Stick with me, here!
Last winter, our (very old) house was freezing. Even with the furnace running full blast, we couldn’t get the temperature above 60 degrees (to be fair, it was below -20 degrees outside!)
Obviously, that’s not good. So, one item on this summer’s to-do list was to get attic insulation.
You get what you pay for
You can hire a dude to throw some insulation in your attic for pretty cheap. But I’m not an expert in insulation. How do I know if it’s really going to keep our house warm? How do I know if I’m getting a quality product?
I believe that with most things, you get what you pay for. We found a company that cost a bit more, but I could tell they were craftsman who took pride in their work. They gave us references, brought photos showing the kind of work they do and carefully answered our questions. They were even honest about what improvements wouldn’t help, even though doing that work could have meant more money for them.
And, their work has a lifetime warranty, meaning that I can call them if I have trouble with their product! I love quality workmanship and a great company!
Now, let’s chat crochet patterns…
Every once in a while, I get a comment on my facebook page saying something like, “why is this pattern $5? I can get one for free online.”
Yes, you can get a free pattern online. But what’s the quality of that pattern?
I’m not saying that all free patterns are bad. In fact, many big companies use free patterns as a form of advertising, so they spend big bucks to publish quality patterns to give away to their customers.
But there are a lot of patterns that someone threw up on their blog or Ravelry. How do you know the pattern is correct? How do you know that you won’t be pulling your hair out halfway through because they instructions are terrible?
When you buy a pattern from me, you’re paying for a quality product. You’re paying for:
- A well-written pattern complete with progress photos
- The right to email me and get help if you have trouble (like a warranty!)
- A very large archives of photos and videos to help you through every step of the process
- A happy crocheting experience!
I can’t tell you how many people email me asking for help on a cruddily-written free pattern that they found online. I tell them that they’ll need to contact the designer for help… and very often, they tell me that the designer doesn’t reply! To be frank, if someone posts a pattern on their blog, they don’t have an obligation to help you!
What result do you want?
If you’re very skilled yourself, then you might be willing to take the extra time to sort out the hassles with a poorly-written pattern. If I was skilled in insulating attics, maybe I’d be willing to hire a cheapo guy and finish up the work myself.
But most of us aren’t designers or handymen. When we start a project, we want it to be easy and stress-free. That’s what you pay for when you buy a quality product!