Oh ... Really?

Category: Knitting

Monday, October 29, 2007

Busy hands

So ... would anyone like to take a wild guess as to why I am knitting little blue baby booties?

imageI'm also knitting little bitty hats and sweaters for baby.

Isn't that .... interesting? 😊

Posted by LissaKay on 10/29/07 at 03:41 AM in ~ Knitting
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Friday, September 22, 2006

One whole year without a monkey on my back

Right at about this time, one year ago today, I smoked my last cigarette. It was not a pretty journey, but here I am ... and pretty darn proud of myself. I have since discovered that smokers are less affected by caffeine than non-smokers, so that was part of the insomnia. The jitters are the physical withdrawal from nicotine, so a patch or gum would have helped with that. In the year since then, I have experienced the upheaval of a company change at work, a lay-off, six weeks of unemployment, the break-in and theft of items from my home, the never-ending trials of dealing with a teen with bipolar disorder, a job that I hated so much I would have preferred poking my eyes out with toothpicks, my dad in the hospital three times, a new job, my daughter moving in with me, a move to a new home.

Holy crap. I done did good.

imageSo I got myself a little present ... a local yarn store is closing, and everything is 50% off.
Oh yeah ... over $200 worth of high quality yarn ... squeeee! And I spent less than a month's worth of cigarettes!

(Click the pic for biggie-size yarn pr0nage)

Posted by LissaKay on 09/22/06 at 12:45 AM in ~ Knitting ~ Personal
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A Cunning Hat and a Serenity Sequel

Jayne Cobb HatJayne: How's it sit? Pretty cunning, don't you think?
Kaylee: I think it's the sweetest hat ever.
Wash: A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.
Jayne: Damn straight

Firefly, the Series, episode "The Message"

The Man they Call Jayne

You know I had to make one. Heh. Now I wonder if my kid will actually wear it ...

Oh ... and I have it on good authority that a sequel to Serenity is on the way. Don't ask me anything more ... that's all I know. It's from a friend of a friend of a friend who has a relative high up at the studio. Rumor also has it that Alan Tudyk will have a role as well, but unknown who or how or what.

But you heard it here first!

Posted by LissaKay on 03/15/06 at 04:13 AM in ~ Knitting
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Saturday, March 11, 2006

More Bitchin’ ... Still Stitchin’

The rage and fury still rages on over the Stitch & Bitch thing. Sew Fast/Sew Easy has chosen to take the low road in this and prove how totally clueless they really are. The knitting community is outraged ... we want answers. So we ask. And we get deleted and banned. Nice work ... way to go.

The issue with my Stitch 'n Bitch group has been resolved. Yahoo was slow to update our directory listing. SFSE wanted ME to make Yahoo change it. Lordy, but did they get stuck on stupid! Anyway, now that part has been resolved, it still leaves some questions. I posed these at the SFSE Forums, and they deleted my post. I posted again, and they banned my IP from there. Of course, I took screen shots of the posts ... first one, and the second one. It goes without saying that they did not address my concerns.

My main question is, how can they get away with claiming trademark rights to a phrase that has been in use for decades? Elissa Meyrich, the owner of SFSE, claims that she invented the term in 1997 and was the first use it to describe social groups of sewing enthusiasts (sewers?). However, this is untrue. There are dozens of documented usages prior to that, both online and off, dating back as far as the 1930s. Elissa Meyrich is a liar.

Secondly, how do social groups of knitters and the web sites we use to schedule and organize our meetings threaten the business dealings of SFSE? They are a sewing supply store located in New York. "Stitch and Bitch" has nothing to do with that store. Now they do have an online forum which they call "Stitch & Bitch Cafe" but that, as far as I can tell, is not integrated with their business nor does it generate any kind of income. It does not get much traffic at all ... the majority of the posts are about the trademark issue and their attacks on knitting groups, or at least the ones they haven't deleted yet. It exists ... barely.

Third, why attack only non-commerical entities like Yahoo groups, LiveJournal communities and CafePress stores? Could it be that the hosts, Yahoo, LJ and CafePress, have a policy of not judging the merit of the claim, they just insist that the allegedly infringing material be taken down or the account will be terminated. Why has SFSE not gone after Debbie Stoller, who wrote "Stitch 'n Bitch" and "Stitch 'n Bitch Nation"? Or HER online forum, named "Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook". Could it be that Debbie has attorneys who can and will see this in court?

SFSE has chosen to bully what they perceive to be individual, local knitting groups who have no power. SFSE is wrong. Very wrong. Most of these local groups have come together, mainly due to these attacks, and formed a large community of some very pissed off chicks with sticks. SFSE was counting on each of these groups to piddle themselves at the scary sounding letter and just comply without protest or resistance. SFSE is wrong. Very wrong. SFSE believes that what they are doing will benefit their business.

