More geographic miracles

The Harris Tweed Cardigan, from KnitPicks. Made from non-tweedy yarn produced on a continent that most definitely does not include any of the Hebridean isles. Inquiring minds would like to know whether the Harris Tweed Authority or those who would voice their opinions on their competitors’ activities has a reaction.

I also wish the HTA would get rid of those damn pop-ups.

I just received a Scottish Tweed colour card and yarn in the mail yesterday; I need to take some photographs before I write my long-overdue wrap-up.

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5 Responses to More geographic miracles

  1. j. says:

    Despite your obviously fake e-mail address, your IP address suggests that I’ve received missives from you before. Is that so?

    It sounds like your comment would have been made more appropriately to this post (and if so, then your comment about other Rowan designers creating their own brands is superfluous: I had made that observation already). Regardless, your comment is confusing, and I wonder how much of this category you actually read. This series isn’t about the decision to create one’s own brand. I’m the first to tell you that many publishers and would-be publishers — certainly not all of them — will wring whatever value they can out of a designer without fair compensation. So defending a designer’s decision to sever ties with a publisher on that basis alone is entirely pointless here. And I wasn’t complaining about her hint about retiring from hand knit design; I believe I used the words “understandable decision”. I did also wonder why she had to do it on such a sour note; it’s a shame that her supporters (like you) feel a need to perpetuate that sentiment by taking such an aggressive, bitter stance.

    Also, your comment smacks of pot calling kettle: most of the posts in this category aren’t about AS’s business dealings, but rather about her very public commentary and opinion on a competitor’s business. If she’s entitled to publicly lambaste someone else, why can I not report on and analyze her allegations?

  2. googly bear says:

    How can you rant on and on about your displeasure with Ms. Starmore’s business dealings and then have the nerve to complain about her decision to retire from design work? Its probably because of people like you that caused her to want to take a break. I’m not sure if you’ve ever worked for a large corporation but those of us who have worked for them generally view them as the evil empire so I can sympathize with her problems with Rowan. Until you have a personal conversation with her and hear both sides, I wouldn’t have the audacity to accuse anyone of anything. Ms. Starmore has the right to conduct her business in a way that pleases her, and if you are not comfortable with it, you are welcome to conduct your business elsewhere. It seems to me that you want things to be arranged in a way that pleases you, preferably on your terms. Doesn’t she have the right to the same? She obviously holds ALL the cards in her favor now and wants to keep it that way, and in her mind, for good reason. And by the way, many of the designers from Rowan on your list did follow in her footsteps, leaving Rowan to establish their own designer brand and line of yarn. As one designer shared with me, selling patterns alone is not enough to live on, and yet designers drive million dollar sales without being provided with a proportionate share of the profits. The largest yarn distributor for Rowan shared that with me today, and was clearly sympathetic of Ms. Starmore’s decisions. I suggest you dig through Rowan and find the dirt there.

  3. j. says:

    Yes, it’s settled. By sheer coincidence, I finally finished up the post that was, um… about three months overdue.

  4. Shelly says:

    Yeah, what’s up with that lame cardi? It’s about as tweedy as I am, and alpaca, give me a break. I thought HTA had settled it’s lawsuit with Rowan some months ago, am I missing something? It sure seems to me the only reason to call something “Harris” is to tie the product to our impressions and feelings about genuine Harris Tweed.

  5. Dawn Brocco says:

    It might have been better if they had named it “Harris Tweed Stitch Cardigan”, as it appears to be that stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s 1st Treasury, page 22.