Work commenced on my sweater being knitted from my handspun Corriedale. I started it with the feather and fan pattern on the lower edge.
Eight inches into the back, I decided I didn’t like it. So I ripped it out, and restarted it using a vine lace pattern on the bottom edge, only getting a few rows into it before going to bed Friday night.
I woke (way too early) on Saturday morning, thinking about vine lace. Vine lace, grape vines, grapes.
So I got up and charted out a pattern for a triangular lace shawl. Clusters of yarn-overs to depict grapes on the top part, with a deep border of vine lace around the border. Then a knitted-on lace edging.
I made a foray into the stash room to look for the perfect yarn. Having an obscenely large stash has its advantages — I found the perfect yarn. 100% silk yarn, dk weight, from Spirit Trail. It’s hand-dyed in lavender and pale green.
So I started the shawl.
I’m knitting on US 8 needles. Pre-blocked it’s about 5 stitches to the inch. I expect it to block out to 3.5 or 4 stitchs/inch.
And to ensure that the winter blahs stay away. I’m spinning some handpainted merino roving.
Here’s what the singles look like:
Lucy watches from a safe distance!
About that eBay Auction . . .
A question from the comments concerning last week’s post about the eBay auction:
Just curious, would you feel the same way if your link was included in a ‘knitting on the net’ type book for sale in bookstores?
That’s not the point. I responded via email to the commenter thusly:
Links of mine have been included in a book — and the author emailed me first for permission, by the way. Also, there was no statement in the book encouraging people to use my free pattern to knit something for sale (in direct violation of my copyright statement) like there was in this ebay auction.
My original complaint was that this woman was using a link to my website to advertise something she was selling. And that is indeed in violation of eBay’s listing rules.
At some point the seller removed her link to my site and revised her auction description to include this statement:
Because of copyright laws, you cannot sell the patterns themselves. You can, however, sell what you make with them. All of these links take you to the web sites of many people who have taken the time to share their time and talents on the internet free of charge. You can of course print out the pattern on your own computer, knit it and then sell the finished item.
Charming, no? I sent her a message politely asking her to remove the link to my site from the list she is selling, pointing out that her statement is in violation of my copyright statement (which is clearly posted on each of my free pattern pages). She sent me an email saying she had removed my link.
I emailed her back the following:
You might want to check the copyright notices on other free patterns you are including in your list of links — many of them state in their copyright notices that the pattern may not be used for commercial purposes. Either that or not tell people in your item description that they can knit items from these patterns and sell them.
And she actually revised her auction description to take out the crap about selling things made from the free patterns. Good.
This morning I received several emails from her, all containing this message (which I see I’m not the only one to have received):
I am a 63 year old woman who has chronic pain due to mercury poisoning and my husband is unable to work. I am applying for social security benefits but this is taking a long time. Since I am home bound and cannot work, I thought this idea to share knitting patterns that were offered free was a good idea. I have to pay 40 cents to list this auction, pay another 40 cents to eBay in final value fees and then if a buyer pays with PayPal, they charge another 40 cents. So, my profit margin was not too large. I am sorry that many of you have decided to carry on a campaign to threaten and belittle me. I cannot fight you any longer. I give up. Whether or not you believe me is not important. Please tell all of your friends to leave me alone now.
As a long-time user of ebay, I am well aware of their pricing structure. I also know their rules for listing. I emailed you directly rather than file a complaint with ebay about your using my graphics to advertise your auction (and later about your encouraging people to make things to sell using copyrighted patterns) as a courtesy. Nothing in any of my emails to you was combative or unpleasant.
One of my friends pointed out your auction out to me — that’s how I found out about it. I do not know who else may have emailed you about this auction — I certainly never asked any one to.
As far as I’m concerned, as long as you don’t use anything from any of my websites to advertise your auctions, or encourage people to make things to sell using my copyrighted patterns, there is no problem. Please stop emailing me — I received the email below from you several times. Thanks.
So there you have it. Call me cynical, but the hard-luck story she carted out makes me think she’s just a scammer.
When someone emails me, wanting me to send them copies of copyrighted patterns and I refuse, 9 times out of 10 they respond with a hard-luck story and tell me I’m a monster for refusing them.
I had one instance last fall where a woman emailed me wanting a copy of a pattern I didn’t even have. When I responded telling her this, she starting flooding me with venomous emails, saying the pattern was for a dying child and what kind of cold-hearted bitch was I to refuse a dying child?
The funny thing was that after this happened I was comparing notes with another blogger. She had received similar emails from this same woman with the exact same story about the same dying child. A couple of years before my experience.
Sad, ain’t it? It takes all kinds.