Cash and Bel Canto

An interesting thing happens when I give something away for free -- it almost hurts. I mean, not physically or even mentally. It hurts that I feel bad about giving. As you know, because you've read my previous posts or you and I have had the conversation in person, I'm experimenting with "pay if you want" for my current patterns for sale on Ravelry. Well, it's more of a barter system: you give me something in exchange for a knitting pattern. So far, two knitters have taken advantage of the system. And I'm thrilled.

But the human in me (yes, I'm human) has the gut reaction "oh crap, that was a missed sale." But was it? Kim and Teri -- thanks, ladies! -- both chose Market Shawl. I love that pattern; it's simple and looks great in a wide variety of yarns. Would they have spent money if I hadn't offered it for free or would they have just gone on to some other free pattern? I'm going to assume this is the only way the pattern would make it into their libraries.

So I've decided another benefit of the "pay if you want" experiment is that I get to grow as a person. Ugh. Growth.

Because I don't want to be the only person to benefit from the recommendations in exchange for knitting patterns, I'll post here what is given to me. Interestingly, both are music - one a song and the other a book about a soprano.

From Kim, the suggestion of the song "It Ain't Me, Babe" by Johnny Cash and June Carter, the anti-stand-by-your-man song. Thanks, Kim!

And from Teri, the suggestion of the book "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett. I haven't read anything by Patchett but from the description -- a soprano, a terrorist, a South American country, and an assassination plot -- it sounds amazing. I'm adding it to my to-read list immediately. You can click on the image of the book to read more about it yourself. Thanks, Teri!