I bought a new pattern to make a baby gift. I got home and am super excited to see it includes a 4 pound size. I will be making both a newborn and preemie sizes soon. I am super excited to see things offered that are appropriate for these small birth weight babies.
I had asked a while ago at Ravelry why so many things popped up in a preemie search. I was told it was because preemies come in so many sizes. Sure. From micro to less than say 8 pounds. There were patterns that said they worked for any size garment. Sure, works for. But a preemie pattern? At risk preemies shouldn’t have a bunch of cables or baubles. It can indent their delicate skin.
I honestly think designers do it to get extra exposure. So for me it was a really nice surprise that it was there.
I have to say though more and more that’s what Ravelry is about. Promoting designers, keeping the business of Ravelry going, and being excellent. But to me excellence means just that. Be excellent. Take a stand volunteer editors. A preemie pattern should be for low birthweight/born preterm babies. Usually not the same design you would also make for a 2 year old.
But then someone requested a tag for stillborn and others said that was too grotesque, too upsetting to stumble upon, no different than finding something to bury Grandpa in. Far from excellent for those who have had to deal with such a loss to have to read (in my opinion.)
But my response to what I thought was one fairly unfeeling post got me banned from the thread.
I still have my Ravelry account, but I really doubt I am going back. If you haven’t already corresponded with me, let me know and I’ll share. But it isn’t really worth a bunch of time. I was warned in pms about a couple mods. I just forgot. Oh well.
Instead my progress on my newest sweater will be posted here when I cast on. And my current Damson shawl. And things from the new book All You Knit is Love. And so many others, some on my needles, some in my mind.
I am considering writing down a few patterns I make. So perhaps one day there will be a design category.
So Knit On everyone. And let me know what you are working on. I enjoy the comments and the e-mails. Thanks for your support.