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Thanks for the nice comments. Thanks, too, for the nasty, sniping blog entries, sweetly condescending anonymous comments, and unbelievably vituperative emails from invalid addresses.

The disposable, over-casual aspects of our culture aren't appealing to me for a lot of reasons, most of them not related to aesthetics. On one of the shallower levels, I was going for outrageous hyperbole to make a point about why and how I knit - amusing content for my blog, I thought. The assumptions being made are sort of astonishing to me - I never said a word about brands, about demanding luxury, about what I myself actually wear or what I think of you because of what you're wearing. I was talking about my own self, and myself only, just thinking out loud about how I'd like to always be dressed, in a perfect world where I'm also not 15 minutes late, losing my keys, getting rejection letters, regretting that last beer, crashing on deadlines, setting the microwave on fire, falling flat on my face.

I thought it was pretty clear, myself, but I can see that I might have come across as strident - fair enough, since this blog provides no information about me other than that I like to knit. Not enough for context, and probably not enough for censure, either.

**I'm going to be a real ogre now, and ask all the wonderful people out there to hold off on supportive comments for this entry. I hate doing this kind of thing to begin with, and especially don't want to come across as fishing for compliments. Thanks.**

Comments

Oh no, Eunny, how sad to read about those comments. I read your blog entry with the feeling of sister soul, since I'm thinking in the same way in many ways. I found it being an excellent background to your knitting, and I'm happy you wrote it.

"Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say Ni* at will to old ladies**."

*And by Ni I mean 'awful things about another person's opinion on fashion'

**And by 'Old ladies' I mean 'intelligent and attractive Eunnies who have unique and lovely styles of their own that not everyone HAS to agree with'.

As a stalker I just wanted to add my support for your work. I read the post as your opinion on the fashion you wear, there was nothing judgemental in it about the fashion I chose to wear. S ignore the naysayers - they have their own problems to deal with. This modern culture also has no room for difference of opinion and a strong desire to be judgemental. I for one can live with our difference of opinion on colour and am not offended...I suspect it's partly due to different skin colouration.

I was just wondering what happened to freedom of thought and opinion? I am consistently amazed by so many of the self-consciously-appointed young knitting "elite" who are so often announcing (with smug arrogance, I might add) that their knitting is quite a cut above the work of previous generations; after all, it's "not their grandmother's knitting," as we are reminded ad nauseum. (As if there's something wrong with Grandma's knitting!) My point is that no one appears to be jumping down those folks' throats, loudly yowling that their comments appear to judge and trivialize others through ageism (appearing to diminish the status of older women), sexism (devaluing traditional "women's work") and so on. No, most of the knitting community allows folks to express these types of opinions without censure, even if we disagree personally. And most of us don't assume that just because someone else favors "not your grandma's knitting" or "less skin-baring" or "Grace Kelly-esque clothing" that judgement is being passed on us because our opinion might differ from theirs. Point is, just because some folks struggle with anyone who holds an opinion different from their own (and they make it known to you through cowardly emails that don't allow a response, I might add) is no reason for you to hold back on sharing your opinions with the rest of us who love to hear them, whether we agree or disagree with those opinions. You have one of the best knitting blogs out there--don't allow folks who can't entertain any thoughts other than their own to shape your blog/writing/style in any way. Thanks again for all you do for the knitting community--


(P.S. I am just a few years older than you are, so hopefully no one can accuse me in this post of being an older person who is simply lashing out at or judging the young! That's not at all my intention--)

Coincidentally, I literally fell flat on my face in a parking lot on Thursday. I feel better knowing there's someone else out there doing that too.

I really don't understand what you said which shocked or annoyed people?

Good grief: I too once set the microwave on fire! And was flummoxed...how does one put out a fire on a spinning turntable inside a closed box?

Don't let the jerks slow down your posts or columns...I love every one.

I think it's pretty obvious that your comments are targeted at the general public.

"It's not an issue of personal taste - it's that I find all those things vulgar."

