I’m finally back from my week-long trip to Florida! I wrote a bunch of ‘blog posts in advance and set them to publish on different dates, so I betcha didn’t even realize I was away, eh? The problem with vacations is that I end up unable to answer most of the email that comes in while I am gone (and, in this case, the preceding week as well). If you wrote or commented in the past 2 weeks, I’ll be answering you presently. Thank you for your patience.
A cranky rant about email etiquette is next – I have received a few somewhat gritty notes recently. If I do not know you, if we have not met in person or communicated by email before, I would ask that you add a “please” and a “thank you” when you make requests. Really. Tell me who you are and why you are asking someone you don’t know to look up information for you. I don’t need to know your life story, but I also am not obligated to answer basic questions about knitting or to provide microscopic descriptions of the Drudik wheel to complete strangers. I typically will do so anyway (information needs to be free[-d]), but a blunt demand for a description of blocking is unlikely to engender a sympathetic (or detailed) response. I’ve gotten a few emails like that this month, and I want to nip this in the bud.
Now that I’ve said that, I also don’t want to scare off someone who really has a question about reading charts or is thinking about getting on the waiting list for a Drudik wheel. If I think you are asking in earnest, I will bend over backward to assist in your education. I will point you to resources and explain things in excruciating detail if I think it is helpful to you. So don’t hesitate to write. Just be polite, that’s all I’m asking.
I also want to thank the people who have taken the time to email pics or notes about their DNA scarves. It delights me to no end that this pattern remains popular, even though ~7 years have passed since it was first published. Thank you. You have more than made up for the grumpiness that I felt after answering the “demand-y” emails.