99 Cents For A Pattern Enrages A Crochet Crowd Fan

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

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625 thoughts on “99 Cents For A Pattern Enrages A Crochet Crowd Fan

  • February 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm
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    You are 100% right Mikey. She has a lot of nerve. She actually asked you to pay for it???? I can’t even imagine asking anyone to do something like that. I’m not exactly rolling in dough either, and of course I prefer free patterns, but if there’s a pattern I love and I have to make it, I gladly pay whatever the designer is asking for it.

  • February 25, 2015 at 4:35 am
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    I am very grateful for people like you & some others that post videos for people like me that learned this enchanting craft & art by watching you.I learned to read patterns thanks to you. 4 years ago i knew nothing, but today I can say I know enough to go around in life. I love free patterns & videos, but when necesary i have bought patterns. Every one needs to live their part in life. Some sell & some buy. God bless all us happy hookers. 🙂

  • December 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm
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    you are bang on just remember you cannot fix stupid the person is an idiot

  • May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am
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    You were right in handling it that way. My only question is… If she can’t afford .99 cents, then how can she afford the yarn to make it? I’ve always said that stupid people are breeding and this is one example of it. So sorry that you have to endure things like this. As you know, there is “one” in every crowd. Bless you Mikey for all that you do!

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      At least she isn’t in this crowd any longer

  • May 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    Okay now. It has been a couple of months. I am sure Mikey already gotten back to his normal life and is not thinking about that rude women,anymore. We should all We should just pray for that woman, because she is obviously very unhappy, and then get back to chatting about happier things. Mikey, you are the greatest and all your fans love you.

  • April 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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    Bang on! She crossed the line. You did the right thing. Do not lose sleep over this. You are helping so many people and don’t deserve this sort of nonsense in your life.

  • April 21, 2014 at 9:21 am
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    If she can’t afford .99 cents for a pattern how can she afford the yarn for it?? You did the right thing, a firm “no” and move on 🙂 way-da-go Mikey lol

  • April 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm
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    My husband says some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope. 🙂 You are spot on Mikey! Thank you for all that you do, I love your videos and all the time and energy you spend making them. I’ve learned so much from you – don’t let the naysayers get you down, there are plenty of us who appreciate what you do. Blessings to you!

  • April 18, 2014 at 12:02 am
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    Get real lady …. There are ton of patterns out there for free pick one of those if you can’t afford 99 cents!!

  • April 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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    Just try to get a pattern from Annie’s, or Red Heart or another for $.99 good luck

  • April 16, 2014 at 12:45 am
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    I think you did the right thing. She wanted it that bad she could have bought it herself, she sounds like someone who wants everyone to do for her own needs and the heck with everyone else. Your a good person and teacher, I’ve been crocheting for over 20 yrs and am still learning new things since I’ve found your page. Don’t let people like that take away from who you are they aren’t worth it.

  • April 15, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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    DE-FACE(Book) HER!

    • April 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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      Right On! De-Face Book her.

  • April 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    If she WANTS the pattern badly enough she’ll do the right thing and pay for it. She doesn’t NEED the pattern. There are so many free patterns out there if she can’t afford to pay for any. Sounds like a self centered individual who thinks the whole world owes her. She is her own worst enemy. Let her go. It’s up to her to like it or lump it.

  • April 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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    Mike, I applaud you for telling us about how you were treated by this so-called poor woman. If she is so hard up for money that she can’t even afford a 99 cent pattern, then tell me, how does she afford internet connection? How does she afford yarn for her projects? She is just a nasty woman who thinks she is entitled to free things just because she is on a tight budget. If she doesn’t want to purchase patterns, there are plenty of free ones on the net. I just want to tell you, Mike, that you are a talented and great instructor in your videos and I have learned a lot from you. You are great and don’t let those rude, unhappy, nasty people get to you. Just feel sorry for them because obviously they are not happy people.

  • April 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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    I think you have put too much emotional energy into this situation already. There are loads of free patterns and there are books available at the library. Nobody is entitled to getting a pattern just because they like it. She should never have asked let alone given you a hard time about it.

  • April 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm
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    I think you handled yourself very well. She can pay for the pattern like everyone else. Skip out on something else you would spend your “limited income” on. Maybe don’t buy that skein of yarn this month and then next month buy the yarn for the pattern you couldn’t afford. People amaze me, but don’t surprise me anymore.

  • April 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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    I am so sorry that this unthinking, thoughtless person managed to get you upset. There are hundreds of free patterns on the internet, and for her to ASK you to either steal or re=model the pattern for her is just insanity. I so appreciate all that you do share to all of us. I learned to crochet years ago, but then had an injury that kept me from using my arm for many years, and starting back recently. I am in love with your video’s because the ability to see something done has made it so much easier to get back to crocheting! Thank you, and push the Ban button one time for me…LOL!

  • April 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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    Unfortunately, this lady sounds like a wackadoodle, Mikey. You handled her very well by simply banning her from your site.

  • April 14, 2014 at 6:18 am
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    You made the best decision possible under terrible circumstances. No one has the right to attempt to bully another individual into doing something they know is wrong. And, ‘no thank you’ really means ‘no thank you, please move on’. Being on a ‘fixed’ income, while admittedly difficult, gives no one the right to demand someone else steal for them. There are thousands of free patterns on the ‘net’, offered by kind, giving folks (yourself included). Surely, she could find something to make without expecting you to rip off another’s design for her. You absolutely did the right thing we’re very proud of you!

  • April 14, 2014 at 12:31 am
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    I think the lady was wrong in expecting you to pay for the pattern or to make her a pattern.I understand being on a fixed income and how hard it can be to find extra money to buy patterns.

  • April 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    I would never ask someone to knockoff a pattern. If I couldn’t afford it I will do without or figure out a way to buy the pattern. Just as I REFUSE TO copy patterns I paid for with MY money. I never ask them for copies of anything! FYI, I am on a fixed income also. So things are tight for me too.

    In other words, BITE ME! She will get over it!

  • April 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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    Can’t afford it? don’t buy it… My husband and I have raised 7 children together… even our children have learned, you don’t always get what you want… WHEN you want it… sometimes you can get it… sometimes you have to wait, and sometimes you’ll NEVER be able to afford it… and THAT is OK!! Kudos to you for standing your ground… and doing the right thing… that’s not the *easy way out* for sure! And from a designers perspective… we certainly do NOT make a *killing* on our patterns… many, MANY of them will only ever sell a handful of copies. and at least for ME.. it doesn’t just take MY many hours to make the pattern the first time (which includes *messing up, ripping it out, starting over* repeat 10x’s, and then finally getting it right), it’s taking pictures, sending it out to testers… fixing any errors, and on and on…

  • April 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    I think you did the right thing ethically and legally. Even just writing down or typing out a design (forget actually working out the design in the first place) takes some time and time is worth money. 99 cents IS a bargain for a pattern. Getting a copy of it and changing it a little for her would have infringed on copyright and been unethical and certainly not worth the 99 cents she was saving. Not to mention, she could purchase the pattern once and make several items for sale from it, making back more than what she invested. Anyway, you can hold your head high for responding the way you did. I’m sorry you had to deal with that.

  • April 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    I just had someone do pretty much the same thing to me – they messaged me based on a photo of an item that I posted on Ravelry (which links to the pattern and pattern designer). I had received the pattern as part of a giveaway but it regularly sells for $4.95USD. I told them that it’s not my intellectual property to give away but they could contact the pattern designer if they wanted to work something out with them. It turned nasty quicker than I expected…I immediately let the pattern designer know what was going on after that.

  • April 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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    If she can’t pay .99 for a pattern which is a bargain how can she buy the yarn to make the item

  • April 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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    You know ya can’t just go around and ask for handouts. I would of said tootle loo and figured she needed yo up her meds! How RUDE of her!

  • April 13, 2014 at 11:48 am
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    It is ridiculous to think that someone would even ask someone else to do this. While I love free patterns, I also budget a few dollars every month in case I find a great paid pattern that I just have to have!

  • April 13, 2014 at 11:18 am
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    I think you handled the situation 100% the way I would have. As a designer myself, you are correct that it is difficult to make anything substantial off of selling them. There’s almost always someone with a cheaper or free pattern that is similar or “will work”. $0.99 is a steal for a non-free pattern… I’m curious as to what pattern it is. I’d like to check it out and maybe even purchase it just to give props to the designer! Oh, and if you can’t afford to pay $0.99 for a pattern as you can barely pay your rent, then how in the heck do you buy yarn, because rarely do you find it that cheap!??!?!?!?!?!

  • April 13, 2014 at 11:09 am
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    I think you are totally right!! There are plenty of free patterns out there and if she doesn’t want to or can’t afford to pay .99 then she should make up her own pattern and see how much work is involved. Yea for the people like you that know right from wrong Good for you!

  • April 13, 2014 at 10:50 am
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    You know if this lady is on limited income burley able to pay her rent how on earth is she paying for the Yarn then even if she found it at goodwill or yard sale.???

  • April 13, 2014 at 10:22 am
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    Bang On!! Mikey, I completely agree with you. I just can’t believe anyone would think to ask such a thing!

  • April 13, 2014 at 12:59 am
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    Mikey, you did the right thing…no doubt in my mind. You have integrity and I appreciate and love this web site for that reason. Keep up the good work.

  • April 13, 2014 at 12:18 am
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    Of course Money did the correct thing. Limited incomes make things difficult, but choices have to be made. She needs to look through the thousands of free patterns.

  • April 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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    LOL. Seriously?
    She can’t pay rent or afford 99 cents for a pattern, but she’s got yarn to *make* the pattern??? There’s a name for folks like her. Starts with crazy and ends with itch.

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm
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    I live on a fixed income too. (less than 9,000 dollars a year). If I can’t afford something, I do without it. I certainly don’t ask someone else to do something illegal, unethical and immoral in order to get something that I don’t need in order to live. You did the right thing in refusing her demands. It sounds to me as if she was just trying to use you, and you certainly don’t deserve that kind of treatment.

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    You are so morally correct.. If I go to any site and there is a price for the pattern, I then go somewhere else and try to find a free pattern.. I would never, ever ask anyone to do that for me. I would go without first..

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm
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    Bullying….it can take so many forms…. how is it she can afford the internet then????

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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    Pay for the pattern if you want it. If you can’t or won’t find another project. Get a life. People tell me. I’m on a fixed income I can’t afford food but then they have $ for smokes , cell phones, pedis they afford what they want!

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:58 pm
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    I can’t imagine anyone having the gall to ask such a thing! You did the right thing. I would also like to speak to the people making comments regarding what people should be buying or not buying with their limited funds – I really think you should keep your opinions to yourselves. Until you walking someone else’s shoes you have no idea so if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all!

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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    Mikey, you are right on with this one for sure. The lady may be struggling, however, like the rest of us… if something costs above your budget, then you just do without. She should have never been so disrespectful to you in just assuming you even have the time to do such a thing. As well as asking you to commit a crime for her. This is just the way some people are. Brush it off and move on. You have a huge following out here in the community that appreciates you and all the work you do for all of us. 🙂 ♥

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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    I would have done the same Mikey. I am by no means rich but I’ve had the same thing happen to me where people assume I can just afford things more than them and therefore I should just either give them things for free. This person needs to understand that a pattern is something someone else took the time to engineer themselves so she either buys the pattern or she can start creating her own designs!

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    BANG ON! If you can’t afford it, move on!

  • April 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    That’s exactly what I was thinking! If she couldn’t afford the pattern, how was she going to buy the yarn for it? Which to me, is actually the least of my concern in this situation. People ALWAYS have money for the things they want. I’ve seen people on welfare buy cigarettes, beer, fancy acrylic nails, whatever. Then there are the people who are always trying to see what they can get for free. I’ve seen women who come from the nicest neighborhoods, fine clothes, fancy cars, etc., sit in a counted cross stitch shop and each choose a pattern to buy. One of them will go make copies for everyone in their private little group and they feel they are justified because they might, “MIGHT” actually buy the supplies to make one or two of the projects. Either type of person makes me sick.

    I do have to say one more thing. Yes, this woman made a very shameless request and tried to take advantage of someone who is very kind and talented and gives so much already. However, I don’t feel it is fair to make assumptions about her, or her lifestyle. Even if she does drink Starbucks, or smoke, or drive a fancy car, what she did wrong, was try to steal a pattern, and take advantage of someone wonderful. However, if you see someone driving down the road in a BMW, drinking a Starbucks, while smoking, and you know it’s the gimme free 99 cent pattern, fixed income lady. First, get out of the way!!!! She might be texting too and that is very dangerous! Next, you can rant all you want about things you know are true. What Mikey said is true and those are the facts. No sense on going on a witch hunt when we could spend some time, um, let’s see, oh yeah! Crocheting!!!!

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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    It’s no different than buying a pattern book. Some people and their “entitledness”… It’s just laughable. I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and not have the extra money for things but 99¢?? She could consider it a treat. Don’t let her bring you down. You were in the right.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    If she fuss over for a 99 cent pattern, tell me how she pays for the yarn!! Because in my book, yarn costs way more than a stupid 99 cent pattern… Geez… You were right to press the “ban” button on her….!

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    I agree with you Mikey. AND, I think you have spent enough time on this pathetic person! There are so many patterns “out there”, why pick the one you can’t have? Again, you are right. Now calm down, relax and get making more patterns! personal experience here: Before our local yarn store closed, I used to go knitting/crocheting for 4 hours, 5 days/week. In the 4 years that we “played” together we all had fun, whether a new comer or and oldie. The yarn store has been closed almost a year now. Last week I received a text with just a phone number showing, asking me for a children’s knitted hat with a “ribbing” and stockinette. HUH? I asked for a name. The name given was a VERY RICH, OLD “LADY”, who could buy and sell any of us. She never gave me the time of day. And now she wants me to drop everything and send her a hat pattern by email?! I told her the truth: my yarn and necessary equipment tools are in a heap all over the place. Sorry, I wouldn’t be able to help her. My right elbow is broken, I have left shoulder rotator cuff pain/tear, and I fall whenever I try to stand up and walk. (All of this is true!)

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Hmmm. IF she lives in the USA, I’d handle it this way. I would get 99 friends, neighbors, etc. on a weekly list. Over 99 separated weeks, one assigned friend would write out a one cent check and mail it to her. This woman would have her 99 cents in 99 weeks (that’s approximately 1 year, 11 months). All of my friends would go along with this as it would only cost her/him 49 cents postage plus the penny. Worth every penny of it!! Since checks are only good for 90 days (I think), the woman would have to run to the bank ever 90 days to cash them (which would be 12 cents worth of checks in my calculation). And then, she can crochet in about 2 years for FREE. Case solved.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    You would not be able to work through every single free pattern there is available out there. She just tried to manipulate you into giving her a free pattern on one way or another. A sad and very unhappy person …….. I’m sure she tries to do this with everyone about everything and I’m very sure that she doesn’t have many friends. Best to just ignore.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    Mickey you are absolutely right to do as you did and the woman who can hardly pay her rent etc and can’t pay for the pattern – I wonder how she paid for her wool then. You know Mickey my daughter owns a spa and there are people who are born whingers and try to get everything for free. My daughter is a soft touch and thinks that she has to give anyone who complains about her spa a free massage which they take then you never see them again but they turn up to another spa and do the same thing professional whingers they are called here in Australia and I think that she is what you have come across and because she didn’t get her way she is taking it out on you ignore her do what you can do with a telephone just hang up.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    Mikey, you are bang on! It was ridiculous the things she asked you to do.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    You are so right for being Mad! Hell I’m mad for you. You do plenty for us. Your time, money and energy. Just Energy alone is off the chart plus everything else. My thought is “If you can’t afford a pattern, Don’t make the project.” There is always cheap ways to get yarn and hooks though Thrift shops, Estate sales, and Garage sales. You can find patterns through them also. But to complain and badger someone to steal from someone else is just plain down right IGNORANT!!!!!!! Me personally I’d block her from everything if I could. We’re behind you Mikey!

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    I agree with Mikey

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    I agree too. You did the right thing. Take a moment to breathe deep and let go of the stress this unfortunate person has created. I am sure that you have enough on your plate at the moment. Just let it go and concentrate on what is important.

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm
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    You were a lot nicer than I would have been. I support you 100%. I this person can’t afford 99 cents for a pattern, how are they able to purchase the yarn?

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm
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    Why let her ignorance get to you? She probably doesn’t like to pay for her housing or utilities but she does. If it is something she really wants she will save for it. But please do not allow her attitude trigger anger in yourself. Be thankful you are able to enjoy your craft andshare your knowledge with others

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm
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    Mikey you are right on. Wondering how she could afford hook & yarn to crochet if she couldn’t afford the 99 cents for a pattern. Maybe she conned somebody else for those items. Could be she’ll have to choose one of the hundreds of free, beautiful patterns out there available for anyone!

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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    I think you did the right thing!! Your time and work aren’t free, and yet you give us so much of your time and work for free!!! You are an awesome person in my book!!! Never doubt that you did the right thing!!!

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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    I think banning her was generous. Although there is no copyright for crochet unless your pattern is published in a book (copyright laws to not apply to crafts for some reason known only to Congress), I cannot imagine anyone having the stones to ask this. I’ve had people on limited income ask me to comp them a pattern, and I usually do if they ask nicely; but to ask a virtual friend to reverse engineer (STEAL) a pattern is heinous! I would have posted her name and asked other crochet pages to join in banning/blocking her sorry fingers.

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      Copyright of crochet patterns or any set of instructions is tricky but possible. The functional part is not copyrightable but the expressive part is. At any rate, publication as a PDF document is still publication and copyright begins when a work is created, not when or if one registers their copyright in the US.

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm
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    My first thought was …how can she afford the yarn if the 99cents was going to break the bank?

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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    I think Mikey is right and, if income is an issue, there are plenty of free patterns available on the internet. I’m sure the person in question can find something similar to the pattern she refuses to buy.

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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    I would have done what you did. If income is an issue, there are tons of free patterns available on the internet; I’m sure the person could have found something close to the pattern she refused to buy.

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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    Two points: (i) she was inciting you to break the law; (ii) if she can’t afford 99c for a pattern, how can she afford the yarn to make it?

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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    I think you did the right thing and you did it was done with class. The enraged person needed to use a bit more tact.

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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    As a graphic designer by profession, I totally agree with you on this one. There are too many people who think that they can rip off what you do just to get something for free, they dont realise the amount of time and effort that goes into anything creative.

  • April 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
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    I am with you, Mikey. We all like free patterns and they abound on the internet. She could have found something simular for free, I am sure. To treat you the way she did is unacceptable and she should be “banned” from this website. I buy crochet patterns all the time. I love to crochet and feel I am quite good at it but I am not creative enough to design a patten and I really don’t want to take the time. Anyone that creates a patterns should be compensated! If I can’t afford the pattern I want, I look for something else. But more important, her treatment of you was just not acceptable. She best not be someone I know. I would not have been polite at all!

  • April 12, 2014 at 11:45 am
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    I would have done EXACTLY what you did. Seems to me that lady is a little “touched”.

  • April 12, 2014 at 11:41 am
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    It sounds to me that this is a mentally ill person who is manipulative as well. I think banning or blocking a person who harasses you is wise. This woman is abusive and you were her target. As for paying for patterns; I search for a free one but don’t hesitate to buy a pattern if I really like it or it’s unique. It is not going to make or break me even though I am on a limited income. For the cost of a can of soda a pattern is not that much.

  • April 12, 2014 at 11:37 am
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    You are absolutely right to refuse. If she can afford the internet and the yarn to make the project she can afford to buy the pattern. If she`s not willing to do that, let her spend the time to reverse engineer from the picture and maybe she`ll come to appreciate the time the designer put into the project. Probably not though since she`s willing to waste everyone`s time but her own to get this for free.
    thank you for standing true and thank you for all the free patterns and encouragement you give to all of us hookers.

  • April 12, 2014 at 11:20 am
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    i”m with you , on this ..you should not feel bad for her greed….she should have gone to you tube and found a tutorial for it , there will be one for sure some one will have gotten that pattern and done a video , that is the way i do it …

  • April 12, 2014 at 11:09 am
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    99 cents is a bargain for a pattern. We are blessed when we find a free one. There are SOOOOO many free patterns out there. If someone takes the time to develop one of their own, they should be paid. It’s only fair.

  • April 12, 2014 at 11:04 am
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    Isn’t there a song about that woman. I think Willie Nelson wrote it. It is called Crazy.

  • April 12, 2014 at 10:41 am
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    99 cents? But she can apparently afford internet! You did the right thing.

  • April 12, 2014 at 10:34 am
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    As a single mom on disability income — I learn to budget for the necessities and SAVE for the WANTs .. It is apparent that she needs to learn to do the same !! I am with you all the way Mikey ….. You did the right thing . I even budget for my craft of crochet so I can do what I enjoy .

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      You were 100% right!!!! The woman should have not lost her temper. There are many patterns out there. Why loose her temper over one 99 cent pattern?
      She acted too silly for words!!!!!!

  • April 12, 2014 at 10:16 am
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    Oh my goodness, I’m sorry you did WAY more than I would have. The time and energy she put into this would have saved her so much if she would have just paid for the darn pattern. We all have to watch our budgets, but I will pay for a pattern if I want it. I support everyone in this community. You are so right about when you are selling patterns or even finished items, by the time everyone gets the due you don’t get what you put into it, especially when I mail finished items because you have to factor shipping and handling. Sometimes I estimate correctly, others I take a hit which is fine, I love what I’m doing. I’m amazed at that woman, I would have never thought to email you to ask you to do such a thing. Keep up the good work and as you can see you have amazing support.