"Find me another 23-year-old who uses the words 'common' and 'indecent'." That's not pathetic, that's pretentious.

"Becky" - I don't care how you comment, but I would prefer that no comments be left anonymously. Based on this and all your other feedback, I can only suggest that you take my blog off your feeds and stop reading it. It seems to upset you so much.

I've always known I wasn't one of the wonderful people... Like Fleur, I saw nothing in that post to offend anyone. Mind you, I agree with much of what you said :-)


Hi Eunny,
Don't let these "Angre(?)" comments bother you. I think you are just amazing knitter,desiger and writer!

I have a standard to which I continually aspire as well, not withstanding baby spit or crazy toddlers. In a perfect world, I would actually be dressed before my children woke up, flip flops or not.
I think your post resonated with many of us, and applaud you for putting it out there, so to speak. It did not come across to me as pretentious or obnoxious in any way.
And the knitting? I too saw your pink boatneck and thought of Bonnie and Clyde. I've been thinking of that sweater for a week or so now. Quite lovely. I can't wait to see both the pink and blue at completion.

Hi Eunny,
Just delurking (at last) to say that I absolutely loved your previous entry, that it made me both smile (at myself) and think.
If I didn't like what I was reading here, I wouldn't come to read. Last time I checked, noone was obliged to read a blog.
And as you may suspect, I love reading yours.

I agree with Ingrid on on her point: "This modern culture also has no room for difference of opinion," but not this: "I suspect it's partly due to different skin colouration."
I'm sure the latter exists these days, but I suspect you'd get hit with dissention more often if it were related to skin color.
I think your views on the last post were simply "unpopular," but I didn't read the comments to it (yet), so I'm guessing you just touched a nerve in folks who simply don't agree with you.
Frankly, I think their vitriolic remarks do more to prove your point.
It's disheartening to see that folks feel comfortable expressing difference of opinion in disrespectful, destructively negative ways - in small part due to the anonymity of the computer screen (even if a screen name is provided, I believe some folks will say things differently than they would to one's face).
What a person says and how he or she says it speaks volumes about the party speaking moreso than the target of their words.
And I still want that pink cotton boatneck.

There's a simple solution to this: Find another blog to read if this one inspires you to leave nasty comments.

Duh.

Eunny, you're a breath of fresh air. Keep on doing what you're doing. I support your individuality 100 percent.

I know exactly what you mean. I wore the clothing in the 40's & 50's and there is nothing to compare today unless you go to a good tailor. Everything is too 'out htere' with clothing today and I'm not a prude by any means. That said. I wouldn't want to go back to the repression of that era for women.

Isn't the internet wonderful? Filled with more nuts than an oak tree in September.

Just had to ignore your request in order to come out of Lurkdom to say "great blog and you're amazingly talented." I suspect that you might be a Jane Austen fan.

Also, let me suggest a new word - "ghastly" - and a variant, "Gormenghastly."

To the readers who disagree with the blogger's comments - it's a free country, create your own blog and stop reading this one. No one's forcing you to attend this party.

Countering the prevailing culture can feel very isolating (speaking from experience), but if you never speak up and say who you are to the world, it's hard to connect with the kindred spirits lurking out there. Sadly, there are many diversity phobic folks around who cannot tolerate a declaritive opinion that differs from their own, and the anonymity of the internet seems to give many folk licence to shed the normal conventions of polite dialogue. As you get older (I have a decade and a half on you) you may find ways to hedge, pre-mollify, and otherwise soften your counter cultural statements of identity. And then you get just a little bit older than that and say "to hell with it - this is who I am". Because really, what's the worst that can happen?

It makes me so sad and angry that your quest for quality and personal expression (in your own blog, no less) has been ripped down like this. I'm at a complete loss.

I laughed when you used the word "frippery" because it sounds JUST like something I'd say. Please know that there are many folks out there who are under the age of thirty and find it perfectly acceptable to balance forward-thinking tech savvy and progressive inquiry with old-fashioned values like politeness, solidity, good grammar and things that aren't "cheap." (For the record, I'd much rather buy a well-made pair of wool dress pants at Goodwill for $4.99 than spend $50 at the mall for predistressed khakis with weak seams. Blecch.)

