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Pattern Support for Published Designs

Posted on July 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (4)

If you have questions or concerns about a published design, you should contact the publisher. The publisher provides paid staff people to assist you. They will also make notes to be used if the pattern is ever re-published. Some publishers also provide on-line errata. Ravelry makes it very easy to find errata and comments by other crafters who have encountered similar problems with the same pattern.

Once a designer signs over the rights and submits a pattern for publication, they really have little or no say over what the editors do with the text. Some technical editors are kind and conscientious enough to contact a designer with questions, comments and feedback.

Many publishers have distinct styles for the way a pattern is written. This may result in significantly changing a designer's original text. Publishers also have space limitations to consider. A printed pattern can't run on for pages explaining every little detail. Editors may choose to leave out sections of a designer's original text or reword it so it will fit in the designated space.

If the stitch or technique is complicated and requires how-to step outs with illustration, it may never get published. Illustrators are also better paid than designers. The need for too many illustrations can make a pattern too expensive to publish. So you can see some of the limitations publishers and designers face. The internet has liberated us a little, longer patterns can be provided as internet extras in magazines.

Customer comments to a publisher really do affect the way future patterns are worded. The paid customer service people do communicate with the technical editors.

Designers, however, are not compensated for providing pattern support. Few designers will ignore a polite request for help. We do it out of the kindness of our hearts. So please don't be a meanie to a designer when you ask for help or post negative comments, if you don't understand the situation.

If there is a technique in a pattern you would like to learn, please feel welcome to contact me for a lesson. I provided one on one lessons via Skype.

Learning on the Internet

Posted on July 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When I want to learn a new technique, the first thing I do at home is google it.  I look for illustrated tutorials and how-to videos on YouTube.  From the buzz and what I hear from my middle aged and younger students, lots of people are doing the same thing.  If a YouTube video gets enough traffic, the creater can even make a little money.

Most of the videos are great but they can't give you personal feedback.  You often have to watch several different videos to find the best one or to get all your questions answered. This can quickly eat up your crafting time and leave you frustrated.

Sometimes you need someone to explain a technique in a different way and give you feedback to help you improve.  There are text based online classes.  From what I have seen, the teacher post handouts or tutorials, you pay for access to an online "classroom" where students can type questions and post pics to the teacher during a certain timespan. 

Wouldn't it be easier to show a teacher how you work a stitch and asked them what you are doing wrong without putting your yarn down figure out how to word your question?  If you are in the New York City area, contact me to schedule a lesson.  I will work with you to find a time, place and cost to meet your needs.  

If you are not within traveling distance, contact me about private lessons via Skype. The news and talk shows use Skype all the time.  All you need is a web cam or just a microphone.  Web cams and mics are built right into many tech gadgets and computers now.  Some are better quality than others but most will get the job done.  The speed of your internet connection will also affect the quality of your image.  If you don't have a built in webcam, they are relatively inexpensive.  I've seen them for a little as $15.  Once you have a webcam and/or microphone and internet access, you can make calls over the internet.  You can choose whether or not you want to enable the video, too.  

So how does it work.  Contact me to schedule a time.  The first hour is free to help you get set-up and trouble shoot any technical problems.  I have a high speed internet connection and a good quality webcam so my video out-put is really good.  After set-up, you can try me out and see if you like the format.  Additional lessons are $25 per hour.  They can be scheduled and paid for on Betterfly (Click on the button on the right) or I can send an invoice via paypal.  You are also welcome to share a lesson and split the fee.

Reviews from my students are available on Betterfly and Teach Street (buttons to the right)  For more information, please feel welcome to contact me.


Banned from the Bank Drive-Thru

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM Comments comments (2)

I just came home and no one is here to hear me rant.

Yesterday, I tried to use my ATM card and was declined.  The young lady on the bank's customer service line told me a hold was put on my card because Microsoft tried to authoize a purchase for $0.00.  

Today (Monday), I didn't make it to the bank before the lobby closed.  There was no chance of using the ATM to get any cash but hey, the drive-through was open.  I've used that before without a car.

Immediately, the teller refused service because I wasn't in a vehicle. A supervisor suggested I walk over a mile and back in the rain, with heavy bags to use another branch.  "It is for your own safety," they said. I told them it was discrimination to refuse me service because I didn't have a car.  So I staged my own "Stand in" non-violent protest under the awning of the "Drive-thru."

After a little while, the teller suggested she would give me service if I would sit in a strange man's car.  I refused out of principle.  Isn't it a lot less safe to do a bank withdrawl in a strange man's car than standing in a "Drive-thru?"