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:50 am
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    Mikey, you were 100% right and also very diplomatic in your response to her. Paying 99 cents for a pattern will not make or break this woman. Why is it so difficult for her to buy the pattern when the yarn for the project is definitely going to be much more than the 99 cents for the pattern. This is a person that wants something for nothing …. keep up the GREAT work ….

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:36 am
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    You are 110% right!

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:27 am
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    I am on a limited income too. I look for bargains so I can afford the items I need for my hobby, craft, pleasure. If she can afford the internet she can afford 99 cents to download the pattern. That is the way I figure it.

    • April 12, 2014 at 10:38 am
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      agreed! me and my husband have five children and we live on 1700 a month! I a lot myself 10.00 a month for crochet. Yarn and all, so that means sometimes I have to save for a few months. If I can do it anyone can because I HAVE to crochet!

    • April 12, 2014 at 10:39 am
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      Absolutely! I’m on a limited income too, but don’t hold people to ransom over it.

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:26 am
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    You did the right thing. . Don’t let it bother you. It’s ironic she can’t pay her rent yet she has yarn, or maybe some entitlement program exists for people to get yarn that can’t afford it…hmmmm. I’ll have to look into that one.

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:15 am
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    I think you should tell her you will get right on that request just as soon as you fill everyone else’s request. The charge for doing that will be $25.00 and the wait time will be approx. 10 years. If she is still interested put her name down on a small sheet of paper, block her, and throw the paper away. What an idiot she must be.

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:05 am
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    My worry on this is that you may get too stressed. It’s obvious that you enjoy people and doing good for them. People with that “poor litte me” syndrome aren’t worth the effort. Hit the ban button as soon as one becomes obnoxious. Then take a deep breath, erase the nasty, and go about your day. Yes, you can always vent to us. Your followers love and appreciate you.

  • April 12, 2014 at 9:03 am
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    You did the right thing. It’s not your job to take care of her-it’s hers. Now that you have become so popular (which, as a fan I know is because you’re so nice) the crazies are going to come out of the woodwork. Try not to take these things personally and remember that you can’t please all the people all the time, nor even some of the people some of the time. Keep rockin’ your hookin’, Mikey!

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:56 am
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    So many, many things wrong with that woman! I’m a single mother on a low fixed income (with a special needs child, blah blah blah waaaaah buy me yarn and stuff – totally j/k). If I want a pattern or yarn for my HOBBY then I save, coupon, wait for sales, and use your wonderful site to teach myself more skills in the mean time. I also make use of the literally thousands of free patterns out there. I’m sure part of your outrage is at how you were treated Mikey, when she was asking a favour of you (no manners at all, some people). But mine is at the disrespect of the work that goes into designing a pattern. 99c is MORE than reasonable for any pattern. And it’s not whether the designer is a millionaire or broke as a joke – this is their work, their creativity and their intellectual property. If she doesn’t want to pay the dollar then she should upgrade her skills and design something herself.

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:44 am
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    So glad you didn’t do it. I respect you so much and that would have ruined my thoughts for you. 99 cents? I only get 1000 dollars a month from SS for my disability and if I liked the pattern that much, I would pay for it. Kuddos for being the respectable guy we all love.

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    I agree with you completely! If she didn’t want to pay just move on to another pattern! I do it all the time (because I’m cheap LOL). Or I try to figure it out without a pattern. That’s ridiculous to ask you to do all the work. Maybe she doesn’t realize how much work is involved with you reverse engineering?

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:05 am
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    If she can’t pay her rent why is she buying yarn…… or does she expect that to be free also….. jmho

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:48 am
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    Miley, she doesn’t deserve a second thought. There is a very good reason why she got so up set,(who was trying to rip who off)?..I am also on a fixed income and want many patterns that are priced. I drool and move on. Many times if I web surf long enough I can find a similar for free that I can enjoy. I am always amazed that people act this way for such petty reasons. My, what would she do if it was a major issue? Scary. Continue your good work Mikey. I love your work.

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:45 am
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    Probably would have slapped her with my WIP. To me, it doesn’t matter what the seller is charging for the pattern, its the work that goes into checking a pattern, testing it ( most times in various sizes and styles if its clothing ) that makes it worth it. To see ANY pattern selling for less than 3-4$ is an incredibly good deal. The pattern makers work hard, like we work hard stitching everything up. You did the right thing by denying her, it’s not your job to take on the problems of others. Happy Hooking, you’re the best!

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:36 am
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    99 cents is a bargain for a pattern and if I liked it that much I would pay the money for a copy. I appreciate all the hard work and hours of work that go into making a pattern. Why should this woman have that free and she might sell the finished item for profit. People like this make me mad as do people who sell other peoples free patterns. There is a fantastic website http://www.garnstudio.com that have great free patterns and I have seen other people selling these free patterns on their sites. Disgusting

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:11 am
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    While I am a big promoter of making my patterns free, I would tell that girl to SUCK IT. That person was just throwing a temper tantrum. What a child. Just reading your blog, I can see how stressed out continuously trying to make everybody else happy is making you & she is a terrible, selfish human being for putting you in that sort of position. Mikey, I just want you to know how much I appreciate everything you do. So THANK YOU.

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:08 am
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    I agree with you 100% , the lady was out of line here. she wanted you to rip off another person for the pattern and have you go through all the work and effort to figure out all the kinds and in’s and outs of the project, who is to say it would have stopped there ? she prolly would have questioned everything from any problems etc she ran into and also she can spread the word on how you can re-invent the pattern for free, as you said just b/c it’s 99 cents doesnt mean $$ is pouring in, she was just using excuses if she cannot afford 99 cents then why crochet ? b/c there is a cost for yarn that goes beyond 99 cents,

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:04 am
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    Mikey…you are right. As I was mulling this over, I thought that if that person can’t afford 99 cents for a pattern, how could he or she even afford the yarn for the pattern????? I live on a VERY limited income, but am happy to pay for an original pattern if it something I really like.

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:04 am
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    You did the right thing Mikey! Good for you and may GOD bless you and all you do!

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:03 am
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    Bang on, Mikey! You are a good man and it’s sad when someone makes you question yourself. You have right on your side and all of us to tell you so. If I don’t have 99 cents for a pattern, then I certainly can’t afford the many skeins of yarn it would take to make anything. People who become angry over an issue like this are always looking for a handout. She can put her hand out somewhere else. Never compromise your beliefs, Mikey. You were put on this earth to make people happy. You do that every day!!! That’s why I always look for what you have to say next. It makes my day. So let it go!

  • April 12, 2014 at 6:50 am
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    You did the right thing….. It’s not up to you to pay for and infringe copyright for some idiot.. Some people….

  • April 12, 2014 at 5:41 am
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    OMG I get alot of my patterns for free but if I do find a pattern that I really want that is for sale I will happily pay what the designer is asking as they did put the work into writting the pattern. Also most of the time they have had to pay for the copyright fee so they do need to get some money back on that. I too am on a low income but the way I look at it is this is my hobby if a pattern costs me a few dollars it is worth it for the enjoyment I get from my crochet. You totaly did the right thing Mikey. You are awsome and do sooooooo much for nothing as it is.

  • April 12, 2014 at 4:42 am
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    You can’t compete with crazy. She wants to rip off the effort of other creatives. She thinks she can put you to work for her without any compensation or even a personal relationship to balance the ask. She thinks she can be belligerent and hostile to you in communications. Block her email and don’t encourage customers to be so deeply personal with you. Thank them for sharing and wish them good health or comfort through their treatments/journey or success with their projects, but don’t fall into extensive personal info sharing with virtual strangers- or this will happen again.

  • April 12, 2014 at 4:17 am
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    If she cant afford the 99 cents for the pattern, how will she afford the yarn to make it? Some people just think everything should be given to them! You were right to deny her request.

  • April 12, 2014 at 3:53 am
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    Mickey you get my vote 100% but so sorry my words to describe this person are UNPRINTABLE

  • April 12, 2014 at 3:27 am
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    So sorry Mlkey, but my words to describe this lady are UNPRINTABLE

  • April 12, 2014 at 3:14 am
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    No means no. It should never have been brought up again after you declined. The work involved for you is irrelevant. It’s just the wrong thing to do. My Mom used to write patterns and I can verify that those who do are not getting rich. (Ok, if she did, she’s hiding it well.) But when people do that they are basically saying ‘it’s ok to steal this’. The reason that she’s poor or on a fixed income or whatever…..doesn’t matter. If I’m hungry I don’t get to steal from the grocery store. When my socks wear out, I don’t get to steal new ones. And let’s face it, she had the technology to reach out to you…. Sadly there are a lot of folks who feel entitled to have things given to them. I’m sorry she was mean and yes, blocking her was the right thing to do. Now all that’s left is for you to let it go, relax, and start on the next project. Don’t give her any ‘real estate in your brain’. Forget it and move on and be happy.

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      Often those people who feel entitled aren’t on a low income, it’s just a means to manipulate someone into feeling guilty so they’ll do what they wouldn’t otherwise do. Using this excuse gives people on low incomes a bad name. No doubt she also called herself a Christian (invoking hell), but I bet not many Christians would agree that she was one. Please don’t dump this in with low income behaviour (not that you are, just seemed a good place to post this) – it is not representative. Whoever behaves like this should be shown the door post-haste – with not so much as a backwards glance.
      Mikey, you and other crochet stars already do so much that anyone making any kind of entitled demands is completely outrageous, even when there is no illegality/immorality involved. I learned to crochet through Crochet Crowd videos and tutorials and that made me into an independent crocheter who knows she can make anything if she just thinks about it and does the work. Thank you for that and much more. Much respect to you. x

  • April 12, 2014 at 3:10 am
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    Bang on. That person is really cheeky. Someone took the time to make and write down the pattern and 99 cents is a real bargain. If she wants a free pattern there are many sites she can look into. You were sooo right Mikey xx

  • April 12, 2014 at 3:00 am
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    Mikey it’s so nice to know what a moral and ethical person you are. You were absolutely right how you handled the situation. Thank you for all you and Diva Dan do for us! Love you tutorials and the challenges the Crochet Crowd offers. Keep a positive attitude and forget the woman and her terrible ethics.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:47 am
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    There is no reason for anyone to ask you to 1. steal a unique design from a third party or 2. pay for that design and give it to them. I understand the lack of money, even .99, but demanding you give up your time, ethics, and/or money is not acceptable behavior from anyone.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:33 am
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    Mikey, you did the right thing! There are a zillion free patterns out there to choose from! And chances are that she was trying you out to see how far you would go to ‘steal’ a pattern. Never fall for that how sorry you might feel for a person. It is just not right. She did not have the right to ask you to do this for her!

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:31 am
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    “Bang on!” You were really, really nice to this person who is not one of your fans. I don’t know of anyone else in the crochet world who is so generous. I have learned so much since I discovered your FREE videos, your FREE inspiration, your FREE encouragement, and FREE place where those of us who like to crochet can find “our people.” Thank you and thank you again! I hope this person can come to realize how much they have already received from you.

  • April 12, 2014 at 2:18 am
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    If someone cant afford 99 cents for a crochet pattern then they cant afford wool either and no one is going to give it to them for free. also the designer purs a great deal of work into the designs and deserves to be compensated

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:51 am
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    Ban button totally appropriate! Sheesh, if ya can’t afford 99 cents, go find a free pattern! I am still totally amazed that someone would ask you to figure out a pattern for free! Even if it was legal or morally OK, I think it takes a lot of nerve to impose on you like that! The Crowd definitely does not need folks such as this woman! Good job, Michael!

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:36 am
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    Mikey, you are bang on. I can’t believe she had the nerve to ask you to do that. Maybe she forgot to take her meds today and is just messed up in the head. Why else would someone ask you to do something like that
    Glad you did what you did and found that ban button. Life is too short to deal with people like that.

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:20 am
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    Mikey,
    That’s outrageous! You did the right thing. Stealing someone else’s hard work is not ethical. Someone put their hard work into it and they deserve the credit for it and if they can make 50 cents on it good for them. It’s not easy for anyone out there. The gall of that lady. At least you were nice about it. I would not be able to say the same. Way to keep your morals! Good job!

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:14 am
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    It takes all kinds, doesn’t it? I sometimes wonder about people and how they were raised. I know it’s easy to say ignore someone like that, but don’t let people like that take your power and your happiness. You do wonderful things and there are way more people who appreciate your hard work and generousity than the naysayers. Keep calm and keep being the wonderful Mikey that you are!

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:08 am
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    Mike you did the right thing.
    Working retail I can tell you there are a lot of people like this.Just plain Nut Bars who will quible over a dime. Luckily you have the advantage of two buttons. Delete and Ban.
    Not so lucky in retail.

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:04 am
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    You were right on the mark!

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:02 am
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    you are quite correct , everyone is on some sort of fixed income, it may be high or it may be low and we have to learn to cut our coat according to our cloth as they used to say. Everyone needs to earn an income and I think 99c is pretty cheap. There are oodles and oodles of free paterns available so she should just use one of those if she really cannot afford 99c. I do believe though that she is probably a very unhappy person and nothing ever is right for her so hopefully she will be able to find some peace in whatever she chooses to do next.

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:58 am
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    Mikey you are BANG on! This woman obviously is a brick shy of a full load! No way that’s me! Ok her elevator doesn’t reach the top! roflmao

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:38 am
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    Mikey…..ummmmm…..would you figure out this pattern for ME, buy ME the yarn…..oh and while at it….would you just go ahead and make it for ME too?? On second thought….would you make me about 10 of them…..so I can go sell them?? Thanks!!

    ^ ^Please know…I was being totally sarcastic!

    You are a nice guy…..and I, like so many others, appreciate everything you do. I am back to crocheting after learns of letting it sit on the side.

    God bless you……and well, God bless the lady who is the source of this article. May she find happiness and peace. ~~ Terrie Lynn

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      That is supposed to read “years of letting it sit on the side” Darn auto correct. hehe

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:35 am
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    First and foremost, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO! Other than that, I think that more than likely you responded correctly (I’m assuming because you’re not posting the email exchange) and that once the individual in question was not only demanding but completely out of line, then ban button was justified. Again, THANK YOU, you managed to give me a skill I never thought I’d personally have!

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:22 am
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    Bang On Mikey
    1 There is plenty of free patterns out there if she cares to look
    2 how does she afford yarn if she can’t pay 99c
    Mikey you are an Inspiration to all hookers out there, that lady?? is not worth your time or effort.

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:19 am
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    Was she dropped on her head when she was a baby because to me that is really cheap. It isn’t easy to live on a fixed income but you have to set your priorities. I always manage to buy the patterns I want but I do surf the internet for free patterns. I would never want someone to steal a designers design. You were right on. I would never have given her the time of day.

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:15 am
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    Mickey, you are an amazing and beautiful person. 🙂
    You have integrity, kindness and respect.
    She was entitled, disrespectful and selfish, to the point of being bitter and toxic, imo.
    Banning her was exactly right.
    Receiving free patterns, for all of us, is a privilege. It should not be the expectation.
    Unfortunately, people without gratitude in their lives will view it as the latter…
    Thank you for all the joy your work brings to so many of us!

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:08 am
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    Mikey, What is your favorite color? I think you need to paint your delete key in a beautiful shade of that color. At the first hint of negativity in an e-mail or post, automatically hit that gorgeous color.
    Don’t let yourself be the target of people who just want to blame, blame, blame others for their situation. They don’t deserve your time or attention. Don’t interact with them. Treat them like children having a tantrum – walk away and ignore them.
    There are plenty of us who enjoy all the positive words and ideas you bring to us.

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      Mikey Bang on she was wrong to ask you to do this keep on doing what you do!

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:03 am
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    You were correct in your stand because if you had done as she asked it would have been the first of many more. Some people are not happy unless they are making others miserable. Take a deep cleansing breath and continue on with the wonderful job you do.
    I am thankful for all the free patterns out there from RH, LB and Raverly and for you awesome video tutorials which have saved my projects many times.
    Take heart and don’t let one bad knot in the yarn ruin your whole skein. You dealt with it in the best way possible. Good for you!

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      You’re right. we can’t let manipulators get away with the tiniest thing. I’ve known people like that and a refusal on a second request might well have been followed by a threat to cause problems about the first time.

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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    If she is on a limited income if she cant pay for the pattern how can she pay for yarn?? Or maybe she would’ve asked you to buy her yarn too!! Some people really think they are entitled to everything they want. Get a life lady

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm
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    Mikey you did the right thing.Unbelievable that she asked that of you. If I were you I would not have replied to her at all.She did not deserve that much of your time.

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm
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    Mikey- You did the right thing! It sounds as if this person is example of how some in our society feel such a sense of entitlement that their appreciation of right and wrong is completely warped! I too can’t afford all the patterns and yarn I want when I want it. (Who can?) I have to wait until I can afford it or figure out a pattern myself. I would NEVER think to ask another person to try what she asked of you! I make hats for the Oncology Dept. where my husband had his treatment as well as for the needy kids at the different schools at the school district where I work. I have made well over 300 hats in the last couple of years and pay for patterns and yarn myself – I feel such a sense of contentment and satisfaction knowing I am doing it for my community and doing it on my own dime. One thing I have observed over they years – people who want all the time are those who take too often. I am sure she that describes her to a tee. I am sending you a virtual hug and want you to celebrate the gift that you are to so many of us! Gads… I was bit wordy lol but I am stepping down off my soapbox now 😉

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    Bang on…The fact someone is willing to, in effect, corrupt someone else’s hard work for the sake of a lousy 99 cents (which is a bargain anyway) and their own self satisfaction is wrong on so many levels. You did good to stand your ground Mikey. In the same position I would have done the same.

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm
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    Mikey you were perfectly right, and now take a deep breath in and out and then go on because you can never make everyone happy! I doubt she would have been happy had you done any of the things she was asking you to do! If she can’t afford a 99 cent pattern, then she shouldn’t be crocheting how does she pay for her yarn? Or did she want you to buy that for her too! So hold your head high, you did the best thing!

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      Joy took the words right out of my mouth. How can she afford the yarn?

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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    You are completely right here Mikey!! Good for you!!!!

    One thing that is really ticking me off with this story is the fact that she wouldn’t pay 99 cents for a pattern because she can’t afford rent and is on a fixed income — but how much was she going to spend on the yarn to make such a complex project?! Yarn isn’t exactly free either!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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    Tell her to “pound sand”. She’s out of her mind. You were probably kinder to her than I would have been. Bang On Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm
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    You have every right to be angry. I got my panties in a wad just READING your post! That’s crazy! I have paid $10 before for a pattern I was dying for. I didn’t mind. I knew it took work for the designer to figure out the pattern, etc. My advice the this lady: Find something ELSE to crochet! There are MILLIONS of free patterns out there!

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm
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    Good heavens, Mikey! You do get your share of “different” people! This is just stupidity at it’s best. Sometimes people think that a person like you that does SO much for others can be used for their selfishness. She needs to remember that we all have our reasons for what we do. She is on a fixed income, but it is hard for a lot of people now. The person that is giving away their talent for a mere .99 cents, needs money too. If she is capable of doing that level of stitching, she should be able to figure it out herself or at least try. To people like this I say, be thankful that there are people like Mikey in this world to HELP you and try to help yourself! Love you Mikey, hang in there!

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm
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    Yes, Mikey is bang on!! This woman is out to lunch! Screw her, and people just like her. I’m all for helping people in need, but this woman was heartless, and very cruel.

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    I am sure you were much nicer than I would have been! Banning her is exactly right!

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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    Mikey thank you so much for standing up for your principles -it’s great to know there are people out there who have morals and ethics. The Ban button was absolutely appropriate you don’t need that kind of person around. Please let her terrible behavior go. You and Diva Dan are great. Thanks for your website and you wonderful tutorials. Just remember how many of us out here think you’re great.

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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    bang on Mikey love you and your morals 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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    Shame on her. I have a very limited income also and would pay 99 cents for a pattern. Where dose she get the monny to buy the yarn?? another dollar is not going to break you if you can afford the yarn. Shame on you. You should block her Mikey.

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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    My daughter wanted me to do similarly with sewing and crochet patterns. I simply told her that she needed to BUY it. I won’t be involved in stealing, regardless. Sorry, it takes time and energy to make patterns, and it’s rather tough to do!

    BTW, less than a dollar for a pattern? Most I’ve seen are for over $5! It’s already a deal/steal/bargain at the price, and this from a woman on SSA…. and minimal money coming in while making things for family and the kids here… shipping things nation-wide and not asking a penny for it cause they need or want or miss us/us them…

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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    Good for you

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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    Bang on Mikey!! All the wonderful thoughts above pretty well cover my thoughts as well. You did the right thing! You have every right to be furious and incensed that some one would attempt to compromised your good ethics. But now, take a deep breath, let it go, and forgive her as obviously she has some serious issues and possibly could use professional help for her anger. Hang in Mikey, we think you are super!
    xoxo, Elaine

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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    Mikey, good for you. How can this woman expect you to take your time, which by the way is worth more than 99 cents, to recreate a pattern that someone worked hard to create. It is plagerism and illegal to boot. And on top of that does she think that your time and effort is free. You are constantly giving of yourself with the cruises, creative festivals, youtube tutorials, etc…, and wear yourself out in the process. We here at the Crowd love you to the moon and back and back you up 150%. Hitting “ban” is the nicest thing you could have done. I agree with everything that everyone else has posted too. If this person is so destitute and strapped for funds, how is she paying for her internet access, yarn, needles and other patterns. Not everything is free. I am a retiree and on a fixed budget, but if there is something I want like yarn I save up, use coupons, buy in bulk, use scraps. Keep doing what you do Mikey and don’t let this one person get you down. 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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    you’re right in your actions and thoughts..so bad that this lady had to go to such lengths to get a pattern..burning her bridges behind her..i’m waiting for that web list for vendors for ‘watch out for this customer’ log…lol

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm
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    I AGREE DON’T you dare spend another moment thinking about this you did the right thing Mikey she has some nerve as if you don’t give us hookers enough free education.patterns and the love of this craft.

