The other day I read about some controversy going on with licenses when using a certain craft tool. It made little sense to me and I'll refrain from going into details as it isn't related to knitting, but it did remind me that I had never talked about what I allow (or don't) on my patterns.
I do not allow distribution (and or reproduction) of any of my patterns. I do allow people to sell items made from my patterns, though.
Let me make this very clear: I make profit from selling the patterns - not the items. I don't think you will be competing with me by selling the finished items, as we'll be catering to different audiences: I sell patterns to people who can (and want to) knit, you sell items to people who can't (or don't want to) knit. ;)
I might, eventually, sell the samples done to advertise (and/or illustrate) a pattern, but by the time I do so, the pattern itself will be available already and other people might already be knitting or listing the finished items. No big deal.
Do I charge a special fee so you can sell the items made from my patterns? No. Your skills, your yarn, your time = your profit. This also applies to my free patterns. I believe in spreading prosperity: the more money is flowing around, the more chances I'll make sales on patterns.
You don't need to contact me asking for permission, but I'd love to get a line from you telling me how your shop is doing.
One final note, if you want to put together a kit with one of my patterns and your yarns, you'll have to get my permission first and I will not allow you to do so using free patterns.
We're finally getting cooler days and I can no longer blame the weather on the lack of knitting. In fact, I finished a felted messenger bag for Joel and a little rug with cables for the kitchen (pictures soon). I've also started a pot holder which will have - gasp - color work and picked up the never ending shawl again.
So, if I can't blame the temperatures anymore, why am I not talking much about knitting? Ideas. I've had a bunch of them - most not knitting related. I need to do some organizing inside my head and around the house to be able to implement some of the ideas I had, but for now I just keep on talking about them...:P