Last December I got an email from someone wanting me to write down one of my old patterns. She even offered to pay for it once I got it written up.
Now, since the very beginning of this blog, I have been a defender of free patterns. But when I look over at Ravelry and all the patterns for sale and all the subsequent sales, it's very tempting to say, "Ooohhh. Money! For knitting!" And so I have an inner battle.
I love Creative Commons. Really. A lot. My inner socialist-free-love-hippie self is all, "Free! Share the knitting love! Everyone should be able to use patterns and knit everything!" There are lots of flowers and rainbows and an elusive unicorn or two.
But then I know the argument on the other side: designers put a lot of work in their patterns. They deserve pay and giving away free patterns devalues their hard work.
What do you think? I'm writing up that requested pattern this week along with designing another and hopefully putting it up next week. I'm leaning towards "free" to appease my inner hippie and because dealing with starting a business and keeping track of income is intimidating. Anyone BTDT?