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    I too am on a fixed income and can’t afford the price of many patterns but .99? She wanted you to compromise your integrity and reputation, as well as face a possible lawsuit and prosecution for a buck? You did good, Mikey!

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      you were to kind to her. anyone can afford a pattern for 99 cents when most patterns cost a lot more. if she cant afford the pattern then she definetly cant afford to buy the yarn to make it. well done mikey

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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    Bang on but I think you were too nice to her.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm
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    Lol actually a funny blog. Amazes me that people that can afford the internet (at a much greater cost) cannot afford a trivial amount such as 99 cents. I think that this lady was expecting a charity donation and lost her temper when she didn’t receive it. A lot of people in this world that expect to ride for free at the expense of others. You did well to maintain your patience!

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm
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    The Ban button was the right answer…you can please some of the people some of the time…no matter where you go or what you do there is always, always one that finds something to b___ch about. Good for you in sticking to your guns. Good riddance.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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    I’m fairly new to the ‘Crowd’ and from what I can tell, it seems as if most of the stuff on the web site is free, patterns, tutorials etc. I don’t see where you are rollin’ in the dough either, especially for ALL you do. She wanted you to do an unethical thing, and I am proud that you didn’t . Her telling you good bye, was a blessing. I vote ‘bang on’!

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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    If she cant afford the $.99, how will she afford the yarn? Jim Morrison said it best, “People are strange.”

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm
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    Ignore her and continue your good work. You are helping countless people who appreciate you and what you do. I have a small yarn and notions shop ( had our first anniversary last month) and have heard enough of this nonsense to last me a life time. I have ladies who look at my afghans and say straight to my face that they are too expensive, they can do better and cheaper. So I got a sweet revenge when one of them came to class ( which she said she didn’t need!) and after a whole afternoon, had not finished one square. I helped her calculate how many hours would take to make a twin size at that pace… The look on her face: priceless!! Signed, Mean hooker in Brazil… LOL

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm
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    Mickey, As you know I design my own patterns and they are only sold as part of my class kits. What most people don’t recognize, is that you are not only paying for the piece of paper and the ink that it’s printed with. A big part of the cost of the pattern is the creativity, as well, as the time it takes to produce and make, or have someone make, the designed piece. All designers should be taking this into consideration and people who purchase the designs must recognize.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm
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    You’re “bang on” of course! Perhaps another suggestion is that she disconnect her internet? It always used to astound me that people would approach charities asking for food, while talking on their latest mobile phones and buying the very latest clothes and toys for their children. All the while the charity workers were wearing op-shop clothing and using passed-on mobile phones, so they could give to those less fortunate than themselves.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm
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    Bang on, Mikey. You were more than polite, and when she got abusive, you gave her the old heave ho. Well done! Remember thus for next time, these people who want something for nothing, and then pin the blame on others when the answer is no. Remember this the next time it happens. Its the internet’s version of shrugging your shoulders and walking away.

    {{{{}}}}

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm
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    Two thumbs up! If she was on such a tight budget how can she afford her yarn but can’t pay .99 for a pattern.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm
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    I agree totally with you, Mikey.

    First of all, what if the pattern owner is in the same financial straits as this woman, and what pennies she receives from the sale of her patterns puts food on her table? If it’s a complexed pattern, 99 cents is CHEAP!

    Secondly, for her to ask you to pirate the design because she is too lazy to figure it out is not only morally wrong, but extremely selfish.

    Third, if she is in such dire straits, how is she affording the yarn?

    And finally, why not ask the pattern owner for either a discounted or free copy?

    It’s sad when people feel they are more deserving than others. Everyone is JUST as deserving no matter how much money they have, what color their skin, their religion, their nationality or their crochet ability.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm
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    Please explain to me how this woman is so hard up that she can’t pay .99 for a pattern but she can afford the hooks and yarn needed to make it?

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm
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    Mikey, when did you start attracting all the people crazier than me? LOL

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm
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    Bang on Mikey!! You are so sweet, kind and young, yes this is atrocious!
    But this lady has already set out what she meant to do………took time out of your busy and overloaded schedule, and MANIPULATED YOU!!!
    So a word of advice which I find “BANG ON”!!
    delete her, scroll past with no reply to total ignorance and remember……….
    “That HE who angers you…….controls you!!
    May God Bless our wonderful Mikey and THE CROCHET CROWD!!!
    Hugs and Kisses to you all, Cat

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm
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    Are you kidding me right now?
    Is/was this lady serious???!!!

    The “ban” button couldn’t have hit her arse fast enough as far as I am concerned!

    EVERYTHING she asked you to do was morally and ethically wrong! So wrong!
    Although I sympathize with her financial situation, it does NOT make it all right to steal the
    Hard work and potential income, no matter how small or large, from another artist.

    I don’t make my own patterns. For two reasons…
    It is HARD and TEDIOUS work.
    And I don’t have the extra time in my personal life.

    So I appreciate IMMENSELY all of the beautiful creations crochet artists
    Make and offer patterns to the public for us to recreate.
    I will HAPPILY pay such a menial asking price to be allowed
    this privilege- and I will and have paid much more than .99
    for a pattern I truly must have.

    To me, crochet artists, just like any other artist, deserve to
    receive compensation when asking for payment for the use of
    their creative property. If everyone stole these patterns then eventually
    The artists would eventually stop offering any patterns at all and the
    world would be a far less beautiful place…

    THANK YOU for standing up not only for yourself BUT ALSO
    for all the other artists who offer their work/patterns to us. I hope
    This lady one day has someone steal her work and feel
    The violation of such a truly mean person like herself…

    Thanks for sharing this unpleasant story with all of us, I know
    And I hope you know that I and I am sure many more like me, think
    So highly of you and your integrity as an artist and human being…

    Tammy

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      Well said, Tammy! And, we all love Mikey for all the reasons you gave.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm
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    We all love to get something for free…but this woman has a lot of nerve! I appreciate all of the people online who offer free patterns! But, if I really want to make something & the pattern isn’t free, I am willing to purchase it. And, if she is like a lot of people I know on a limited income, I’m sure she “splurges” on something every month. Thanks for all you do & you did absolutely the RIGHT THING!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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    I completely agree with Mikey. We are trying to teach our children about plagarism and how it is wrong. If you had taken the request, you would have been plagiarizing someone else’s work. If this “fan” is so hard up for money, where does she have money for the internet, yarn, needles, etc. She could also do exactly what she is asking you to do … look at the picture and create the pattern herself. Excellent response to her.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    Mikey is soooo right , this is totally ridiculous , if the pattern is not worth 99 cents then why does she want to make it , and to get mad because someone won’t write it out for her for free is even more ridiculous, and if she doesn’t have .99cents , how can she afford yarn? Some people , I just don’t understand , these people spend there time to write these patterns out , and to test them over and over until they get them right . I wish I could write out patterns but I can’t so I appreciate those that do, and I appreciate all you do to help us with your tutorials . Thank You soooo much I appreciate all you do for us.

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    Mikey you absolutely did the right thing! Like so many have said…there are so many free patterns out there….the lady should of find one of them. Plus if you can not afford a 99 cent pattern can you really afford yarn….or did she want you to send the yarn also. LOL
    I thank you for all the patterns you do video on and tips you give us. Thank you for being so awesome….stick to your morals……your true fans will back you up!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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    Good for you, I am too on a limited income. If there is a pattern and or yarn I want I wait and put a little aside for it. She has brass ones You are right for what you did by banning her.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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    Oh for crying out loud!!! Does that silly woman seriously think that 99 cents is the difference between paying her rent or not, or that any of us would believe such a load of tripe? Bottom line . . . she wanted something and she didn’t want to pay for it. She treated you very disrespectfully and you called her on it. Good for you Mikey! You did the right thing and she needs to turn off the computer and go take her meds. 😉

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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    Bang on. I can’t imagine having the nerve to ask you to do such a thing. I crochet for pleasure and love finding all kinds of free patterns, which the internet is full of. I have also purchased a lot of patterns. I envy the talent of so many designers. I have a limit I will pay for patterns, not because I don’t think a pattern is worth the price the designer asks, but because I have financial limitations, the same as so many others. I think you were VERY correct hitting the BAN button. Why on earth would anyone think you would purchase a pattern, or steal it from a photo, alter it slightly and then hand it to them for free??? I can’t get past the theft of a pattern regardless of who or how. Thumbs up Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    There are plenty of free patterns, lady has too much time on her hands and needs to crochet more

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    PLEASE DON’T LET PETTY, SELF SERVING, SELFISH PEOPLE GET UNDER YOUR SKIN.

    You are not the bad guy. She is just a user and blame everyone else for her own failures. Dollars to donuts she smokes and has no problem buying a Starbucks coffee. I can afford to buy patterns but I have found so many free ones I want to do I haven’t done so yet.

    Get real lady. If you can’t afford the pattern you do something else. It isn’t Mikey’s fault you didn’t prepare for retirement. I am personally angry about people who have not done the work that feel entitled to it for free, think everyone else owes them for some reason I can’t understand and get mad when you don’t give them what you have worked for. If the shoe was on the other foot she would have told you to go ……. Fill in the blank.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    Im with you , the lady is asking a lot for a pattern she feels insnt worth paying for , if she cant afford all these things, what is she crocheting with and what is she using for yarn to make things with???? nothing about crocheting and knitting is free. ,

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    Mikey,you were 100% right;it was morally wrong,and she was wrong to ask it of you! You and Diva Dan et al,already do so very much for us ho love crocheting,with the tutorials and video’s,we all are so grateful for ! I don’t thin $.99 is too much at all for a pattern!! Keep up the good work,and keep on keeping it real !! Hugs&prayers.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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    My very first thought is…….if she can’t afford her rent and she can’t afford 99 cents for the pattern then what is she going to make the pattern with? Can she magically afford the yarn? There’s always someone who wants something for nothing, you can’t please everyone so don’t even bother. It’s always nice to get something for free but you should be greatful for it rather than demanding of it! They say you get more with honey than with vinegar. Had she been nice about it and put out a request she may have been able to find someone willing to share the pattern with her for free but I think she’s burned her bridges at this point.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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    It is really sad when someone is down that they expect preferential treatment. Even if you could have legitimately done what she asked, hopefully you wouldn’t have done it. She is one of those who feels the world owes her, no matter who gets hurt in the process.

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      Can you say ENTITLED? It is what a lot of Americans who suck the working man dry think they are… Well, you can afford the yarn, the needle and whatever else, and if she smokes or gets cable… she pays for internet and she has a computer, she can’t be that dirt poor. Thank you for your morality and you know what, let her go and tell her to make sure the door doesn’t hit her on the A$$ on her way out!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm
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    I agree with you.
    I don’t have alot of money also . But because of you I am able to make alot of things I have never learned before . From your free videos.
    That is all that lady needs to do.
    You did right.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm
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    If she can afford to purchase yarn so she can make her projects then she can most certainly buy her own pattern.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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    Apart from the cheek of expecting both you and the pattern designer to spend all of that time without getting anything back from it,which is selfish and greedy as it is, if she is really so poor how is she going to get the yarn to make anything from the pattern??? There are plenty of free patterns out there; if you see something out of the ordinary and love it then pay the measly 99 cents or get over it and find something else that is free. Wow that’s really so annoying, and the rudeness of the woman astounds me!!!..

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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    You did everything perfectly. Had you done differently she probably would have told everyone who would listen how dishonest she thought you were. Some people are jealous of others success and will do anything to hurt them. Just my 2 cents worth. 🙂

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      I agree with you eldonnar. You hit the nail on the head.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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    You did good. Who the heck does she think she is anyway? She was asking you to do something illegal, doesn’t she get that? Apparently not. So long, farewell, auf weidersehn, goodbye!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm
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    What kind of fixed income do you have to be on where you can buy the yarn, but not the 99 cent pattern? Even if you hadn’t felt morally uncomfortable with the reverse engineering…your effort would have been worth so much more in terms of time and money. Right thing, definitely.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm
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    I don’t blame you for being upset….I would react the same way if I were in the same position. I would have then asked her if she smoked or drank booze or bought coffees at Tim Hortons or other coffee shops, at all….then if she said yes to any of those then I would have said…well go without one of those for a day and then you will have money to buy the pattern….or better yet go without all of them if you want to put food on your table and pay your rent. Priorities are important and if you spend your money on everything else that’s not important first before paying your rent…then that’s your problem. Both my husband and I are on a disability pension and we know about tight budgets but if there was a pattern that I wanted that bad then I would pay the minuscule amount of 99 cents to get it. Most patterns I see out there are $3.99 or more so 99 cents is a bonus in my opinion. If we don’t have the money at the time I see the pattern…I’d wait until we have money again to buy it. I would be surprised if she wanted the pattern to use to make money herself.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:14 pm
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    You did right. In this day and age 99 cents is dirt cheap. Hard to believe she can’t afford 99 cents. She pays for yarn? She should crochet what she can afford. Asking someone to steal for her is low and tells you what kind of person she probably is.

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm
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    I am with you Mikey – it was absolutely ridiculous for her to expect you to not only steal another designer’s pattern, but then to rework it just for her??? How absurd!!!! I also agree with other comments – how can she afford yarn? .99 cents is a bargain!!!! Often people in “hard” situations try and prey on the kindness of others. Don’t feel bad at all, what you did was perfectly fine. We appreciate so much all you do for us -don’t let one whackadoodle get you!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm
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    I’m very new to Crochet Crowd but I think you did the right thing!! She was basically asking you to steal it for her – that’s wrong. I also have a problem with the limited income comment. I am on a limited income and had to place our home on a budget. IF she has that much of a problem why does she have internet?? It would be the first thing gone as it’s a want, not a need. How is she paying for yarn? I also have to stop buying yarn as it’s not in the summer budget. We live in FL and work during season (winter months). Anyway – You did the Right & Correct thing – Good on ya!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm
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    Was this a test from this woman? If so, she lost………hit the “delete” button and ban her for good! She’s nuts for even asking you to redo the pattern and waste your valuable time!! Save your time for people who appreciate you, like ME and the rest of your wonderful followers!! 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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    You did the right thing, if she can afford the internet or yarn and can barely pay her rent or eat then she needs to make better choices.

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      Mikey is “bang on”. That woman has a lot of nerve to even ask you to do any of the absurd things she was asking you to do. Who can’t afford 99 cents? If you knit or crochet you have to procure your supplies (meaning not stealing them)..You were absolutely right Mikey!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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    Mikey, you are absolutely right about how you feel concerning this woman versus the .99 cent cost of a crochet pattern. Someone like that is just an unhappy person. We all love you and most important of all RESPECT you and your talents. I feel you did the right thing in refusing to #1. Not pay for this pattern and #2 not reverse engineering the pattern so she can have it for free. She was very wrong to be so ugly to you. In her heart she KNOWS she was wrong and got caught trying to do something shady and then being called out for it.
    She deserved what you gave her, Mikey. Some types of people none of us want to be a part of. If this woman wants this pattern so badly she should do without something so she can buy it. That’s what most of us have to do. In the end I am proud to be a part of the Crochet crowd and also proud to know someone with the good heart and scruples that you have, Mikey. Keep up the good work and keep your chin up as well!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm
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    Two thoughts….
    1. She may have been complementing you by thinking you’re a genius and could just look at it and BOOM…transpose it magically into a pattern!
    2. She is ignorant.

    To steal the words of a country song…” God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy!” 😉

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm
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    I think the ‘ban’ button was used very wisely

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm
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    I think you handled the situation correctly, and had way more control on your emotions than I could ever have! Business is business, and for most it is just that, business! There are laws out there for just this reason! Come on! If she can’t afford a 99 cent pattern, where is she going to get the yarn to make it?!!!!!!!?????? I’m just say’n!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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    Mikey, you did the right thing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm
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    I agree with the others. I would only add “she’s nuts!”
    Sounds like she’s bossy and just likes to argue.
    :o)
    Have a great day Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm
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    Oh Mikey, what a horrible thing to have to deal with. I, and my sisters, all agree that you did the right thing. In fact, my sister, Nikki, said, “If she can’t afford to pay her rent, what the h*ll is she buying yarn for, let alone patterns?” My sisters and I are all retired and living on a fixed income. If we can’t afford to buy yarn, let alone patterns, we plan and save monies just for those purchases. Yes, we have Wal-mart near us, but at the moment, they are down to half of an aisle of yarn. Our closest LYS, A.C.Moore is in Erie and the Millcreek Mall. We also have to save for the gas to go there and make an afternoon of shopping and supper out of it. It may take us several months to save, but we at least have a roof over our heads, a floor under our feet, and four walls around us. Our rent is the FIRST bill paid every month!! Good for you for standing your ground. You are awesome and give MORE than enough to all of us that are here. I for one am very thankful for YOU as is my one sister who also crochets. BTW, I taught her the basics of starting, am a lefty, and turned her loose on you tube and your videos!!! We love ya Mikey!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    I can certainly understand a person on a very tight budget where every penny counts, but there are plenty of FREE patterns out there that may have been similar to what she was wanting to copy. But to get angry with you because you would not plagerize someone else’s work or pay for it yourself is the most absurd thing I have every heard. I honestly believe her anger comes from another place. Perhaps her situation, but she should not take it out on someone else. You did the right thing and you are supported in your efforts!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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    We can all agree that sometimes we don’t have enough money to pay for things we want, but to get so upset over paying .99 for a pattern. Use the Ban button.
    Shame on anyone who wants you to compromise your values to break down the pattern so they can have it for free. What’s next? Giving her the yarn for free because you use Red Heart yarn to make projects and the company won’t miss the yarn if you give it away. The person who designed the pattern spent time and talent to make the pattern. I have patterns up on Ravelry for sale and I can tell you I’m not making a profit.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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    I can’t believe she actually did that. Until recently, I was financially dependent on my family. My car was repossessed, I only had a storage unit of personal belongings (that most would call ‘junk’, nothing of value except to me). If I want a pattern THAT much, I would have shelled out the .99 and dealt with a few extra meals of rice and beans to make up for it. She expected you to provide for her (and take the fall in the end) so she could have her free pattern? There are thousands upon thousands of free patterns out there. She can design her own if they aren’t good enough. The fact that I’ve already received countless patterns, hints, tips and tutorials from the Crochet Crowd, all for a whopping $0.00, I am boggled that she’d actually ask for/demand what she did. Give them an inch, they want a mile (my grandparents favorite saying). You guys have already given countless miles (or kilometers for everyone else) to the rest of the world. So relax, kick back, have some chocolate and know you did the right thing. 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm
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    OH wow that lady had stones to ask you to steal. If it were me, in no uncertain terms, I would tell her where to go “truck” herself, then hit the Ban Permanently button. If this woman can afford yarn (and yarn does get quite expensive, unless there is a bargain or sale), then she can afford a $.99 pattern. That girl needed an old fashioned “talk with Jesus, “witch” slapping.

    That is lower than a raccoon stealing cat food, in front of the cat (referencing a youtube video)

    On a side note, I do believe this is the first time I’ve commented in the Crochet Crowd Blog. I love reading and getting tips and tricks and love your videos. I especially love the recent one about the doggie coat. I’ve tried that pattern with the long sc stitch…..muuuuuuuch prefer yours. Simple and easier to do.

    (((hugs)))) to you and Diva Dan.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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    If the woman can’t pay the .99 cents how can she have the internet let alone buy yarn? I’m also on a limited income but I am happy to say THANK YOU to those who are kind enough to sell us these patterns so cheap. With the prices now days .99 cents is a steal. Hang in there Mikey : )

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    Thank you, Mikey for being an honest guy! You respect the law and have integrity. That is a very admirable trait and i would hope to think, i would do the same in this situation. shame on her to ask you to steal! And shame on her further to think you would do it!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm
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    It’s very obvious that woman has no morals! The designer took time to create a pattern, sell it, and as you said not making much of a profit. No reason for her to make you out to be the bad guy because you have morals and know what’s right from wrong. If the pattern is that important, save your nickles or collect cans and bottles and BUY it yourself!!! Its obvious she’s one that feels that since she’s on a “limited” income, she’s ENTITLED to things. BS!!!! Thanks for all you do with the tutorials, challenges and inspiration you give for FREE to those of us that love you and love what you do!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    You should have told her if she can’t afford the pattern how can she afford the yarn. Ask her for the free garment after she works the free pattern. It’s only fair

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm
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    99 cents is almost a freebee. Does she get her yarn the same way? What a huge investment of time on her part to harass another person. Thank god for the BAN button.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm
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    I can’t say that I would have done anything different except maybe cursing that person up one side and down the other. What a piece of work!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm
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    WOW, I cannot believe the craziness of people. There are thousands of patterns out there that are free and when I find something that does cost money I’m happy to pay the 1.00-10.00 because I know it’s helping a fellow crocheter out. Where is the love in this world I cannot understand it. Maybe that crazy person should try selling her own patterns to see how much she makes off it and maybe that will bring her back to reality. I cannot believe she expected you to drop what you are doing to steal this pattern. As if you don’t have enough on your plate you don’t need crazies like that. I’m glad you banned her. If only there were a way to filter the crazies out before it got to the point of you getting abused verbally. I hope you don’t let this bother you too much you’re a great person and have so many supporters that love you unconditionally, including me! I can never say thank you enough, but god knows I’ll try. So thank you again for everything you do!.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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    Mikey! you did the right things. She was being very unreasonable. Nobody should rip off anyone patterns. There are so many free patters out there.. Don’t be down on yourself.Sometime people are miserable and want to make others miserable too. You just continue to share the CHEER!!

