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Amanda Foster  Crochet Designer & Yarn Dyer Momma of 3 ❤️ Ontario 🇨🇦 Lovin' this beautifully imperfect life ☺️ Browse Yarn & Crochet Patterns ⬇️ Next shop update Jan

http://www.northernknots.com/

I’ve been debating... do I write this post? Do I just leave it be? Should I say what’s on my mind?
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I try to always share honestly on here, so here it is:
Most of my crochet patterns are purchased from people who have found me on Pinterest. A couple of my patterns blew up a little on Pinterest and have been pinned a crazy amount of times. I know most of these customers don’t know anything about me, they just pop over, get the pattern and get to work. (Perfectly fine!)
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The amount of emails and messages I get for help are very low compared to the amount of downloads. Insta peeps who’ve bought my patterns are always so cool. They’re usually like, “Hey Amanda, I’m stuck at this part on your pattern, can you help?” - and we work through it together.
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The messages I get from strangers are split 3 ways;
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The first way is just like the insta ones - totally cool!
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The second way is when they think they’ve found a mistake and are totally rude about it. I’m paraphrasing here... but they tend to go like this “AHHHH HA!! I found a mistake! I win! You lose! Nana-nana-booger!” I usually respond sweet as can be and explain that there is no mistake and so on.
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It’s the last way that hurts the most... When the first messages I receive from the customer is nasty and rude. The ones that belittle me and insult my work, all because they don’t understand the pattern? How is that OK? Seriously?!?! (I’ve never had someone find a mistake in my published patterns.) Usually the issues are that people just aren’t reading the pattern properly… No, worsted is not a substitute for bulky, and no amount of rude behaviour will make it work. No, it is not my fault you forgot how to read and missed a clearly stated instruction. So how about you don’t attack me over these things??? (I don’t actually say these things in my responses, I am always polite, kind and helpful.)
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How do I go about helping to prevent this? Should I drop in a small “about the designer” thing in my patterns? Let them know I’m a person and maybe they should think before sending hurtful messages? Do I include a satisfaction guarantee in the pattern? I’d much rather refund someone’s money then have them upset and angry!

Happy Fri-yay!
Just a bit of cozy squishy-ness to brighten up this cold wintery day. ❄️ Anyone else having some miserable winter weather? It’s been freezing rain, hailing, snowing and crazy windy here! It’s making me really glad I don’t have anywhere to go today!

At what point does an outfit go from being “awesome” to “crazy bag lady who really loves yarn”???
Asking for a friend... 😬

You know that feeling when your hands are restless? When they start twitching wanting to begin a new project? Regardless of how many others you have in progress?
That’s my current situation. The only thing stopping me from putting this pair in my own personal stash is that I can’t figure out just what they should become. 🙊
I’ve been dyeing up a storm now that my oldest two are back in school. My shop is currently empty of yarn, but expect a big update next week! (Finally! 🙈🙌)
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Any project ideas for me? Something using these 2 skeins of worsted? Be an enabler.... you know you wanna... 😬😬😂

Slow but steady progress wins the race... right?? I’m totally winging this infinity scarf, just knitting the larger sections until I run out of yarn. I’m hoping it all comes up Milhouse in the end. 🤞😉🤞
An unexpected snow day had all 3 kiddos home with me today. Productivity is difficult when I’m outnumbered. 😬🙈 Hoping bedtime goes well and I can hit the dye pots tonight. 🎉

Did you know I make handmade buttons? Most (like this guy here ⬆️) are based on vintage buttons I inherited from my Grandma. ☺️
I’m working on my packaging and photos, so fingers crossed button sets will be ready for my next shop update! 🤞😁🤞🙌

Just a bit of yarn and craft shopping with the cutest little man.😍 Seriously, I could just eat him up.... 🍽🙊😉

I’ve been doing a lot of dreaming and planning lately for the future of Northern Knots. One thing I plan on implementing is to have my photos represent my style more accurately.
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You may have noticed a lot of my photos in the past have been on a white background and fairly high contrast? The funny thing is, that’s not my style in the rest of my life? Nothing in my house is white. My style is eclectic, with lots of natural wood, artwork and quirky elements. (This coffee table of mine used to be a lobster box used to store lobsters at sea. 🤔)
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Moving forward I’m planning on challenging myself to show more of my personal style in my photos. Pushing my photography skills to better capture my life and work more accurately. ❤️

#tbt - I’m in the process of writing up a quick pattern for this fun hat! I used to make these all the time, but never wrote down the pattern. The new version will be slightly different, but still easy and fun! I’m thinking maybe my first free pattern with tutorial on my website? ☺️💖🤞
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A little last minute shopping with these two handsome fellas this afternoon. ❤️🎄
I think we picked up enough food and snacks to feed an army today. 🙊 Why are all the holiday treats so tempting!?!? Anyone else planning on a sugar coma tonight? No? Just me? 😂🤷‍♀️

Victory Dance!! 💃💃💃
I have finished my last custom crochet order of the season!! 🎉 I am so appreciative of every order I received this year! Seriously, my customers rock! 😘 ❤️❤️❤️
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5 more days until Hubby is home for Xmas break! He’s been working 80+ hour weeks lately, and it’s exhausting for all of us. Luckily the kids have been helping out the best they can.
Buddy ⬆️ shoveled the driveway this morning, while his sister helped me with the dishes. 🤗 (Seriously how did I end up with such awesome kiddos?)
We’re finally getting over the flu here in our house, it’s been a rather rough week! 🤢 I’m finally feeling human again today, and counting down the days till hubby, the kids and I can finally spend some quality time together over Christmas. ❤️🎄✨

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