Knot Another Tangled Web

Woo-boy, the past few days on Ravelry have been a real treat. I was alerted to what was thought to be yet another person on Ravelry trying to scam the fiber tribe. With so many previous experiences, I think Ravelers grew a sixth sense for this kind of thing. The hair stands up on the back of your neck, you smell it coming in on the wind. What’s that? Ah, the distinct smell of bullshit.

A man, named Jason Weidner, came to our humble corner of the internet because his initial statement of “I think all patterns should be free” so send in your patterns to his new website, tangledknot.com, and he’ll be able to make you lots of money. By distributing your free patterns. Free patterns. How does that make money for the designer?

Well, I don’t think even he knows how to make money for the designer. Although, I’m sure he has already established how he will be making a profit. The group he created on Ravelry, The Tangled Knot, was created to promote his business venture and answer questions from curious crafts.

And let me tell you, did he get questions. I’ll let you head over there and read through the threads where he contradicts himself and dodges questions about payouts, which advertisers he’ll approach, and any requests for market research that provides proof for claims he has been making about his “new”, big idea.

But before you go, you might notice some edits and deletions in the threads… Curious, huh? Well, Jason says it’s because “some people were being rude”. Apparently, I was considered “some people” because I made mention of the sock puppet/wing man account his mother made in attempt to defend Jason and bring sunshine and rainbows to what had become a failing business before it even launched . Yes, that’s right. His mother (threadnerd on Ravelry) entered the scene as a new member of Ravelry and did not disclose their relationship as she jumped in threads to defend this business that she claimed she had no knowledge of.

Again, Ravelers have seen it before and she was outed immediately. Jason finally admitted it was his mother, she went in mass delete mode (but there are a few block quotes, so you’ll still get an idea of her deception) and deleted her account. Omfg, you guys, it just keeps getting better.

Back to me getting banned and deleted (some of my posts are still there). He was upset because I referred to his mother’s sock puppet account, told me to edit/delete my post, and I wouldn’t. Delete. Banned. But not before I took some screen shots!

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The second part was interesting, because he was completely cool with his mother’s sock puppet account until we called her out. So now, we’re supposed to forget that a deception was attempted because he eventually came clean about it when he got caught.

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My response, which was later deleted and I was banned because he said “some people” were being rude. More mass deleting ensued, bannings, revival of his sock master mom (yeah, that’s right, mom returns, don’t miss that one), and an attempt to keep his cool when all of his plans continue to collapse in a heap around him.

If we’ve learned anything, it’s how to spot a potential scam. Actions such as: patronizing your potential clients, not actually having a business plan, no market research, not actually being involved/knowledgable in the industry you’re trying to profit from, quickly deleting any truths that make you/your business look bad instead of acknowledging the mistake and moving on, and finally, making references to “lawyers” repeatedly in what may be an attempt to get people to back off.

You’ve probably run out of popcorn by now. Go pop some more, grab a comfy seat, and take a potty break for diving back in. Don’t forget to get up and stretch your legs occasionally.

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What I’ve learned on Ravelry

Raveler since October 15, 2007

Yup, that’s me.  I was just sitting here thinking about the past few years I’ve spent as a member of Ravelry.  I’ve learned a few things that I would like to share with you:

  • Every time the word “copyright” is written in the Big 6, someone has an aneurysm.
  • Patterns with lengthy, extraneous titles don’t usually live up to them.  Throw together a garter stitch scarf in Red Heart Super Saver and then get fairy-fucking-tastic with the name of the pattern.  Start with something like “Lady of the” and add an adjective like “enchanted” or “mystic”, followed by a location such as “forest”, “sea”, “wood”, or “truck stop shit house”.  Get creative with it.  Then add a $7 price tag.  Pat yourself on the back because you’re a professional now!
  • Disagree (1)?  DEAL WITH IT.
  • There are about ten times more knitted/crocheted penises than vagina.
  • Knitted/crocheted bathing suits = instant camel toe.
  • Does anyone buy any of those dishcloth patterns?!?!???
  • Now, I really want to design something that I can name “Lady of the Enchanted Truck Stop Shit House”.
  • Disagree (176)?  You’re probably an asshole.

A little ditty on criticism

Indie designers, who are typically very casual and accessible, get a great deal of critiquing.  I wouldn’t go on to say that indie designers receive more criticism than your headlining, Vogue Knitting contributors, but they certainly receive a fair amount.  Criticism is inevitable, both good and bad, when you produce something made available to the general public.  These critiques reach far and wide with the enormous following on Ravelry.com as well as personal blogs.  So, how do designers handle dialogues amongst knitters and crocheters?  What’s the appropriate avenue to take with the positive and negative feedback on their work?

Let’s use the Ravelry.com forums for an example.  When a person or group praises your pattern work in a forum thread, would you enter the conversation to thank them for their support and kind words?  It’s a matter of opinion.  Personally, I do.  Establishing a presence is important to me for creating positive relationships with pattern patrons and letting them know that I am readily available. 

But what about the negative feedback?  Let’s use the same scenario as before, but now the person or group is negatively criticising your pattern work.  It appears that when there is negative critiquing involved, it is either ignored by the designer or perhaps handled through private messages.  Why is it different here?  What do you think makes it taboo for a designer to step up publicly and refute or remedy the situation? 

