Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Hurtful things on the forums

Haha, hey everyone I hope y'all are doing well. 

I thought I would post something shitty that happened to me a couple days ago. As many of you know, I swear a wee bit in a few of my patterns (and everywhere else for that matter) in this case I'm talking about [The Lonely Tree] (pattern) in particular.

A couple days ago I was linked to a thread though where folks were talking about the use of swearing in my patterns. I was never linked directly in this conversation and I don't think my pattern is named. But it is quoted, and The Lonely Tree shawl is so popular that I was notified once one of my online buddies recognized the quote. 

NOW. I'm posting this here because by the time I got around to reading the thread they had locked it down so no one else could comment. And I wanted the ability to respond. 

Here's the link to the archived thread:

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/patterns/2884928/1-25

And here's my response:

Two things. 

First: my feelings were hurt here. People are putting my intelligence and pattern writing ability (and quality) in to question because I used the word "Shit". I don't agree with them but the whole event of it sucked and I walked around feeling bummed out all day after I read it.

Second: I feel the need to defend the shit out of myself here. I have been bullied before and it sucks, I don't like that it's happening to anyone. Myself included. Even though I'm a big girl and I don't need approval from everyone.

Third (the last minute defensive point): I wanted to say that I have developed my writing style and personal voice completely intentionally. My use of cursing is totally on purpose and it is meant to convey a particular tone and mood to my patterns. I have been told over and over and over again that my personal writing voice is accessible and funny and I'm going to stick with that chunk of information while I lick my wounds here. 

Now is the time for the slight tangent: Not everything needs to be in a polite highly-edited "neutral" tone. That shit is boring and oppressive. My patterns are me, and I'm not going to stop writing them like that. 

Okay, there, I feel like I was able to get my points across there (I really do like the word shit, I've used it quite a bit here) 

Want to follow the discussion on ravelry? I posted this originally on my ravelry group. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

It's free now!

Hey everyone, 

Long time no blog. Nice to see you all. 

I have always been a bit disappointed at the reception of The First Few Fallen Leaves. A pattern with a long name, which was published right before the fall happened, I feel it didn't get as much attention as it deserved for maybe one or both of those reasons. 

BUT. I've decided: I'M MAKING IT FREE FOR A BIT. So that all you lovely shawl knitters out there on a budget will hopefully have a look at it and love it as much as I do.

It's such a pretty finished piece. Knit it! Post photos of it! Wheee!





Monday, 4 November 2013

New free pattern! The Elder Tree Shawl

Hi loves,

I've published a more intuitive version of The Lonely Tree Shawl. Finally you can make this beautiful pattern out of whatever weight yarn you want. Even thread weight if you're into that. Or light fluffy mohair. Whee!

The Elder Tree Shawl is here to help!

The chart for the Elder Tree is smaller, easier to memorize and you can repeat it forever and ever and ever until you lose your mind (or run out of yarn - whichever comes first).

Hope you enjoy!



Thanks to my lovely models Nicola and Ady! They are gorgeous as always <3

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Heartwood Cape

Cool guys! I published a lovely free Lonely Tree Inspired cape pattern! For your cold shoulders this fall. 

It's called The Heartwood Cape


Monday, 16 September 2013

A callout for sample knitters!

Hey lovely blog people!

I'm wanting to reshoot and restyle my pattern The Lace Mess Shawl for fall/autum weather. Anyone interested in knitting a sample out of some lovely fall yarn? I'd provide the yarn and you get to keep the sample, I would just need it for a week or so to photograph. It would be due soon - so hopefully finished in two weeks of starting.

Hit me up on ravelry if you think that sounds rad!

Hopefully you'll be in Vancouver, that would make this easiest, but if you are overwhelmed with interest in doing this, and live somewhere else, we might be able to set something up with the postman.

You're all awesome!

~ Sylvia

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Small Bones updated!

Cute new pictures of my Small Bones hat pattern! Nicola makes me barf with adorableness. 

It's out of one ball of the Malabrigo Rios! Lovely.