Are they ultimately trying to cash in on the success of Debbie Stoller's books? Corral (via threats and harassment) the online knitting community in order to license the phrase "Stitch 'n Bitch" back to us? I dunno what's going through their heads, or if they are even thinking this through at all. Their behavior ... angry, impulsive, obsessive ... reminds me of someone. Hmm ... my son? The one that has bipolar disorder ... yeah, that's it. The disordered and delusional thinking ... the "Little Napolean" syndrome ... action first, think it through later, if ever. It fits. I guess it hasn't occured to SFSE that the only people that are going to benefit from this are the attorneys. I suppose they think that even bad publicity is better than near total obscurity?

Hey, Sew Fast/Sew Easy ... here's your PR machine at work:
Just when you thought it was safe
Get your gloves on
A Rant: Bitchiness Reaches New Heights
Stitch 'n Bitch?
This has gone too far
Sew Fast/Sew Easy Strikes Again and SFSE-The Saga Continues
Tons of stuff at Girl From Auntie
A whole site devoted to fighting back: Free to Stitch, Free to Bitch and a forum to talk about it: Bitch & Bitch Cafe

There's lots more ... Technorati tells the tale

How these clueless idiots have stayed in business this long is amazing.

Stitchin' and Bitchin'
Stitchin' and Bitchin' Part II

Posted by LissaKay on 03/11/06 at 06:42 AM in ~ Knitting
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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Stitchin’ and Bitchin’

I have already learned, and the point is really being rammed home right now (different topic that I cannot write about yet) that there is nothing human or humane about business. It is cold, calculating and mindful only of the bottom-line. Smart businesses keep in mind that the pretense of caring about the little person enhances their image, while dumbasses run rough-shod all over everyone. Case in point - Sew Fast, Sew Easy of New York. It is mind blowing how awful they are behaving in their attacks on peaceful knitting communities. Now they are getting all indignant and stuff, childish even, when the knitters respond defensively. Imagine ...

Sew Fast, Sew Easy is a sewing supply shop in NYC. They also have sewing classes and social get-togethers. They claim that in 1997, the called their get-togethers "Stitch and Bitch" and that they were the first to use this phrase. They then opened an online forum with the name "Stitch and Bitch Cafe" in 2002. Never mind that there is ample evidence of that phrase being used decades ago ... my own grandmother spoke of having Stitch and Bitch gatherings when she was a young woman, and that would have been in the 1930s or so.

In 2003, Debbie Stoller published a book called "Stitch and Bitch" ... the book appealed to a younger, hipper generation of knitters, and also encouraged the formation of social groups, Stitch and Bitch gatherings. There are many such groups all around the world. Many of these groups use Yahoo Groups as a communication center for their members, to plan and schedule meetings and other activities. Some have opened Cafe Press stores to sell t-shirts and other items with their local group logo on them, the proceeds of which support group activities and purchase supplies for charity knitting. All should be good, right?

Noooo ... Sew Fast, Sew Easy got their panties all in a wad and decided that no one can use the Stitch and Bitch phrase. They sent cease and desist letters to Yahoo and Cafe Press demanding that the groups and shops remove the SnB phrase. Yahoo and Cafe Press don't have a dog in the fight other than they don't want to be part of a lawsuit, so they take the stance that they do not judge the merits of the claim, they just pass along the demand, and if it is not obeyed, they delete the group or shop in question. This is what has happened to a couple dozen SnB groups and shops in the last couple of weeks.

Obviously, the people involved with these groups got quite upset. They went to the SFSE forums and demanded answers. Some were more vitriolic than others, but they all shared one thing in common ... all those posts got deleted. Mine did ... but I have a screen shot of the original. I guess they take us for complete dumbasses.

Today, however, they have crossed the line. Greg Garvin, their marketing manager and director (whom one would think would have a clue about this kind of thing) posted a letter in response to all of this. The letter is here, but if it disappears (likely on orders of their attorneys) you can see a screen shot of it here, Part 1, and Part 2. Go ahead and read it all. Isn't that something special? I am amazed.

(UPDATE: They have removed the letter from their site, see the screen shots posted)
(Oops! They took down the HTML document, but the Flash file is still there!)

At this point, the question of who "owns" the phrase Stitch and Bitch has become moot. In my lay-person estimation, the letter that Garvin published is slander and defamation against Debbie Stoller. It also appears that Mr Garvin does not have a good grasp of how pattern book publishing works. He could also use a good spell-checker or editor.

More on this can be found at The Girl from Auntie. There is a protest/boycott site also, Free to Stitch, Free to Bitch, that has updates and a discussion forum as well.

This will be interesting to watch ...


More thoughts ...
From Deety: A Rant: Bitchiness Reaches New Heights

Posted by LissaKay on 01/29/06 at 05:26 PM in ~ Knitting
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