Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Friday 24 June 2016

On my Needles..

Life continues to accelerate at the speed of sound around here. I’m getting lots of customer quilts done...... over ten since my machine came back home. But that means that very little of my own stuff is getting done, which means not much interesting is happening to document on the blog here. I am getting knitting done and some hand stitching, and that’s about it.  The other thing that is getting done, though, is a lot of research on internet sales of my quilt patterns. Who knew it would be so complicated? Turns out, if someone in a country in Europe wants to buy a digital download pattern from me, who lives in Canada, I am supposed to collect the tax that is owed in their country and submit it to either that country, or a central agency that distributes those taxes to the appropriate people. The research and the learning curves into how to do this, and the best way to sell is rather overwhelming. Should I go for an Etsy shop, then I can sell my patterns, and also some quilts. How about an account on Craftsy... I could sell my patterns there, but not quilts. Or there is the option to attach a shop right to my blog. So many choices, and no idea, at the moment at least, which to choose. So, in the meantime, I work on customer quilts, and also work on trying to get some of the patterns written up. And I knit to relax my brain. I’ve gotten a lot done on my Roads End sweater. I’m down into the contrast colour band around the waist. When I first started this sweater, I wasn’t 100% sure about the colour combinations. I mostly put them together because I had enough to make a sweater if I combined them, but not enough of each colour to make a full sweater. Plus, they are hand died yarns, so each skein is slightly different from the other, so stripes seemed a better idea. Now that I’m seeing it come together, I really like the combinations. 
I’m going to link up to Judy’s On the Needles. Then, it will be time to get some more work done. I have yet to decide if I’m going to continue sewing a quilt together, or if I’m going to put together a quilt back. I suppose I could always do a little of both......


  1. Your sweater is beautiful. I like the color combinations you choose. Good luck on getting your patterns out to the world. I admire your determination, but not your task of getting it done easily.

  2. I'm really starting to love your sweater colours - especially the pale band up top, and the darker one below. They really make the pattern pop!
    As far as selling patterns - I'd love to go back to the "good old days" - if I remember correctly, if I was out of the jurisdiction of the seller, I didn't pay tax... I know it isn't that way anymore, unfortunately, but it sure takes some of the joy out of trying to "share" your patterns.

  3. I think there may be some forums on Etsy addressing these complicated issues. I feel for you...It should not be so hard! I love your sweater and I think the colors are just fine.


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