One of my favorite sayings goes “The only constant is change.”
It reminds me that the live happily in life, you always need to acknowledge the shifting nature of it. If you go along expecting everything to be the same, always resisting when forced to take paths that you didn’t intend, life and it’s transformative progress will seem to be a battle.
One of my other favorite sayings goes “Man plans, god laughs” 😉
I’ll be reflecting in this post about what I’ve been doing with Morale Fiber over the past year – it’s more of a diary entry really, collecting my thoughts and tipping you off for what’s on the horizon for my designs!
2020 – Plague Year
It’s obviously been a weird one. In addition to switching my business from part-time to full-time in 2020, just a few months into the year Corona Virus struck and my proximity to at-risk loved ones made self-employment more imperative than usual. Still luckily things are going well, and I created & maintained my schedule for the year which included 6 written patterns, 4 tutorials, 2 brand new free hat patterns, 3 remodeled patterns, and lots more crochet morale boosting!
I’ve got a couple projects/designs in the works to finish off the year’s production list, and I’m now into my normal “holidays” phase of the year, despite the lack of holiday events upcoming (stupid plague).
YouTube Channel (& SALE!!)
One of the biggest efforts I made this year was reaching my goal of monetizing my YouTube Channel, which I’ve been developing as quickly as my creaky, video-hating old bones can manage. But I did make that goal also, thanks to all the watchers & subscribers, so I’m holding a special pattern sale as a thank-you!
All PDF versions of the full-length patterns available on my YouTube Channel (and a few that are all written PDF but have video component tutorials) are ON SALE for 50% off now through November 15 on Ravelry <3 <3 Here’s a list of the patterns on sale, linked to Ravelry – use the code “YOUTUBE” at checkout to get the discount!
Patterns on Sale:
Tree of Life
Forest Guide Hat
Feather & Scale Halter
Monetizing my YouTube channel will help me continue to bring out free content available to everyone while also giving me the financial support to keep publishing great quality, full-scale written PDF crochet patterns. Another great way to support my art: The Tip Jar!
20th Pixie Belt: Lotus
I realized at some point that the next Pixie Pocket Belt I made would be my 20th, and so I determined to make a really special one. I have been making these unique crocheted utility belts freehand, doing them completely different each time, for a few years now.
I used hand-dyed yarn to create a partial, semi-circular Lotus Mandala – don’t ask me how I did that specifically because I won’t be posting a pattern, sorry! These guys are FrEeFoRm, but I did create a series of tutorial guides for helping people get started making Pixie Pocket Belts of their own, check it out if you like 🙂
After that, I got out my special hand-dyed upcycled fabric given to me by my friend Kate, who had it left over from a studio art project – and it happened to match so well! What I ended up with is a watery, soft, draping train of prismatic lace and tatters, topped with a shimmery white lotus flower circular pocket and soft drawstring bag and toadstool pouch accents.
I put it over another hand-dyed upcycled project of mine, an in-progress rag gown, fit for a water sprite dredged from the bottom of a flowery pond. No mud, no lotus <3
Elf Coat Expansion
Pretty much as soon as I put down the last touches on the Elf Coat design, I knew I was going to have to pick it up again eventually! One part of the sleeve design always nagged at me, and I did intend to give it pockets eventually – and lo, the flood of requests for Plus Sizes <3 <3
As much as I wanted to fulfill these fixes, I needed a break from the Elf Coat, so I took a couple years off to think about things 😉 And now I’m back, tackling the first part of the Elf Coat redesign and expansion! The first task is to fix the sleeve bit and to get a pocket option figured out, then update those changes to the already-existing sizes (S-M-L).
Afterward, I design & test the plus sizes! This is exciting and if you’d like to be a part of any of the testing for the new updates, join the Morale Fiber Facebook Group – The MFCA – and keep an eye out for the testing call!
Other Projects & Updates
I’ve got a number of bigger new designs on the horizon, which I’m also going to need help testing 😉 None are solid enough yet to list here, but I’ve got a hoard of updatable old patterns and things to occupy myself until things coalesce, of course.
I’m also thinking that this website, moralefiber.blog, really needs a few changes – it’s remained virtually the exact same since I opened it five years ago. Which makes sense, because I’m much more concerned with producing crochet content than updating the way the site looks – but eventually one must try to stay efficient. Hopefully I don’t wreck the way it works in the process!
Until Morale Improves, the Crocheting Will Continue <3
Thank you so much for all the effort you put into bringing us these lovely patterns. I love the photos in the woods, my imagination is poked into action and it’s a much needed break from the grey mist we’re all living in at the moment.
I’ve had great fun making the elf coat, I’ve learned new skills and techniques which has helped me to mentally cope during the UK quarantine lockdowns by focussing on something creative.
The blogs and tutorials you post are a great source of knowledge, and fun too!
Please keep doing what you do, I prefer to pay for patterns as I feel better when I’m supporting you and other artists to continue your arts.
Fingers crossed my priestess coat will be as fabulous as the elf coat 🙂 x
That is such wonderful news! I’m so glad the project has helped you cope, I have to admit that I turned to my business A LOT during quarantine and the months afterward for stability and something to focus on – I guess we both needed it, haha! 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback, they are an inspiration to me <3
Morale and morality are improving since the orange thing in the white house is on his way out!!!! Happy days are here again!
I do love your site. I know any changes you make will be reflective of you! That is not a bad thing at all!
Aww thank you and YES THAT’S RIGHT!! Freedom from that THING at last!!! <3 <3
Well done on all you have achieved … and thank you for brightening a rainy UK day 😊😚
Thank you so much Katie! 🙂 🙂 And thanks for visiting!
Oh no, why are you telling us that you are going to improve the elf coat pattern? I just started it at the weekend and I dont like the idea of just pausing that project. I guess, I have to slow down this time 😉
Haha! Well, it helps to be aware 🙂 Nothing about the bottom wedges are changing, so if you are starting at that point in the coat, no reason to pause at all! The sleeves and hood are being modified, and there will probably be a pocket option added 🙂