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Jan
Interests: Reading, writing, thinking and analysing. Oh, and I knit, socks in particular!
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I like the look of them. Comfortable and supportive.
What entrepreneurial skills?? LOL. Yes, I think it got all out of control and now it's too much to do. However, being an ostrich won't help her either.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2012 on I'm not a lawyer but... at Witty knitter
I've just discovered a still active new thread from other "customer" who have announced they have banned themselves. http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/msgusset/2249282/1-25#6
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2012 on I'm not a lawyer but... at Witty knitter
Quoting you: “We thought we were dealing with a reputable business with a track record.” i have no track record with crowdsource funding on pozible, cormo, or dealing with wool brokers, farmers, scours, or wool processors. spinning mill? sort of, but TON OF WOOL is a different beast entirely. i used to dye sock yarn (and i’m looking forward to getting those days back) now, together, we’re making history. I think disingenuous is a good word for the moment. Something stronger may be needed. She remarks on her Rav group in a now locked thread with many enquiries and comments deleted, that she does not do customer service well, in fact she's no good at it. So why did she take it on in the first place? I think she's disingenuous in thinking that no one considers her previous track record of service as an indie dyer. Of course that was considered. Not many people would have regarded the original venture if someone unknown had popped up out of the blue with such an idea. It seems that many people regarded it as a business venture when really, it was nothing of the kind. I believe that it should clearly, very clearly, have been pointed out that the return on investment made was not necessarily something set in concrete. The Rav group further left a nasty taste in the mouth for many. Total lack of communication, deletions, broken promises have left a nasty taste in the mouth for many. The thread is locked. We both know someone who has been banned after just one query. She at least had her money refunded so financially is not out of pocket. She's just had an unpleasant experience to undergo and recompense for that won't be given. Promises of postage which went unfulfilled remind me of a similar debacle currently going through yet another reincarnation in England, (mostly). Now I'm not involved in either of these. I learnt my lesson with Lush where I should have paid more attention to the fact that one partner had withdrawn not long before. I had bought twice from them and been happy with service and wool. However, I'm saddened when what is usually a fairly supportive community is treated like this. I'd like to think that she was just overwhelmed by size of the undertaking. However, her manner of withdrawing from enquiries, her non-communication of postage dates, progress etc etc., and her high handed treatment of many raising very reasonable questions raise nasty doubts in my mind. Such a shame and I really hope that all concerned get some just treatment and received their "rewards" as she calls them. Sooner rather than later. I also hope that if she really meant well that she gets some business advice and that she uses a business plan etc even for "just returning to dyeing sock wool." I think she has probably done a very considerable amount of damage to her reputation built on what she had done prior to this mess. I believe it will be almost impossible to ever regain the good reputation she had there.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2012 on I'm not a lawyer but... at Witty knitter
Oh no! I remember your commiserations with me when I lost a completed snowflakes sock in luxury yarn on Penrith Station some years ago. I return those with some interest as well on this loss. The shawl was beautiful and I have some understanding how you must feel. I do hope you get it back.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2011 on Careless... so sad at Witty knitter
Her blog has been locked. I did have a look at the beginning of the week but saw that nothing in tone had been changed from when I last read it some years ago. That was when I began to have suspicions about trolling or whatever else it may have been. Things were quite odd and becoming odder. Locking lets fawning sycophants still comment to prolong the deception.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2011 on And now I can speak freely at Witty knitter
Well, live and learn I suppose. I remember the stoush over patterns that you had with her and how rude she was. I haven't looked at that blog for a very long time. Something was odd about it and becoming odder indeed. Far too arty-farty and airy-fairy for my liking too, although the photography was very good, much better than anything I've produced. She appeared to be a knitter with expensive tastes, Habu etc. I wonder how much of that was true?