Your attention to detail and construction results in timeless, well-made, NON-STODGY garments that may be treasured for a long time.

Don't back down, you! You're a beacon of hope for those of us upset with the sea of bad choices out there. I treasure your entries because they bring me that much closer to moving off the fashion "grid".

I was so surprised to read that you'd had disparaging comments that I had to go back and see what the fuss was about. I think I read (rightly_ that you were just saying how you felt about styles and fashions. I don't personally care for fashions of the 40's and 50's. I'm 53, I can REMEMBER some of those styles, and I can remember how liberating it was to be able to get away from some of that very structured clothing. And this year I just rediscovered The Joy of Flip-flops (without any added decoration, mind you).

I think it's interesting to read opinions other than my own, even if I don't always agree with them. If I only read stuff I agree with, I might as well be talking to myself all the time.

Rock on.

It IS frustrating isn't it? I remember an ex-boyfriend with whom I unfortunately shared a predilection for MEC messenger bags and a university program blasting me on his blog for "stalking" him, even though he wouldn't do it in person. I returned with a nasty comment accusing him of being a coward. Not my best moment, but it got the point across.

I can't stop laughen, why do people bother to write angry mails and so on.
We are all different people, and thank God for that. I like feminine clothing too, but I don't get mad at the people who don't.
And I am looking foreward to more of your feminine patterns.

Have a nice weekend.
Tina
from Denmark

It always saddens me when something like this happens at one of the blogs that I frequent. Sigh. Don't people understand that this is YOUR blog and if they choose not to agree, they should just move on?

I keep hoping that someday, this will be the way of the blogging world, but I guess as in the real world, innocence is for the young and the cold, heartless reality of unkindness and maliciousness is for the rest of us.

sigh.

You see what happens? This is what happens, Eunny, when you don't blindly nod along with what everyone else is doing.

Your previous entry was OBVIOUSLY intended to be humorous, and those who don't take it as so are reading their own issues and insecurities into it. The fact that they must harangue you anonymously speaks of low self esteem and a need to get attention (for good or ill) from someone who is obviously more well respected and well spoken than they.

To those people I say this: GABYAW.

on a well known website just a few weeks ago a certain celebrity was pictured pregnant, holding her toddler with a black bra, falling off white see thorugh halter top, and visible black thong coming out of her jeans. it saddens me to think that many young girls still view this young woman as a role model, and it says a lot about our society.

i believe your point, although about your OWN personal style, is valid one when applied to popular culture and americans as a whole. there is a lot to be said about the way americans dress, and the tasteless sexualization of young women in our society.

good for you as an intelligent, well-spoken, well-educated woman to speak your mind -- especially on your own damn blog! it makes me sad that anyone would attack your own personal thoughts and opinions. i have always feared the end result of this administration's tampering with our basic human rights, and you should never hesitate to speak your mind. for those who disagree, get your own blog, come out of the shadows and stop hiding -- and attacking -- an intelligent, talented, obviously beautiful woman who contributes so much.

I also went back to read all posts......especially mine to make sure it did not inadvertently say anything harsh .
As a non-native speaker of English that has happened to me in the past. I think I am OK...otherwise I apologize.
Two things really strike me.....

One: what's the big deal about age ?
Why do so many assume that a young person should not have certain qualities or preferences ? Or that an older person should be set in their ways or boring ?
Did Einstein only get really smart with age, or Mother Teresa compassionate when the eye of the world rested on her ?
Why do so many aplogize for their age ?

