I'm Lee, a maker of things, doer of stuff! Designer of modern and innovative knitting patterns, specializing in any-gauge accessories and modular construction techniques.
I rarely design new knitting patterns nowadays, as my career has shifted to graphic design, but my knitting patterns all still exist, now with all sales being donated to mutual aid!
I designed patterns (and did some teaching and other freelance stuff) full time starting in 2008, but that became unsustainable around 2015 and I went back to school to train for a new career, graduating in 2018. I now work a full-time job designing the books at Knit Picks (and I occasionally get to design knitting patterns over there!), which means everything I earn from sales of my self-published patterns is extra.
Since I don't need the sales to live on, but I would love for my patterns (which I put so much time and work and love into) to continue having a life and being knit, I now use them to raise funds for orgs/causes that I care about. If my circumstances change at any point in the future I may have to stop donations, but I have no reason to see that happening any time soon.
Now (in 2021) 100% of sales are given to mutual aid folks/groups/orgs, or directly to people in the community who need help, mostly locally here in Portland where I live. If you have a suggestion of who/where/what I should distribute some funds to, let me know! (This twitter thread gets into a bit more detail and shows some receipts.)