Fruity Knitting is creating a Video Knitting Podcast
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patrons

Who are you?
We, Andrew and Andrea Doig, produce the Fruity Knitting Podcast.  Episode 1 was released in March 2016, and we are just about to release Episode 62.  We create the show in our home in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, in Germany, where we live with our daughter Madeleine and our dog Jack.

What's Fruity Knitting?
Our aim with the Fruity Knitting Podcast is to bring you a dynamic, informative and entertaining program.  About Knitting.  Normally we release an episode, fresh and original, every two weeks.  We want to bring you inspiration and new ideas, help you break through boundaries and try new things.  Or just entertain you for a while, if that's what you need.

We try to cover every corner of the knitting and fiber world, from Finland to Australia.  Our guests are a big part of the show, and we love providing a platform for designers, dyers, yarn producers and knitters, whether established names, upcoming talent, or quiet achievers.  You meet our guests and get to know their story. 

What are we doing here?
We are independent. We don’t receive any money from YouTube ads or sponsors. (YouTube does show advertising during our programs, but any revenues from this advertising goes to the producers of the copyright music that we use.)

Our major investment in the show is our time. It takes a ton of work to regularly produce highly informative, thoughtful content. This involves arranging guests, researching their work, coming up with interesting questions and topics, preparing the guest and then actually recording the interview. Editing and other post-production activities come after this.

We also have some equipment and ongoing costs - editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro has a monthly fee), web-hosting, backup services, internet access, etc. We recently bought a new laptop so that we can edit when we travel, which we need to do to meet our release schedule. 

Although we are proud of what we produce and love meeting the people of our community, we need to be sufficiently financially supported to keep putting in the hours and dedication.

What's this "Patreon"??
Patreon is an established online platform that allows fans to provide regular financial support to creators.  Patreon was created by a musician who needed a easy way for fans to support his band.  

What do you need?
Please support Fruity Knitting financially by becoming a Patron

Patrons agree to a regular monthly contribution, starting at $5 per month (which is around $2.50 per episode). There is a small processing fee, and we will be paying tax, but most of your money goes directly towards supporting the Fruity Knitting Podcast. You can change or stop your payments at any time.

We think that is a great model.  Fruity Knitting stays available to everyone, and those who want to provide financial support can do so - easily, safely and efficiently. But it depends on you! 

What about ...?
We have looked into other options.  Most of you will be familiar with YouTube advertising.  The normal return from YouTube ads is between $2 and $5 per thousand views, and the producer only earns anything if their viewers choose to click away from their video and watch the ad.  Most viewers won't do that, but everyone has to put up with the ad.  We think that would be awful, and with our view numbers it wouldn't bring in nearly enough funding anyway.  (Update: YouTube does show ads on our show, but the revenue goes to the producers of the music that we use, which we think is ok.) Direct sponsoring is perhaps slightly less intrusive, but again would require much higher view numbers than we get.

So we're asking you to become a Patron.   

What's in it for me?
We have worked out some "rewards" to show our gratitude for your support.  We think they are great, and we really hope you enjoy them. But you also get to know that as a Patron you are keeping the Fruity Knitting on air, and that's great too. 

What if I just can't do that?
And if, for whatever reason, financial support is not something that you can do right now, please know that we love all our viewers.  Keep watching, enjoy the show, get your inspiration and, where you can, support our guests.  And if you are inspired, or if you've learnt something from an episode, leave a comment and tell us what the show did for you. 

So you mean...
We think the Fruity Knitting Podcast is great.  We love producing it, and we want to continue.  But we are depending on your support.

If you value the Fruity Knitting Podcast, and you want it to continue, and you are able to make a financial contribution, then please choose the level of your contribution and become a Patron

Thank you
You've made it to the bottom.  Thanks for your time!

Andrew and Andrea

Image Credits
Hebridean - By JimBee2009 (Own work) [CC BY 2.0]
Merino - By Cgoodwin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Shetland - By Just chaos (Own work) [CC BY 2.0]
Tiers
Hebrideans
$5 or more per month

Hebrideans, you are the (yarny) base of our show.  Thank you so much for your contribution.   

To thank you for your contribution, we have regular special offers, mostly discounts on yarns and patterns produced by our guests.  Our Patrons love these discounts, and they support our guests too. 

 
Your name will be included on a Patrons page on the Fruity Knitting website, and the first 500 "Founding Patrons" will be listed in the program credits on the show.  (Limited for technical reasons!) 