Another stranger saw that I was being refused service and offered me the opportunity to do my transaction from his van.  I explained why I wouldn't get in his van.  He suggested I wait in the rain and take 2 buses to get to the other branch and even offered me a metrocard.  I refused out of principle and told him I wasn't going to panhandle to make a bank transaction.

The male manager told me the other bank was a 10 minute walk.  I don't know about you but I don't think I could run 1.2 miles in the rain with heavy bags in 10 minutes.  He tried to explain to me that they weren't refusing me service because I wasn't in a car.  It was because the outsite teller access with an awning over it was designated a "Drive-thru" and the rules say no service can be provided to anyone who does not "drive" through.  

I tried to explain that the bank had a security breech and as a result I could not get to my own money.  He finally let me make a withdrawl "for my own safety" to get me out of the "Drive-thru."  He said, "I'm going to make a note in your account that you will never be allowed to use the drive-thru again."

So, I'm banned from using the outdoor teller access at the bank. [ay? you hoser!]

A Rant on the Economy

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (1)

     I was just listening to a radio program about the decline of the middle class in the US and it got me thinking with a little historical perspective.

     In the 19th Century, the wealthy had moral obligations to society.  If you could afford to have a maid, you had an obligation to hire one.  The moral business owners felt a paternal responsibility to their employees.  Men had the opportunity to earn enough to support their family and have a stable employment situation.

     The successful capitalists built libraries, cathedrals, museums, colleges, hospitals and supported other arts and social welfare programs.

      All my life I have been hearing about Keynesian trickle down economics.  The government's economic policy gives tax breaks to the wealthy hoping the wealthy will create jobs but they aren't creating jobs.  They aren't putting any money back into the economy. 

      If the wealthy won't create jobs, why won't the government tax the wealthy and create jobs instead? Could it be that the rich 1% control our government?

     Couldn't we let the working poor keep the money they earn?  They will spend it to improve their situations. The wealthy can learn to provide goods and services to earn consumer dollars.

Let's revive the Sans-culottes and rise up

against the wealthy American aristocracy. 

Maybe Phrygian caps should be the new fashion

for the working poor. 

If the American dream is no longer possible for the have-nots,

level the playing field and start over.

Fall Class Schedule Info

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (0)

There are some great opportunites to learn needle crafts this fall.  I thought I would give you a summary of my up-coming and on-going classes.

Private Lessons

$25 per hour

Do you have a special project with which you need a little help? Is there a special technique that you have been wanting to learn? Pick the date, time, location and craft and learn whatever you want to know. Supplies are not included but you may share your lesson with others.  Go to the contact me page for more information or to schedule a lesson.


Crochet & Knitting Circle - All Levels

 Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., $20 per week


All skill levels are welcome even if you have never touched a hook or needle. Do you want to learn how to read a pattern or customize your own garments and projects? Kim will assist you in a very one-on-one format on the project of your choice and will provide a variety of small projects for beginners to help you develop your skills.  More advanced students may bring a project to class or work with Kim in finding a new project and mastering more complex stitches and patterns.   (Moms may bring babies not yet mobile.) Limited to 3-9 students.

Call or stop by to register now! Gumbo 493 Atlantic Ave.,bet. Nevins & Third, 718-855-7808

Intro to Crochet

November 6 & 13, 11am - 2 pm

This class is for beginners. The first week will start with how to hold the hook and yarn.  Everyone will learn the techeniques to start the same basic project selected by the whole class.  The second week we will fine tune your skills to pefect and finish your project.  Classes will be held at 3rd Ward in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

For more information or to register go to

Free Classes and Lessons

Third Avenue Street Fair

Sunday, September 12, 2010 11 am - 5 pm

The fair runs down Third Avenue from 66th to 86th Streets and will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The New York Crochet Guild booth will be located between 69th and 70th Streets. Free crochet lessons from NYCCG Members all afternoon. For more information about the New York City Crochet Guild go to

World Maker Faire NY

September 25-26, 2010 -10 am - 6 pm

The New York Hall of Science, Queens

There is an admission charge to get into the faire but The National Needlearts Association is coordinating volunteers to provide free lessons in a variety of needle arts. For more information about Maker Faire go to http/

For more information about TNNA go to

Brooklyn Skill Share

Saturday October 9, 2010 - 10 am -4:30

The Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School in Bed-Stuy

Free Arts and Craft classes all day (Suggested donation of $10).  I will be volunteering my time to teach Intro to Crochet at 11 am.  For more information go to

Free Weekly Classes for Seniors

You must be at least 55 or 60 years old to attend these classes some supplies are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own tools.

