Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New SoD

The New Shawl of Doom can be found here!

If you've been following the controversy at all, you know it's been a really hot topic for some people.

For those that haven't been following...

Original Shawl of Doom is posted on Ravelry.
In about 20 hrs, the Shawl of Doom goes crazy viral.  By 24 hrs it is number one on the Hot Right Now board and has nearly 2000 downloads.
Shawl of Doom pattern gets summarily pulled from Ravelry with no explanation.
Discussion, debate, and disagreement ensues on main editing boards, several forums, and through personal messaging between me and a Ravelry Founder.
A group is started to support the pattern
Numberous messages are sent to me and Ravelry re: Shawl of Doom (both positive and negative, although the ones sent to me are overwhelmingly positive)
Eventually an agreement to disagree is reached and I receive permission to post a new pattern.
New pattern is posted here.
New pattern is doing very well, is currently 1st on the Hot Right Now Board and has been really well received!!!

There is SO much more to this.  So many opinions that I could throw around, and a whole lot of impassioned soliloquy I could present right now.  I don't think that I can handle that kind of emotional rollercoaster right now.  I can't even describe what a crazy ride it has been.  If your curiousity is getting the better of you, you can search the forums, aside from some personal messages most of it is out in the open for anyone to see.

I can't even describe how it's felt to have one of my designs for #1, only to have it taken down and told there is no chance of it returning.  To then be given the chance to put one up again, and have that go #1 as well.  it feels like I have accomplished so many things in such a short amount.  It was extremely stressful, and I lost a lot of sleep about it.  The great thing is the deletion process for patterns is being reviewed, and a lot of evolution of the system is being done right now, this can only benefit designers and users!

I have to thank everyone for all their love and support.  I couldn't have done it without all the help I have received from my friends, family and fans!  (Holy crap?!  Fans?!)  There is more knitting hilarity planned for the future and I hope that you will join me on this crazy ass knitting ride!


M-C said...

I think it's worth mentioning that the editor who decided to pull your pattern arbitrarily is apparently a Christian fundamentalist. There is a continuity there with feeling entitled to censor what doesn't appeal to her. And you should probably consider it a compliment not to appeal to her :-).

But anyway, thanks for a really great pattern, thanks for even unwittingly contributing to make the deletion process more above-board, and courage in enduring the rest of the fallout. Personally, I immediately put it in my favorites and my projects, and I think I just got given the right yarn to get going :-). I'm going to go dye it right now..

Lindacee said...

I personally love the original pattern! I can't wait to see what else you come up with :)

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