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So, yes, I REALLY should be grading.
However, the post office just called to say that I have an express package from Japan to pick up (why, no, my post office does not bother to DELIVER express packages except on normal route schedules, but at least they let me know there's something waiting for me). This will be the big box from Celga, so I guess we're about to find out whether those are really Thin Orange eyes in the one-off Cyndy pretty quick-like.

And I took some pictures of new sweaters for the shop (http://www.squirrelmoonknits.etsy.com), one springy and one autumnnal.

Today is the Vacation Mode Protest on Etsy to bring attention to the problem of resellers and factories who pass themselves off as handmakers, but I have to confess that my political will is weak on this particular front. When I see a day opening up some picture and listing-edit time, I seize it, protest or no protest. I have mixed feelings about this protest, anyway. In theory, I agree 100% with the protesters, because I do think Etsy is both misleading in its promotional rhetoric and only too ready to pass off mass-produced goods as handmade when there's profit to be made. But in practice, WTF, handmade-artisan-people? You're protesting because Etsy won't protect your special snowflake microbusiness against Teh Ebil Factories? If you're staking your whole identity and livelihood on a head-to-head competition with mass-production sellers, then any single online venue is kinda unlikely to be your economic be-all and end-all. The Etsy fantasy of "quitting your day job and making your whole living here" has never appealed to me, though, and neither has the Etsy BS about "community" and "relationships," so maybe it's easy for me to shrug it off and roll my eyes. I don't claim to be reasoning through all this clearly, mind you--I just don't see Etsy as having any more of a personal commitment to me than I have to Etsy, and that's . . . pretty much nil.
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Both are fabulous!! As always. That pink one is delicious and I am not even all that fond of pink. It certainly suits the model though.

I don't know why I'm on such a pink binge, because I'm not necessarily that partial to most pinks, either, but I seem to keep buying pink yarn lately. ;-)

Both pieces are beautiful! I like the delicate look of the Spring - the bottom hemline and sleeves are so pretty. The Autumn one so warm and comfy, but so lovely too.:)

I don't know... the politics at Etsy sound a little screwy to me at times. :/

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My real problem with Etsy politics is that I need to disengage and stop reading the forums--so many of the issues honestly don't have a thing to do with me, or aren't clear-cut enough for me to know what my position is yet, and it isn't good for me to keep revving myself up about them. *sigh*

Hey, I was a bum and didn't thank you for the adorable birthday hug!!! THANK YOU!!

Hope you had a lovely Birthday, C! ^____^

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Eh, I learned long-tail cast-on 25 years ago, and I can't say I've ever taken the trouble to master other methods. Pure laziness on my part! I keep leafing through my June Hemmons Hiatt, admiring the concept of multiple approaches, but . . . nah, lazy.

Yay for Cyndy being imminent!!! :D

I think one of the main problems with Etsy's stance on factories is that they will allow transparently mass-made goods to be sold as handmade, BUT they unpredictably crack down on ACTUAL handmakers and tell them that their products "don't qualify" because they "must be factory-made to be that quality."

That happened to my friend Batty -- she's been running Azrael's Accomplice Designs since the 90's, and she's a very accomplished fashion designer. She was selling her beautiful dresses and corsets on Etsy, and Etsy shut down her shop (cutting off communication with in-progress clients, etc.) because they claimed that her products had to be factory-made. The ONLY thing that she can figure out that might have provoked this is (a) trolls reporting her work, or (b) the fact that, in one listing, she mentioned that a couple of family members sometimes helped her with cutting and piecing (basically, she was saying "This entire line is handmade in my house by me and my family.")

Batty had just paid $400 to Etsy the previous month in fees and a featured image, so it was especially rotten.


If Etsy is going to shut down handmakers (with no recourse and no appeal) and claim that they're factories, they REALLY need to crack down on the actual factories.

(I love Etsy and I don't mind if some goods are made by larger companies, but I do have a problem with their inconsistent policies.)

-- A <3

P.S. She's now here, if you want to see some of her "too good to be handmade" clothes :)


Total agreement here--that case is appalling, and Etsy should have publicly apologized and reversed the "decision" a long time ago. The inconsistency of policy interpretation/enforcement is a huge problem, absolutely.

That said . . . I'm still fed up with the widespread tone on Etsy forums that somehow Etsy has violated a very personal obligation when, gee whiz, it turns out to be impossible for everyone to live entirely off Etsy shop business. I was gobsmacked when this kind of illogic started taking over the reseller discussions; it seems like such a distraction from the real problem, and I can't help feeling that this kind of entitlement thinking has distorted what should be the real issues.

Yes, plenty of people kept trying to bring the conversations back to the real issues, but they were swamped by the stupid, blinkered, childish, MEMEMEMEMEMEME rhetoric being flung around. I suppose this is always the case with protest movements, but dang, people. Does Etsy have to be filled with the same kind of people as Dolly Debate is?

Oof -- that sounds very entitled and privileged to me. (And sounds like I'd want to give quite a few of those people a good shake and a reality check!)

I don't think that anyone is *entitled* to live off the proceeds of their Etsy shop, by any means. The few who do are exceptionally lucky.

I think that the issue is one of inconsistent policies, and I absolutely stand behind my position on that, but I understand your trepidation to join the "cause" of people who are just whining and bitching. It's an issue of them missing the point by a mile, in my opinion.


And also some adult beverages for when dealing with childish people gets to be too much ;)

*clinks glasses*


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