Here comes the announcement most of you have probably known, somewhere deep down inside, was eventually going to come. Craftypodes is… well, we don’t want to say that, exactly.
It’s pining for the fjords? Ceased to be? Expired and gone to meet its Maker? Pushing up the daisies? Off the twig? Run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible? It’s an ex-business?
Please don’t help, Mental John Cleese! It’s probably just stunned and always sleeps on its back.
You see, it’s hard to say Craftypodes is ending because Craftypodes is more an idea than a thing. Crafting will certainly still happen, and that means patterns will still be created now and then. We will still be the kind of silly people who append “podes” to words referencing ourselves. We will still be geeks, and that will still carry over into crafting. Hey! That 4th Doctor scarf is almost finished and there is plenty more knitting to do!
As a business, though, Craftypodes is coming to an end. We just don’t want to see it as the death of something we’ve spent three years building. Instead, this is the end of a three-year project, and we have a few threads left to weave in and a few pieces to trim.
We are looking at options for moving the blog to free hosting so it will not just disappear from These Glorious Interwebs.
Patterns available through Craftsy will remain available there. Any new cross-stitch patterns we make in the future will be made available there. The end of Craftypodes means not having a schedule to hold ourselves to for pattern releases, but there’s no reason not to finish up the projects we wanted to do.
The handful of crochet patterns scattered here will be moved to Ravelry. Since crochet and knitting are happening more often now, there will almost certainly be more patterns in the future.
This year has brought a lot of change for us. The most recent was a move across the country. There’s a lot of push in our society to “build something that will last”. In Buddhism, we learn that part of what makes things so valuable is their impermanence. Even when you experience the same thing again, you don’t really have the exact same experience. No two trips to the zoo are exactly alike. No two times you get coffee with a friend are exactly alike. Nothing lasts. We, as modern people, are constantly learning that we’ve misunderstood things about ancient cultures. Even great artifacts that last as physical things lose their meaning over time, or that meaning gets changed.
Your legacy does not depend on building something that lasts. It depends on building something that inspires.
Build something that makes other people want to build something, too! If Craftypodes has ever made you want to make something, take a chance on learning a new skill, adapt something from one medium into your preferred medium, write your own blog post, get involved with a group that works on something you care about, or otherwise shake up your daily routine in a positive way, then it has been a success. Our work has mattered.
We each have different plans for where we’re going from Craftypodes. We will still bounce ideas off of each other, check over the details for each other, and take turns being the one who says, “You need to take a break.” When we settle down with some yarn and a movie marathon, though, that will be to relax from the day’s work rather than being the day’s work. We have been reminded that we can always bring Craftypodes back in the future if we decide to. In a way, that’s true. In another way… well, it would be different then. We can’t say you will never see us run a crafting business together again. We can say it is time to say goodbye to Craftypodes.
Thank you for every pattern you bought. Thank you for every handmade piece you commissioned. Thank you for every tweet, every Instagram heart, every repin, every comment. Thank you for every time you asked, “Can you make this weird thing that may only exist in my imagination?” Thank you for every time you said, “OMG! That is SO COOL!” Thank you for every blog post you wrote that made us want to learn a new technique, and every tutorial you made that taught us how to do it.
Thank you for inspiring us.