Lazy Sat

Sleeping in is one of life’s great pleasures. Waking up with a husband, a dog and a little boy in the bed (the latter two crept in after waking, early in the morning) is a true delight!

Hannah’s having a sleepover, so this morning she and her friend made cinnamon rolls (pop-n-bake) and all the kids are watching cartoons. Perfect Saturday.

Hannah’s Hat
Two days ago Hannah finished her first hat! I showed her how to use stitch markers to set the decreases, and she went to town, making a little squre top on her round hat. I’ll show her how to weave in the ends as soon as she decides which is the public side of her masterpiece!

Annie Neutron
The hair is good. It’s a little on the magenta-masquerading-as-red side, but it’s not the worst thing in the world to match one’s car… All in all I’m very happy with it, and amazed at how easy it was (except for when I got in the shower to rinse out the dye and suddenly it looked like the shower scene from psycho!)

Critiquing the Critique
Just for the record, the comments that sent me off on my spin were’t ones that had been directed at my own designs, but several I had read recently by other bloggers making pretty digging comments at some new, young designers. I won’t say criticism doesn’t hurt, but I’ve yet to read a critique of my [recent] knit designs that I couldn’t either learn from or shrug off. I was inspired (is that the word I want?) to my last post when I realized that it’s becoming more and more common to attack a designer personally in a blog.

I think those of us who write blogs sometimes forget that this isn’t just the same as having an intimate conversation with friends. It’s easy to forget – I have to remind myself of that quite a bit, and often I’ll write a post, save it as a draft and return to it later (cutting quite a bit) when I see how heated my post would have been.

No, my comment wasn’t against criticism in general – or even folks deciding that they’d like to knit something differently. I revel in that! I love it when folks write to me showing me ways they’ve changed my designs, it makes me feel so happy to have been part of someone creating something that is good for them.

Bring on the good, well reasoned critiques! Please! Those who read my blog on a regular basis know that quite often I’ll post new designs that I’m working on, and appreciate the comments on them. Recently comments regarding the cover of Cheaper Than Therapy led me to make some alterations which really seemed to improve the look.

What I object to are the folks who write at length of the designs that they would put out there if they were designing, while at the same time questioning the sanity, judgement or sobriety of another designer (this, I think, moves into the personal)

But, obviously, I’m not the blog police – and thank heaven there are none! I was simply writing about something I’d been seeing that was making me sad and angry.

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