Saturday, February 21, 2009


yet another rough week in casa rabbit. i'm feeling better - but got in a lot of fights with my doctor's office along the way. i probably spent two entire hours listening to their hold music, all added up. as soon as the referral for a neurologist comes through, i'm done with them; time for a new pcp.

it was a tough week at work, and if that and my health issues weren't enough, i had quite the upset on the knitting front as well. in the midst of skimming through my blogroll, i came across this post from wendy of wendy knits - someone had alerted her to the fact that one of her free patterns was being sold by a LYS. i was musing about how so not cool that is when i received a pm from a very kind raveler, drawing my attention to copies of my bella's mittens pattern for sale on etsy. $12.95. for a free pattern. of course i immediately contacted the seller and asked her to remove the listing and refrain from selling it in the future. she's since taken it down, but not without a fair amount of snippiness. wendy still has not heard back from that LYS - they won't answer or return her calls. seriously, what is wrong with these people?!


bella & swatching

bella's mittens #4 are done and blocking. i put them on this morning and they are so soft. i'll try to take some proper photos when they're dry tomorrow.

before i sign off - congrats to mindy, rosie, and genevieve! now go and peruse the adorable baby mohair goat photos and have a good squee!

(p.s. - i've stuck a swatch from honeycomb in my bag and will be searching for complementary yarn for the edging - thanks, everyone, for your recommendations!)


Michelle said...

Aw geez I'm sorry you had a rough week. I hope things turn around real soon.

That Hooligan Girl said...

I hope you feel better!

Lindsey said...

Those look good enough to eat!

malaraky said...

The same thievery happened recently with the creator of Tudora from Knitty. It's unbelievable that people would take a free pattern that is clearly provided for personal use only and then sell the items they produce.

Luckily there are the other people out there who see this happening, notice, and inform the designer. Unfortunately it's a big headache for the person who created the pattern in the first place. At least Bella's mittens is a hugely recognized pattern! You did good.

Lydia C said...

Hope this bad experience won't deter you from creating more free patterns in the future. I love your Bella's mittens pattern. I've made two pair, so far and I'm planning a give away!

I despise thieves!

puffthemagicrabbit said...

How in the world can someone do that????? I can almost (not quite, though) see selling finished mittens, but the PATTERN written by YOU???? (now we could start the whole debate about knitted products for sale. I only sell the stuff I've designed, unless I have permission from the designer, have offered a percentage to the designer, and acknowledge the designer on the sale tag.). I can't believe she was snippy with you. Ugh.

If you were here in VA, I'd have a wonderful PCP for you. (and you could play with my goaties!)

The babies are growing by leaps and bounds. And are actually starting to leap and bound- so send lots of "fix Mindy's camera" vibes to Bestbuy so I can get so many pictures you'll be sick of them.

Bridget said...

I'm glad that there are people who recognize patterns and report the offenders. As someone who will usually try a free pattern for a new technique first, I really appreciate the fact that you offer some of your work for free.

Hope things are going better by now.