Well, what I thought was a minor head cold has turned into a chest cold. Blah. I haven't had a cold in three years, so I can't complain, but it sure is a pain in the, ahem, chest.
I haven't knit much since last Saturday, so this isn't an update about my knitting. I am however, going to ramble on about a couple of controversies I've read about on the net that pertains to knitting. This is just my curiousity and wonderment on where exactly knitting is advancing or perhaps, stagnating.
The first is in reference to a knit blogger who posted a pic of her completed project [as the majority of us knit bloggers do] on her blog. She in turn, was contacted by the designer of the garment she knit, requesting she remove the photo from her blog as she had concerns that it was a copyright violation.
I do not have a degree in copyright, nor do I have much interest in learning more about it. I just want to know the basics I need to follow for my particular craft. This was not one of the basics I was informed about. In fact, I'm sure this blogger was not infringing upon anything copyright related and has nothing to worry about, but she decided to be safe and removed her photos from her blog. She did not swipe the photos from another site. These were her photos. I would expect that she owns the copyright to her own photos?
In any case, what I'm trying to get at is the fact that knitting, in general, is a passionate hobby for XXXX amount of people in the world. We take our knitting out in public. We talk about knitting with anyone who will listen and let's face it, even if they aren't. You get the gist? So, how did knitting become so serious? Why all the sensitivity? Aren't we supposed to be enjoying our chosen hobby? It isn't like we are major manufacturors/distributors just waiting in the sidelines ready to rip some designer off. We are individuals that use the craft for many different reasons and we do it responsibly, IMO. Therapy anyone?
This may sound like a diss at the designer, but it is far from it. I greatly admire and respect any designer/artist. They are very special people. I just feel that some things are being taken so far out of context and it makes me want to bury my head in the ground.
It has started with, "You can't take any pics of your finished project, even if you're wearing it to that company Christmas party and you so happen to be in the shot," to "you can only have the pattern if you buy the kit." So now you're stuck with the colours they've chosen for you. You're stuck with not liking the particular yarn that was chosen for you. Next, you'll start finding that designers only want you to make their design in one particular colour, or one particular brand of yarn, or you don't get the pattern. All this because in their printed word, if you don't oblige, it's a copyright violation.
Nanner, nanner, nanner!
What good is my therapy now?
Well, I've rambled on so much about this one topic that I'm too pooped and drugged to talk about the other. Let's be cliche and say,
To be continued...
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