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Welcome to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur!

Creative Yarn Entrepreneur, a weekly podcast for indies in the yarn industry. Find out more at creativeyarnentrepreneur.com.

If you’re a crochet or knitting author, blogger, designer, maker, podcaster, publisher, teacher, or tech editor; a yarn dyer or spinner; or the owner of any other small business based around yarn, you’ll find great ideas for launching, managing, and evolving your indie yarncrafts business, and tips for keeping your creative energy flowing!

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  • Marie,
    I just recently discovered your podcast. I think it is a great source of information for people who want to yarn craft on a professional level.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and keep up with the good work.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Joanna, and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the show. If you have topics you’d like to hear addressed on the show, let me know!

  • Enjoyed the show! I always learn something! I am a Craftsy affiliate, but not much luck, need to boost traffic to my blog.
    I have noticed a lot of designers are offering free pattern on their blogs with links to Ravelry or Etsy where a ad free version of the pattern can be purchased.
    I don’t have time to be looking for new advertisers so I prefer to just sell my patterns with a few free ones thrown in on the blog. I do think there’s something to the quote you get what you pay for. Thoughts?

    • Thanks for writing, Angela. I’m not sure I understand your exact question. In our current online model, many high quality things are offered for free to consumers and paid for by advertising. For example, I can read New York Times articles for free and they are supposedly one of the “better” newspapers, so I don’t assume that it is lower quality just because it is free. At the same time, each business owner has to choose income models that make sense for her own values and beliefs.

      As for the advertising, most ad networks will look for new advertisers on your behalf.

  • Hi Marie,
    I’m an amigurumi hobbyist and recently wanted to take it seriously. I have some patterns written and ready to publish them free at my blog for now. And also, design my characters and sell patterns at ETSY as a business.

    I was looking for ETSY podcast last week and I found you! I really enjoy listening to your podcast. The information are helpful and not redundant. I started from the first episode and learned the legal information from #7, Thank you so much for providing free information for us to learn. Everything are very well organised.

    Marie, I have a question. Do you know if it’s okay to publish my own amigurumi pattern of licensed characters for free? (e.g. Mickey Mouse, Super Mario) I saw ETSY sellers not only selling the patterns, but even the products. I don’t want to get into trouble.

    I want to support you to make more podcast! If you have a patreon account, I would like to contribute to your hard work.

    • Arie, thanks for writing. I’m not a lawyer (nor do I play one on tv), but it’s my understanding that you are infringing on the intellectual property of others when you publish patterns of licensed characters without permission from the company. Even when these are free, it can be argued that you are profiting from the pattern (especially since you are developing a business in pattern design) and not fan art. I wouldn’t risk it, but I know many other designers feel more comfortable about it.

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