Two : Style is something many people who consciously work on, extend to all areas of their lives....not only the sweaters they knit but also to the way they write and express themselves......and Eunny is proof of that.
I for one am exited that here at Eunny's blog I can not only learn advanced knitting technique but also enjoy a well written blog with consistent writing style that equals the style of her knitting.
While I do believe that certain strong expressions are perfectly normal, I often do not understand all the WTFs in other blogs, especially in regard to yarn and knitting.
As someone said this is Eunny's blog and she sets the tone....one we can accept ( which does not equal that we have to agree with all that is said ) or move on to one of those blogs where writing style and quality of knitting is not considered all that important.
I think it is perfectly OK that people do not always agree.......but am surprised at the harsh way some people feel they have to express this disagreement....kind of says more about them then anyone else, doesn't it ?

Have a great weekend all......

Angelika

I, myself, am one of those sloppier people and I'm fine with that. I chose to spend that time on other things. When I read your post I was so pleased to see someone actually publish their opinion, even though it was so different from mine.

It's just too bad you felt you needed to explain yourself because other people didn't read your post correctly. I think you were very clear in what you wrote.

I do, however, disagree with Kate's example of that celebrity. I don't think she should be a role model either -but it's her actions that make me believe that, not her tacky outfits.

Anyhow - thanks for your frankness and honesty!

I'll start by saying I didn't read any of the above comments, so I'm sure I'll be repeating what some other people said...I know you're not fishing for compliments, all I want to say is that I really love reading your blog and love your style. I didn't take your previous entry as condescending in anyway and I'm surprised anyone would. You stated your opinions maturely and eloquently and it was pretty obvious you were referring to your own preferences and not trying to bad mouth anyone. I love reading blogs and the general idea of the blogging community, but it definitely has it's limits and people often take things way too seriously, which unfortunately takes away some of the fun. It's obvious you put a lot of time into your knitting and your blogging and regardless of your opinions, I think that your hard work makes for some really great writing and beautiful knitting, so well done!

One day in college a friend of mine said that she felt people that had stuffed toys lined up in the back window of their cars were stupid. I asked her if I were stupid for having just one stuffed toy on my dashboard and she said yes.

We are still friends to this day and I never took that stuffed toy out of my car.

It takes a lot of guts to put yourself in the line of fire by posting what may be an unpopular opinion to a lot of people. You put yourself in a position to be open to attacks and you should be applauded for that.

Hell I love wearing heels and jeans and I happen to think that wearing dark jeans and heels out makes me a bit dressed up. Then again my everyday wardrobe is very casual because I work in a laboratory but I just can't get enough of jeans and heels and guess what??? I didn't feel threatened or insulted by your opinion I just said to myself "Hell, I look damn hot in jeans and heels!!!!"

Why do people feel that because they read your blog you owe them something? It's YOUR blog!! Yikes.

One other thing: reading the comments here Susan's comment about Ingrid's comment (whew) made me think: I wonder if Ingrid meant "different skin tones" affecting choices about colors rather than skin color having a part in dissention?

I guess your request to hold off on the supportive comments failed, eh?

Well, I have two comments to add: 1. The knit blogiverse seems to flare up sometimes and oh boy did this week seem to be one of those times; 2. If your site is popular, you'll be misinterpreted and targeted at some point. I'm not going to applaud you yet; I will if you can let this go and carry on with your blog, learning from the experience.

I admit I don't even read the crazy drama that goes on. What a waste of time!

Take care,

d.

I read your blog because of your sense of style (knitwise and blogwise), attention to detail, and depth of thinking behind it all.

I am also amazed at your productivity and the complexity of your art. And it is art in that you have a vision that you want to express for yourself first and foremost. And then you hope that others will appreciate it too, and many of us do.

Last but not least, I appreciate your generosity in posting tutorials on lacemaking and steeking.

You have many fans out here and should not let the negative comments get you down for long.

I love your blog. Please, let it be. If anybody wanted to hurt you, for what ever reason, do not let yourself be hurt. Just think about all those people who love reading you and watching your work beeing completed. As for myself, I believe you are going to be famous:) and some people might get jelous, but it is their problem not yours.

Many greetings from Prag

Karolina

Keep on keepin' on!

