Perhaps this post will be a lightning rod for people to express anger. I understand that. But I am a fan of the web site and the recent Ravelry response to users.
Another Ravelry Response
This one came as an e-mail from a friend of mine to Ravelry:
Just to give blog readers a sense about how I feel, I was very glad to have been cc’ed on John’s e-mail to Cassidy and Jessica.
Summary of My Thoughts on The Ravelry Response
- I find Ravelry to be an incredibly useful tool. Where else could I find a comprehensive database of patterns, yarns and forums that also allow me to track and document my projects and library of knitting books and magazines? For free.
- Their stand against supporting Trump was brave and just. I can’t imagine what I would have done if they were Trump supporters and had decided to exclude any anti-Trump stuff on their site. This would have been devastating to have to lose this valuable tool.
- I found the recent changes to their web site irrelevant. There was only one change I didn’t like. It was the new icon to access Forums. I didn’t find it intuitive. But once I learned where it was, it was a VERY minor inconvenience to adapt.
- I think there are four types of people who are haters of the new site:
- The people who had some other grudge about Ravelry and used their critiques of the change as a club to beat Ravelry over the head. Their response was completely oversized for the change and encouraged others to be crazed by it.
- People who support Hair Füror and jumped on the bandwagon of haters. They also worked to enflame the others with extreme rhetoric.
- Those who really hate any change and took the changes as an opportunity to join in the chorus of naysayers.
- People who are physically affected by the change (migraines, seizures, etc.) and are bereft at losing such a valuable tool.
For the first three categories, I say fuck off. Go build your own fucking Ravelry if you hate the current one so much.
For the 4th category, I would suggest a less extreme response to the changes than I’ve been seeing. Accusing them of being ableist and hating on those with painful conditions doesn’t help you get your valuable tool back. Keep working with them in a civil way and hopefully, you’ll get a Ravelry that you can use. Focus on getting what you want. Not alienating the only folks that can help you get it.
Flame throwers in e-mails and comments won’t be treated very kindly. If you have an issue with what I wrote today, you’re welcome to comment with a dissenting point of view. You are even allowed to express anger and frustration. But if I feel that you’re trying to stoke hatred and division, you’ll be banned from public comments.
I am very glad to have finished a VERY long shawl. AND published a pattern for it!
Depending on how I lay it out, the Little Hearts Wrap turned out to be about 84″ long and about 14″ wide. It’s very loose and drapey and clings in a very comforting way. I LOVE this garment.
I have published the pattern on Ravelry (if you’re still a member), and for the first 24 hours, you can get it free with the coupon code FreeHearts at check out. It would be greatly appreciated if you would Favorite and/or Queue this design.
Also on the Current Knitting front. I have decided to stop working on the circular Interlocking Crochet Scarf project. Making it as an infinity scarf just isn’t worth the effort. So I will frog it.
But I did start two new projects (although you’ll only get to see progress photos of one of them).
Can you guess what this is? Eventually, it will be a stuffed bear. I’m using the pattern Bear (Knit a Teddy) by Sarah Gasson. So far, I’m liking it very much.