WWW: Contest Winner, Mother’s Day Gift Idea, The Stockinette Market

The winner of the Amy Herzog ‘Fit to Flatter‘ giveaway is Jennifer from Van Nuys, CA. Thanks to Melanie Falick Books for the book, and Berocco for the yarn.

Bloomin' wonderful!

Bloomin’ wonderful!

The wonderful people at Jimmy Beans Wool have come up with a terrific idea for Mother’s Day – a bouquet of yarn! The bouquets include limited-edition hand-dyed yarns, accompanied by patterns, needles and beads. There are two different size bouquets, and there are a limited number available.

I plan to drop big hints to the dog – I’ll let you know if he delivers…

LOVE. So much to learn.

A brilliant, brilliant piece of work from Knitty Designer Bristol Ivy – the Stockinette Market. She has done a detailed analysis of the patterns that appear on Hot Right Now in Ravelry, with a view to understanding and tracking the trends in popular knitting patterns and projects. Every day – twice a day where possible – she looks at the 48 patterns that appear in the Hot Right Now list. She produces these amazing detailec charts showing various types of information about the patterns – garment type (e.g. hat, cardigan, shawl), the fabric type (lace, cable, stockinette), the yarn type (e.g. solid, tweed, self-striping), the color, and how the pattern is shown in the photos – on a model or not.

Read the introductory post here, and then visit the blog to see her regular updates.

A fabulous insight for designers into what knitters are excited about. A fun way for knitters to see what their friends are up to. And overall, an amazing way to quantify what we’re all doing. Even if you don’t spend time with the graphs, it’s worth reading Bristol’s analysis of the data she’s seeing – tracking project popularity to promotions and industry activity.

“A man walks down the street in that hat, people are going to know he’s not afraid of anything.”

The movie studio FOX kicked up a fuss last week by trying to claim ownership of the copyright of the “Jayne” hat, worn by the character Jayne Cobb in the short-lived, much-beloved and long-ago-cancelled TV show Firefly. The distinctive hat is often worn by fans of the show to show their love, and there have been various patterns, both knit and crochet, available for it almost since the hat first appeared on screen. FOX contacted Etsy sellers who were making and selling the hats. The story continues, and it will be interesting to see where this goes…

The third annual Garden State Yarn Crawl takes place this weekend, around the yarny spots of New Jersey. There will be discounts, promotions, contests – and of course, yarn!

This just makes me happy: the Aiken, South Carolina newspaper proudly announces that a local knitter, Mary Anne Todd, has received her “Master Knitter” certification from the Knitting Guild of America.

News of a spy who knitted himself a ladder to escape from prison (Daily Mail link).

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10 thoughts on “WWW: Contest Winner, Mother’s Day Gift Idea, The Stockinette Market

      1. Rachel

        I tried that on the day this post came up. Now JBW posted about it themselves and it’s easily found on their website.

  1. Jenn

    The challenge with the Jayne hat is that while there’s an argument that Fox doesn’t have a copyright on the hat itself, they DO have copyright on Firefly and the characters in it. Since the hats have been marketed specifically as “Jayne” hats, other people are profiting off of Fox’s copyrighted character without licensing the character. Change the name of the hat to something that doesn’t reference copyrighted material (a Fearless Hat, perhaps?) and Fox would no longer have such a strong claim.

  2. Cindy A

    I think much of the ire towards FOX regarding the Jayne hat is the fact that FOX is throwing around it weight and being a pack of jerkwads in regards to a much beloved show that they first screwed over from the start by showing the episodes in the wrong order, then cancelling it prematurely.

      1. Jenn

        Sorry, have to correct you there: Fox has always owned the show, and their ownership never lapsed. It doesn’t matter if they cancelled it, the copyright is theirs and they own the existing episodes, characters, etc., period. It’s the same as if you had a really pretty sweater on the shelf that you didn’t wear anymore: it doesn’t mean that someone else could take it just because you’re not using it. It’s still yours.

        Yes, they are absolutely being jerkwads about the hats and it would be nice if they’d just continued to let it slide. But they’re operating within the law and within their rights. The same laws that let them do that lets us publish articles and books and say that no one else can take credit for them. We would hate it if someone else took credit for an article that Amy or Jillian wrote. Fox doesn’t want people using their copyrighted characters to sell hats without permission. Same thing.

        Like I said above, change the name of the hats being sold to something that doesn’t use a copyrighted character name or show reference, and Fox no longer has a case. It might mean that fewer of the hats and patterns would sell, but it would also mean respecting other people’s intellectual property rights, and that’s in everyone’s best interests.

        1. Leslie

          I think the problem here is that while most of us know that they are in their legal rights to do what they did, FOX is totally missing the boat and tripping over dollars to pick up pennies by ticking off their fan base in this way. Nobody will get rich selling these hats. But the gain that FOX is completely overlooking is what social media and fansharing of this hat and the patterns is giving them in the way of free advertising and word-of-mouth for their product. Yes, they can cause trouble over this, but should they have? Somebody had a totally wrong-headed view on that, and it’s not going to be last time it happens. But more and more of these companies are beginning to learn from flaps just like this one that playing TO your fan base is way more lucrative than alienating them over trifles. Just ask the folks who made the first film remake of The Lone Ranger and told Clayton Moore he could never wear the mask again – I don’t think a movie ever tanked faster than that one.

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