After responding to the many sweethearts who reached out to me with their kind support last night, and mulling over this wretched situation early this morning, I’m now running on about two hours of sleep. Over night, Voolenvine’s posts showing her copycat Klara Socks were removed from YouTube, Instagram and Ravelry. I woke up thinking: “This is not the first time something like this has happened and, sadly, it’s probably not the last. I’d love to just wipe the slate clean and simply move forward with happier things.” And then I saw Voolenvine’s second, saccharine-laden, extremely-hard-to-believe response on my Instagram post. Now that her socks have been removed from her posts, she maintains she had “absolutely no previous knowledge” of my design.
Below, you’ll see I saved a screenshot of her Ravelry project and you can compare it to my Hedgerow work. You be the judge!
What’s so very “special” about Voolenvine’s “project” is that she carried on for several minutes, in a few different YouTube podcasts, about how her socks were entirely inspired by her dear great-grandmother. (BTW, as you’ve probably figured out, I am oh-so-definitely NOT her great-grandma!) I just cannot let that *&^%$@#* stand!
You’ll also see the bulk of my Hedgerow chart was illictly copied and posted on Pinterest. (Thankfully, Pinterest removed it for me a few weeks ago.) I don’t know just when it showed up there, or who pinned it there originally but I’ll wager it was there long enough for Voolenvine, and maybe plenty of others, to put it to good use. Nonetheless, it’s still mine. And now, it’s yours, too!
I’ve decided it’s time to “turn lemons into lemonade”. I always seem to have so many things going on, and I self-critically slave over each design for what seems an eternity, so I’ve never really done much to develop a significant social media presence. It has become all too easy for dishonest folks to co-opt my obscure designs and pretend that they’re their own. Well, that’s not going to happen this time! If you go to my knitting patterns page on my online shop, you’ll find that my Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens PDF is now free. Yep, FREE! It’s still copyright protected, and it’s still a $5 pdf on Ravelry. But, for those of you kind enough to follow me here, or on Instagram, and visit my quiet, little shop’s pattern page, I’m happy to put it out there as free. Maybe in return, you might help me crawl out a bit from social media obscurity so that my years of work can become known for what it has always been – my own, original designs.
Many of you super-kind sweethearts have purchased Hedgerow in the last 24 hours while I’ve been figuring out what to do with this mess. And now it’s free! Oh, I know I’d be bummed if I just laid out $5 for something that’s now free. So, if you’re one of the dear knitters who purchased this since yesterday, please just send me a message through my website’s contact page and it will be my pleasure to send you any other single PDF of mine, no matter the price tag, in Hedgerow’s place.
UPDATE: You’ll see in my next post that, if necessary, there is an alternate way for you to receive my free pattern.
Thanks again and happy knitting! xoxoxoxoxoxox, Mary Ann