Ok, so I have a dilemma. Maybe you all can help me. As most of you know, I design and sell crochet patterns. Usually they're just fun little patterns of play food that, honestly, don't take a lot of effort to design. Well, I recently made a pattern for gloves that I can't decide if I want to offer for free or for sale. First, let me give you a little background.
In the "crafting community" online, there is an owl craze. They are all the rage. No matter what craft you're looking at, you'll find owls. Specifically in knitting patterns. There is a specific cable technique that, when finished, looks like an owl...so there are about a million patterns that incorporate it. Something like this:
Cute, huh? I really like all the owl stuff, but I really don't like knitting. I'll do it, but it's not my preference. So, I decided to see if there was anything comparable in crochet. Nothing. Zilch. So, I set out to see if I could recreate the cute little owl in crochet form. Not an easy task. I did however, finally manage to figure out how to do it. So I made cute little fingerless gloves.
Really, they're even cuter in person. I really need to learn to take proper pictures. Anyway, now I just need to decide to sell the pattern or make it free. I put quite a bit of time into making these (I made a pattern for both fingerless gloves and mittens) so that makes me think I should sell them. On the other hand, I know that these could be quite popular (because of the whole owl thing and since it'd be the only crocheted version) and I'll get some great exposure and traffic if I offer them for free...especially with Christmas coming up. The other option is to just offer them for free for a certain period of time and then make them for sale. So, what do I do? My future is in your hands...or something.