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Ceil Posted - 11/21/2013 : 9:47:04 PM
Recently, a new knitting friend admired a felted hat I'd made from a pattern and she asked me if I would share the pattern with her. (You know where I'm going with this.) The pattern was online, so I sent her the link. Then I got this (very expected!) response:

"Thanks; however, I was hoping that you would share YOUR pattern with me - I didn't want to have to BUY it!"

(But I've already bought the pattern? Am I likely to "share" it when I've paid for it?)

Anyway, here is my reply, and I thought it might be helpful to those of you who may receive similar requests. Part of it is peculiar to my vocation, but you can edit that part to suit:

"Yes, I was pretty sure that was what you meant, but I cannot do that to a knitwear designer. Iím a published author and make a good chunk of my living by selling what I write. Knitwear designers survive by what they publish, too, and therefore itís essential that any patterns, books, recordings and the like that have price tags be purchased. If a pattern with a price tag is good enough to knit, itís good enough to pay for. And it keeps the people whose patterns we like in business; otherwise, we might not have anything available to keep our needles going. If you were a knitwear designer, youíd want people to buy your patterns instead of share them, right? So I encourage you and everyone else to help propagate the knitting arts and purchase the patterns you like."


(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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flicka Posted - 11/23/2013 : 4:47:54 PM
Thanks, your letter will make a good basis for conversation when this happens to me next! I have never known how to handle this.

robinstephanie Posted - 11/23/2013 : 2:40:46 PM
Hey, Ceil, I think your point is important and well made. It's not something everyone knows--I know I hadn't thought about it and had to be "informed" at the start of my knitting carreer, at which point I thought, "Well, of course!"


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover

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