As Lori pointed out, Ingrid may have been trying to say that the colors one favors may tend to be those that complement one's own skin tone. That was my interpretation.

Thanks, Eunny, for putting your knowledge out there!

Eunny, don't let those people get to you. Your blog is great and it is yours! It's fair enough if someone doesn't agree with you and state that with reasonable arguments but leaving anonymous comments and sending e-mails is just cowardice. I've seen it happen on other blogs as well and it's just plain wrong. Blogs are by nature a forum for discussion but I would like to think it a constructive dialog with both writer and commenters learning something from each other. Bashing each other on the heads doesn't lead anywhere and just creates frustration.

Love your taste in style, love to see what you're working on. Girl, you're one heck of a knitwear designer!

On a completely different note regarding your previous entry, I'm also very intrigued by the "dutch coronet"! When I was younger I loved to wear my hair in "heidi braids". My very hip and modern mother used to die of embarrassment at her daughter's old-fashioned hairstyles!

P.S. I can honestly say that yours is my favorite blog, not only for the beautiful patterns you create and your vast knowledge of knitwear design, but for the eloquent way that you pen your thoughts. I've been dying to hear about your new endeavors. Screw those idiots who feel the need to create Internet drama, keep on rocking, girl!!!

Eunny, sorry to disregard your request to refrain from supportive comments. I just hope this doesn't make you gun shy about expressing yourself in the future. I really don't get the negativity. I didn't feel like you were saying anything disparaging about anyone. Like others, I found your post to be a breath of fresh air. I too long for the actual artistry that seems to be missing. But even if I did disagree with you isn't that what great about reading different blogs?

I also had to delurk and make this comment. To echo others, its your blog, Eunny. You post whatever the heck you want. Anyone who is offended can and should go find something else to do.

I read your last post in my tank top and pajama pants, had a good laugh, put on my shoes and went to the store. I wasn't in the least bit offended.

You keep right on doing what you are doing.

Eunny, just remember that the only opinion that really matters is mine, and I think you are wonderful. Its nice to find someone who is so smart and talented (though freakishly so, in your case) and who shares so many of the same traits that I had at your age and some that I do now. So pbthlthtttt! (that's a raspberry, spelled out) to those people who can't keep their opinions to themselves or who can't stand it when someone else expresses their own. That means you Becky. I used common and pretentious when I was 23 and I'll use them now. I find your comment to be common. So there.

Neener neener.

Oh yeah, and I set my microwave on fire 2 weeks ago. Still trying to get the smell of burn out of everything.

Dear Eunny, I am a self-professed slob. No matter how hard I try to look nice, I usually end up just looking frumpy or sloppy. And on that rare occasion where outfit and hair do come together I usually trip in a mud puddle or spill food down my shirt. However, I admire those people who DO have their act together and manage to look classy. And not only are your clothing choices classy, but you knit circles around many of us out here in blogland. So my guess is that anybody who left negative comments is 1. a slob who has no sense of humor about his/her ineptitude at dressing and/or 2. somebody who spends lots of time frogging ungainly knitted garments. Either way, you must be doing something right to have the volume of readers that follow your blog. So, when's that book coming out? P.S., I just spilled tea down my clean pj's and have to go change. Ha!

Kudos to you for making bold statements that are true to your beliefs. Your designs are very innovative and intriguing and oh so refreshing. What else really matters?

One never knows what's going to be a real hot button issue in blogland, do one?

It looks like you already have enough perspective to realize that it's not about you - your original post just managed to serve as a perfect Rorschact test for Knitters With Issues.

Of course, we all have issues, so we all read the same thing a little differently. Even though you restricted yourself to talking about clothes, I guess I took your comments as less of an indictment of fashion offenders, and more as railing against a "disposable" culture that devalues effort, achievement, continuity, nad discrimination (in its purer sense, valuing one thing over another) - a loss of things and of choices that are lasting, deliberately considered, caringly made, and maybe just a little less anonymous than what we have in a disconnected "whatever" society. In other words, I brought my own 40some years of baggage and extrapolated on what you didn't actually say.