Merinos
$10 or more per month

Merinos, you know quality and you're big producers.  Thank you for your generous support.  Your contribution lets us put in the time to give everyone the very best show we can create. 

As valued Merinos, you get access to the audio recordings of the monthly events that we hold with our Shetland Patrons. This includes additional material from guests like Joji Locatelli, Andrea Mowry, Ann Budd, Deborah Newton and Carson Demers.

You're in the program credits (limited to first 500 Patrons), you're on the Patrons page, and you're in for any special offers we can organize.
Shetlands
$30 or more per month

Shetlands, your numbers may be small, but you are treasured for your contribution to the knitting world.  Thank you for your generosity and for the confidence that you are showing in us.  You're special and heads are turning. 

We want to spend time with you, so we're hosting a monthly 50-minute online video event.  We aim to include an inspiring guest as often as possible.  Together we exchange ideas and tips on our projects, and get to know each other.  This will be an exciting opportunity for you to speak to and ask questions of our guests directly. 


Upcoming Guests (Status September 2018)

  • Asa Tricosa 
  • Meg Swansen
  • Louisa Harding 


Past Guests

  • Susan Crawford
  • Di Gilpin
  • Isabell Kraemer 
  • Veera Välimäki
  • Caitlin Hunter
  • Andrea Mowry
  • Joji Locatelli
  • Deb Robson
  • Deborah Newton
  • Carson Demers
  • Nancy Marchant 
  • Romi Hill 
  • Veronik Avery 


Shetlands keep in touch throughout the month in a private Facebook group.  This is an intimate group, so you'll soon know the other members of the flock.  Apart from sharing your work and thoughts with each other and with us, you will also be able to submit questions for our guests to prepare for the upcoming online video event.  

An audio recording is available for each event to you if you can't attend at the time.

(Access to the online event is via your computer or mobile phone, via internet. You'll need some sort of speakers or headphone, a microphone and ideally a camera to participate. We'll send you full details shortly after you sign up.)

And, of course, you'll be in the credits and you'll be eligible for any discounts or other offers we can arrange. 

The number of Patrons at this level must be limited for now. 

Goals
81% complete
Fruity Knitting continues
At the moment, Andrea is working full time on the show including evenings and weekends. Andrew supports the production around his day job. It has become clear that this level of work is not sustainable, so our goal is to have the financial support for Andrew to work on the podcast as well.

We have had some feedback acknowledging how much work goes into our episodes.  We really appreciate that, as we appreciate all the positive feedback that we have received over the last months. 

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Who are you?
We, Andrew and Andrea Doig, produce the Fruity Knitting Podcast.  Episode 1 was released in March 2016, and we are just about to release Episode 62.  We create the show in our home in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, in Germany, where we live with our daughter Madeleine and our dog Jack.

What's Fruity Knitting?
Our aim with the Fruity Knitting Podcast is to bring you a dynamic, informative and entertaining program.  About Knitting.  Normally we release an episode, fresh and original, every two weeks.  We want to bring you inspiration and new ideas, help you break through boundaries and try new things.  Or just entertain you for a while, if that's what you need.

We try to cover every corner of the knitting and fiber world, from Finland to Australia.  Our guests are a big part of the show, and we love providing a platform for designers, dyers, yarn producers and knitters, whether established names, upcoming talent, or quiet achievers.  You meet our guests and get to know their story. 

What are we doing here?
We are independent. We don’t receive any money from YouTube ads or sponsors. (YouTube does show advertising during our programs, but any revenues from this advertising goes to the producers of the copyright music that we use.)

Our major investment in the show is our time. It takes a ton of work to regularly produce highly informative, thoughtful content. This involves arranging guests, researching their work, coming up with interesting questions and topics, preparing the guest and then actually recording the interview. Editing and other post-production activities come after this.

We also have some equipment and ongoing costs - editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro has a monthly fee), web-hosting, backup services, internet access, etc. We recently bought a new laptop so that we can edit when we travel, which we need to do to meet our release schedule. 

Although we are proud of what we produce and love meeting the people of our community, we need to be sufficiently financially supported to keep putting in the hours and dedication.

What's this "Patreon"??
Patreon is an established online platform that allows fans to provide regular financial support to creators.  Patreon was created by a musician who needed a easy way for fans to support his band.  

What do you need?
Please support Fruity Knitting financially by becoming a Patron

Patrons agree to a regular monthly contribution, starting at $5 per month (which is around $2.50 per episode). There is a small processing fee, and we will be paying tax, but most of your money goes directly towards supporting the Fruity Knitting Podcast. You can change or stop your payments at any time.

