This episode we talk about finished knitting/weaving/spinning, new WIPS, the impending changes in how EU crafters buy their digital goods, and some quick projects for those unexpected last minute gifts.
News and Events:
Not much to discuss in events, between when the episode goes live and the next episode, so moving right along...
On and off our needles/wheels/looms:
Allison has finished the Selbu Modern beret in Koigu, and the Buzzba Hat by Woolly Wormhead from yarn that she dyed at a workshop last autumn with Debbie Tomkins at Toft Alpacas. She is working on the skull sweater for her brother for Christmas, and the Chunky Cable Hat. She is also well into preprocessing the Lady Pearl vest in some handspun, and the Herringbone Poncho from existing stash.
Rachel has finished one sock of a new design inspired by a pair of socks she recently got in the mail from the States that were knitted by her great-grandfather. She also finished up a warp-faced woven scarf in handspun BFL from the Hello Yarn Fiber Club in the colorway "Scorch", with Panda Silk for weft. There has been secret spinning. The Insight Pullover is still continuing, and she is wishing it were done because it's going to be super cozy (Editorial note: Kate Heppell is now running a KAL for the Insight Pullover on Ravelry. Just in case anyone is interested...).
V-Day: 1 January 2015, aka The Tax Man Cometh:
Requisite disclaimer: we are not tax professionals in any way, shape or form. If you are in the EU and concerned about how the changes to VAT on digital products and services may affect you or your business you should contact a tax professional and/or HMRC. The situation is changing rapidly, even at this late date, so please use your own best judgement and get informed.
Come the first of January, all knitters/crochers/consumers of digital resources in the EU are going to experience a bit of a change in how they are taxed on their newly-acquired digital resources (i.e. knitting patterns). We interviewed Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits to get an overview of the upcoming changes, and what they mean for knitters and crafters in the EU and elsewhere.
- Ysolda blogged about the changes, with further links.
- Louise has posted a breakdown of what the changes will mean for people who are used to getting their patterns through Ravelry on her blog.
Coincidentally, the same day we spoke with Louise, this lovely cartoon tripped across our Twitter feeds:
- Read what Dave Walker, a cartoonist, has to say about VATMOSS. He also includes some links to more information.
- There is also an absolutely huge, massive thread in the Ravelry Shopkeepers group you can dig in to if you've got several spare days, and a thread detailing how Ravelry is addressing the issue here.
Last minute gift ideas:
In which we talk about some super quick projects that can be whipped up in a few hours.
- Last minute slouch by madelinetosh, a hat using 2 yarns held together
- GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley, bulky yarn and seed stitch
- Last-Minute Cowls by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, in bulky yarn, with lots of different stitch patterns
- Last Minute Scarf by Hazel Donnelly, in bulky yarn
- Rasta Neckwarmer by Breean Elyse Miller
- Super-Bulky Socks (toe up or top down) by Liat Gat
- Antler Hat (or any free hat) by Tin Can Knits
We'll have a short episode just before Christmas and recap our Road Trip to the Bath Christmas Market! Afterwards we'll take a break until the new year.
Music Credits (all available on NoiseTrade):
Christmas Every Day - Wild Season
The Wassail Song - Smalltown Poets
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Phil Childers & The Black Tie Affair
Leave The Lights On - A Lion Named Roar