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About pamdaley

  • Birthday 03/12/1955

A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    PlayingwithFiber
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  • Location
    Medford, Oregon
  • Occupation
    Crochet Designer
  • Favorite hook type
    Wood
  • Favorite projects
    Baby hats & accessories; socks, gloves
  • Crocheting since...
    1965

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  1. I consistently sell twice as many patterns on Etsy as I do on Ravelry (2014 YTD is 56% Etsy; 26% on Ravelry). I also sell on Craftsy (14% YTD) and have a few patterns listed here on Crochetville. I currently have 70 patterns on Etsy and 90 on Ravelry - I have no idea why I do so much better on Etsy! It was the same way even before Etsy added the instant download capability too. <shrug> I don't sell on Patternfish specifically because of the big commission - and I really think my stuff is out there enough. I don't feel like I need to be on every single pattern selling venue out there - too much hassle for too little return. For what it's worth, that's been my experience.
  2. Hi Lisa - I've been on Etsy for several years selling patterns & finished items; I also self-publish 99% of my designs. I have my own website that includes a blog and ecommerce functionality. I'm a professional member of CGOA and available through their mentoring program (if you're an associate professional member). Otherwise, feel free to contact me here or directly at playingwithfiber @ gmail.com
  3. Sure - would love another tester; the deadline for the test is this Monday. If that's not too quick of a turnaround time for you, send me a message with your email address and I'll send you the pattern. (Please make sure to read the information in the Ravelry thread that I linked in the first post here.) Thanks!
  4. Hi Sara - if you're still looking for a mentor, I'd be glad to help. I have been on Etsy for several years selling patterns & finished items; I also self-publish 99% of my designs - if those fit with your business goals, just send me an email and we'll talk.
  5. I'm conducting testing for a new pattern in my Ravelry group here - http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/pam-daley-designs/topics/2852866 You can read the details & requirements in the thread linked above, but short and sweet synopsis is that it is a hat made almost entirely of unjoined rounds of front-post double crochet stitches that is completely reversible for 2 different looks (see pictures below). The pattern includes sizes from baby to adult; ladies & men; requires from 2 - 4.5 ounces of worsted weight yarn (depending on size made). Testing deadline is Monday, March 3.
  6. I'm just getting started so I'm still looking for designs for all states.
  7. Are you the type of crocheter who can “wing it” when you want to make something? Do you just “make it up as you go along” but you really don't care about writing patterns down? Then perhaps you’d like to participate in a new project I’m developing. I would like to put together a pattern book for “state squares” – each square will be designed to pay tribute to or make you think of a specific state. (Think along the lines of the state quarters.) Maybe the square would have a simple rendition of the state flower or bird? Or something that makes you think of that state – gold rush for California, peaches for Georgia, etc. Something other than just the outline of the state shape (although you could certainly incorporate an outline into the design). Sound interesting? Here’s how to submit if you’d like to be a part: Your idea for a state square – it can be sketched out or you can make one and send me a picture of it. If you're not sending a picture of a completed square, give me as much information as you can with your sketch. Help me to "see" what you "see" the finished design looking like. See below for where and how to send your submission idea. That’s it! If your design is accepted, I would then ask for: Your notes on how you made it – as long as they are legible they can even be hand written. You will not need to write the pattern! I will ask you to send me a completed square along with your final notes and I will turn them into a pattern. I will take care of all writing and formatting of the pattern, tech editing, getting final samples made and the photography – all you have to do is come up with the idea and make the prototype. Here’s what you get: The design is yours; however since I will be writing the actual pattern, the copyright for that pattern remains with me. Your name will be on the pattern page as the creator of the design. You will receive a free copy of the complete ebook. I’m also considering offering a printed version of the book via CreateSpace or another print-on-demand service. If I’m able to make that happen, contributors would be able to purchase a copy at cost. Bragging rights! There is nothing like seeing a design you’ve thought up in a book with your name attached. The ebook will be available on Amazon (as well as other venues) and will be publicized everywhere possible. Obviously it would be fantastic if I could also offer monetary compensation, but I cannot. That’s why this project is probably best suited to those who are not established designers, but those who want the fun of having an idea of theirs turned into a pattern and published. (But without having to actually write a pattern!) Requirements for the squares: Must be made with worsted weight yarn – acrylic, wool, whatever you have in your stash is fine Completed squares must measure between 5 ½ & 6 ½ inches square (I will likely be adding a border to each square when finishing them, so your design can reach from edge to edge if necessary) I won’t require a specific stitch count since I don’t want to limit you on the types of stitches you use; but it should be somewhere around 25 – 30 stitches wide; give or take 5 stitches. Questions: Will you provide the yarn to make our square? Since you will be sending me a prototype of your design idea and I will be crocheting the squares again once the pattern is written, there is no yarn support for this project. Feel free to use whatever you have in your stash for the prototype, as long as it’s worsted weight. What happens to the square we send you? If you would like the square sent back when the project is complete, I can do that. Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission if you would like your square sent back. Can we submit more than one square idea? Absolutely! Please send a separate email for each submission idea though. Will you accept knitting designs too? No; sorry. This is a crochet-only project. Send your submission idea to: playingwithfiber@gmail.com Please put: 50 State Squares Submission: <add state name here> in the subject line. Make sure to include your full name and contact info (a phone number would be appreciated in addition to your email address; but that's not mandatory) in the body of the email. Tell me about your idea - either in the body of the email or you can attach a separate document. Attach the sketch or photo and you’re done! Deadline for submission ideas: March 31, 2014 You will hear back from me by April 15 as to whether your idea has been accepted for the book. Once notified of acceptance, you will have 30 days to complete the prototype & pattern notes and ship them to me. Other questions? Ask them here or you can email me at the address above. Thanks!
  8. Amy just posted about this on Facebook - I'd love to be a part of it. I pick a charity each year to focus on and this year it will be your group. I'll send a request to join the group page you've set up on Facebook.
  9. After months of experimenting & testing, I'm launching a new product line of stitch markers for crocheters. These are easily opened and closed - much easier than the typical lobster claw clasp you see on most markers for crocheters. The fun thing about these markers is that they can also be worn as earrings - really! You can order pre-made markers or have your own custom photo markers made. Below are some examples - you can see lots more in my shop on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlayingWithFiber?section_id=11555014. For a limited time you can use the coupon code "STITCHMARKERFRENZY" for 25% off any stitch marker order. Thanks for reading!
  10. I'd love to be entered as well! Wool doesn't bother me and this would make something warm & cozy! Thanks for being so generous. :-)
  11. I'm looking for ride-sharing buddies. I'll be arriving Tuesday evening at about 11 PM; flight home leaves Monday at 2 PM. PM me if you're interested! :-)
  12. I've made it through 2 rows; I'm using an I hook and am making the row gauge, but not the stitch gauge. I tried using a K hook; I just don't like that big of a hook unless I'm using a bulky yarn. I also changed the first row to fsc instead of chains; I like the stretchiness & look of fsc much better than chain stitches. I'll see how big it is after working 9 rows; if it's not big enough I'll just add more rows.
  13. Okay, I'm going to put on a movie on my computer and sit down to try and get started on this project. Crossing my fingers!!
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