I'll respect your request not to laud you, but simply mention that since discovering your site, my knitting techniques binder has expanded by quite a few pages, so I suppose I must find your contributions fairly tolerable. And if insult is required to mitigate the "shopping for compliments" charge, I'll add, "Why argyle?" I know it's terribly common to say, but I'm staring at it straight in the - well, you know - every time I load the page. Argyle. (shudder)

Eunny, this is not a supportive comment. I really enjoy your blog, and it's clear to me that you are contributing such a great deal to this little knitting world online. It should be shocking what kind of negativity is unleashed simply by making your personal opinion known, but sadly, it's not. Oh, I lied about the supportive nature of this comment.

I had no idea that you ruffled so many feathers. It goes to show you can't please all the people all the time. :)

Gosh, I didn't even pick up on the age thingo...nor did I notice anything inflammatory in the posts. Just goes to show that it takes all sorts to make the world go round...

I come to your blog every day to admire your skill and see what you're up to now. I tut-tut when I see that you've moved on to the next project without finishing the writeup for patterns that we want to buy, and that would fund further knit-stuff for you (allthewhile knowing that I've got 5 ufos right now). Since I started reading your blog, I've developed a greater understanding of the potential for knitting to meet my needs as a design-form. I bought your argyle vest pattern, and in a backhanded compliment to you, I rewrote it with a different pattern and guage to do what I want. I might have been too afraid to do that if you hadn't been writing such detail about how you design, why you choose materials, why you knit what you do.

I hate the oatmeal thing on the bottom of your current norwegian jacket, I would have done the back deeper on the beatiful top you knitted recently, I don't like the argyle-fairisle pattern in the vest (but love it in the socks, hurry up and write the pattern before I figure out how to do it myself), but, by jingo, I love everything about what you're doing and the rare privilege that I have to see into that creative world.

Sheesh peeps, she didn't say anything that radical that was worth getting your knickers in a twist. And in this uber-materialistic society, I just count it an honour that she shares her skills and creative process with such sound writing flair, and does it all for free. Take from it what you like and just learn from the rest so you can modify it to suit yourself.

Unfortunately, our world, including the blog world, is inhabited by some wonderful people and some idiots!! I loved your comments and I think that knitting is wonderful because there is so much variety. So many people can choose to knit basics, or "frippery", or washcloths, or blankets, or invent marvelous imaginative items. And all of them love to knit. anyone who disses you for your love and passion needs to take a look inside her/himself and tear out that anger.I love watching and readinga bout your passions. You are a talented woman who is generous enough to share her passion with the world. thank you, thank you, thank you.

Amazing what sets some people off...it's not as though you singled any one particular person out - you just expressed an opinion. Keep on bloggin, Eunny, and please don't self-censor. The world needs more people like you.

Honestly, there are folks who make mountains of molehills for lack of anything better to do with their time.

Your blog is fantastic, I took no offense and saw no reason for anyone else to. However, to each his or her own -- simply move on and don't read if somebody offends you! Or if you feel you must respond, at least have the wherewithal to do so in a coherent, non-agressive manner. I think it does nothing but prove your point, and I am a 30 year old in agreement with you.

Keep on moving, lady! I am perpetually in awe.

Oh, and sorry for ignoring the bit about supportive comments. :)

De-lurking a bit here. Okay, de-lurking a lot. ::waves::

I won't say I was offended by your post, because really, it's just that big of deal in the long run (and I'm here for the gorgeous knitting anyway!), but I can easily see why some people were.

"It's not an issue of personal taste - it's that I find all those things vulgar."

And with that sentence, you've kinda just said that anyone who does like or wear the clothing you were talking about is crude and indecent. I know you said later that you meant it for yourself, and not for others, but if that's the case then it is your personal taste, and you've said it wasn't which leads one to believe you think every woman who wears a nice pair of jeans and a silk cami out is crude. Which is where all the readers of your blog, including myself, who wear dark jeans and heels out for a date and have more than a few silk camis and flip-flops get hurt and feel like they have to defend their clothing choices.

