Hi, guys, first night off after 3 nights on at work. So I haven’t had a chance to crochet at all. I knit a little bit, but I save my crocheting for my day off, usually late at night.
Anyway, since PHN is starting our annual Toy-Along, I’ve had several testers ask me questions about posting their pictures when they are testing my patterns.
I used to think that if I showed my finished toy anywhere prior to a pattern’s release, I was risking my pattern being stolen. So I had all sorts of rules about not posting finished object pictures until a test was released. After reading through several designer threads on Ravelry, I’ve changed my mind about that. Not only is someone unlikely to steal my design just by looking at the finished object (a person creative enough to figure out what I did from a finished object picture is creative enough that they really don’t need to steal my ideas), but I was denying myself some valuable promotion time. My testers are promoting my patterns when they show off pictures of their finished test toys and, really, doing me a favor.
I still ask that testers not show progress shots, though. Someone with nefarious plots to steal my awesome designs and claim them as their own (hah!) could have an easier time reconstructing the pattern from the progress shots before my test is finished and my pattern is released.
But I’m a newbie designer and I totally take any promotion I can get.
So if you’re on Ravlery and you have a knit-along/crochet-along that one of my tests fit into after you finish the toy, go ahead and put the finish object picture in! I think that we both could get a win!
(and thanks, testers, for being so awesome!)