I am currently working on designing a sweater. I have been obsessed with sweater design ideas. I may have started to snap pics of people on the sly with my phone when I'm out and I see a sweater or a stitch pattern that I want to remember and making a stalker collection of sweater photos for future inspiration.
WEBS is having a 40th Anniversary Sale this month and next. I placed an order for a sweater quantity (and probably then some just in case) for the first sweater I plan on designing a pattern for this summer. At WEBS some yarns are discountable when a certain amount is ordered. I'm not sure if this yarn was on sale the other day or not, but I did get the quantity discount, so this Cascade Superwash 220 sport went from $6.25/skein to $5.00/skein.
I do of course have some sweater quantities in my stash, but they are all worsted or bulky weight. Figures the first sweater that I want to design is a summer/warmer weather sweater and that's what time of year it is.
I would love to be able to supplement my current income / feed my hobbies with pattern and hand dyed yarn sales. Looking at this from a business standpoint though, for example, I would have to sell $75 worth of patterns to break even with the purchase of the yarn for this sweater before any of the pattern sales started to be profit. Most publications pay $50-$100 for a pattern submission that is used, then you are unable to sell it on your own for X amount of time - so that's not any more profitable and its a lot easier to self publish.
Regardless of the $$$ factor - I'll still be designing lots of things to come in the future!