I only recently started following patterns in the first place, so much of my early knits were made up by me. I also modify almost every pattern that I knit, so they’re all made-up to a degree. This method has served me well, so far.
I am starting to PURPOSEFULLY design patterns, though. That’s definitely in the works, so I’m hoping to self-publish on Ravelry, soon. I have a few shawl designs that I’m doing the actual pattern writing for. Stay tuned!
I’ve only dyed fiber, not yarn, but I’m planning on getting that started pretty soon! Another “stay tuned” topic, for sure.