Feedback, Reviews, Common Courtesy

… and all that stuff!

So I just posted this in the PSPRP Ravelry group:

I’ve just read the first negative review of one of my patterns.

Ugghh… My first response was shock – I have thirty designs out now, many completed projects and this was the first time I’ve heard such negativity. My second response was hurt. Who wouldn’t?

When you put yourself out in the public forum, you have to understand that not everyone will like what you do. The crafting world is no exception. As a crafter, I understand that good instructions are important. I’ve come across a few patterns that definitely could have used improvement!

I truly believe in constructive criticism and in the concept of you can only improve if you’re made aware of pitfalls. For this reason, I include my personal email on every pattern that I print. I include an invitation for feedback on my Designer page, here in our Ravelry group, on my blog and my Facebook page.

My intention by making myself available, is to be as helpful and responsive as I can be and to make changes that are well-thought out and positive, when brought to my attention.

It didn’t happen that way in this instance and it does make me a little sad that someone would choose public negativity (bordering on insult) rather than bring their suggestions or concerns to me through the many avenues that they could have.

How do you handle these situations? It could be from any interchange, not knitting specific. I’m choosing to ignore it but it’s hard to know what the best approach is.

Any thoughts?

I’m asking the same question here, as I know some of you are also designers. It’s fair to say that I’m concerned about the effect the comment that this knitter made will have a negative effect on sales and it’s a hard enough to get those as it is!I haven’t responded to this person and don’t know if I will. It’s hard to know what the courteous response should be when you’ve been treated discourteously!

So, any thoughts you may have are very appreciated – jump on in!

 

It Has Begun…

I didn’t plan to post again so soon… is slow here in blogland and summer is all too fleeting in The Great White North but…

I saw the first of them.

Those harbingers of doom – the annoying people who start posting about it being halfway through the year and “better start planning for Christmas”. Don’t even get me started on “Back To School” being in the shops already. What happened to enjoying the moment?!

Anyway…

I didn’t start it but it brought to mind that yes, I will be crafting for people and I suspect some of you may be too. So, I thought that I’d mention that I’ve been updating yarns for sale on my Ravelry stash tab – yes, still unpacking and organizing. There is lots new including: much sought after limited edition colours, discontinued and out of business Indie sock yarn, Socks That Rock!, Rowan yarns – several that are discontinued, cashmere, alpaca, Lucky Lurker “Duets” sock yarns and some Vegan-friendly skeins too. Tons more in a range of weights. I recently began an offer to pay half of the shipping cost on any purchase of three (3) skeins, this doesn’t include purchases that are sold as lots.

I also have some handspun yarns, tools, books and patterns available at my Etsy shop and for those who don’t knit or are pressed for time this year, I have several finished knit and crochet items in the Etsy shop.

Now if that doesn’t jingle your bells in July, I’m sure this will!

Knitfun xmas july

 

Woot!

I was going to title this “Chuffed, Stoked, Gobsmacked and Tickled” and then realized – upon reading it back quickly – it might look like choked, stuffed… and that would be another whole genre of blogging!!

I was avoiding the web for the last couple days – all of it – but got a “ping” today from my Bestie. She was commenting on a Facebook post put up on Cascade Yarns Facebook business page.

They posted my Cairo Cabled Scarf pattern!!

I am over the moon! I’d noticed a wee jump in interest and sales and this must be why.

The link is here if you’d like to check it out:

Helloooo… Monday

(say like: “Helloo… Newman” from Seinfeld; which I had to Google ’cause I never actually watched but am just a victim of popular culture!)

Taking the sting out of Mondays and can I get an Hallelujiah Chorus?! Why have I only just now found this amazing group on Ravelry??

Knot A Problem is a group on Ravelry that consists of Titans of Tangles. These folks will actually take that collapsed mess of lace shite that was created when your swift had a spazz or that cashmere that your cat thought would make a great date and they will… put it back to rights!

You heard that right.

You can send a mess to these First Responders of Fibre and they will fix, unknot, detangle your skein of useless, might as well be number 9 binder twine, anxiety inducing yarn.

I may be fangirling a little bit here.

I have a skein of Baruffa Cashwool Lace that decide to commit skein-icide as I was winding it for a shawl and a skein (OOAK colourway no less) of ZYG silk merino single that… well… I can’t speak of it… Verklempt.

I am going to be in touch with these miracle workers very soon to help me with what I thought was going to be birds’ nest liner (once I pitched a fit and pitched the lot).

Do go check them out if you have the same issues.

Wishing you all a gentle Monday 🙂

Game On!

