Thank you all for your thought-provoking comments about PDF patterns versus the real thing on paper. Apparently more than a few designers aren't happy about the recent developments over at Interweave. Because patterns can be shared with a click of a button, designers are concerned that this will make copyright infringement even easier. If I can extract anything, however, from the comments I received yesterday, it's that most of you are in favor of this service. I have to agree. It's unfortunate that some people don't respect (or even understand) copyright. For those who are bent on sharing knitting patterns with their nearest and dearest, it's just as easy to stop at Kinkos on the way to knitting group as it is to click "forward". Personally, I would be less likely to ask a friend for a copy if I knew that I could easily and instantly download a pattern for a small charge.
Those of you who mentioned shipping costs had a very good argument for the PDF, in my opinion. I especially appreciated those comments from readers who don't have easy access to the American knitting-pattern market. I feel your pain. I don't have easy access to the European chocolate market. Hmmm, I sense an opportunity here. If anyone from over on that side of the pond wants a pattern from this side, please be in touch.
Let's finish out the week with an FO. Two FOs actually, for two babies.
Fraternal hats for fraternal twins! Look carefully: either hat is the opposite of the other. Close, but not identical. And they're not gender specific colors, perfect for a pair of girl-boy twins. This way Mom and Dad don't have to think about which kid is getting which hat.
Alert readers might recognize the yarn as that left over from Kate's sweater, but with the striping pattern of the most recent baby knit. Both are, indeed, true. I didn't think that Kate would mind sharing, she's a generous kid.
Wow, it's really been baby knitting summer 'round here. I like knitting for babies. The projects are small, the patterns are cute, the colors are usually bright pleasant. Small, cute, and pleasant: just what I need right now. I'm kinda itching to begin a larger project, but this has got to wait until after I move.
What's next? Well, if yesterday's post didn't tip you off, socks are next on the needles. For memememememe!