We think that is a great model.  Fruity Knitting stays available to everyone, and those who want to provide financial support can do so - easily, safely and efficiently. But it depends on you! 

What about ...?
We have looked into other options.  Most of you will be familiar with YouTube advertising.  The normal return from YouTube ads is between $2 and $5 per thousand views, and the producer only earns anything if their viewers choose to click away from their video and watch the ad.  Most viewers won't do that, but everyone has to put up with the ad.  We think that would be awful, and with our view numbers it wouldn't bring in nearly enough funding anyway.  (Update: YouTube does show ads on our show, but the revenue goes to the producers of the music that we use, which we think is ok.) Direct sponsoring is perhaps slightly less intrusive, but again would require much higher view numbers than we get.

So we're asking you to become a Patron.   

What's in it for me?
We have worked out some "rewards" to show our gratitude for your support.  We think they are great, and we really hope you enjoy them. But you also get to know that as a Patron you are keeping the Fruity Knitting on air, and that's great too. 

What if I just can't do that?
And if, for whatever reason, financial support is not something that you can do right now, please know that we love all our viewers.  Keep watching, enjoy the show, get your inspiration and, where you can, support our guests.  And if you are inspired, or if you've learnt something from an episode, leave a comment and tell us what the show did for you. 

So you mean...
We think the Fruity Knitting Podcast is great.  We love producing it, and we want to continue.  But we are depending on your support.

If you value the Fruity Knitting Podcast, and you want it to continue, and you are able to make a financial contribution, then please choose the level of your contribution and become a Patron

Thank you
You've made it to the bottom.  Thanks for your time!

Andrew and Andrea

Image Credits
Hebridean - By JimBee2009 (Own work) [CC BY 2.0]
Merino - By Cgoodwin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Shetland - By Just chaos (Own work) [CC BY 2.0]

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Tiers
Hebrideans
$5 or more per month

Hebrideans, you are the (yarny) base of our show.  Thank you so much for your contribution.   

To thank you for your contribution, we have regular special offers, mostly discounts on yarns and patterns produced by our guests.  Our Patrons love these discounts, and they support our guests too. 

 
Your name will be included on a Patrons page on the Fruity Knitting website, and the first 500 "Founding Patrons" will be listed in the program credits on the show.  (Limited for technical reasons!) 

Merinos
$10 or more per month

Merinos, you know quality and you're big producers.  Thank you for your generous support.  Your contribution lets us put in the time to give everyone the very best show we can create. 

As valued Merinos, you get access to the audio recordings of the monthly events that we hold with our Shetland Patrons. This includes additional material from guests like Joji Locatelli, Andrea Mowry, Ann Budd, Deborah Newton and Carson Demers.

You're in the program credits (limited to first 500 Patrons), you're on the Patrons page, and you're in for any special offers we can organize.
Shetlands
$30 or more per month

Shetlands, your numbers may be small, but you are treasured for your contribution to the knitting world.  Thank you for your generosity and for the confidence that you are showing in us.  You're special and heads are turning. 

We want to spend time with you, so we're hosting a monthly 50-minute online video event.  We aim to include an inspiring guest as often as possible.  Together we exchange ideas and tips on our projects, and get to know each other.  This will be an exciting opportunity for you to speak to and ask questions of our guests directly. 


Upcoming Guests (Status September 2018)

  • Asa Tricosa 
  • Meg Swansen
  • Louisa Harding 


Past Guests

  • Susan Crawford
  • Di Gilpin
  • Isabell Kraemer 
  • Veera Välimäki
  • Caitlin Hunter
  • Andrea Mowry
  • Joji Locatelli
  • Deb Robson
  • Deborah Newton
  • Carson Demers
  • Nancy Marchant 
  • Romi Hill 
  • Veronik Avery 


Shetlands keep in touch throughout the month in a private Facebook group.  This is an intimate group, so you'll soon know the other members of the flock.  Apart from sharing your work and thoughts with each other and with us, you will also be able to submit questions for our guests to prepare for the upcoming online video event.  

An audio recording is available for each event to you if you can't attend at the time.

(Access to the online event is via your computer or mobile phone, via internet. You'll need some sort of speakers or headphone, a microphone and ideally a camera to participate. We'll send you full details shortly after you sign up.)

And, of course, you'll be in the credits and you'll be eligible for any discounts or other offers we can arrange. 

The number of Patrons at this level must be limited for now.