You know what happens when your blog hits go from 6 to 600 in a day? You get hateful emails from women knitters.....but you also get awesome emails from around the world and from women like Ree, The Pioneer Woman. So, it all evens out I guess.
I know I'm going to get a lot more hateful emails for posting about this but ultimately this is my blog and I can talk about what I want and I need to clear the air. I also do not have to post the negative comments I have received because they are hateful. That's not what I want for this blog. I use this blog to talk about happy fun things we are doing as a family and what I am doing craft-wise.
As you already know in November I gifted The Pioneer Woman a pair of gloves from a free pattern I found online. On December 16th after PW put up a post about these gloves I posted about how excited I was about this and included a link to the designer of the gloves and to Ravelry. I included all the appropriate links plus the yarn color and needle size. Within hours I received an email from a lady saying it was 'illegal to post a fellow designer's pattern'. I immediately took all the info off the blog cause I was sure I was doing something wrong. I can prove this statement because if you look at the comments of my blog from December 16th you will see that someone saw the pattern and then couldn’t find it the second time they came to my blog. This person left a comment looking for the pattern that they had once seen on my blog.
I was given wrong information to follow from the beginning. I apologize that I didn’t go to the designer and try to clear things up but I thought I was already in trouble. I assumed that if I took the link off my blog that I wouldn’t be offending anyone anymore.
Then I get an email from the designer wanting to know ‘about my commercial use of her design’. There was no commercial use of her design. I replied to her email stating the gloves were 'a gift to PW'. For me it was an honor for PW to post about the gloves I gave her but I never asked for the recognition and I never asked for women to offer to purchase them.
Apparently I didn't respond quick enough on a Saturday before Christmas because I got another email from the designer saying I had to amend my blog and 'if your blog is not updated by noon (PST) on Sunday 20 December, I will make an official DMCA complaint to Blogger/Google which could result in your entire blog being taken offline until you can prove that you are not in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act'. I guess I'm lucky I was even looking at my email this weekend and not at a holiday party. So, I edited MY blog for the second time in so many days.
I completely understand where the designer is coming from and in a attempt to make everyone happy I just pissed off another group of women who began to slander me and who keep sending me hateful emails (don't you have something to knit?!)
It was mentioned by a couple of people that I refer to these gloves as MY gloves and I can't do that because I didn't design them. Well, of course they are MY gloves! I knitted them! What knitter goes around saying, 'Hey look at the gloves I knitted but they really aren't mine they are Vogue knitting from March 1999.' Who does that??
I’m not selling this designer' gloves or the pattern. I only knitted a pair of gloves and gave them as a gift. I NEVER said this was MY pattern. I never wanted any credit for this pattern. I only wanted to give a fellow blogger a gift. It was stated many times in the comments of PW’s blog where the pattern came from. I never disputed that!
I have been sent some hateful emails from fellow knitters and I am truly saddened. Instead of trying to find out the whole story a number of people make some snap judgements and jumped in ready to hang me.
I've learned some really great lessons about my blog and human nature this weekend. I have received some great emails from wonderful women around the world complementing my blog. I also have a much greater appreciation for the big time women bloggers who have to deal with negativity and snap judgements on a daily basis. I really don't know how they deal with it. But for now I think I will take Ree's advice and 'not worry about this for one more second.'