I was happy to see that the pirate site that was illegally displaying copyrighted material belonging to others shut down so quickly. There was certainly a lot of discussion about it in the comments. To clear up a couple of points:
One commenter posted that the site was completely automated. While this is true of a lot of illegal sites, that was not the case with this one. Yes, it was automatically set up to pull in and post RSS feeds from my blog and others, but the posting of patterns was not automatic. Some patterns from Knitty were arbitrarily selected posted, along with a single selected photo for each pattern. Not every Knitty pattern was posted. A few other free patterns from other sites were posted as well. The patterns were organized into categories. (Incidentally, none of my free patterns were posted there — but my RSS feed was.)
When I emailed them and told them to remove my content from their site, they immediately removed the links to my blog content they had stolen (and links to other blog content) and rearranged the homepage. But left up the patterns.
There was advertising on the site from several large well-known knitting supply companies. Those companies were not making a conscious decision to advertise on that site. The ads were supplied by Google. Here is a wikipedia article that explains how the system works.
There are other sites out there illegally displaying other peoples’ work, but at least we found and took down this one.
We have winners for the KnitCircus pattern collection! They are: Timmie, Eileen B., Orli, Lenore, Amanda U, Melissa, Kamilla M., “I’m Just Lori”, Gloria, and Meg. All of the winners have bene emailed a link from which they can download the pdf of the pattern collection.
And here is the Sad:
Rowan Yarns is planning to discontinue Calmer. Calmer is one of my favorite yarns, so this makes me extremely sad.
But . . .
There is a petition out there: Save Rowan’s Calmer Yarn!
Click on the widget above to go to the petition and sign to let Rowan know you want them to keep producing this yarn.
I’ve managed to get most of the front of Filey done.
Teddy somehow got it into his head that he is royalty and was recently crowned King Rowan:
However, trouble was lurking — he was quickly deposed and lost his crown!
I don’t think he would have been a very good king anyway.