I've noticed for a while that there's this funny reticence about asking questions of a pattern designer - much less making suggestions - but a near eagerness to do these activities in online forums, via other blogs, and on Ravelry. I am not sure why this is - do people not want to hurt my feelings by pointing out a mistake or confusing thing? Do people think I'll be snarky about their basic questions? Or worse, totally unresponsive? Because - and I'm just speaking for myself - I LIKE getting comments on patterns. I LIKE hearing people's comments and replying to them. Am I weird?
It's not as if I wouldn't notice a linkback to my patterns... I'm an obsessive self-Googler, and with Bloglines, Technorati, and Ravelry all giving me additional ways to track who is working on my patterns, I'm fully able to find your comments and questions about my patterns. (Even the grumpy ones!)
PLEASE, if you run into weirdness with one of my patterns, PLEASE let me know! You're probably not the only one with that question! Example: I wrote the Basic Men's Mittens using row counts, because that's easier for me to keep track of than a length (not least b/c I always lose my favorite sheepy tape measure). But I'm happy to add length notes into the pattern - I just have to know that you want them (as does someone on Ravelry who wrote about this in her notes). Don't understand an abbreviation? I'll make a note or spell it out. Found a mistake? PLEASE let me know so that other people aren't led astray.
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