I'm not saying you don't have the right to say it, or that in some cases you aren't right. For instance, I think wearing pajama pants out in public looks extremely sloppy, not to mention unflattering, and that's why I feel uncomfotable wearing them out. However, I have friends that do and that's why I generally keep my opinion to myself so I don't offend them.

So I guess what I'm getting at is that you are certainly entitled to your opinion and have every right to say it anywhere you please, including your blog, but don't be surprised if some people take offense. That always happens, no matter what your opinion was.

A side note, I also agree that fashion of the 40s and 50s was elegant, and maybe if we wait long enough it'll come back. :-)

Rock on, Eunny!

I'm frustrated with knitting books whose patterns (for adult women) are juvenile, flip, or in effect make a "spectacle" of me.

I'm no knitting iconoclast (yet), and I can't simply whip up a pattern of something I like and knit it myself. I am, however, good at following complex knitting instructions (except for the rice stitch)--please avail us these patterns!

You know, if you put together a book of similarly-styled patterns, it would fly off the shelves. It would be the hottest thing out there.

Well said, Nini. That's exactly how I feel.

I agree, Eunny does have the right, obviously, to express her opinion on her own blog. I take exception, however, with Eunny's readers who advise the haters to move on or who say "nobody's forcing you to read Eunny's blog."

I always find this retort rather specious. Isn't a healthy debate interesting, informative, and educational? Obviously, troll-like comments are bad, but well-reasoned ones, like Nini's, are refreshing and challenging. Rather than dismissing them with "move on to another blog," I think the blogger should be able to defend her (or his) position or statements.

It's the old "if you can dish it out ... "

I don't understand how anyone could think that you are anything but intelligent, witty, lovely, and talented beyond comprehension. A blog is a blog, an online journal, only the interested should be reading, and the uninterested, unintelligent, uninspired and unenlightened should bugger off.

Please do not let this be anything more than a bit of road kill on the pavement as you streak by at lightning speed on your way to greatness.

Post away, I await your pearls before swine.

Fuck all those who slammed you for your post. The nature of a blog is to express a personal opinion, and if people can't deal with it, then they don't need to read it. Those are the people that are closeminded, prejudiced, bigoted, and incredibly self-centered and insecure if they feel threatened by your post. BTW, I'm twenty four. Don't try to justify your age. Your work is ageless.

It's not important who I am or what I think - just know there are a lot more people out there who like your work and love your blog who DO know how to be considerate and respectful to others. It's unfortunate that SO many people can't just go away without saying hateful things or admire you without expressing their envy in negative tactless ways that display their stupidity.

Hi Eunny,
I'm 17 and also a vintage style junky. I make most of my clothes because I hate what's availible in stores!
Glad to find your blog! Keep it up. :-)

To the numerous posters who think anyone who ever disagrees with EJ should stop reading: The tone of the original post came off to some as strident (good word choice, EJ), insulting ("not just a matter of personal taste"), condescending (with the disengenous "pity me" asides thrown in). Others thought the post was a fair discussion of the author's personal taste. But why are the only legitimate posts are the countless "me, too" and "you're the best" posts. Ask yourself what you're adding to the conversation. If you don't have something new to say, maybe you should rethink your condemnation of anyone who does. What's wrong with a discussion? So what if someone posts "anonymously"? Even if you put your e-mail and Web address on your comment, most of us are still essentially anonymous online.

To Eunny: You've made a decision to allow comments on your posts. What do you think belongs there? Meaningful discussion of your posts, even if, like you, some of the posters may come off as strident or rude on occasion? Or comments about how talented/intelligent/beautiful you are? Or something in between -- comments with a positive tone that add something to the discussion? I'm not trying to load the deck here, but you do open your posts to discussion, and a post like, say, Nini's here, seems to add a lot more than most of these parroting replies. You're an opinionated woman, obviously. Do you prefer that others stay unopinionated in Eunnyworld?

