Episode 63 – Ranting and Raving

19 Jan

 

 

Shownotes

Knitting

Wicked Fast Worsted Socks – Done in FOUR DAYS.  Knit out of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool on Us5s/3.75mm needles.  These will be either a free pattern on Rav or a recipe on the blog for y’all to adapt if you have a love one asking for socks.  I could knit LOTS of these bad boys!

Ingrid the Monster – Pattern is Irving the Icebox Monster by Rebecca Danger from her Big Book of Knitted Monsters.  LOVE her!  Made lots of mistakes, but I think she’s cute anyway.

Will be attempting to finish the French Press Slippers and the La Vie de Bois socks this week.  Wish me luck!

Meliabella, Froggymonkey and I are hosting an “Ain’t Skerrid of Sweaters” Knit Along (KAL) starting February first.  If you have a sweater to knit, join us!  We can all use the support.

 

Spinning

No spinning this week, but I posted Part 3 of the Southdown study, and Part 1 of the Navajo-Churro study on the blog.  My goal is to post at least once a week.  Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a post!

 

Growth

I need to decide whether to keep using the Outright program or if I should try something else.  It’s a good program that does *almost* all I need it to, but not everything and will soon cost $10 a month.  I have to investigate my options.

I had a 500% growth in my business in 2011; a 200% growth in 2012 will mean I can quit my day job and do fiber full time.  There’s no way I could have done this well without all of you.  I’m so close to achieving my dream of making a living from my fiber business!!  I am astounded that this has happened this fast.  THANK YOU.

 

Processes

RANT ALERT!  If you hate my rants, fast forward past this section.

when choosing colorway/club names, one can be inspired by a book/movie/etc., but one cannot just decide to use copyrighted material!  It is wrong, and what’s more – it’s illegal.  Please don’t support people who are making money off of others’ hard work.  It’s these sorts of piratical actions that enable legislation like SOPA to get as far as it has.

 

Graby Hands

FIBER!  New Southdown fiber will be in the shop next week, in roving and washed lock forms.  Both are delicious, smooshy, lofty, scrunchy fibers that you should absolutely try out.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  :)

I bought 100% Alpaca (Cascade) from Halcyon Yarn in Bath, ME.  I also bought a WPI tool made by Nancy”s Knit Knacks.

 

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4 Responses

  1. Christine Wands says:

    Thanks for the rant! People need to be considerate of others’ intellectual property and to inderstand the legalities involved.

    You go, girl!

  2. Julie says:

    I just starting watching your podcast today. Thanks for an hour of amusement! And congrats on the business growth. Just had to chime in with an FYI, though: you cannot obtain copyrights on titles, even names of books/movies. It’s in the US copyright statute. Potentially, they could be trademarked, but that’s a whole different ball of wax. So you’re technically free to even write another book called The Hunger Games if you want–of course, you’re going to have a bunch of angry duped readers to answer to, though!

  3. Brook says:

    I appreciated your rant. I have seen many people name their yarns and clubs after specific TV and Movie titles and have never understood how they can get away with it. I have seen easy listings that go as far as to screen capture artwork from the TV show and put it in the listing along with the yarn. Does not seem right at all.

  4. Brook says:

    Oops, I meant “Etsy” listings not “easy” listings ;)

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