You can’t please everyone, that is true.  I believe in the 10% Rule, which means that 90% of a designer’s clients are generally good, well-mannered people with tact.  The other 10% are not as level-headed, emotional, and in some rare instances, combative.  Do you engage them?  I guess it depends on whether or not they engage you.  My take on it is that if they rage publicly without directly communicating with you, take it in stride.  Read their thoughts, determine whether or not it is a warranted criticism, and leave it be.  However, if they communicate with the designer about the grievance they have with the pattern and begin a public dialogue, it becomes a sticky situation.  Do you ignore it or call them on it?  The designer should put forth their best effort to help the person through the problem, privately or publicly – it’s their call.  If the negative review remains, at least you would know that you had done your best to make thing right. 

What’s your take on knitting and crochet designer criticism?

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 20 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 128 posts. There were 21 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 28mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 182 views. The most popular post that day was Mrrrphmrrf Cowl.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ravelry.com, homespunliving.blogspot.com, craftster.org, en.wordpress.com, and christhalinette.canalblog.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cheap sex, guernsey knit, riothooping, slouchy cardigan pattern, and the yarn bearer.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Mrrrphmrrf Cowl January 2010
3 comments

2

New Babeh, Free Pattern! June 2010

3

A Finished Something April 2008
1 comment

4

Tuft Love Shrug March 2008
7 comments

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Slouchy Cardigan September 2008
2 comments

Hoop Shoot

Not knitting. 

Photography by Erik Bingesser (who happens to have a website right here).  I also have a separate website for this non-knitting material:  Riot Hooping.

Liar

I’m a dirty, stinkin’ liar.  I didn’t get those pictures just yet because my photographer (read:  husband) is under the weather still.  I’ll get to it eventually.

I also had rehearsal last night…  I haven’t mentioned it before now.  I’m playing the character of Rocky Horror in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  A Rocky Horror with boobs is full of win in my book!

If you live in Savannah or will be in the area, come check out the production.  We have a website with all the information you need on tickets, location, cast bios, etc.  Check it, yo!

Editing to add my Rocky Horror gold costume, RAWR!

RunHoopKnitWashRinseRepeat

So this has been my absence:

Knitting for the Ravelry WWM 2009 (I finished five projects, WOOT!).

MrYarnBearer’s two jaw surgeries.

New tattoo (full sleeve).

Hoop dancing…  Because, you know, it’s not like I don’t run everyday or anything like that…

New friends and old friends, too!

And United States Coast Guard’s birthday celebration.

Reading Christopher Moore novels, as well as Gene Wilder’s My French Whore, and am nearly through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

It has been busy and honestly, I probably should have knitted more.  This summer offered so many distractions and I’m being summoned by a pizza right now, so here’s a picture show…

Nightmares

So the To Dye For! yarn club has finally come to an end.  I sent out the last shipment on Tuesday and the subscribers should start getting their yarns by the end of the week.  Dyeing yarn with a few set perimeters and a little “cheat sheet” turned out to be interesting and fun.  I was also more apt to blend colors I probably never would have considered otherwise.

I’ve decided, after poking and prodding from the veteran club members as well as those who missed out on the club, to set up another club.  In April, the Nightmare Yarn Club begins! 

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I’m trying my hand at a six monthclub with twenty-five spaces (some available in my Etsy shop, more may open up after the 15th).  Unlike the last club, subscribers will be receiving similar skeins based on common nightmares.  The idea came to me one morning after yet another vivid dream caused me to wake up covered in sweat (man, I hope that was sweat) and a bit shaky.

I have a few reoccurring dreams, but have also never experience other common nightmares.  Mine usually consist of being chased or wild animals (often me riding an uncontrollable, black horse).  I’ve never experienced dreams of falling or drowning, though many others, I’ve been told, have.

Another one of my reoccurring dreams is odd.  Everything is dark and shadowy with flashes of bright green, but there’s no sound.  I’m more of an observer in this dream and sometimes there are people, sometimes not.  However, there’s really nothing more to it than me observing a fantastically depressing environment void of sound.  Weird.  My brains, they are a dark place, I tell you.

Calming

I feel a great need to relax before the market on Saturday.  The weather looks to be a toss up, however, if it does turn foul, you will still find us there, on the fourth floor of the Robinson Parking Garage on York and Montgomery Streets.

Here is my first, wild fling with forcing bulbs.  My blue grape hyacinths have already begun to flower and the black tulips, I suspect, should be budding very soon.

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Have a lovely Valentine’s Day.

Count Down

I’m knitting at a frantic pace with Christmas just around the corner.  Unfortunately, I can’t share because someof my readers are, well, reading.  I also agreed to knit my sister a Elfin Cable Cardi (non-Christmas gift) and hope to have that finished before we visit in a few weeks.

We put the tree up yesterday.  I stand firm by my policy of “no X-mas decor until December.”  Why can’t the stores understand that.  I saw holiday garbage being stocked the last week in September!  Is anyone else thinking about a letter writing campaign…

Dear Wal-Mart/Target/Lowe’s (yeah, seriously)/ And other Big-Corporate-Fat-Cats:

Stop nudging Halloween and Thanksgiving out of the picture.  I would very much like to enjoy all of their glory without a Santa  and full scale Christmas trees sitting an aisle over from the glow-in-the-dark Dracula teeth/cornucopias.  I didn’t even want to put up a tree this year because I’ve been seeing them since the first week of October.  Ever hear of “too much of a good thing”?  That applies to Christmas decorations (also known as your holiday revenues, sales were down this year anyway).  More isn’t always better, sometimes it’s just more (and annoying).  Thanks for your time.

Warm regards,

TheYarnBearer

P. S. – And no, I don’t purchase Christmas goodies in September, October, or even November.  I doubt I’m the only one.

Sigh, well, I feel better.  Back to knitting.

(Also, there are only five spaces left in the To Dye For! Sock Club, get them before they’re gone!)