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      I think that her request is totally wrong! It costs the designer a lot of time and money for the printing and packaging of the pattern, that 99 cents does not even touch the cost of one pattern! If you ever price ink and paper and how fast a person goes through it, that is very expensive cost involved. Shame on that lady!! She needs some morals and ethics and some respect for you !

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    You did the right thing and I would have done the same. BAN What kills me is she cannot afford the 99 cents but she could afford all the yarn to make it. Some people!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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    you are in the right mikey . if she can’t afford .99 , how can she afford the yarn? they don’t just give it away.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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    Copyright infringement is a serious crime and one that should not be violated. You did the right thing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm
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    I can’t believe you were pressured like that! No wonder you need a vacation ! That is just not right….! Sorry there are folks out there that are so inconsiderate….they make you question your own character! Hang in there …we love you Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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    Don’t let people like this get you upset. You did the right thing. She was way out of bounds.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    Well, I for one can’t believe someone would ask you to do such a thing. I live alone and on a limited income. I would never ask anyone to steal a pattern and expect them to do all the behind the scenes work that is involved with doing what she was asking. I get e-mails all the time with beautiful patterns that I either can’t afford or don’t want to pay 5.95 for one pattern. If, I’m that interested, I can probably look at and create sometime similiar, which wouldn’t be considered stealing. Don’t take to seriously, Mikey. Enough is done with all the tutorials, challenges, and the crochet alongs. Enough is ENOUGH. Enjoy and don’t worry with this one person, who clearly wants someone else to do all the work for her. HEY! Just had an idea, what if you did all this for her and she comes back to you with: “Could you make me a sample?” lol She is a trip.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm
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    I think you are entirely right.It is wrong to steal someone elses work.If she doesn’t want to pay for it-I am positive she could fiind one similar for free-just spend some time looking it up for yourself.Many people are on limited budgets–but that doesn’t entitle you to anything you haven’t earned.I guess she thinks your time and money are worth less than hers.She is so in the wrong here.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm
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    IA ‘fan’ she isn’t! your true fans know the amount of work you all put in to everthing you. Actually we have no real idea of the vast amount of time, energy, hard work and derterminedness you all have to keep this up for us. Your true fans!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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    If this person is so poor that she can’t spend .99 on a pattern, maybe she needs to give up her internet connection. That way she would save a lot of money and not be tempted by .99 patterns or be able to hassle Mikey. This reminds me of a gripe my brother had – people asking you to sing at an event free. Sometimes it was not convenient for him to go or they may have had too many expectations for a free performance. Hope people will leave you alone Mikey.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    I think you are right on. In this day and age it is real refreshing to see someone that still has morals and is willing to stand up for his convictions. GOOD FOR YOU !!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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    OMG people can’t have everything for free we are already lucky u and many
    Others offer us free tutorials. Nah u done the right thing Mikey ban her and keep
    Her banned for good. This has even made my blood boil.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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    I agree with you Mikey. Besides…if she cant afford the 99 cents maybe she should sell her computer and get rid of the internet. Im sure that costs more than 99 cents. Keep on being the good person you are Mikey. There will always be people who are miserable in their life. Nuff said.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm
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    Good for you Mikey for standing up for the law! If she could not afford the 99 cents then how could she afford the yarn to create the project? Criminal logic is a hot tangled mess. Thank you for standing up for yarn artist/designers and their income.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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    Oh, Mikey! You absolutely did the right thing! I am embarrassed for the human race that she even ASKED you to do it! I SOOOO appreciate all the things you DO do! You’re a very giving person & shouldn’t change a thing about your ideals! 🙂 <3

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm
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    She could always try a different ‘FREE’ pattern…there are tons of them out there…it takes money for wool, so $0.99 is a drop in the bucket, to start….don’t let it get to you….she’s just cranky

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    Stealing is NEVER OK. If she couldn’t afford it, then maybe she could talk to the one selling it and either barter, or maybe the person would give it to her. You never know. Then if neither, then she could find something that would work just as well for the project.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm
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    I am also a senior on a limited income and I was stunned by the “brass” of this lady. How will she afford the materials for the project f she can’t afford $.99 for the pattern. She appears to be someone who probably has more money than sense but doesn’t want to part with nest egg.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm
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    God Bless You Mikey! In just over a year, I have Sold 9 patterns. I am in no way getting rich. I too have been asked to do similar things, It is wrong, and my reputation is worth more than a fan or two. Thanks ever so for being responsible, and ban away, yoou should never have to deal with it!

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      I so agree!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm
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    I so agree with you and how you handled it. The nerve of some people is appalling. If she had so little money then maybe she shouldn’t spend it on yarn.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    Sure. Give her the $.99 for free, but charge her for your time@$25/hr to track down and adjust the pattern so you can give it to her ” for free”!

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    Well, I’m one of those financially challenged people (SS), and my feeling is, if she could not afford 99 cents for a pattern, how is she going to finance the yarn/thread? I would never ask anyone to do that for me.

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm
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    If you don’t want to pay for a pattern, then don’t . Everyone has the right to make a living! Shame on that woman! You go Mike!!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm
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    I too live paycheck to paycheck. I also barely make ends meet, with that being said if it’s a pattern I really want, I would spend the $.99. Just to buy a pattern book is over $5 +. Second you do have to think about copyright issues even if you change the pattern insignificantly. Third you don’t need that kind of hassle, you’re time is valuable. Don’t let one rude person get to you

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    Nice to see that some people think you have all the time in the world. You did the right thing by not trying to copy the pattern. Maybe she could spend her time trying to figure it out, rather than thinking you should. Sure glad she can still find money for yarn.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm
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    Mikey is correct. Its tight for a lot of us, but that’s no reason to ask someone to steal for you, which is what she did. 3 cheers for the BAN button 😀

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm
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    I’m glad you have the “Ban” button. Next time don’t wait so long to use it!

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm
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    Way to go, bang on Mikey… A##, Gra##, or Ca#h, no one rides for free. I am constantly amazed at how much gall a person can have.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    I get that a lot of folks are going through trying financial times, I am one of them, but seriously 99cents. Please. If the pattern was *that* important to her, she could have figured it out herself. To try and make you the *bad* guy is absolutely absurd. The BAN button decision was the perfect solution, IM(never)HO. There are so many more of us in The Crowd who understand, one doesn’t *rip off* other creators chargeable patterns, especially when we have you providing soooooo many for free – WITH tutorials!! Thank you, thank you, thank you

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      Ignore her she obviously wants you go break the rules for her and does not appreciate the trouble it would cost you. The one thing that bothers me is when people want you to give them time when they would not give it to you .I am always surprised that people are so selfish and greedy. There are a lot of patterns that I would like to buy can not afford them. I do think patterns are expensive these days when you used to be able to buy a book for 3-4 dollars and get tons of patterns but saying that things change and everything is more expensive that when I started to crochet. I can remember buying 4 skeins of yarn for a $1 when it was on sale those days are gone.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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    Thank you for doing the right thing. You are a true inspiration in the crafting world!

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    I would not “reverse engineer” the pattern either. I would suggest the person find a similar one that can be made. If the person is so financially stretched, they may wish to use sewing thread and a tiny hook and perhaps teach themselves how to design patterns. There are some repeats that need odd numbers of stitches, others that use even numbers of stitches, and then even patterns that need repeats of a certain number of stitches. If one is dedicated, one can learn to design.

    Mikey et al, and CC are not here to steal from designers. They are here to show us how to make things and to teach stitches so that our crochet gets better. They are here to teach those of us who want to learn how to crochet. They do this for free, and it’s quite a service! So I think the moral thing here is a lesson for the other party. It could just as easily be my pattern or even that person’s pattern that was being threatened by a copyright thief. A moral call is always the right call.

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      Mikey I would have done the same thing you did. If she can’t pay 99 cents for a pattern how is she going to buy the yarn/thread to crochet the pattern. I design many patterns myself and there is so much involved in them, and as you mentioned the charges we sellers have for listing them. Glad your BAN button worked on her. Forget evil people like her….you have a ton of friends and fan out there.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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    Wow, I can’t even believe this! I can vouch for how wrong she is when she said the designer is making a killing off her .99 cent pattern. I have attempted to sell patterns at that price thinking if people will spend .99 cents on a song or game from their cell phone they will surely buy a pattern at that price too. I thought i would sell hundreds, maybe even a thousand! Boy was I wrong! She should have contacted the designer to guilt trip her. I don’t understand why she brought you in the picture. You give countless of hours of your time to provide free content for everyone to enjoy. I am so sad you had to go through this!

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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    Mikey is bang on! Plagiarism is illegal and morally wrong. I salute you, Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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    Mikey,I think you were right on with this person..but think about it she has money to buy yarn,but not for her rent an then raves about .99 cents for a pattern.Something is really wrong with this picture,Mikey you did right..

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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    I can’t believe some people, You were entirely correct. BANG ON!

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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    I think you did the right thing and as far as I can tell you were far more patient than I woul have been.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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    I’m so confused.. so she wanted you to buy the pattern then give it to her..

    I am seriously on a fixed income and once a month i buy a pattern or two… It just blows my mind that she asked you to do it..Stick to your guns.. i would do the same thing…

    Adele

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    From what I know about you, I would have been very disappointed if you had handled any other way. Remember you can’t fix stupid. Linda Shire

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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    Hey, I understand the limited income boogie. But….. come on people, the designer needs to make a living too. Yea, it’s one 99¢ pattern. I couldn’t afford it either since my debit takes a buck a charge. And I can get “pissy” over cost too. (Rent, food, etc at less than $800 month leaves little for the fun stuff.)

    There are lots of freebies out there…. get over it hooker, and stop buggin’ Mikey

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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    Unfortunately there are crazy people out there! I have never. Even so lucky to find a 99c pattern, most patterns I love are in the $6.99 upwards,……Micky you did the right thing…BAN the troll.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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    “We can’t always get what we want. Grow up, Lady,” is what I would have said.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm
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    How dare she ask you to do something like that! Just because she was a follower does not give her the right to ask you : a, to redesign the pattern, and b, ask you to purchase it. Don’t ever let anyone compromise what you have achieved with the crochet crowd.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    Good for you. I agree and if she wanted it bad enough she would have found $.99 somewhere, she evidently has a computer and poying for internet access. I do not purchase patterns all the time because like the last comment, I am not always sure I am going to make it.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm
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    You did the right thing by telling her no, she is rude and has major issues if she goes that crazy over 99 cents. I am on a fixed income too and would never even think of doing that to someone, you or anyone. I have bought patterns and continue to do so, I have one I trust and she always has my business. Glad you stuck by it and banned her, you don’t need anyone that would ask you to do such a ridiculous thing. I can appreciate how much work goes into those patterns and she needs to learn that as well.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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    I feel bad that this womab chose to attack you. U also feel bad she ia struggling but there is no excuse for thievery. Find a pattern that is free, go to the library and legally borrow a book to find a pattern or any free website, but stealing is not right. A fixed income calls for thinking outside of the box to find happiness it is not an excuse to brow beat someone. Youre doing great Mike. You were correct. And btw thanks for everything you do for the entire craft world.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm
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    Here in the south we would say “Bless her heart” & then push that Ban button…

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    You are exactly right and I would love to see this 99 cent pattern. People are freaking crazy.

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      You did the right thing, Mikey. My thought is that if this person can’t afford 99 cents, she probably shouldn’t be paying for internet access, either. Where does she get her yarn? Does she steal that, too?

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    Wow!!! Over 99 cents. I’ve paid $40 on ravelry and thought I was getting a deal ( it had pattern for coat, hat, mits ). Well your right Mikey !!! That woman sounds nuts. If you can’t afford it, try figuring it out, and if you don’t know how then don’t do it. What outrages me is that SHE’S ASKING SOMEONE ELSE TO DO THE STEALING!!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    I am not as kind as you Mike and I am not as patient . I would have told her,, “if you can’t afford the pattern you certainly can’t afford the yarn to make it so why bother or do you want me to steal someone’s yarn for you too ? ” then I would have blocked her..

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      Totally agree with you. I am also on a tight limited budget and truly can’t afford yarn. As a true hooker I have gotten many wonderful pattern books throughout the years and always refer to them for beautiful patterns. I was thinking the same thing as you – if you can’t afford the pattern how can you afford the yarn? Block her. Idiots abound.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    Honestly. She spent more than 99 cents in time and energy by the sounds of it. I think she had a lot of nerve asking someone else to spend their time to essentially steal the pattern on her behalf. With all the patterns and designs that are available for free out there I find it hard to believe she couldn’t find something suitable that could be swapped out for the pattern with a price tag and go on her merry way. Unfortunately there are always those who feel they are entitled and don’t stop to consider how their actions effect others. So sad.

  • April 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    Stick to your guns, love. I would never dream of asking anyone to steal for me. She has a lot of nerve. Thank you for your honesty and integrity. I’m sure the pattern maker would thank you too!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    Mikey you are right — if she can’t pay the .99 for the pattern then she should move on. If she can’t pay the .99 cents then she definitely cannot afford the yarn to make it. I cannot believe anyone would be like this.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    sorry to say, there are many that expect something for nothing. It’s really sad. You were right in banning her. You put a lot of time and work into what you do and help so many of us out. You go Mikey.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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    Don’t sweat it anymore, Mikey, you did the morally right thing, you can’t afford to get in legal hassles for copyright infringements and all of that.There’s always someone out there trying to get everything for nothing. That woman says she is on limited income (aren’t we all) and can’t pay 99 cents for a pattern yet she has internet, probably not for free!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    Some people are just not worth your time. I would ignore her. She has a major problem in her life not yours. She has to live with herself you don’t. I feel sorry for her because life is so miserable that she feels the need to make your life miserable to. Don’t let it!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    She can’t afford the 99 cents for the pattern but she can afford the yarn to make it? The woman was in the wrong on so many fronts.

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    I would not have do it either! If you to make the pattern bad enough you either pay for it or try to come up with your own version. You did the right thing. Anyone that gets that irate over 99cents has bigger problems than a pattern.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    Please, please – always stick to your guns. Your were right & that lady had no business asking you or anyone else (bet she tried) to steal from the designer. One of my very best friends is a great designer & has had patterns published by others but I know that when she sells patterns herself the money is not great.

    You were right on & that lady was so far out to lunch – glad you banned her.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm
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    Mikey, you were absolutely correct in what you did. AND, if she couldn’t afford .99 for the pattern, then how can she afford to buy the yarn?

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm
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    You were right Mikey!! If you had done that for her, you would have found yourself in some very hot water!! Stay true to yourself & your values!! Thanks to you & the Crochet Crowd for all you do for us with instructions & video tutorials!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    You absolutely did the right thing. There are lots of places for her to search for something similar for free. I personally think 99cent for a pattern is a great bargain.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    I agree mikey and if she is so penniless she shouldn’t even be doing the pattern since the yarn/ thread can get expensive…… If I wanted to sell any of my projects I’d have to charge an arm and a leg to come out even I can’t always afford yarn so peruse grange sales to find yarn at times and the fun and love in making the project is the enjoyment I appreciate the free patterns and have purchased a few that I want super badly….she wanted to get something for nothing and is very selfish and someone I would never want to meat and I say about someone very rarely she is a user and would never give back in kind so good riddance… Hope she is happy now….. 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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    She is wrong to ask you to potentially open yourself up to copyright infringement, and quite honestly, it is just wrong all the way around. If she can’t afford the .99 for the pattern, then she can try to recreate it from the pictures the designer provided. You did the right thing, and she should have taken your 1st no as her answer. Some people… wanting something for nothing…..

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    Mikey, you handled this situation in your true dignified manner. I would not have changed a thing. I am baffled that someone would think that any pattern SHOULD be free. Many designers offer patterns for free and if I choose to download one, I am very grateful that the designer offered a product of their design talents at no charge. I have purchased patterns also and appreciate the time and talent that went in to creating a pattern. I feel that 99cents is an extremely reasonable price for a pattern. We all have choices out there; free pattern or paid pattern. I think the person should try to design a pattern. Maybe then they would appreciate the effort that goes in to it and understand why some patterns have a charge for them. I know I can’t design one. was going to give the person a little bit of leg room on the ranting UNTIL you were asked to basically STEAL the pattern and recreate it. Even more appalled when it was suggested that YOU pay the 99 cents and give them the pattern! Sorry, but there is no excuse for that. Even if money is tight, 99 cents is not that much money. Buy a skein of yarn on sale or clearance and there you go…you saved at least 99 cents…take it and buy the pattern and don’t forget to say “thank you” to the designer. And there you have it….my 99 cents worth of opinion.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm
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    You most defiantly did the right thing. I have dealt with the public all my adult life and you have someone like that pop up from time to time. But the good ones out weigh them by a lot so don’t fret its all good. You have many fans. there is no need to let one get you so worked up. That band button is a nifty tool and you may need to use it more often. You do great work and provide a very valuable service. Keep up the good work and don’t forget to take time for yourself.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm
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    I think she should just figure out the pattern herself. I’m sorry if you can’t affird it don’t do it. If she has time to dog you out Mike she has time to figure the pattern out herself. No hand outs.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm
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    To a degree, we’re ALL on fixed incomes. If something is that important to you, you’ll find a way to pay for it. You were right, she’s just taking advantage of you. Or trying to. She doesn’t have family that would be willing to gift her with the pattern and yarn? Or a neighbor to work a deal with? I was in a rough patch once and a neighbor helped me out in exchange for some potholders and dishcloths.
    Thank you for doing the right thing:-)

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm
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    I love the human race!!! I have found that you start as you mean to go on. Say No and mean it! There are times when being a lovely person and starting to explain why, they pick up on it and before you know it your digging and squirming in a deep hole that you’ve made for yourself. It is not your problem. I am sure you were polite and said goodbye, dispite her protestations! I am sure she will find something else. Keep going Mikey, the rest of us appreciate your infectious enthusiasm.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm
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    Absolutely 100% right! As someone that designs patterns, I thank you for doing that. There is a lot of work, math, and oodles of hours frogging it to make sure it is right. For someone to come along after all that work is done and then say..I want it for free can be a slap in the face. Right now, I am on a limited income and I use crafting and designing patterns as a way to make some extra cash to help fill in the gaps. Tell someone like that if they want it for free, then I’m sure the next time they go into work, they wouldn’t mind doing one day for free.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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    You did the right thing. Karma is amazing. Keep your chin up and have a blessed day.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    I am on a limited income too but I budget to afford things like patterns that people have spent time and effort on – if I cant afford it I wait until I can. I even manage to budget a little for charity from time to time. What goes around comes around – if you give a little then it may come back to you double. Good manners and consideration cost nothing. By the way Mikey I appreciate all the things you do for us like lovely videos and free patterns and advice. You are my hero.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm
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    Way to go Mikey u tell them there’s no reason for them to ack like that just Coss they,didn’t want to pay 99cents

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm
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    Looking at this issue from both sides of the fence, Mikey, I have to agree with you. I live in a foruegn country, and purchasing anything with a credit card may or may not happen. Our identity has been hijacked, and, I just can’t afford it. Not even 99cents. If there is a pattern I want that bad, I would look elsewhere for a free version. Or look for the aspects of the pattern, and put it together myself. Or, if all else fails, trial and error until I make the item myself.
    I wouldn’t put another person in the position of compromising their ethics to please myself. It’s a PATTERN, for goodness sake, not medicine for a sick baby!
    She needs to get over herself.
    Don’t compromise yourself Mikey. It’s not worth it.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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    Ive worked with the public for years & thought I’d seen/heard it all. You were right to keep true to yourse&valuemorals. There are way to many people like that ,that think we owe them for their unhappy life. It’s very sad. I sawe all say a Prayer for her and maybe she’ll get help (: I’d love to share my story of so low income I buy yarn from second hand places! I sell things to pay for what I do want for my crocheting…lol. I thank you for all you do for us and your time it takes. Keep up the Great job (:

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    You are right on Mickey. The unbelievable gall of that woman.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    Mikey I am on a limited income too but I still manage to budget to pay for something that someone else has spent time and effort on – if I cant then I wait until I can manage it, I even budget to pay a little to charity from time to time, This person has clearly never learnt the lesson that if you give a little then it may come back to you doubly and even if it doesnt the good feeling left in your heart is worth it, Good manners and thinking of others costs nothing. By the way I think you do lots for all of us on limited incomes – all those lovely videos and help and free patterns – you are my hero.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    Oh, Mikey. I’m so sorry that u had to deal with such a narcissistic person. That’s what society has come to. Everyone’s got their hand out.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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    I would have told her sucks it up buttercup, if you can afford the Internet, then I am pretty sure you can afford 99 cents.. You can’t. Always get everything for free. Mikey, you are completely right.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    Mikey you are bang on and that that woman’s out to lunch! 🙂 And it also gives some insight to us “crowders” of some of the things that you go through. Thanks, Mikey and team you are the best!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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    I think it would be fair to find this woman’s mother and smack her. There is no reason whatsoever that an adult should feel this entitled unless her raising was lacking. I am a parent trying my hardest to raise people to put out into the world with empathy and a hand out to HELP others not a hand out waiting for someone to put something in it. Some adults should not be free to roam around on the internet or otherwise.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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    “No” is a complete sentence and does not require an explanation.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    You did right!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pattern for only 99 cents!! I would have snatched it right up!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    I agree with Mikey. She should not ask that of anyone. Kudos to you Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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    I’ve been so broke that I can see where she’s coming from asking for something for free, but that really does not excuse her behaviour. My immediate thought was, if you can’t afford .99¢ how can you afford yarn? Who knows, maybe she’s got a good stash… But then, if she has a good stash, she probably knows what she’s doing, so why can’t she take some time and figure it out, herself? And since she clearly has internet, she could also spend some time searching the web and YouTube for a free tute of the same pattern. I feel badly for her situation up to the point she starts going off on Mikey, that’s uncalled for. I feel worse for the people she encounters in retail, like her local grocer as I can imagine she is quite the handful…and they so5 have a ‘ban’ button. Mikey, I’ve learned so much from your tutorials, and there is so much more to learn, so thank you for all that you do, thanks for all the help, sorry you had to deal with that. Have a better day and don’t sweat the rude people.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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    I she with you completely. If it wasn’t worth .99 then why did she want it so bad? That makes no sense what so ever. Keep doing what you’re doing. I love your tutorials!