Fridays 10-12

Manhattan Valley Golden Age Senior Center 135 West 106th Street, NY, NY

Call (212) 749-7015 for more information.

Wednesdays 2:30-4:30

Hudson Guild Fulton Center 119 Ninth Avenue, NY, NY

Call 212-924-6710 for more information.


A Nice Compliment

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 8:49 PM Comments comments (0)

I got a message from Nancy who is having trouble with the Tuxedo Front Sweater Pattern I designed for Crochet! Magazine last year.  I'm always happy to help but I really like how she ended her email.

Nancy wrote:

I just hate giving up on this since it is about the only crocheted sweater that my 17 year old son likes and has given the go-ahead on as something he would actually wear.  His girlfriend has even "approved" which, of course, at 17 is a big deal.


My boyfriend said he would wear it too, if I shorten the sleeves for him.


Excellent Costume History Lecture

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM Comments comments (0)

A wonderful lecture by Kristina Haugland has just been addedto ArtBabble.  Check it out:  ;


My new books are coming SOON!!!!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:19 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm bouncing in my seat I'm so excited.  There is a big add for my bag book in the latest issue of Crochet magazine.  I didn't get my issue but I saw the ad at the New York City Crochet Guild meeting tonight.  I went to try and find it and I found the promo for my sock book.

Check out my links page for more info.  Then go buy many copies and give them to your friends!!!

Catching up August '09

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (0)


Welcome to our new site members.  I don't get much time to update the site and add new content, but when I do you will be the first to know.


I just got back from the CGOA annual convention in Buffalo.  I did a ton of networking and I am really excited about the publications and publishers I hope to be working with during this next year.


I put some links to some of the things I have done recently for Coats and Clark on my Ravelry page last night.  If you go to  ; you will see  the granny square jacket I made this spring.  If you do a search for Kotary, it will show you a bunch of things I have done.  The really cool thing about the jacket is that it is sized.  It is  difficult to size a garment made in square motifs and I couldn't find another one like it on the web.


If you are in the NYC area, watch the calendar page.  I will be doing some really great crochet classes at 3rd Ward in Williamsburg this fall.  Check out 3rd Ward at


If you ever need help with a pattern or other craftual stuff, please feel welcome to contact me.  If you have my hotmail address, please use that.  The website host only allows me to receive a certain number free e-mails each month.  You can also use the forum page I set up to share with each other.


One of these days I'm going to post pictures of work from my students and classes.  If you would like me to share pictures of your work, please feel welcome to send them to me.  Especially if it is from my handouts or published patterns.  I LOVE to see that stuff.


I look forward to hearing from you,


Kim Kotary

Life's Lessons - Get it in Writing

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 5:07 PM Comments comments (0)

I finally got my day in court this week and the judgement came in the mail today.  I was awarded half of what I asked for payment on a project I did last summer.  However, there was a counter claim filed against me.  The arbitrator is making me pay for someone else to complete a job from which I was fired.  If you include what I spent  (and still owe) to hire other people to work on this and other projects for this client, I have a net loss of  about $1200 for the priviledge of working for a disreputable client.

The moral of this story is: You must get everything in writing before you start a project.  You must have documentation that is legally binding if you want to try to collect anything from an employer who decides they don't have to pay you for your work. Implicit contracts are not legally binding.  However, what you write in the memo line on a check is admissible evidence.

May you never feel the rage I feel right now.




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  • Arielle Apr 29, 2015


    Helpful, knowledgeable, and nice.

  • Patti Apr 27, 2015


    Kim helped me sew a skirt for my daughter. She was very knowledgeable, very nice and took the time to find my building and neighborhood. Kim loves sewing and all textile work, and shares her knowledge and enthusiasm generously.

  • Joy Aug 18, 2013


    Kim did a fantastic job teaching my daughter to sew. She saw it through beginning to end. I am extremely pleased with her service. Thank you.

  • Linda Aug 14, 2013


    Kim is a great teacher.Her patient and easy to understand style is only complemented by her extensive knowledge.Even though I have been crocheting for decades,she added,in just our first lesson,things I have never done before.I am looking forward to our future lessons with so much enthusiasm.Have not yet seen anything in her teaching style that needs improvement.I think she has the confidence and professionalism to do all that she aspires to.Absolutely impressed!

  • Jane Jun 5, 2013


    very friendly, very patient, sweet and informative. Definitely recommend!

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