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2011 on Fake bloggers: a true story at Witty knitter
Another lot of building methods. When you have a good connection do a search for building in Vanuatu. Bags of cement are thrown up a platform by one man. Platform rises, man keeps throwing till he is throwing a bag up about two storeys. A friend who goes to Vila frequently says this is indeed the way they work.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2011 on Building Palma style at Witty knitter
Thanks for the memory. I'm fairly sure the last time I saw Our Town was when I was also at school.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2011 on Surfacing... at Witty knitter
It was only yesterday that I saw several comments from you in my blog after my bout of pneumonia. You exhorted me to be patient and take care as I had really been quite ill. I think that you have really been quite ill too, so please don't expect too much of yourself for a while. Recovery from something like that takes time. A couple of months ago, I had bad concentration and some physical problems too. I realised it was the stress showing itself. Concentration is back now. Yours will return in time. I loved the village!
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2010 on Alive, alive-oh at Witty knitter
I hope this does the trick for you. I have wondered all along if there was something like this and I know how rotten I felt with the pneumonia. Sounds like a sneaky bug.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2010 on Diagnosis! at Witty knitter
My sympathies, M-H, as I spent some hours last week untangling a skein, the threads of which stuck to other threads. I spent hours on it and Miss Ten finished it for me, spending probably another hour on it. I would have spent less time, but it was a good lesson in concentration for her and she was desperate to do it. I had already started it some months ago and put it aside in disgust. I hope all your other balls are easier to work with. Jan
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2010 on Knitting frustration at Witty knitter
I've always found late winer/ spring maladies to be worse and longer than other times. This has really been horrible. I hope it clears very quickly and that you get some strength back soon.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2010 on Rinse, repeat... at Witty knitter
That sounds like a really nasty bug and infection. Take it easy, if possible.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2010 on I feel a little better at Witty knitter
That cabinet lineup of Abbott's is frightening, isn't it?
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on Now I'm really afraid at Witty knitter
I must walk down one of these days and have a look. I hope the dust has gone too.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2010 on New yarn shop in Newtown at Witty knitter
One stressed cat by the sound of things. You can get a spray from the vet of pheromones which may help settle and calm Maya. I loe that 50/50 and have just done a brangian in a deep port wine magnolia from Lush. Brangian is a quick knit. However I did the last chart while rather stressed and i also had a nasty dose of sinusitis. I didn't notice that the double decreases in the last chart weren't surrounded by YOs. I now have a ruffle at the edge and had 700 odd stitches to cast off. When it's blocked properly, it will be different to the original but it looks OK although I am not a ruffle person. There's a Rav KAL for it with some variations shown.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2010 on Knitting tales at Witty knitter
I hope you have better luck than we did. Major private school on border (literally right on the border of two councils) did huge extensions. I won't name it but it's right on Croydon Station. They planned a swimming pool complex which would be accessed from narrow side road which was a back route from Burwood towards Ashfield. Swimming classes and squads were planned from 5:00 am every day except Christmas. Lots of trees went. There was a huge turnout of locals, many letters and objections. Both councils dithered and so the wretched thing was passed. The small narrow road had houses directly opposite the swimming pool complex and residents suffer the road being blocked by people parking both sides, doors slammed, general noise. Instead of seeing trees, they now face onto a brick wall with a huge building behind it. Keep at it and get it into all the local media possible. Letters to papers, interviews etc. Good luck.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2010 on You can't always get what you want at Witty knitter
If you haven't already done so, keep the yeast in the freezer. It still works fine and stays fresher much longer. Your soups sound like mine here, although DIL who though she couldn't make soup is now catching up after watching me.
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Mar 15, 2010
Lovely. Have just bought Hypatia. Loads of women around from early times, although not all are science related.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2009 on Etsy at Taueret
Michelle has some beautiful colours and the wool is lovely too. I bought four skeins and with good exchange and NZ GST off I paid just over $70 AUS for the four. I've used one lot and the socks look great. She also has a sock club which I missed out on last time, but have put my name down for notification next time around.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2009 on Needle food at KnittingNatty
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