Friday, November 18, 2011

arne & carlos; knitted balls

I suppose it takes a man... a woman knits a ball and puts the pattern on-line, free for all, and thinks nothing about it. A man knits a ball, thinks the whole world about it, knits 55 of them, and puts them into a book, and gets rich, because everyone thinks it IS the whole world... Oy vey.


vitsippa said...

you hit the nail on the head!!

Adewalele said...

i KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ... AND THIS DOES HAPPEN... BUT!, (THERE IT IS! :)), 1: if someone makes something, surely they are allowed to profit from their work? 2: I find it a shame that so many feel it's necessary to spread negative comments which often exagerrate, or exascerbate the situation.
3: not everyone can afford to give their work away...

best wishes for new year!

Ketutar said...

Hmm... Peter, have I said anything about profiting from work?
Of course people should profit from their work.

Also, Arne and Carlos could "afford" more to give their work away than Em-En, who actually DID give HER work away for free. Have you been to her blog and told her what an amazing, generous and skillful person she is? I doubt that. I think you are here getting upset for some reason, so you lash out on me.

If you find it "a shame" that people "feel it's necessary to spread negative comments which often exaggerate or exasperate the situation", then I find it puzzling to understand why you felt it necessary to react on my blog entry the way you did...

It might be hard to understand, but what I am saying with my blog entry is; why is it that men appreciate their work more than women, and why are men's crafts more appreciated than women's crafts? It's like with Kaffe Fassett. Women have been doing the same thing all over the world, but when we do it, it's "just" women's pottering, pretty uninteresting... Do you really think anyone would have published MY book of "55 knitted Christmas balls", or even known about it? Of course not.
Arne and Carlos is a design company. I doubt they'd do ANYTHING without trying to profit of it. Good for them, bad for all the unknown people, mostly women, out there, who can't get their work sold even when they try... I'm really happy for all their success and fame and work for knitting, but I wish some of it would spill on all the women knitting around the world as well. I wish EmEn would realize that her knitted ball pattern is not "nothing", something to be given away, take some of the guys'... what ever, self-confidence, bloatedness, and run with it, and that SHE would profit a little of HER work, and that SHE could get some fame and honor and esteem and more work sold, so that SHE could support herself and her family with her work.

I doubt you know what I mean.

And I, kind of, don't need your confirmation of the very specific happenstance I was referring to in the blog post, because it's obvious "this does happen" - it just did. I just pointed it out.
I'm not saying all the men work that way, or all the women are too generous for their own best, but the society IS inequal, and as a woman I'm p'd off by having been raised to give away my work for free and needing to dance backwards in high heels to be considered "almost as good" as a man. From my point of view all a man needs to do is to do something considered generally women's area and everyone is swooning and amazed and at awe, and telling the man how amazing and wonderful he is, whereas a woman doing something considered men's area, and everyone is seeing her as a threat trying to step on men's toes.

Ketutar said...

Also, *I* can't afford to buy patterns, so I'm dang glad for people who are generous and giving away their work.

I really don't think highly of Arne and Carlos, all the people involved in publishing the dang book and all the people praising the book on the internet, whereas my appreciation of EmEn is enormous.