discuss amongst yourselves
I’m crushing on the Cobblestone. When I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect sweater for my non-sweater-wearing husband. Isn’t Tiennie’s version awesome?!?! But wait! I could make a girly one for myself! The wheels are turning, especially with all that green yarn I bought.
Trouble is, I don’t have the magazine yet and I am dying to know how it’s constructed. I could try and make my own version without seeing the pattern. Or I might ask someone the simple question that’s killing me: Is that yoke knit in the round, or what??? (If you know, you don’t have to tell me. Just keep reading…) But I’m not going to do either of those things. I’m going to wait until I can finally buy the magazine for myself.
You see, I have a thing. A thing with patterns. Specifically a thing with copying patterns.
Once at knitting group (no, seriously) I was working on my Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket. As usual, everyone wanted to know what everyone else was working on. I was explaining the unique construction of the blanket and people were very interested because it was growing so very large. One knitter in particular said, “Oh, I’ll have to get that pattern from you.” I didn’t say yes or know at the time. I just thought quietly to myself about the $30 I had paid for the book the pattern was in, EZ’s Opinionated Knitter.
Next week, the knitter asked again for a copy of the pattern and I told her which book she could find it in. I think she got the point that I wasn’t interested in sharing because she hasn’t asked since.
Now, I’m not saying that I’ve never copied a pattern before, but I was new to the group and I hardly knew any of the other knitters. Which really got me thinking about copying patterns in general. Would I change my mind about copying patterns depending on how well I knew the person?
The whole thing had me in a tizzy for a few days, knowing that copying patterns is wrong, but also knowing that I had done it before! I was literally driving Gerald crazy with all my talk about it. I finally decided that from now on, I’ll do my part to give the knitwear designers their due. I’ll buy the book, I’ll pay for the pattern, and I’ll search out the magazine. On top of that, I won’t be sharing the patterns I pay for with others.
Maybe that makes me a meanie, but I can promise that I won’t ever ask you to copy a pattern for me.
And one other thing: I’m an avid library goer, and I have copied patterns from knitting books that I have knit or someday want to knit. According to this (found via this discussion), I think that’s okay. There is only one book that I may or may not have photocopied every single pattern from, so under my new self-imposed rules, I should probably buy it.
Wow. That’s a bunch to think about on a Monday morning! I’d love to hear your thoughts about pattern sharing. Am I just stating the obvious? Do you completely disagree with me?
From the Weepiness Department:
Jerry is off at Kindercamp this morning, a warm-up for kindergartners. For a boy who has spent most of his young life at home with his momma, this is a very big deal.
Jerry, Oct. ’04
I’m trying not to cry myself silly.
Jerry, Jan. ’04
Thank goodness for knitting as distraction today.