Those who can’t — criticize?

I have become a fan of Twist Collective, the online knitting magazine.  It is beautifully produced, generally well-written, and each issue usually has a couple of stand-out patterns that I think would be interesting to knit.  From the latest issue: Freija, by Mari Muinonen (she of Sylvi fame).  The use of the cable design is distinctive and unusual, and because of that I bought the pattern.  One week into the knitting, and I have made my usual modifications: narrower sleeves, no bobbles, and when I get to the collar, I will make it narrower and shorter.  I don’t do these changes because I think I am improving her design, but because I know what works on my body and what does not.  And always, I admire all the designing knitters out there — of whom I am not one — who can take the basic knit and purl stitch and create a stunning work of art.

And then I got on Ravelry, and read this forum post:

“I am terrified of Freija. It looks like it’s crawling up her neck and eating her.”

Followed by this comment (from the same poster):

“It’s like the cables are freaky little evil snakes crawling all over the sweater. Who even knows what those bobbles are doing.”

Not witty enough to be amusing, but obnoxious enough to be nasty.  The internet makes it so easy to be rude — and not just rude, but gratuitously rude.  I blog along and I am sure I have written things I probably shouldn’t have, but I don’t think there are too many things I have thrown out there that I could not — or would not — say in a face-to-face encounter.

But then I thought about it: crawling snakes, bobbles that may or may not be “doing something” . . . .  Hmmm.  I understand eating a bad batch can lead to that sort of thing . . . .

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