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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    Good gosh , right when you think you’ve heard it all. Why would anyone want to act so silly?
    Please don’t let this person bring you down. Some people want everything handed to them free. She probably wants you to chip in the yarn as well. Sweep this under the rug and move on. We need you happy !

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      I agree with Jean! Let it go… You are very talented and to say the least VERY busy. If 99 cents is too much to pay for a pattern then I guess she needs to search the freebies and do one of them. There are so many great patterns out there for free why should she get huffed at you for not wanting to risk your reputation and spend all the time and your hard earned money for someone who evidently is unappreciative of all that you do for The Crochet Crowd. I am proud to be a member of The Crowd that appreciates you and all the FREE patterns and tutorials you give to us. We Love you Mikey! Let it go and keep up the good work knowing you have so many more fans that would give her that one pointed up digit.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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    You did the right thing. For that matter…. if she cant afford .99 for the pattern…. how is she buying yarn?

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    I am on a fixed income also. I also realize the time that must be involved to design a pattern. If I wanted it so badly I would find a way to pay for it. How incredibly rude to demand this of you! What is wrong with people today?

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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    There are some people in the world that are so entitled, to actually ask for this is shocking. There are plenty of free patterns do those. Mikey don’t even answer this kind of email. This person either is mentally ill or has the early stages of Alzheimer’s. . Either way a crochet pattern isn’t going to help. You are too valuable to the crochet community to waste time and worry on this.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm
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    You were absolutely right and justified in your choice. Knowing you, you handled it much better than I would have. I am on a limited income, so if I see a pattern I like, I search and see if I can find it for free: if I can’t find it for free, I can usually find something very similar for free. If I don’t find something similar I really like, then I crochet something and sell it, take the proceeds and buy the pattern. Simple. I’m stunned beyond words you had to deal with this. Some people have no shame.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm
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    If a person can barely afford rent and can’t spend .99 on a pattern, how could they even buy the yarn to complete the pattern? It sounds like this person has her priorities a bit out of line. I agree with you, that it’s a moral issue. And it says a lot about you, that you are a person of upright character, that you won’t compromise on a seemingly minor issue like this. Good choice.

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    I’m reasonably sure I can’t post exactly what I’m thinking, but will ‘clean it up’. You could have asked her to pay you for your time…which would have been well more than 99 cents; then her options would be: do without it, hope to receive it for a gift, pay for the pattern, learn to design. Of course, you did the right thing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm
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    Mikey, you do not have to bow to this woman she just wants to be a b*ch and ruin you! You are the greatest crochet instructor and creator of this amazing group The Crochet Crowd and you should not have to deal with these kind of people! Ban her!!!

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    She can afford the internet………..
    x 10….I raged at the outraged person. lol

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    You did the right thing, this women thinks you and everyone should do something wrong, just to pleases her. Don’t give it a second thought. You’re a good man. I’m greatful for what you do

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    Way to go Mikey!! To me there is no controversy. The woman asked, and expected you to STEAL a pattern from another designer! the fact that she is on a limited income is her problem, not yours. I’m glad to see that you are an ethical person, even if some of your readers are not.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    OMG….99 cents?  You have got to be kidding.  If she can barely make her rent….how is she affording internet?  I know some people don’t have lots of money…I get that but 99 cents for a complicated pattern is a great deal in my book.  Free is the best price but 99 cents is great.   Rose <

    We must learn to see our circumstances through God's love and not God's love through our circumstances.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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    You are such a good person!i would have told her in 3 words what to do! Might even be two!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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    If she can afford yarn for the project she can afford 99¢ for the pattern

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm
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    Oh my God! What a b**ch! You were 100% right and I for one am glad you banned her. If she can’t afford 99 cents then she should figure it out herself. You are not her personal pattern stealer! Mikey you are so good and honest and 99 cents is reasonable, especially if the pattern was as complex as you say. Keep up the good, rightful and ethical work. We all love you for it!

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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    Aren’t we all on a fixed income? My employer isn’t going to increase my income so I can buy a pattern either! She could sell one of her precious finished products or skip one skein at the store and no doubt have have her 99¢!

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    I not as nice as you MIkey what I would have said to her cant be put up for public to read ,.i bet .99 cents doesn’t mean any thing to her when she wants to go out and eat etc.I think you were right in banning her and letting her know your skills are yours to use the way you want..

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    What a brazen, rude woman! What nerve! You did the right thing. If she can’t afford patterns, there are loads of free ones online!

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    Mikey, you absolutely did the right thing! There are so many free patterns out there, this woman could spend her life crocheting and never get them all finished. Sounds to me like she just needed a ‘whipping boy’ to take her frustrations out on. She clearly has much bigger problems than a limited income. I feel sorry for people who are that bitter and unhappy, but that doesn’t mean they should be allowed to take it out on other people, especially someone as wonderful as you. My personal policy is people will treat you the way you allow them to. I don’t allow people to treat me badly, and neither should you. Next time, politely say no and don’t hesitate to use that block button immediately following your answer. You are loved and appreciated by the majority of us, and don’t you ever forget it! Xoxoxo!

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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    I hate the ” Pity Mouth”. We are all on fixed incomes. People use that to try to get something for nothing. I applaud you Mikey

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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    Uh, how is she able to afford the yarn for the project if she can’t afford the 99¢ ?!

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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    I had to laugh.. some people are so full of themselves. This woman obviously thought she was the only person on the spinning planet who is in financial woes. But yet, she had internet? Hmmm….. Me thinks she’s a **spinning finger around ear motion** toon 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm
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    This is spot on mikey! You did the right thing. This woman should be utterly ashamed of herself. Keep true to yourself and your morals <3 xxxxxx

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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    Mikey, you are right in what you did, what you told her and how you handled the situation. It’s just too bad that she was so rude to you and trying to rip off someone’s creativity.
    I’m on a fixed income too and 99 cents is NOT outrageous of a price.
    The only time I got upset about a charge for a pattern was when Amazon showed me one for 99 cents on one day, and the next day the price was up to 2.99 (same Kindle version!).
    But most designers are NOT earning 1000’s of dollars and even if they are, I guess she is jealous and small-minded enough of a person to be upset that it’s them earning and not her.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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    You gave her way too much of your valuable time!!!

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    Mikey, I think you did the right thing!! I could write a blog but everyone has comments on what I’d say! Thank you for all you do! You ROCK!!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    I have to agree with you Mikey!! It was pretty brazen of her to ask you to do all the work FOR her. I have a habit of hoarding patterns and have bought many that I may never use. If she can’t afford a buck for the pattern she sure couldn’t afford the yarn or thread to make it!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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    Mikey is right for being so upset. It is wrong to be upset that you are being charged 99 cents for a pattern. A dollar is not that much. I am on a very fixed budget and unless I have the extra money, I do not buy. Yarn costs WAY more than one pattern. Whoever designs the pattern has spent oodles of time to write it down and make sure that it is right. They deserve that 99 cents or the $6.00 I have seen some charge on etsy. They may seem like a lot, but they do not make you send a portion of your take from selling the item you made form that pattern. That doesn’t even get me started on the legal issue let alone the moral one. I support you Mikey!!

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    Miley, you definitely did the right thing! I could write a blog but everyone has already said what I’d say! We’ve got your back! Thank you for all you do!!!!

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    I absolutely think you did the right thing Mikey. I’m on a fixed low income but I’m mature enough to realize that if I can’t afford to purchase something, I don’t ask anyone to pay or work hard to do something that I see I want. There’s a big difference between need & want. I make a list of things I like & would like to do & if someday I run across an item on the list and it’s free, great. That woman is immature, selfish & needs our prayers. I’m glad you banned her. Thank You for protecting the group from such…

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    I would have refused as well. Some people just have an “entitlement” mentality, I suppose. I am also on a fixed income and love free patterns but if there is one I really, really want I’ll gladly pay for it or I will try to make up my own version.
    It did occur to me, though, that if she is barely making her rent then why is she buying yarn?

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    I think you should do whatever you need to do to block this person from your life. If there is a facebook connection, that’s the easy block. The other connections will likely take more doing.

    This person is absolutely unethical and more than a little ridiculous. If someone cannot afford .99 for a pattern, then don’t try to make that object. I rarely buy patterns myself, and I would never, for any reason ask someone to copy it, or buy it for me.

    Quite bluntly, she’s trash, so bag her up and toss her out of your life.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    You are totally right and for that matter if she can’t afford .99 cents for the pattern how in Gods name is she going to afford the yarn. I feel for her but we are all going through some financial, family or health hardship. Cudos for you
    Gail

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    Micky you are great what ever you do it would not be agains’t the law, so jeep up the good work

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    Mikey is bang on. The lady (I use that term loosely) was totally out of bounds in many ways. One, she wanted something created by another for zilch. Free. Two, she tried to coerce Mikey to 1. Reverse design the pattern; 2. buy the pattern and send it to her; 3. get Mikey to break the law.

    Get a life! If she doesn’t have money to pay 99 cents for a pattern that belongs to another she certainly doesn’t have money to put into yarn. Yes, I know, I have practically a yarn store of yarn myself. But when I start a new project such as this seems to be it requires more yarn!

    I stand by Mikey 100%.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    99 cents! In sterling that equates to about 70p. We pay at least £2.50 for a pattern. Sorry but in English I would have told her ‘on your bike’. In other words, pay up or do without.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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    You were right of course, But….this sounds like someone that desperately wants (and needs) something to do with her time. Maybe she has yarn but no money for the pattern. That’s not your problem of course but .99 is better than her being That Upset.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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    I appreciate that many people find it tough to make ends meet, but 99 cents is not a lot of money by today’s standards. How would this lady feel if she was asked to put a lot of work into creating and making something, and then told to give it away for free? For all we know, the creator of the pattern may themselves not be rolling in money and may depend heavily on the income from the designs that they make. It’s a basic economic fact that, if you want something, you pay a price for it and, if that price is a reasonable one, then that is acceptable to the vast majority of people. As for trying to recreate the pattern … well, there is the chance of copyright infringement, as you point out, and that would lead to a lot of potential problems …. please!!!! You were right to stick to your guns on this one, and I really hope that the lady concerned sees the error of her ways.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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    You definitely did the right thing, Mikey!! I usually try not to pay for patterns if I can find one for free, but there is no way around that sometimes. If there is a pattern that you really love, pay for it. Don’t expect someone to risk their reputation & possible lawsuit for taking the pattern & do a “little” adjustment just to say it isn’t the same!! I can’t believe she expected you to pay for it & spend all that time (especially since you have a ton on your plate). Another question in my mind is how is she able to afford the yarn to make the pattern if she can’t even afford the 0.99 cents to purchase the pattern???

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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    I live on a very restricted, fixed income and I know how it is to really want to make something that you can’t afford. I’ve learned to pick and choose my projects and save my pennies for those special patterns and beautiful yarns. You did the very right thing, however I would have done it sooner rather than later. The “ban” button would have been instituted the moment she wanted you to steal someone elses work.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm
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    Lol make her pay the 99 cents. What is that, the price of a soda…… How about the cost of the yarn to make it? Is she going into michaels to get the yarn for free?
    It the same thing in the art world of digital images where one person buys them and photocopies for others AFTER agreeing that they won’t do it.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    I agree with the majority of the group here. #1: the cost of the device (PC, Laptop, Tablet, etc..) that the crocheter used???. #2: The use of the device (ei. internet $ cost $$) to contact you. #3: the cost of yarn $$$!!?!?! for a .99 cents pattern?? #4: the waste of your time having to deal with an ungrateful person ( time is Money $$$).
    I would like to take this time to tell you THANK YOU! for ALL of the things you do.

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    Send her an e-bill for your time she wasted trying to convince you to help her spare a dollar. Then send her a pattern without a picture and when she completes it, she will have a donkey or a pig.

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      Lol……..e-bill, I like that!!!!!!

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    I was laughing reading this—I have found patterns that I thought I might want to make but rejected the purchase just because I couldn’t say for sure that I was possitively going to make the pattern. This person is way off base!! Mikey was asked to do something illegal! NOW to the woman: I am sure you can find something almost like it on one of the ‘free’ sights….oh, and how can you purchase yarn (?) if 99 cents is taking food off the table? Get a life!!

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      Let’s take up a collection!

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        Mikey, I would have told in a most kind way…..I’m so sorry but NO…I cannot help you. END of story…don’t even discuss it with her. END it…as kindly as possible as that!

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      Good for you, Mikey! I’m glad you have principles and stick with them.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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    She sounds like a nut job. I wouldn’t even bother trying to reason with her. She’s the one who out looking for her lunch. 😉

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    According to her, the world revolves around her. You’ll never get her to change her mind.

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    Ban her is what I would do. You did the right thing. People like her are indeed infuriating but, unfortunately, more common than we’d like. Anyone willing to steal a pattern, or ask for you to steal the pattern, is not an ethical person. Eventually that side of her will turn on you, as you saw when you didn’t heed her demands. She is either incredibly sociopathic or ill, either way not someone who will lift you up. My question is: how does someone steal something to make something with? You spend sooo much time creating, how can you enjoy your creation when it was ill-gotten? I ran a scrapbook/mixed media store years ago and people stole not only ideas but actual product. Then they go home and put their precious family memories on stolen product..how can that feel good? There is no room for that kind of toxicity in any art.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    I think you’ve got enough supportive comments on here to know you are spot on and that lady is so ridiculously rude and inappropriate that I can’t even fathom anyone fully supporting her actions, but I still wanted to add my thank you for this post. I think you’re 100% right about a lot of people thinking designers can easily just sell a bunch of patterns and make a lot of money off of it. . . because that’s what I thought before I started trying to sell patterns myself. My husband is about to start medical school and I was looking for a way to make money to help out our family while I’m home taking care of my two toddlers and I thought maybe pattern sales would be an easy solution. It is definitely not easy to put out a quality pattern. . . . especially one that is still unique in our digital world where you can access hundreds of thousands of patterns with a click of the button. And you’re right that unless you hit the jackpot with a design, patterns usually don’t sell very well. I think it’s wonderful that people do offer patterns for free and it’s awesome for those who can do that and have figured out a way to still make money off of that way of doing things through blogs and what not. I am still content because I figure during the life of each pattern I come out with I should be able to make enough to cover all the work I’ve put into it (and one of my patterns was actually a hit so in less than a year I felt I had already made enough to cover all the hours I put into it), but it is insulting when people think they should govern how much your pattern is worth (what your time and hard work is worth) when they don’t even know what goes into it and then to try and steal (in essence) that pattern when they can’t get it for free is just absurd. Maybe the person selling the pattern is having a hard time making rent themselves…you never know.

    Does this lady also think it’s ok to steal movies and cds? I mean musicians and movie stars can also make their movie or cd and then just sit back and let the money roll in (which for some is more money than they could probably ever use…which would never happen to a crochet pattern designer), yet it will never be ok to steal something like that either.

    Thanks again for bringing this to people’s attention. I think this lady’s thinking might be shared, to a lesser degree hopefully, by more people than we realize and hopefully your post will help people to better understand what is appropriate, ethical and respectful when it comes to patterns and their designers.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    Mike, you absolutely did the right thing. Stealing the pattern for her – in any way – would be wrong. And it is not wrong for the designer to charge for his/her patterns! I can’t even begin to imagine being able to design a pattern, so I buy patterns, or use free ones. Sometimes I make changes to a pattern – adding a border, etc and just doing that stresses me out in terms of figuring it out and then remembering to do it!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    Probably what makes me the most sad about this whole situation, is that someone is blatantly asking you to steal. It is no different than asking you to walk into a store and take a gallon of milk for them because they don’t want to pay for it. No one in their right mind would ask you to do that, but put it in the context of a pattern and suddenly it’s okay.
    Stealing is stealing, and manipulation is manipulation, no matter what the situation. I think you did the right thing. Thanks for standing up for what is right even though it cost you a lot of time and energy to deal with the negativity. The more people who do right, the better the crafting community will be.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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    Bang on, We’ll done Mikey.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm
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    Wow!!!! People are really weird Mikey, If someone can’t afford 99 cents for a pattern, she shouldn’t even think about getting it for free. I would be embarrassed to ask you to figure out the pattern so I could get it for free. You give out enough patterns for us to make, and you work hard enough without doing something like trying to figure out a pattern so she doesn’t have to pay 99 cents. Some people just don’t appreciate what other people do for them.The whole thing doesn’t make sense to me. I’m glad you stuck to your guns. Thanking you and the other people that help keep the crochet crowd on the internet. I love looking at all the photo’s and free patterns that you put on the internet.

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    So sorry MIKEY, I typed Micky :~(

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    You were very, very kind and patient from the way you tell the story. I was wondering if the person cannot afford $.99 for a pattern, how can she afford the yarn to make it. There are so many free patterns out there too. So if she is so determined to copy this pattern, let her do it herself. Besides, if she uses the pattern more than once, it costs less per use. I think someone is just a cranky person and there’s nothing to be done to make her happy.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    You did right Micky! I don’t know but I donate to your website because of all the time and effort you put in for us. I have cancer and disabled and on limited income. Because of you and your friends I am able to send someone to buy my yarn,(when on sale) and do all the creative things you teach us….I appreciate what you do for us hookers and will continue to donate to your site and buy and pattern I really like. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR TEAM!
    U did right…..

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    I totally agree with you but I have a REALLY silly question..if she can’t afford the 99 cents for the pattern, how was she going to afford the yarn ? DUH Rude and obnoxious, she was..three cheers for you for sticking to you morals !!!

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    I agree with Mikey!

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    I don’t blame you one bit. I love, LOVE to crochet and have made my own patterns. I hate to say it but if that person can barely pay rent, they can also not afford the yarn needed to make the project. I dont know where you get your yarn or she gets hers. When I am strapped I dont get yarn for a project because you can’t get a skein for less than $2 even on the clearance rack. And you can’t do many projects for less than 2-4 skeins easily. I’m sorry but if she can afford the yarn for the project she can afford .99 for the pattern.

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    Mikey you did the right thing. It is not morally right to steal others’ intellectual property. For those on a budget, there are so many free patterns on the net, so many wonderful patterns, there is no need to obsess about one we can’t afford. You are not responsible for her financial condition, whatever it may be. I bet if you had caved, there would have been endless demands in future. Glad you stuck to your own moral sense.

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    While reading this my thought was if she could not pay 99 cents for a pattern how is she going to pay for the yarn to make that pattern. I am on a fixed income as well and I never presume to get something for free, if I do it is a bonus that is appreciated. If I cannot pay for a pattern then I don’t get it nor do I try to manipulate others to do the wrong thing to serve my own purposes. Good for you Mike for sticking with your principles.

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    I love that you posted this. I’m not sure that everyone “gets it” on just how much time and effort goes into design, pattern writing, and then production (testing, more testing, then photographing it). That’s not including the time that they take out of their day to then post that pattern and wait patiently (or on pins and needles) with the hopes that their hard work pays off with others who like the pattern as well and are willing to pay a courtesy fee. When I first started crocheting I went for free patterns. I know what it’s like to budget (and I’m pretty sure that from the comments already posted here that that this is a fair consensus of crafters – we want it, we budget for it!). I also know the desire when you find something you REALLY want to make but find that the designer is asking for up to $5 for a single pattern. But there are things you can do… 1. Save the money and then buy it. OR 2. Find something similar that IS free.

    Honestly, she sounds pretty egotistical. It’s about how she can’t afford it… or about how you should do (fill in the blank) for her. I’m especially exacerbated by the fact that you offer links to SO MANY incredible free patterns through the Crowd that she had the audacity to ask you to make a pattern FOR HER. I can only imagine the look on her face when you said “no.” I’m very pleased (and giggled out loud) when I read that you showed her how you use the “Ban” button. Kuddos for sticking to your ethical boundaries. That is (among other things) what makes you so awesome!

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    Mikey…you did the right thing. For a designer to ask only $.99 is pretty cheap compared to some patterns that I have seen. If you can’t afford to buy it, find another pattern! The designer is trying to make a living and trying to meet their rent and buy food and support their families just like her! Let her be pissed off at you, we all love and support you!

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    You’ve heard it from lots of people already–but banning her was the best thing to do. NOBODY has the right to steal, or expect someone else to steal for them yet. And nobody should have to be treated so rudely on top of it!

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    The outraged ‘fan’ has problems that go much deeper than being short on money. She needs psyciatric help – I’m not kidding. The 99 cent pattern may be the way she’s choosing to express her anger, but I’m betting it’s not the actual source of it. Probably the real problem is something she just can’t deal with directly so she expresses anger inappropriately. Obviously you don’t owe her a pattern, but please don’t let yourself mirror her outrage.

    I wonder if her money problems are due to a divorce, or job loss, or something of that nature.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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    My dear man. I think you have the patience of an angel to answer this woman at all! I would love to know how she gets her yarn!

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      Wow Mikey Im with you…..after reading that fewh…..why doesn’t she just make something else and sell it and then she will have her 99c to pay for the pattern…..if it were me thats what i would do……how is she going to buy the yarn if she can’t pay for the pattern?…..cheeky woman..!

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    Mikey, don’t waste your energy on this woman – even the energy it takes to be mad. She is so typical of a growing number of people these days that think they are entitled to steal other peoples’s time, talent, ideas, resources, etc. and it IS stealing – for the pattern designer and from you. For some unfathomable reason, she feels that you owe her! She thinks that EVERYONE owes her! Like I said, don’t waste your energy on this person’s ridiculousness!