I’m an Olympics Wannabe. I’m really not all that interested, not enough to go buy a television to watch but.. Go Canada!!

Hot Canadian Olympians

Now, if knitting ever becomes an Olympic sport, you can be sure I’ll be a contender!

I am participating in the Ravelry “Ravellenics” as part of Team Wabi Sabi and I cast on Friday evening for the Hat Halfpipe – had to miss the opening ceremonies official cast on ’cause they frown on stopping the work for knitting. If you can imagine…

Go Team!

Go Team!

I’m using some recycled Dream In Colour Classy in the “Dusky Aurora” colourway. Much of it is still in a Chic Knits hoodie that I can’t remember where the heck I left off! I’m thinking that these hat and fingerless glove sets will be perfect for the shop. There’s still a lot of cold weather left here.

Photo as of Saturday evening:

KB's Ravellenics hat

KB’s Ravellenics hat

So, is anyone else participating in the Ravelry Revels? What team are you on?

Oh… And Monday? I still don’t like you!

ETA: I finished the hat Sunday afternoon and cast on for the matching fingerless gloves 🙂

Aside

I need a tiny vent…

I have a lot of stash.
I have so much lot of stash that I have some for sale on Ravelry and Etsy.

I need the real estate and I need to not have to move all this again. Something that will be happening sooner than later.

So when someone wants to buy a skein or two, I’m really happy.

What makes me unhappy is the (many) times that I will get an inquiry, all enthusiastic-like, be asked for a postage quote (find box and packing, weigh, measure, or walk to post office), send the quote, only to have the person email back with ” Oh, I didn’t expect to pay that much!” (referring to either the cost of the yarn – which is clearly indicated in each stash post or the postage – I don’t make these up, that’s what it costs).

Most of my yarn for sale are one offs, ooaks, limited editions or discontinued, highly sought after skeins or colourways.

I’m not having a garage sale. I’m selling gorgeous yarn.

Sheesh…

9 Ways to Catch Blog Readers’ Attention

This post beats hell out of the “I Got Nuthin'” that I was going to post 🙂
A definite must read!

Lime Scented

1. Start with a dramatic title which is only tangentially related to the post.

2. Explain that you haven’t been able to blog, not because you’re not knitting, but because you have no way of taking pictures in cold, grey weather while staying as a guest at someone else’s place, and a blog post without pictures is deemed an abomination.

3. Promise that knitting has been happening, prove it by pointing readers towards the Ravelry project pages which have been updated.

4. Tantalize readers with promises of a new and inspired creation, a self-designed pattern which is just perfect.

5. Talk rapturously about its colours, coming up with ever-so-many synonyms for red: scarlet, brick, burnt, deep, blood and boticelli.

6. Share a secret-sisterhood-smirk with readers who use Malabrigo yarn and therefore know precisely what you mean by the last synonym.

7. Throw in a yarn photo for those who don’t.

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Aside

I will preface this by saying that I am as thin skinned as Fiona Apple.

Get it? Current events reference. I’m feeling very looped in.

What I don’t feel hip to is mean-spiritedness and so… Is there a point to the “Disagree” button on Ravely?

To disagree indicates that there might be a thought process behind an action. Disagreeing should engender discourse, the why of, countering points, constructive suggestion even. An opinion should be something that requires the conviction of it and not anonymity. For the record, preferring your colours of puce, chartreuse and shitbrickle brown and to disagree with a new knitter’s first proudly-shared finished knit is more indicative of one’s lack of manners. Opinion and personal taste should not be insulted – this is creativity, artistic expression. If we were all the same, the world would be a bloody boring place. Not to mention we’d all be fighting over the same skeins of yarn! It certainly is a shock to see so much cowardly ill-will displayed by fellow knitters.

Why doesn’t Ravelry rename it what it really is?

A “Vent your spleen” button”,  “I’m A Disagreeable Cow button”, I Didn’t Get Laid Last Night button”, I’m PMS’ing button” or most accurately; “Bully Button”.

There are enough ways that people can be unkind, rude and thoughtless in the world, especially in the online venue. I think Ravelry should consider removing this feature. It serves no useful purpose and only encourages cowards and boors.

If you have an opinion, state it – kindly and courteously. If you’re too afraid to type those words out, then you need to rethink your desire to click that button.

Just my opinion.

Educational… Interesting… Funny… Agree… Disagree… Love…

ETA: This vent prompted by the response to several lovely projects, in some cases there were many disagrees on one. I expected disagrees on mine – it is, unfortunately, a given with forum posts on Ravelry. My heart hurt for those who might be new or newly returned to the craft. They deserve nothing less than thumbs up and encouragement.