Since a lot of people have asked the same questions during my time blogging, I thought I would make a FAQ page. (I really like reading other bloggers’ FAQ pages, so if you enjoy that too, then I hope you like this one.) If you have a question I haven’t answered below, please leave a comment, or contact me here. Thanks!

Why “Once Upon a Yarn”?

When I first started blogging, I named my blog “Cogaroo Crafts.” (My nickname is Cogaroo because of my initials, which spell COG.) It worked well at the time, but many people mispronounced ‘Cogaroo’ and I had to spell it out whenever I told someone about my blog. I also started blogging books, where I posted a chapter every week or so, and this didn’t really fall under the ‘craft’ part of my blog name. About three years later, I made the decision to switch to self-hosted WordPress, and I decided I wasn’t happy with my blog name anymore. I chose “Once Upon a Yarn” because many of my posts feature yarn, of course. The name also lends itself to posts about writing (and more blogging of books), because of the ‘once upon a’ part. Finally, I’ve always loved fairy tales, so I liked the sound of it. 🙂

Can I sell items I make from your patterns?

Yes, I’d be happy for you to sell things you make from my patterns. But please don’t sell the patterns themselves. Also, if you’re selling online, I’d really appreciate you linking back to my blog – you don’t have to, but a “Pattern by Once Upon a Yarn” would make me really happy. If you do sell some items you’ve made from my patterns, please send me the link because I’d love to see how they turned out! 😀

There are no pictures in your pattern!

You can read about my WordPress photo fiasco here. I’ve been trying to add the pictures back into posts, but I haven’t gotten a chance to do all of them. I’m doing them by request. I will try my  best to add pictures, if you ask, but it does take me a bit. Sometimes the pictures have disappeared from iPhoto, too, so I have to take new ones.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Can you make a video tutorial for ___?

I’d be happy to! It might take me a while to find time, but feel free to request any video tutorials and I’ll add them to the list. I only just started making videos, so no guarantees for quality, but I’ll give it a shot!

Will you design ___?

I’ll do my best! But it might take me a while to get around to it, because there’s so much I want to crochet. Feel free to ask though!

How do I print your patterns?

I like to use Print Friendly because you can easily remove anything you don’t want, like pictures. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to the page you want to print.
  2. Click the Print Friendly button at the bottom of the post, by the other social media sharing links.
  3. This will take you to the Print Friendly page for the pattern.
  4. You can click pictures and text to remove them, thus saving ink.
  5. Finally, print this version of the pattern out. A nicely formatted, ink-saving PDF!


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