have heard that there's a new platform for purchasing knitting and crochet patterns in our community. MakingThingsApp is a digital library of curated and vetted knitting and crochet patterns. Digital means that there are no pdf downloads. All patterns are published by established designers and are tech edited, test knit, and meet minimum photography requirements. MakingThingsApp uses a membership structure similar to Netflix and Spotify: for a fixed monthly fee knitters can access all of the patterns on the website. The patterns cannot be downloaded as you don't own them, you are paying a fee to access them. Patterns are re-formatted and optimized to work on tablet, smartphone, and laptop screens and to eliminate the need to flip pages in the pattern.
When MakingThingsApp launched a couple of months ago, there was some controversy in the knitting community (among both designers and knitters) regarding the fee structure, whether or not designers are being paid fairly under this structure, and whether it was being clearly conveyed to knitters that they would not *own* the patterns they were accessing and would not be able to download them.
I was invited to be a MakingThingsApp designer, and chose to not have my patterns appear on the site until 1 month after the launch as I wanted to see how this new concept would be received by the knitting community. I have mixed feelings about the structure, but sometimes I'm resistant to change, so I'm giving it a chance.
Ultimately, I think it's a great platform for some knitters (knitters who purchase more than $12USD in patterns each month, don't print patterns, are comfortable not owning the patterns they use) and not an ideal platform for other knitters (knitters who spend less than $12USD per month, like to write in the margins of their patterns, and prefer to own the pattern outright).
As of today, 15 of my patterns are available on MakingThingsApp and I'll add more as time allows. You can find my designer page here, and if you sign up via the link in my designer page, I receive an affiliate fee, I'm not sure how much, and I don't care, I just want to fully disclose my position because I'm honest and never want anyone to question my motives. If you've made it this far and you're still reading this, I admire your patience and I would love to hear what you think of the new MakingThingsApp, you can let me know in the comments.