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    Kudos to you! I agree, in the long run would have been a burden on someone but her. My question
    Is if she can’t afford .99 how can she get the yard to make it, that would positively cost quite a bit more. It really irks me when those on a limited income use that to get free stuff that isn’t a necessity!

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    I agree with you. You also did more than necessary. ..a first answer regarding copy right laws would have been enough. My opinion on “fixed” income is if you can’t afford your bills, you certainly shouldn’t be buying luxury items. I see this a lot. People on government aid (which pays almost nothing) buying expensive clothes, cars, smoking, drinking, getting tattoos, vacationing, buying yarn, etc….I’m not against people getting aid when they need it. I’ve been there and worked my buttons off to be where I am today. When I was in need, I wasn’t crocheting much.

    This lady has a lot if issues going on. …clearly some psychiatric. Don’t sweat it. My advise is in the future, place a copy right clause on your website. If you get another request like that, send them a polite rejection and the copy right law. If they persist (or this lady continues to harass you in any way) turn it over to authorities.

    I love your work and shared passion for such a beautiful talent. Keep being you and be at peace, you’ve done what was ethical, legally, and morally right. Many snaps to you.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    The woman is obviously out of touch with reality. I’d just ignore her.

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    Let’s see, she crochets, so she has at least one hook ($). She then would need yarn to use her hook with ($$). Apparently she has a computer to fuss at Mikey on ($$$$$). And she is going to quibble over $.99 cents for a pattern??????? Give me a break. Mikey, you did right to kick this nut job to the curb.

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    If she can’t afford 99 cents for a pattern, then how can she afford the yarn to make a project?

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    wowsers!!!! that’s just insanely rude on your “fans” part. I’m lucky enough to test for a number of respected designers that sell patterns, so I know a little about the hard work that goes into them, 99c is a bargain!!! Lots of us are on limited incomes! Keep Calm & have a cocktail, good for you for having ethics! 🙂

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    While reading this my thought was if she could not pay 99 cents for a pattern how is she going to pay for the yarn to make that pattern. I am on a fixed income as well and I never presume to get something for free, if I do it is a bonus that is appreciated. If I cannot pay for a pattern then I don’t get it nor do I try to manipulate others to do the wrong thing to serve my own purposes. Good for you Mike for sticking with your principles.

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    I am on disability but even I can afford a dollar here & there for a pattern if I want it bad enough. I sell a few of my crafts but most end up as gifts. I think you did the right thing! Too many times people feel entitled yet never stop to think what it costs the other person. Life isn’t always sunshine & daisies.

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    Honestly! What is wrong with people?! I’m at a loss for words.
    You did the right thing for sure.

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    I think you handled it well! Some people just suck, no “ifs, ands, or buts” about it. Also, my question would be, if she can’t afford 99 cents for the pattern because of her income, where is she getting all her other supplies from? Yarn can be expensive!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    I would of done the same thing. As a Christian I feel the need to pray for her. She has nerve for sure. Don’t let it bother you though. Take a deep breath and go on. God has blessed you with all your talent and you pass it on to all of us. I know I couldn’t do all that you do. Hang in there and enjoy your weekend!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    Mikey, I am really lost for words when someone can be this immoral to ask you to steal someone’s pattern then require you to take the time to do all that work for her. Yes you have a right to be outraged but keep your cool for there are fair more out here that will be on your side. And to tell someone to go to ____ because of 99cents is heartless to say the less!! Keep up the good work!! You are awesome as always

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    I deal with this all the time. I am an dimensional hand embroidery pattern designer. The buyer gets the pattern screen printed on fabric and the directions on how to do the stitches to make the elements of the design. They will buy one pattern and 20 blanks of fabric to match the size. They buy 21 thread packets to go with it. Sooooooooooooo I know that they are copying the screen printed fabric and also using the copy machine for the 20 more sets of directions. Unless I want to fly and spend $$$$$$$$$$ to prove the infringement, there is little I can do to prove that that is what is being done. I have a “Copyright” statement that I send with orders like that. I get VERY nasty letters back from those people because (“they protest to much”). we are in an age that still thinks it is ok to pass around a pattern or just make a copy and give it to someone. That is the way our ancestors did it “in the olden days” but we are in the 21st century and we need to make a little bit of cash for all our time and our experience. They forget that 20 designs that they rip off is anywhere between $200 – $400 that I don’t have that sure would have been nice to spend on my cruise with Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm
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    I think you did just fine Mikey. I do not have much money either, but do not expect a free lunch. Sometimes there are people that just are convinced they should get something for nothing. You really were very patient with this person, probably should not have been so very nice.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm
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    If I had the money, I would buy patterns, but since I don’t I don’t think it’s right for people to ask other people to a) STEAL the pattern (ie figure it out, alter it and therefore get to use it for free) b) ask that you use YOUR time and energy and figure it out for them. c) BUY the pattern when they can’t. and this person sounds like they did more than just ask, they DEMANDED it of you. People work hard on their patterns and deserve all the money they get for them. You work hard on what you do and are amazing and they were completely in the wrong. You did everything right and were completely gracious when you did it. Don’t allow them anywhere near you again. You don’t need that kind of negativity. You. Are. AMAZING. Keep doing what you do.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    Just because you are poor and on a fixed income doesn’t mean you have to be cranky and hateful because you didn’t get your way! You did the right thing. If anyone is going to spend eternity in hell, it will be her unless she changes her ways. I’m on a fixed income now and just bought a pattern for $4.79 (it was originally $7 but I got a discount)! But I’m a pattern junkie and a hooker, so my priorities are skewed! LOL

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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    I’m on a limited income too, but 99 cents isn’t that big a deal! If I REALLY have to have the pattern, that’s a very low price. If you have to order from places like Mary Maxim or one of those places, you can pay $9-10 for a pattern. If I didn’t have the money when I wanted the pattern, I’d write down everything and get it when I got paid the following month. Mikey, you time is worth MUCH MORE than 99 cents! You were absolutely right to refuse to cower to this person’s demands!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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    If she cannot afford her rent then she needs to not be buying yarn. She is probably a scam artist. We have many like that in cross stitch. They tell sob stories to get people to send them things. They have a group called tricky traders on Yahoo to report these people and group leaders know names and also alias’ . I last a couple times doing things for someone who wound up strapping from me. Love the repeats button.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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    How rude and obnoxious! Copyright infringement is an issue in all sorts of areas and asking someone to do that on your behalf is asking for them to break the law for you. Sadly so many people have a big sense of entitlement these days, expecting to be handed on a plate what the rest of us have to work hard for. If she can afford yarn then she could surely afford such a small sum for a pattern, or of course she could do it the old-fashioned way and save for it like the rest of us do!

    I’ve happily paid much more for a design I really like and like you said, only a percentage of that is profit. You need to sell a huge number in order to recoup the time and effort required to develop a pattern, so 99¢ is a steal!

    Wanting something doesn’t entitle you to it no matter how badly you want or deserve it. Welcome to the real world lady!

    Good for you Mikey for being a man with principles!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    I was thinking the same thing as pr46ct. This person is truly a nut case. You did more then I would have done for her.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm
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    I am income challenged also, I have cancer and my disability does not go far…I feel you were completely correct in doing that Mikey! That was completely wrong of her to even ask that! I love free patterns but I also will pay for patterns.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm
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    I would do exactly the same thing you did, maybe not quite as nice, but the end result would be the same.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    I would have done the exact same thing! I, too, am on a fixed income. I only go to patterns that are “free.”
    Takes all kinds of people to make this troubled world go round. Very rude, indeed.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    I understand both sides to the story … however for her to continue to hark on the issue is uncalled for … if she crochets then she is spending tons on yarn and things to do so… a buck is nothing comparatively… I am also on a budget but I also work hard at getting my money and understand it is hard to keep going … With all that said, if she can not find a free pattern that is close to what she wants then isn’t worth a buck to get the pattern. just don’t buy the yarn till next month. this is what I did when I asked for help with a pattern. I just find another way… not bug the heck out of someone to get what I want this is childish and does not work it just pisses people off that can help you later on….

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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    You did the right thing. I think .99 is a great price for
    a pattern. Since I lack any skill for designing and making patterns I am happy to pay when necessary And if the designer us making oodles of cash from it hooray for her/him! They did the work and shoud be able to benefit from it

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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    Mikey is bang on!!! And she needs to go sit down somewhere and stop trying to be manipulative. And if she can’t afford 99 cent, she does not need to be making anything, because supplies and time cost money.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    I agree with you, Mikey. I’m on a limited income too & love to crochet. I get a monthly check which I take out $10 each month to spend on patterns. If I don’t have the money at the time, I write down the name of the pattern & get it later. I love free patterns but if I have to buy one I like, I will. Everything in life (or crocheting) is not always free. I love being a “Happy Hooker”. Keep up the good work, Mikey, Diva Dan & Cathy.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    I applaud you, Mikey for sticking to your morals. It takes a lot of work to develop and write a pattern and it is heartbreaking when someone comes along and claims it as their own. There are so many patterns out there that it’s not hard to find something similar for free.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    I think you did the right thing, Mikey. I too am struggling to make ends meet, and if I find a pattern I like, but can’t afford, I save it till later. I would have banned her too, she sounded very rude, and it’s a shame that one of our crowd would go to such extremes that she would USE you like that over a whole 99 cents!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    Being poor does not give u the right to be an asshole or try to rip people off…..when i was broke and could barley pay my rent the last thing i was doing was looking at patterns on etsy….as a matter-o-fact i let my internet get shut off and picked up extra shifts at work…..If she can put in that much effort into trying to rip people off she can put it into making some money to buy patterns …..smdh

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm
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    Can you say narcissist! Mikey is bang on.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm
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    You did the right thing by telling her what you did. Some people are really unrealistic about right or wrong. Really, if she can’t afford a $.99 cent pattern how can she afford to buy the yarn for the project. Or does she expect you to buy that also? You bend over backward to do all those video for us to help us understand how to do the different patterns. I for one appreciate everything you do for us. Please don’t worry about people like her. Keep on doing what you do Micky. We love you for it.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm
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    You did the right thing. While we can all feel sympathy for her situation, she went way over the top of what is common sense and moral. I think you were spot on and very appropriate!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    Perfect answer. The nerve to ask you to steal for her. She needs to be on everyone’s prayer list.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    Wow just wow! Firstly there are a lot of folks who live on a fixed income. To me .99 p is a good deal. Maybe the designer has to include what she makes from her patterns with her family income to help make ends meet. Sometimes peoples arrogance and selfish attitudes scare me 🙁

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    Damn that women has a lot of nerve to demand that you do something like that for her. As someone who has made pattern for other crafts I totally agree with you for banning her. Doesn’t she realize you have to get permission to make all the videos you do about the patterns that you show. Also sounds like she might having been trying to set you up to see if you do copyright infringement. Stick to what you are doing and ban the crazies. We love all the hard work you do.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    I’m also on a fixed income (who isn’t). But really a dollar give me a break. I’ve paid much more for a pattern that I ended up not being able to use. It happens. Give the world a break. You did the right thing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    I’m on a very fixed income myself but if I really really want a pattern and cant find a free one that comes close to exactly what I want, I’ll skip a few items on my shopping list that really aren’t all that necessary and pay for the pattern!
    To be honest $0.99 isn’t really all that much for a good quality pattern that pay for ONCE and can use for the rest of your life! For my Christmas presents this past year I paid $5.00 for a really nice slipper pattern and I made 4+ pairs so my money was well spent.
    For someone to claim “poverty” and expect someone else to pay their way or do all the work for them is just appalling.
    Good for you Mikey in not allowing this “person” to bully you!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    I would have done exactly what you did. I’m on a limited income, but there’s no way I’d steal someone else’s creativity. In my opinion 99 cents for a complex pattern is a steal. If she wants it so bad, then save up her pennies and get it. You did the right thing. As a writer I’ve had my work plagiarized, and believe me it is upsetting. A lot of hard work goes into creating patterns. I’ve tried and failed miserably. Not only that, but beside the moral part of asking you to steal for her, what about YOUR time? I’m sure your time is worth much more than 99 cents. I’m glad you stood up to her Mikey. People like that just make me sick. Thank goodness for the “ban” button!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    Ridiculous!! I bought a pattern and noticed a comment someone had left saying it was too much. I LOVED the pattern and felt like it was a bargain (the pattern includes blankets and 12 gorgeous appliques) so I commented as much. I was immediately accused of being a phony profile from the pattern author and talked about in a derogatory way. So upsetting! And the person being abusive was a Ravelry “staffer”. I am in awe of the talent of pattern writers and so thankful that they are willing to share their talent for such a small price!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    Earth to her! I would have banned her first, then fumed over it, then went back to respond and “unload” what I really thought, then banned her again, then still been po’d. You showed remarkable restraint. Good points have been made on “how does she pay for yarn if she’s so broke”, I’d add paying for internet access and a computer to that list as I doubt she’s sitting at a library or internet café, and what about all the free patterns that are out there – allfreecrochet etc. She’s an opportunistic freeloader – there seems to be a lot of those!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    You are right ,but I don’t think I would have given her that much explanation. A ” I’m sorry about your situation but I can not do that.” Is all she would get from me. Remember, you don’t have to please everyone.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    Mikey you were totally right to refuse to do what that woman wanted….and she had a rotten cheek to ask you to do such a thing….good for you for standing up to her and banning her. xxx

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    Well all I can say is the woman is so off the wall. Maybe she should take her money and buy a few cigarettes in Colorado…needs to chill real bad. I was a proof reader of patterns at one time Mikey, and you would absolutely not believe how many of my so called friends and acquaintances thought it would hurt nothing at all for me to copy those patterns and pass them out. Good job by you…keep hitting the button.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    Since when did you become her slave. And of course you need to say no. Anything else is legally and morally wrong. If it was me, she would be blocked from the group.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    Some pple are so darn lame and cheap to the core . What a freak! Mikey your logic is good and I believe you set her back in her rightous place where she belongs. Good show!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    You are absolutely right, Mikey. I’ve known people like that and it is nearly impossible to get them to understand that this is stealing. I am one of those designers who has a pattern on Ravelry for sale (most of my patterns are free) and in the 4+ years it’s been up I only had 1 sale. When a pattern is for sale, you buy it and reward the designer for their hard work and talent. ‘Nuff said!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    I recently just saw something similar in a Facebook group, a girl asked everyone to figure out the stitches for her because she “would not be spending $5 on ONE pattern”, ugh! And I have had a lady tell me “once I buy your pattern I can do whatever I want with it, I can give it to 100 people if I choose”…absolutely, but your ripping me off & taking money away from my family! It takes hours to create a pattern, photograph the item, edit the photos, and so much work goes into typing up a nice, neat, easy-to-follow pattern and getting that tested & edited, but I do it for two reasons: I LOVE to crochet/design & to help provide an income for my family! Bottom line, it starts with having respect for people! $5 for the 20+ hours of work done so I can make one too? Worth it!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    I rarely pay for patterns, I have lots of books from when I first learned to crochet. And if its something I really, really want I will do a search for a free one. You did the right thing !! Why should you have to go thru a mess like that? You have tons of tutorials and blogs and stuff that are free… enough is enough… she’s on the internet – she cant be that broke.. sorry if I sound crude also, but Im on your side!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    I applaud you for your resolve, I understand sellers don’t need bad reviews but this girl was seriously in the wrong. Well done you for finally exercising the ban button!,,

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    I’m glad that you are taking the high road. If she can’t afford 99 cents to purchase a pattern, how can she afford the yarn to make the item?

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    If she really is short on cash, so short that she can’t afford 99 cents, what the heck is she doing crocheting instead of working????. Mickey don’t feel bad, she is trying to use and abuse you with the guilt trip.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm
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    As long as you deal with people, it’s with the good and the bad. Since you know what “button’ to use, you have a safety net. Some are so selfish and have this attitude of entitlement, that their needs come first. You are doing your best and you know how to handle these situations. Thank you again for your patience and sharing your knowledge. I emphasize with your frustration and disappointment with some people’s behavior. Take care and be blessed.

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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    How rude! How can people, low income or not, feel that anyone owes them anything? If she can’t afford the $0.99 for the pattern how can she afford the yarn? I do understand being so strapped that you really can’t justify spending even a penny on nonessentials….there are so many free patterns out there why fret over one you can not buy. So silly. I think she needs anger management classes….lol. Not the type of attitude we need hanging around the crochet crowd. ..that’s for sure

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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    Mikey, you were completely in the right! My opinion: I’ve spent A LOT more than 99 cents on patterns…and I can’t even READ patterns! I’m hoping one day I will…so video’s are for me! I hoard yarn and written patterns. I write out the pattern as I go along in videos…not to resell AT ALL – It’s for future reference for myself…especially if the pattern calls for a continuation of things and I stop and pick it up at a later time! 99 cents for me is nothing, but if you can’t afford 99 cents for whatever reason, especially for a crochet pattern, that would make me think it would be more of a WANT and not a NEED! As you know, you can’t please everyone! I think you’re a fantastic person, let alone an awesome instructor/educator in the art & craft of crochet. You keep rock’n it!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    If you can’t afford rent, you definitely can’t afford the Internet, so she’s not that hard off yet. Plus, she still needs money for yarn. You dealt with her much better than I would have!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    Mikey is 100% RIGHT! I could hardly believe the gall of this person! Ban buttons away!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    Why did she drag you into this? Even if it was a pattern that you featured, it’s none of your business if the person charges for the pattern or not. You should have given her a quote for your time for deconstructing the pattern for her. Would be much more than 99 cents! So sad, she got so riled up over 1 pattern, hope she doesn’t live her whole life like this.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    seems to me that if she cant afford the pattern – then she certainly cant afford the yarn to MAKE the pattern.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    By the end of that fiasco I would probably have suggested she go back on her meds and get back to me in a month when she’s thinking clearly.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    I probably would have told her to get a job. You were absolutely right in everything you did!! I deal with the public everyday in my job and everyone wants something for nothing. Not because they earned it, need it, but just want it. I don’t mind paying for a pattern in a heartbeat. I enjoy the free ones too. But to expect you to put your career on the line for her a free pattern……….poooo!! I love everything you do and appreciate every ounce of it!!

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      I agree 100%

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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    Mikey..You’re Bang On…she’s a crackpot…& needs to get another hobby!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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    SMH. There are so many free patterns, libraries, friends with patterns etc. I don’t know how anyone makes money. This woman was way off and I am sorry that you are treated that way. if it were in person it would be abusive. To ask a stranger to steal for you or to work for free is unbelievable. Just because you are in the public eye does not make you our friend, and I would wager she would not talk to a friend of hers that way. Again I can only SHM and feel bad that people treat others that way.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    I don’t think twice about purchasing pattern I want. They tend to be quite intricate and something I love. It is WELL WORTH the cost to me so I do not have to ‘figure it out’! The flip side is that I am INFURIATED with purchased patterns that leave it to me to figure out the contact points!!! If I purchase it, I expect it to already be worked out for me!!! (Rant from a recent experience – project is still unfinished. Have to wait until my blood pressure comes down from that one before I spend the hours necessary to ‘figure it out’! AND will be VERY cautious in purchasing patterns from that source in the future.)

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    Well I for one would want to know if she can’t afford
    .99 for a pattern how does she afford yarn. For
    Some projects it can get pricey. I dunno but I for one
    Applaud your consistency and fairness in this group

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    Oh Mikey, you should have accommodated that poor lady. You figure out how much time it will take you to figure out the pattern, make the changes that are needed so it is not an infringement on the original but still looks close to it. The cost of your time to do this at no less than $20.00 per hour, send her the bill and tell her you will send her the pattern when the cheque clears with a delivery date of six to eight weeks. Oh since postage just went up make sure you figure that into the equation too. And wait for her reply. Good luck.
    (p.s. you did the right thing and do not think you didnt).

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      Cookie, that was my thought. Sure take the pattern, but hey I’m going to charge you at least $20 to figure it out. Pfffft…no way!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    I think the saddest part of this is that this women thought her behavior was acceptable and that her treatment of you was acceptable. I for one am counting my blessings that I do not have her as a family member or neighbor.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    I love your response. It’s perfect. Some people just live to be mean and spiteful. Limited income or not, a dollar is nothing to spend on a pattern. I paid $3 or $5 for a single hat pattern once. It’s not worth the stress to deal with people who won’t be pleased anyway.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    Oh, good grief, Mikey!! In my opinion, this woman’s issues are huge. I feel sorry for anyone who is so rude and bitter. Their lives must be miserable. You did exactly right, or, you might be allowing her to get to you a little too much!
    There are thousands of patterns out there that wonderful crocheters put out for free. If she doesn’t want to pay, she has a treasure trove of free ones to chose from. She has no right to demand anything from you. Thanks for all you do, and for being YOU! 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    I don’t believe some people always trying to get something for free. I am sure the person who envisioned the item, wrote and tested the pattern deserves something for her valuable time. I am always so thankful to those people who give their patterns away for free. They are amazing to me and I thank my lucky stars they are out there to make crocheting a little more affordable.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm
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    omg…she should be ashamed…banned is exactly what you HAVE to do to people with no scruples…or whatever it takes to ask such absurd favors. Love your work, your site, and glad you ‘guard’ us from such crazy! (i.e. ‘regard’ your fans to protect us from the crazies) 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm
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    Wat to stand your ground and for sticking up for the designer! Good work!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    This person is completely unbalanced. I have absolutely no patience for nut jobs. ‘Nough said.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    Good for you for standing up for what is right!
    I think you did right by banning her! Some people have no concept of what it takes to design a pattern, write it out, get it tested and then pay a web site to sell it. I have often thought when looking at a pattern, I could do that on my own, but then I usually just buy the pattern because it is a lot faster and easier to use a pattern instead of trying to figure it out on my own.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    You’re exactly correct, Mikey, and that’s why so many follow you. You already “give” by producing the awesome videos for instructing all of us, helping us, with patterns and stitches. Some people will moan and cry and attempt to make you feel bad because they “cannot afford” a pattern or, for that matter, other things. We’re with ya, big guy! You did the right thing and no one can take that away from you!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    What a cheek??? I can not believe that someone could be that selfish. I’m just happy that there are people want to share their patterns.

