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While I was still working as editor of Crochet World, I was diagnosed with MS, and that made staying at that job impossible. After leaving upon my neurologist’s recommendation, I moved back to Maine where I began the process of healing. After several years of rest and coming back into the land of the living, I realized that I wasn’t done with my career in the design world. While I was interested in designing, I knew that isn’t all I wanted to do. Meeting with Blue Wave Creative, the folks who do my web design, it was suggested that I use the subscription service format that has become Mainly Crochet. My original plan was to produce issues, but this is a way better plan!
It is infinitely more satisfying!(and I really like my boss!)There is no bureaucracy to slog through. I can use whatever pattern I want, whether it takes 101 pages or not. No one can say “we’re cutting your projects so we can fit this ad in”. I can use real people as models. I can produce a pattern in less than a month, and let subscribers have it immediately. At the same time, we can take what time we need to really get the pattern right. I work with designers instead of issuing an editorial calendar, with an enjoyable back and forth honing of the designs that get produced. Having been a designer myself for so long, I value the creative process, and respect my designers. My business model reflects that.
Yes, and no. A subscription allows access to ALL the patterns on the site. Depending on the day and my mood, I do have favorites that change with both of those factors. Fortunately I can choose everything! And then there are always the ones we’re in the process of producing, always something new!
Varied. Inspired. Traditional. Edgy. Easy. Experienced. There truly is something for everyone!
Mainly Crochet is a labor of love, created and run by people actively involved in the art and craft of crochet. Our goal is to serve up the best of crochet in the most beautiful manner possible to our subscribers, always with a hook in our hands!