    I would like you to know that I appreciate all your hard work and tutorials. I’ve learnt so much because of the crochet crowd. It is wrong for someone to expect you to rip of someone’s design, it is unfair.

    Well done Michael for having such a moral attitude. There are many of us that are very grateful for your help and tuition. Well done for hitting that BAN button too. Hope you do not feel to stressed after the incident.

    Lorraine x

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    If you cannot pay for it, you cannot have it, Its that simple.

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      Well said, fully agree.

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      Exactly! There’s so many free patterns out there, why begrudge someone their 99 cents?

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      exactly

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    Honestly? If she can’t afford the 99 cents for the pattern…how is she going to afford the cost of the yarn to make it? Even one skein of yarn costs way more than that! If she really wants the pattern and thinks she should get it for free then she should try to contact the creator of the pattern and tell them her sob story…and if THEY decide to give it to her for free…then that is okay…otherwise she is just stealing from them…or, in this case, asking you to help her steal from them!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    I think you are totally in the right and you are well rid of this rude, obnoxious person. I’m afraid things like this will just continue to get worse and worse because there are so many out there that do feel that we all “owe” them because they have always been given whatever they want or need free. Aren’t most of us on a limited income in one way or another? Don’t we all hoard our pennies so we can buy a pattern we really, really want or yarn? How many of us are limited to using some of the cheaper yarns because we can’t afford that beautiful hand dyed and spun yarn in our local yarn shops?

    I have tried my hand at pattern writing and in a small degree designing. Holy Cow! .99 is a major bargain considering the time and effort this designer probably put in to get the pattern written out so it’s easy to read and doesn’t have any mistakes. This woman really thinks the designer sells 1000s of copies of this pattern? Wow, talk about not living in reality. The designer might sell a couple copies a month if she’s lucky.

    You really are well rid of her Mikey and good for you for sticking to your guns and not enabling the witch.

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      It is true but sad that there is a minority that think it should be free. I have always giving thanks to designers of patterns, if they have web pages or facebook ones, I will post a picture of what I have made and give thanks to them for providing a free tutorial.

      I browse the yarn stores and sometimes I’m a little extravagant, but unless it is a special garment I am making I try to use a good quality cheaper alternative.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    It amazes me how people have little regard for others. To me if she was unable to afford the 99 cents for the pattern how in the world would she be able to afford the yarn that the pattern requires. From the actions she was asking you to take she apparently thought your time was worth less than 99 cents. Unbelievable! You made the right choice. Honestly, no matter what choice you made she probably wouldn’t have been happy with either. I hope your trousers are untwisted. It’s a shame that a person who is being unrealistic gets under a person’s skin. It happens to the best of us. 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    So sorry you even have to deal with people like this! As I’m reading this I’m already thinking, ” Lady, if you can’t afford 99 cents how can you afford yarn? Even if it’s true that she’s on a fixed income, that doesn’t give her the right to act as she did toward having to pay for the work somebody did then asking you to do something unethical, and probably illegal. You are right to be outraged just don’t dwell on it too long, it’s her loss not yours. (Assuming the ban you mentioned :)) I love your work and you have blessed me hugely because I stopped crocheting for years until I discovered your page, now, I make all kinds of things simply because you inspired me! THANK YOU!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    You are absolutely right, bless your heart. The price was nothing given the creativity involved. Now I want the pattern! (and I’m willing to pay for it)

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    Way TO Go. The other person is soooo way out of line. Glad you stood your ground. She will be the one to spend an eternity in Hell. Not you !

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    Mikey, BANG ON!!! You and Diva Dan are amazing people and give so much to the crowd. Don’t let this person get to you!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    I would have told her to take a long walk off a short plank. Nothing is free honey. I’ve paid $5 for a pattern and it didn’t bother me to do it. Some people!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    She is unwilling to pay for the pattern because she has limited income…”can barely afford to pay rent or eat”… so my first question is …how is she paying for yarn?
    I am also on a fixed income. Sometimes I struggle with making ends meet. So I don’t always have the money to buy the things I want …right when I want them. So I save up bits of change from here and there Until I can.
    Mikey, there is nothing you are missing. That person was not a fan; she was a leech and we are a better crowd without her. Next time, ( If there ever is a next time) just say no then hit the Ban button if there is even a hint if a “but…” in response.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    If she couldn’t afford the 99 cents for the pattern, how could she afford the yarn to make it? Or were you supposed to buy that for her, too?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    I’m proud of you Mikey.
    If I see a pattern that I want but can’t afford, I order books from the library. You can always find something similar, and go from there.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    She can’t afford the 99 cents but can afford the yarn? What’s wrong with this picture? The pattern is well worth it if she likes it enough to want it. Unless she is also getting her yarn for free I don’t get this attitude from her. If I don’t want to pay for a pattern I look for something else. There are PLENTY of free ones. 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    You are 100% right. You dont even know her, what nerve she demands that YOU are responsible for her crafting fees. Direct her to the nearest free pattern site and forget her. Don’t let a few dumb a**es ruin what you do legally for so many of us adoring fans. Ps take a break and go do something not work related. Take a walk with dan go buy a starbucks, look at the colors around you, smile and say hi to people.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    Well, she cant be too poor if she can afford a computer and internet. You’re absolutely right in denying her. Its your integrity on the line, not hers.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    I think the woman is wrong to ask for this favor in no uncertain circumstances. Designers spend hours creating a pattern.

    I recently saw a picture of an afghan that a woman found at an antique shop. It is lovely. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern available after considerable research on my part. I’ll have to sit down with some scrap yarn to figure it out. It may take a few minutes and it may take hours and the use of my husband’s contractor 101 language book to get it done but I’ll be )&% to share it with anyone after spending the time

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    I join the crowd in agreeing with you. No pattern is worth that kind of aggravation. Money is tight for most people these days, and asking someone to do something you know is illegal for your benefit is simply wrong. And paying for it to give to her is absurd. Lots of free patterns out there, if you don’t have the cash for this pattern. Cash isn’t the only thing this woman is out of, she is also out of her mind, and sorely lacking in social graces.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm
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    You handled it very well… There are lot of people on a fixed income… She was rude and I believe crossed the line in rudeness!!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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    .99 is a great price to pay for a pattern, I have paid up to $5 for one so, I would welcome The .99 pattern! Let her stew in her own misery and move on, you are right she is wrong!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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    Mikey…I am right with you. I would rather not have to pay for a pattern (or really anything…) but if I like the pattern then I pay for it. If someone likes the picture when/if I post it and they want to know the pattern I give them the website. They can then decide if they want to pay for it. I am behind you 100%. Mikey…don’t let her bitterness distract you any further. There are just some people who have to be mad and drag the rest of us down. No worries, my friend, YOU ARE AWESOME!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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    OMG! Can you just believe some people…. I guess we can group her in with the people that want you to make something for them and not pay you for your time. Where do those people come off thinking that the world owes them. Designing patterns take a lot of time, that is why EVERYONE doesn’t design patterns. Thank goodness the majority of people. here are not like her. Chin up Mikey, you did the right thing to ban her.

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      where does she get her yarn or does she steal that to and with so many free patterns out there i’m sure she can find one very close

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    If she wanted it free then she needed to reverse design herself!! Then she would see how much work it takes and that it is much more worth paying the 99 cents for the pattern.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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    This person’s behavior is unacceptable under any circumstances, no exceptions. . It’s manipulative, rude, unethical & morally reprehensible. The price of the pattern really isn’t the issue here. It’s the “rules don’t apply to me” attitude combined with her belief that she can manipulate/coerce someone into stealing for her. Look up the definition of sociopath. (It doesn’t apply just to criminals; but everyday folks too!) Just consider that her behavior & reactions reveal more about her than you & it’s not a flattering image she reveals. I’ve read more than once that ” one’s true character is what you do when no one is watching”. Saying “no” was the appropriate thing to do. This person isn’t a fan of yours’. She’s a “user”.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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    If she can’t afford $.99 for a pattern, how can she afford the yarn to make the project?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    I totally agree with you Mikey. I’ve done crafts shows featuring my crochet and other items. It never failed at least once a show someone wanted my pattern (free, I might add) or wanted me to discount the item. I would never do that to a craft person. And wouldn’t ask you to do/buy it for me. Rude! If she wanted it that bad, put it on her gift wish list. When some asks what she wants, tell them. I do because I’m on a one salary budget. My evil twin, lol, says she’s probably sitting on a gold mine and wants something for nothing. Thanks for your page! I really enjoy it!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    You did the right thing! There is so much theft of designs out there, I actually stopped taking painting classes because of it. 99c for a pattern isn’t much to ask for, and to ask you to re-engineer SOMEONE ELSE’S pattern would put you in the same category as her. If I find a free pattern on the web I will take it and use it, but I don’t mind paying for a pattern that I want either.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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    This is so timely with something shared on Facebook today: “There are over 7 billion people on Earth and you’re going to let 1 person ruin your day? Don’t.”
    You did the right thing. She was in the wrong and followed that up with an ill-mannered tantrum. Time Out, Lady!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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    What a con artist. I am glad you stood up for your beliefs. Like many here I have a low income, but I would never stoop so low as to try and steal someone else’s pattern like that. There are plenty of free patterns online generously provided by individual crocheters (is there such a word?) and yarn suppliers. If there is a pattern you really, really want that costs money then save up for it!
    It really annoys me when people do not prioritise. Which is more important a roof over your head or the internet/phone/pattern etc? How many parents go hungry so their children can eat, and compare their sacrifice to that undeserving creature. grrr

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    I agree you did the right thing. I live on a fixed income and get help for things that I NEED. 99 pennies I can find in the bottom of my purse. You give enough of your time, which I appreciate so I. Say WTG!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    Do not reverse engineer the pattern. You are right, Mickey. It’s stealing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    You are bang on Mikey! I completely understand being on a tight budget, we lost our house and a lot of our belongings in a flood on April 20 last year. It took all of our savings and then some to get into a new home and replace most of what was lost. So now we are on a very tight budget, trying to rebuild. So I use free patterns and I pay for my yarn by trying to sell a few things here and there, but I would never dream of stealing a designers pattern or asking someone for a handout.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    Well, if she can afford to buy wool (it’s not cheap) then she can afford the pattern. What an idiot! Good on you Mikey.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    I say way to go Mikey!!! If she’s so bad off then get rid of frivolous items like internet or cell phone then she can buy lots of .99 patterns. I think its a great deal when you consider all the time and effort a person puts in to making the patterns to begin with. I’m thankful for what you share with us and I feel she should be thankful for it as well. You work hard to help us all out. So, Thank you Mikey, you’re a wonderful person and I wouldn’t have expected your response to her to be any different.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    Wow. Just wow. Some people’s sense of entitlement is unreal. Laughable really, if it weren’t so sad.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    I so agree with Mikey. We all have financial difficulties at times, and shouldn’t expect something for nothing. My theory is if you can’t afford it, you don’t need it. As someone else said if she’s on such limited funds how would she buy thread or yarn for any pattern free or otherwise?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    This woman is the worst kind. If she feels the pattern is not worth 99 cents, then why does she want it so badly? No matter how bad off you are financially, if you can afford yarn, you can afford $0.99 for a pattern. Comparably, that is a really cheap pattern as you know the amount of time and energy that goes into developing and writing a pattern, doing pictures, etc. Most patterns sell for much more. For her to make the demands of you to get her something for free it shows she has absolutely no class. If she can’t figure a reasonable facsimile of it on her own, then she needs to cough up the cash to pay for someone else’s knowledge and talent or forget it and choose another free pattern.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    I’m on an extremely low fixed income. I can barely afford cheap yarn, much less expensive patterns. But that’s OK. It doesn’t upset me. And you know why? Because of people like Mikey who share so many FREE patterns and tutorials. I can always go to Pinterest and look through the hundreds of free patterns that I have collected. I can go to the Crochet Crowd website. I can go to other free pattern sites. And let’s not forget Youtube. The options are unlimited and I am extremely grateful for that. Stop looking at the things you can’t have and look at the things you can. You’ll feel so much better!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    A lot of people today thinks the world owes them whatever they want. They are getting housing assistance, but they have a 52″ TV, the latest iPad and several of the latest iPhones in that house. Reverse engineering a pattern designed by someone else is stealing. Helping them do it is aiding and abetting. I very much appreciate those who make their patterns available to us for free. And, if I like a pattern, 99¢ is a small price to pay. Sometimes, if the price is higher, I may pay that because I think the pattern is worth that amount to me. If I feel it is not worth the price, I don’t get or use the pattern. It is that simple. No one owes me things like this. I am sure the designers don’t make a lot of money on these patterns, but even if they did, so what? They created something, and offered it to others for a price. If enough people bought it earn them oodles of cash, then they earned that. Just ignore this person, and know that you did the right thing. If the continue to harass you, out them by posting to appropriate sites and give their name and contact information!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    Bang on. Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    I think that you were right to refuse to do what she asked you to do. If she can’t afford 99 cents for a pattern then she how could she afford the yarn to make it?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    Wow Mikey I’m flabbergasted and disgusted with this individual. Why can they afford yarn and the Internet, but can not pay rent.. Things that make you go hmmmm. The question here is why does this individual feel entitled to your time and money? RUDE. Get a grip, if you like something, don’t want to pay for the pattern, there are many things to do, it takes time and determination, a lot of trial and error but it cost nothing, sometimes it’s a search, sometimes it’s combining several patterns (Frankenstein monstered) together to get the result. I don’t like paying for patterns, but that me. I’m sure if the person took that energy pestering you for the pattern I’m sure they could have come up with something themselves. Some people’s children. This person can kick rocks.

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      Those were my thoughts too. If she couldn’t pay her rent, how in the world does she have enough $$$$$ for yarn and internet.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    I would have been unable to be as polite as I’m sure you were Mikey.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    You were bang on Mikey!!!! Good for you for not allowing that woman to push you into doing something so wrong! She sounds like a bit of a bully!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    Bang on, Mikey. She was rude & VERY out of line. People always tell me that I’m so talented, with the stuff I crochet. IMHO, I am just following instructions, it is the people who make the patterns who have the real talent, and if they want a payment for their efforts, they deserve it. If you are allowed to take a photograph of a Van Gogh painting for free, does that give you the right to steal the original Van Gogh? I think not.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    I can never understand patterns ….my mother in-law is helping me but since I found you I have learned alot amd feel blessedinwhat you are teaching. Noone has a right to expect your services for no charge or expect youtp do things that are unlawful. On another point if she can not pay 99 cents for a pattern how can they afford the yarn to do the pattern! Thanks for all you do!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    I agree 100% that you did the right thing ~ BLOCK the person! If I can’t afford a pattern, I do one of two things ~ search for a similar pattern that is free or I save my PENNIES and get the pattern at a later time. By the by, if the lady could not afford the 99cent for the pattern, I wonder how she affords the yarn to make the pattern. Hmmmm……Thanks Mikey for putting up with all the foolishness some people just have to pass out to you. I think you are great!

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      I think Paula hit the nail on the head. If she couldn’t afford the 99 cents I was wondering where she was getting the yarn. I think the lady was rude and self centered as if she was the only one that mattered here. There are plenty of free patterns out there. I don’t mind paying for patterns, I do mind paying for books that have only one pattern that I like. However if I like the pattern in the book all that much I wait until I can afford it. Her money problems are not your problem at all.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    I think her not being able to afford the 99 cents is not her biggest problem.

    You did the right thing, and you shouldn’t give it another thought. It’s not worth the brain power or the gray hairs that come with the stress.

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      ” think her not being able to afford the 99 cents is not her biggest problem. ”

      Exactly!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    I am also on a fixed income and I would never ask someone to pay for a pattern for me. The only way I would ask someone else to pay for a pattern is if they would want that pattern. But, I first look through all the free patterns before I ask anyone to pay for them.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    I agree with you mikey

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    I 100% agree with you! In fact I have often purchased a pattern that I like (and could figure out given the time) as I would rather spend my time producing the item rather than using my time figuring it out!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    Un freaking believable … I certainly appreciate all the time designers put into their work and if I love a pattern, I pay for it… If this lady could not afford the 99 cents, maybe she should more properly have asked the designer for a complimentary copy of the pattern instead of actually expecting you to figure it out and then steal it for her… Just saying!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    She didn’t want to pay 99 cents??!!! Seems to me if she can’t pay her rent then shut off your internet.. 99 cent is cheap for a pattern.. But to have you copy it and send it to her, or buy it.. like you said you weren’t getting into the suing business.. Mikey you did the right thing.. She was being greedy and then when you said no she pulled the guilt trip.. Guess it takes all kinds huh..

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    What did people like that do before the internet? My only access before was buying pattern books and magazines. I am thrilled now to find a nice 99 cent pattern that doesn’t require buying a $20 book for the one single pattern that I would like to have. Mikey, you need to not feed into internet trolls like this and not even bothering to take the time to respond to such a request. There are thousands of us who love and appreciate you! Let it go for your own sake.

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      I agree completely!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm
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    I think you are right but I’ll buy it for her if she really can’t afford it. You never know what problems other folks are having. I’ll buy it for her and myself too 🙂 hope I like it lol

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm
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    You did exactly what you should of done. You go my friend!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm
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    As an Licensed Professional Counselor, I believe the woman has at least an anger problem and needs therapy. You are a people pleaser, so although you have hundreds, maybe thousands of caring fans, those few complaints really get to you. Block her for your mental health so she doesn’t bring you or anyone else down in the Crochet Crowd. You did well.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    I agree with you. Any time I buy a pattern I get the desinger’s permission to sell finished product. And when I do I give the designer credit!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    I design as well as sell finished products. It takes time, patience, and doing over and over. But it still floors me that the general concept of “crochet” should be free when that does not apply to sewing or knitting. And I still make well below poverty wages.
    you did right to say NO. Seriously, maybe you should have said okay, that will be 12 hours at $50 an hour. It will take me that long to do this job for you. Might have made her think about it.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    I agree. I only get free patterns unless it’s absolutely a got to have….like Heidi Bears Hippo. Yes, I paid like $6.99 but to me it was worth it. You are great Mikey!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    I personally think that this individual has a psychological problem. Things don’t add up. I mean she doesnt want pay for a .99 cent pattern, gets overly demanding anddd manipulative if she doesn’t get what she wants?? How on earth is she going to buy materials and yarn if she can’t even buy a .99 cent pattern??! Some people just need to get their heads fixed before going online and bugging the heck out of others.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    I would have done the same. She can not afford the pattern but the yarn to make it? Hmmm. I have bought many patterns from people who have taken the time to design something that I like. Something that I did not have the patience to make the pattern for to begin with. We all have limitations but that does not mean that we should be able to guilt people into giving us something for nothing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    Mikey is spot on as usual! I would wonder, if 99 cents wlll put that poor woman in the poorhouse, how she can afford the materials to make the pattern work for her, anyway!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    Some people have a ‘sense of entitlement’. Getting things for free becomes a full time job for them. Tons and tons of free patterns online for those that cannot afford .99 cents. Perhaps she should take the time to learn more about crochet so that she can make up her own patterns. Interesting that she can afford the yarn to do the project. Or maybe she had plans of selling finished projects 🙁 . Mikey you are ‘BANG ON” 🙂 . and we all luv ya!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    can’t afford .99 cents? seriously.. how is she going to afford the wool to make the project? ignore her.. put your energy into your projects and not on this person.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    I agree with everyone in the above remarks. This person needs an attitude adjustment. Complaining about .99, on a fixed income with internet. HELLO…here’s your sign!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    Absolutely right to refuse her the pattern, and your time to reverse engineer it also, does she really think your time is worth less than 99c or that you should pay for it because she can’t?
    I’m pretty new to crochet, so I am currently scouring the net free patterns to practice with, but if I find something I really want to make then I will pay for the pattern, just the same as I would the yarn and the hook!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    AND…. (my second less long winded post) i think Mikey needs some Tim Hortons.. STAT.. for being as nice as he was..LOL! and….. he needs a warm cookie, fresh from the oven! (if i lived closer…. you would be SOOOO spoiled and fluffy..LOL!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    I agree with you Mikey. You did the right thing. I also can understand the frustration of finding a pattern you really would love to make and seeing it costs money to buy the pattern. If I can’t afford the pattern, then I move along and find something else I like that is free. If I have the money (99 cents isn’t a lot), then I pay for the pattern and enjoy making the item. She should be ashamed of herself for making a fuss over this. She wouldn’t go to the store and tell the cashier to give her something for free? would she? People are strange…. Love The Crochet Crowd…. and you Mikey. <3

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    What makes her think that your time is only worth 99 cents? If she wants the item reverse engineered, she should do it herself!! How dare she demand that you do it?!?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Think of the time, energy and emotional drain you have put on yourself because of ONE person. ONE.
    The request was absurd from the first moment, detailed pattern or not!
    You say ” Sorry, I cannot agree to your request. This is not my pattern and I cannot copy it for you or anyone. Have a nice day.”

    Then, if rudeness follows, you use the ban button. Go on with your day and know that you were respectful and honest and not willing to accept her bad attitude.
    It really is that simple, Mikey. You make your choice. Choose respect.

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      Totally agree! Well said!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    You are right Mikey, that woman was so rude and thoughtless! I will gratefully pay for a pattern. I appreciate the talent and time they put into making the pattern. I can not write or design a pattern but can read one and make something beautiful! If you are in such financial hardship buying yarn should also be out of your reach so what good is a free or stolen pattern? Asking you to do it is so wrong!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    I agree with Mikey, what she is asking him to do is wrong. If she does not think the pattern is worth 99 cents then why does she want it so bad? I also wonder how she can afford yarn and accessories if she can not afford 99 cents, here a skein of yarn is minimum of 2.78 cents. Mikey do not let people like this get to you, you are doing the right thing, and I for one am proud of you for doing the right thing. You are a great role model, thank you!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    Right on Mikey! You did the only thing you could do morally speaking. Why do people think they deserve a free ride in life now a days?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    I cannot believe how entitled people feel these days. Entitlement aside, I understand people on tight incomes need to penny pinch here and there but if this woman can find enough money every month to pay her internet or smart phone bill then she can find 99¢ for something she thinks she needs as much as she thinks she needs this pattern. Ban her ass and be done with her. <3

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    Right on. I am on a limited fixed income as well and if I cannot afford the pattern I just don’t buy it. I look for something I can afford .But I don’t believe $.99 would be that difficult to come up with.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    I think you are correct in your thinking. You don’t owe her anything. Like everyone else, if you want anything that costs money, you have to pay for it. I’m sure she spends 99 cents on a coffee, candy bar, snack, etc. Forget about it and focus on crocheting.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    You were correct. 100%

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    i HAPPILY pay for patterns and i read ALL the fine print with the patterns.. many designers do not care if you SELL your work from their patterns as long as you mention them as the designers. i mean… 99 cents? i would GLADLY pay a dollar for a pattern i REALLY wanted. heck, i’ve paid 10-15 dollars for ONE pattern.. bought the whole damn pattern BOOK for ONE pattern i wanted. and… since i keep a tight budget, i put all loose change i have in an old popcorn tin and i only dig out what i want. IF you don’t want to put your personal bank info out there, WAIT a bit, get a RELOADABLE visa card and put the amount you budget yourself for patterns and yarn or supplies and THEN get it. and if you can’t afford rent, i’d sell my computer and sell headbands i crocheted at the flea market if i had to to make ends meet. HER personal issues are NONE of anyone else’s problems. you want something… you go get it. … you are a grown ass person.. i find this more hilarious (SORRY!!) than infuriating because of all the work she wanted MIKEY to do, for free, as a favor for someone he has NO clue who it is. haha!! the hilarity of some people. i for one LOVE to share ideas, hints and tips, and free patterns. i love it! but i am more than happy to share great designers as well… especially if they have a ‘freebie’ out there for people to try out to see if they like how they write up a pattern and if it is easy for them to follow. love love doing that for people! we ALL love a freebie…. but with many deisgners, if i use a freebie…i usually buy a pattern as well, as a thank you… it’s only fair in my eyes. i LOVE red heart products because they share SO many free patterns, how could i not? great products.. can’t go wrong with that! but dearest Mikey… everyone seriously has a warm sweet spot for you and your family….. you have SO much more grace in handling situations like this than i do, thank goodness you have a very well fitted verbal filter…. when you type. (i’m sure you said a few words outloud..i know i did!! haha)

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    I am having a hard time wrapping my head around her not being willing to pay .99 for a pattern, having trouble paying her rent, being on a limited income, etc. But she has the money to buy the yarn to make the pattern that she can’t afford?

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    I am probably the cheapest person I know. I hate to pay for anything that I can get for free; yet if I saw a pattern I really liked and I could not find the stitch on any other website or figure it out myself…I would pay. I certainly wouldn’t bother you…seems like you go far and above for your followers. I wouldn’t ask you to pay for it even though you must be a multi-millionaire by now … hahaha. I don’t think it’s rude, you can’t expect someone to infringed copyright laws for the sake of being cheap, and it’s not right to take money from one person to benefit another. Sorry people do this to you..keep up the great work ♥

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      Now, now, frugal is not a dirty word! I also use mostly free patterns, but I do also buy patterns.

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        I say Frugal should be my middle name, and I should marry Clearance! LoL

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    Outrageous is all I can say! If you can afford the internet and the yarn for these projects then you can certainly afford 99 cents for a pattern….that is a steal! You have every right to be angry. I am new to this community and I for one am very grateful for all you do!

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    Wow. She is one of the bottom feeders with the mentality that everyone owes them something and nothing is their personal fault. You should have told her if she could afford internet and yarn, surely she could afford a 99 cent pattern and if she truely couldn’t afford the pattern, to either a) search for a free one b) go search in a parking lot (she could find a dollar in change easy) or c) get her priorities straight and cut of the internet and pay her rent and save some money up.
    This is the Crochet Crowd, NOT the crochet charity case crowd!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    I think you are completely correct and that lady was off her rocker.

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    I personally do not buy patterns. If it’s not free I do not do them. The main reason is because I am still a newbie with crocheting and I have a hard time reading patterns. I am sure once I get better I’ll purchase many patterns in my lifetime. That being said if I found a pattern for .99 cents I would think I got lucky and found a deal. I think you were right in your response. She obviously thought she was better then everyone else and she should get things for free. It’s sad that she made .99 cents such an issue.

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    Don’t worry about her… She’s out her mind… Don’t let her make you crazy !! We all value so much… I always look forward to all your ” multitudes ” of Awsomeness !!! You make me happy when I am down…lots of love to you and the crew !!

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    I agree, the yarn costs more than the pattern anyway. Maybe she should have waited until the end of the month and could have had the .99 left over to pay for it. Asking you to figure out the pattern IS stealing.

    ps, do you have the link to the pattern? Maybe i wanna buy it!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    My thinking is that if you can afford to pay for your internet and that’s probably at minimum $25.00 (but most likely more) for the month, then you sure as hell can afford 99 cents for a pattern! Ridiculous! You did the right thing!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    Actually Mikey, I think you are foolish to offer all your tutorials and information for free. I think you should be charging membership fees to be a member of The Crochet Crowd. Even if it was as cheap as $5.00 a year, it would eliminate nonsense like that angered fan. Most of us think you are more than worth it and would remain fans and members. We love you, Irene Gaccek in Florida
    See you Feb. 7, 2015 out of Miami.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    Really, 99 cents is only a token of appreciation for the time, inspiration and thought a designer has put into making a pattern. Forego that cup of coffee, that tatts ticket, box of cigarettes, bottle of wine. If you want a pattern, pay for it. It’s the fair and right thing to do. Thanks Mike for walking and talking the talk.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    You are absolutely justified in feeling angry at this person for her completely unreasonable, selfish and, quite frankly, immoral demands. I’m sure she wouldn’t expect you to happily agree to walk into a corner store and steal a chocolate bar for her.

    This person has no moral compass and no perspective whatsoever. The pattern cost 99 cents. She wants you to reverse engineer it…a process which I would be surprised if it took as little time as you say. How much is your time worth per hour? How could anyone expect you to donate even ONE hour of that time to…quite frankly…steal the fruit of someone else’s hard work and creativity?

    Not only that…if she’s so broke that she can’t afford 99 cents for a pattern, she should be spending her energy on fixing her financial situation rather than giving a hard time to someone who absolutely doesn’t deserve it. Where’s she going to get the money to buy the yarn to make this pattern? Perhaps she’s going to demand someone else give that to her and get mad when they won’t. Perhaps she should consider giving up her internet account if she’s so broke. At least that way she won’t be able to harass good, hard-working people to do immoral and probably illegal things so she can save less than a buck.

    Wow…I’m mad now.

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    Mikey I stand with you on your decision. She should be ashamed of her behavior. Please keep your principles high. If her income is so limited, how does she afford the yarn, etc to pursue her hobby. I do hope she pays her bills first and foremost before spending on her hobby. No one should every be asked to “steal” a pattern. 99 cents is minimal price for a pattern.

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    A lot of us are on fixed incomes and have to put back a little here and a little there until we can afford something. I think she has a lot of nerve to ask you to steal for her. I also feel she should not be a part of the Crochet Crowd. Just my opinion.

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    If she could afford to buy yarn to make it she can shell out 99 pennies to buy it. you did right

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    “Bang on”! if she’s having trouble paying her rent and such, how does she afford the hook, yarn, and internet? you have enough to worry about without dealing with this sort of thing. there are TONS of free patterns of darn near anything you can think of. maybe even something close to what she wants to work on. NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    Crazy trolls in every tribe. Ban ban ban! I actually get a little bummed when too much time has passed and I don’t get trolled on the pages I administer. Trolls mean you’ve arrived, baby! Try to have some fun next time: Tell her that you understand her financial situation and have a “great business opportunity with Mr. Nigerian Prince/Business Entity and if there is a Western Union office near her for a mere $99 she can buy into this GREAT opportunity if you please and I need to know your age and your occupation and your address if you are so kind…” ;D

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    I agree with Jennifer, if she can’t afford the pattern, how can she afford the materials to make the project. Ignore her Mikey!

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    Wow, people be cray cray! I am very low income and would never, ever, EVER consider asking anything close to what this chicky has asked. She can afford yarn but not the buck for the pattern?! Really? Mikey, you are too nice, I would never had engaged this woman in conversation as long as you had. Don’t suffer no fool! Mikey you are very clearly soft hearted and I am sure that is part of what makes you so good at what you do for the Crochet Crowd but please don’t let people who are demanding, selfish or closed minded to make your day any harder, they don’t deserve your time. Everyone else here is muy thankful for what you do!<3

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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    Hmmm let’s see she can afford the internet but not 99 cents……delete delete delete and ban…I’m with you on this. You do so much for us all that was so wrong of her to even ask you to do. Keep being you mikey you did the right thing

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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    You are absolutely right to be outraged at her, and please do not consider her “friendship” a loss at all. I am just gobsmacked that she had the nerve to ask you to do this in the first place, and even more so that she ask you to pay for the pattern and send it to her. Good grief..the nerve of some people!! Where did she get such a sense of entitlement? And Jennifer is correct – if rent is such a problem, she needs to disconnect her internet and pay it. And with the leftover, she can buy a 99 cent pattern that she seems to want so badly!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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    You were right. This person obviously feels their entitled to whatever they want anyway they can get it. Sorry life doesn’t work that way. I’ve had to forego patterns because I couldn’t afford them. And *gasp* went without buying yarn while unemployed. No, you were well within your rights to tell her no and then ban her.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    You are morally and legally within your rights to refuse to cooperate with this person. Your website should have standards, rules, etc. and stealing another’s work should be at the top of the list. She is being unreasonable. Certainly there are thousands of patterns on line which she can get for free. I also agree with the above comments: How can she afford the yarn and the internet if she cannot afford the rent? Very sad.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    You are under no obligation to satisfy her. Perhaps the woman selling the pattern is on a “fixed income” and this little bit of money helps her in some way. Some people just like to make trouble. Ignore, let it go, and continue to do what you are doing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    I think you were right to refuse the request. Your ‘fan’ must have been out of her mind to even think asking you to reverse engineer the pattern was a reasonable request. I love free patterns as much as anyone, but I certainly don’t think anyone OWES me a pattern just because I don’t feel I can afford it or even that it’s worth it. 99 cents isn’t much to ask either. I recently paid $40 for a set of patterns, and anyone could take a stroll through the walmart parking lot and come up with 99 cents!

    Some people think that the world owes them something for nothing. I don’t cater to this personality type well at all. You did the right thing. I’d say “Good riddance.” to your ‘fan’.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    Well if she couldnt afford the 99 cents wonder how she was going to pay you some folks just dont have many noodles upstairs:)I think you made the right call on the ban

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    Here’s the obvious question. If she could not afford the 99 cents for a pattern, How could she afford the yarn?

    My pintrest and ravelry is full of paid patterns that I want to purchase “someday.” Trust me, 99 cents is a steal. I think the cheapest I’ve paid for a pattern is about $3.50 and each pattern I purchased is more worth every single penny spent. I am grateful for pattern designers. Without them I would have nothing to crochet. I have no idea how to take a idea and translate it to an actual pattern, so THANK GOD for those of you who do. And by supporting pattern designers, I’m giving them the resources to create more beautiful work in the future. Yes I love free patterns too, but if there’s something I want I’m willing to pay, and if I can’t afford it today, then I save to que until I have the spare funds.

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    Shame on her for trying to make a nice guy feel bad! You have every right to feel outraged, she was asking you to break the law. Copyright law is taken very seriously when it comes to publishing. I am sorry she doesn’t feel compelled to do what is right, and good for you for standing up for what you believe. If she really wanted the pattern, she should save her pennies until she has the money to pay for it. I know what a limited income is, I have one too, but you have to set priorities, right? She should spend some time searching for a free pattern instead, there are plenty of them out there, or sit down and figure out the pattern on her own. Thanks for sharing, Mikey! Keep up the good work, we appreciate you!

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    You go Mikey! We are all behind you 100%! You did the right thing. Don’t give it a second thought. So proud of you for sticking up for what you know is right! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    With all of the free patterns available online or at the library, quibbling over a measly 99 cents (I’m on disability and I buy patterns occasionaly) and asking you to basicaly steal someone else’s pattern is just outrageous! You handled her professionaly and your true fans appreciate you!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    I agree with you!! And with QueenCyndi above…if she has money to spend on internet and obviously yarn that she would be using to make the project she wanted you to steal then she could probably afford $.99…ridiculous!

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    I want to live where she lives if 99 cents significantly affects her rent! 🙂 You did what was morally the right thing to do and it is nice to know that you feel that way! Good on you!, once again!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    Not surprised she can’t afford the 99 cents if she can’t afford manners or common sense.

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    I think you are right. I too have a very limited income (I am in the process of getting disability benefits, which is a nightmare in the US, for a heart condition that started a few years ago. My husband is the only income and he works for a living so his income just barely covers the bills most months and we figure it out the rest of the time.) I craft because that is about all I can physically do and I am VERY grateful for the free designs that are out there. The designs I can’t afford to buy I use for inspiration to try something on my own (when I can squeeze the cost of yarn into the budget) I have often thought of posting and asking for donations of scrap yarn because I have so many projects in mind with everything you do for your “crowd” I’m getting impatient to gather supplies. Thank you for all you do and I hope the other person gets over themselves soon.

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      Cathy Moore: I live in a small town and we organized a knitting/crocheting group that meets once a week. We let the town know about our group through a social media page for the community and the donations of yarn, needles and hooks started pouring in. Get the work out and you may be surprised at the response.

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      @Cathy: Okay OT here but contact Allsup for help with your disability claim. No, I am in no way connected to Allsup. My husband is disabled and we would never have won without Allsup. They have a 98% success rate. Look them up onine. The chances of getting SSDI on the first try are 50%. Second try is less than 10%. Third try is over 90%. Perseverance is the key to winning SSDI.

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      Your reply about improvising brought back a long forgotten memory of when I was expecting my first child. I saw a quilt in a craft catalogue which I really wanted and asked my mongo make it for me. She didn’t want to pay for the kit so she designed her own – which has become a treasured heirloom in our family. It’s truly one-of-a-kind. My mom’s gone now. The baby is 32. And the quilt? Comforting her great grandchildren now. It became the first of many quilts she made over the next few decades.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    Wow, I am completely on your side Mikey! I can understand not paying for patterns…I don’t do it often myself. But to ask someone else to put their time and energy into something when you aren’t willing to pay for it is just wrong. I think she is probably stressed, but that does not give her the right to ask this of you or anyone else. She needs to find a different pattern or project to work on if she is unable to purchase the pattern she wants. I think you did everything you could to explain your position and at the end of the day she is losing a great community over 99 cents!

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    I was wondering the same thing as Jennifer.If she can not afford 99 cents for a pattern then she can not afford to crochet.For real! I can’t believe she would actually ask you to buy the pattern for her! The gall of some people.It could be a case of some kind of illness that caused this woman to act this way but intuition is telling me she is one of those people that just wants something for nothing and does not care how wrong it is to steal or ask someone to steal another persons work.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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    You are so right. The woman she be ashamed. Many of us are on a fixed income. Look for a free pattern that is similar if the cost was to much for her. I REALLY appreciate all you do and teach us.

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    If she can’t afford the 99 cent pattern, or her rent, how does she afford the $2 yarn to make something with?

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    You did the right thing Mikey. Banning her was all you could do. I’m so glad you kept your morals about you. Here here
    I know a crochet designer who sells her patterns online and at shows. When I see people sharing her patterns online for free makes me very sad. It is stealing and the same rules should apply as shoplifting. Because the fact of the matter is THATS WHAT IT IS. A FORM OF SHOPLIFTING. ISNT STEALING ONE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Thou shalt not steal?????

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    You are doing the right thing. It makes me a little uneasy when someone asks if they can borrow a pattern that I’ve paid for because it makes me feel like I’m cheating the designer out of their hard work (and money). This woman would feel completely different if she were the designer and someone were trying to get her work for free. Way to go Mikey!

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    She is crazy most patterns I purchase cost $5+ and that’s a bargain considering the time involved creating a pattern. also if she is so broke how does she have the money to buy yarn/wool to do the project anyway? yarn is the costly part of creating a project not the pattern

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    You did what you should have she was wrong to ask and very out of control to get angry with you because you turned her down!! Ban,Ban,Ban all that treat you with disrespect!! We all should know the hard work that goes into making a item much less writing the pattern as well!! Deep breath my friend let it roll off and just keep doing your thing 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    I think you did the right thing! If this woman can’t afford to pay her rent, she probably shouldn’t be spending her money on buying a bunch of yarn. And she is definitely in the wrong asking you to spend your time and/or money to work this out for her. I would have had the same reaction that you did.

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    You are bang on! I would feel the same way. She is out of order and should be ashamed of herself. Who’s to say the designer isn’t in the same boat and is selling her pattern to help make ends meet? If you really want a pattern and can’t afford .99 then move on and find something else that is free.

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    Since she could not afford the pattern how could she afford the yarn to make the design with? I was waiting for her to ask you for the yarn to complete the project since you have a lot of yarn. I personally think that If I want something so badly as it seemed she did, I would save for weeks on end to afford the cost of the item. For $.99 go scour your change jar or pockets lol.

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    Bang on, Mikey. I am also on a limited income – social security – and this winter had to choose a couple of times between rent and heat – too often I had to just plain shut the furnace off. It is what it is, there are others in worse circumstances. That said, I would never think 99 cents is “too much” to pay for a pattern. And, aside from the copyright issues, the theft of someone’s hard work, etc., where is it written that you are just sitting there waiting for someone to direct you to do all kinds of work for free or to buy things for them?? I think that woman sounds mentally unbalanced, to tell you the truth. Wow. Just. Wow.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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    If she can’t afford 99c to buy the pattern how in heel is she going to buy the yarn to make it?

    I used to make some software which I gave away free, the development environment was expensive, but, that was my choice. I got numerous emails about how my free app, with no ads and no nags etc was a rip off.. Sadly the internet brings out the worst in some people, they forget that it’s humans that read what they put, and that 99c pretty much for any pattern is a bargain, even if it’s almost a plain rectangle with some icord edge .. She maybe broke, she may be struggling, but perhaps so is the person who made the pattern, and they’ve only asked for 99c because they will get say 50c for each one, but knows it’s better to sell 100 for 50c than 5 at $10

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    I agree with you one hundred percent. Some people have such an unwarranted sense of entitlement, it’s mind-boggling. They wouldn’t do anything wrong to get what they want, but they don’t mind if YOU do it for them. Why can’t people just do what is right in the first place? And all this over 99 cents!!

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    If you can afford the yarn, you can pay 99¢.

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    I have to agree with you on this one. A pattern being sold for only 99 cents is a great deal! But asking you to essentially steal it is so not right. Use the web and chances are you will find something you like almost as much for free if you don’t want to pay for it. But, if you are on such a tight budget that you cannot afford a 99 cent pattern, how can you afford the yarn ?!?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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    She’s a whackadoodle! :/

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    I would have done the same thing as you did, also if she is on an limited income how can she afford yarn which probably cost more than 99 cents than what the pattern cost!

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    I would have told her that theft is illegal and if she persists she would be banned and blocked. That is so rude and I can’t believe she even had the nerve to ask you to do it. This woman is crazy and has a sense of entitlement greater than my teenage stepdaughter!!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    OMG that’s terrible!!! I’m glad you banned her!! If she can’t afford to pay her rent how is she affording yarn? This woman is just unbelievable!! You were absolutely right in banning her and refusing to reproduce the pattern!

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    Wow! This woman is credible, glad you said no. If she was asking you to take the time to get it for her, she could have also sat down and tried to figure out the pattern. Don’t feel bad, you did the right thing.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    I totally agree with him. If she cannot afford 99 cents for a pattern how does she afford the yarn to complete the project. On top of that to expect someone else to purchase for her or to figure it out for her is out of line

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    Forget about her. The world has many arseholes in it, there’ll be another one coming along pretty soon to take her place! Forget about the next one, too. Can’t please everyone…. 🙂

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    Bang on Mikey!

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    Mikey, you are exactly right! There are some people out there that think the world owes them everything, and I would have banned her a lot sooner than you did! BTW was the same person that was always posting asking for people to send her yarn?

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    You are totally correct. I have bought patterns on Etsy and have no regrets. Someone took the time to design it and I liked it. None were as cheap as that one. She is one of “those” Mikey. Blink your eyes and remove her from your memory. .99 isn’t worth the aggravation.

  • April 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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    You have GOT to be kidding me!!! This individual has got A LOT of nerve. I am ashamed to be a part of the same community as she is. I don’t understand where people get off thinking they should get something for nothing. If she cannot spend 99 cents on a pattern, how can she afford the yarn??? You are right on, Mikey. This is a disgusting excuse for a human being.

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      She’s probably stealing her internet from a neighbor!

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      Excellent point!

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