I love that I need a dictionary beside me when I read your blog. I took what you said as your opinion. I figured if it was meant as a judgement than it was still one persons judgement and I could take it or leave it.

Lexi, what I found disturbing was Eunny's comment about people leaving critical comments who had invalid addresses - if someone were open to debate about Eunny's comments, why would they leave invalid/fake email addresses? And why would people send vituperative emails to Eunny? Too afraid to post publicly? This is a public blog - bring it on, you chickens! If you really mean what you are writing, why are you afraid to let anyone know who you are? Kudos to Eunny for not being afraid to voice her opinion.

Well, I guess I have to put my 2 cents in. So...here goes. Eunny, I took your comments as your comments/opinions. It's your blog and you can say what the heck you want. I am one of those believers of the lack of civility/respect in this society. If you disagree with Eunny...great, let's hear your opinion and perhaps there is something to learn from your comments too. However, it would be nice to say it in a civil tone. If you can't, perhaps another knitting blog might be of interest to you.

It's a BLOG, people.

If you need to get worked up over something, pick a real life issue instead and make some noise about it. There's no need to get nasty over someone's opinions in their own blog.

(For what it's worth, I think it's a great read, and Eunny's work is beautiful. If I didn't, I wouldn't bother visiting. It's simple, really.)

p.s. I can't remember the last time I read "vituperative" in a sentence!

I haven't been reading any blogs for a long while now, and thought I would check up on my dearest Eunny. Eunny, I look away for one second and you are knee deep in merde!

I applaud your honesty.

I really love that you use those words, read those books, do life a bit differently- or even desire to- I can relate to that... more than you might know!

I share many of your traits (which is why I love you so) for example, a passion for 40's and 50's style of clothing, I use the words common and indecent and have all my life, (and see no reason to stop now, at the ripe ole age of 26) and I am very old fashioned in many ways, which sometimes shocks people that are getting to know me.

For example, I love to write letters, using nice stationary, in a correct format... I make tea the correct way, using politeness, manners, and kindness to win people over; I feel physically ill when I see girls in sweatpants with phrases across their behinds... and sad when women tell me proudly that they don't read.

I believe in a modicum of decency...I mourn the loss of that in today's society, that people just don't seem to have any, well, class. These are things that don't even cause a blip on other's radars.

I don't feel that I have to change anyone. And I am happy to not be the essence of class of perfection at all times. I believe that for myself...

...and I think that is what you were saying in your post, "Graceful".

I am different from you in many ways- for example, I LOVE bright colors, and look awesome in them, especially hot pink and turquoise, love wearing a pair of well cut dark jeans and pretty heels...(but I don't necessarily believe in wearing them to important events...)

My point is, I can see your point. I can agree with so much of it. But that is neither here nor there.

The most important thing is that I am who I am, and love who I am, so reading that you don't like every single thing I like, or strongly dislike something I love- doesn't upset me at all.

You should love who you are and celebrate that, why not? Why should you be exactly like me? I celebrate you!

I learn from you, as I hope you learn from me. Difference of opinion is good. Honesty is good. All these things add up to great writing, the kind that engages you- makes you think, feel, and connect with the blog's author.

I am not threatened by our differring choices and preferences! The people who decided to take the time to send you insults, and the like, are. How sad for them. Shall we send them pacifiers? Soothe them?

I chuckled when I read your post, "Graceful" because even though I really, really love your sense of style, I have my own which doesn't include some of the points you stated- some that I would never incorporate into who I am. But it was nice to hear about you and your sense of style, Eunny, not just knitting, even though I love that too of course!

I understand you are not judging me or anyone- just telling us who you are.

I hope the mixed comments doesn't keep you from revealing more about your lovely self in the future!

I hope to hear more "frippery" and such in your future posts.

Lots of love from a fellow blogger,

Emms

just wanted to let you know, that i totally agree with your oppinion about cheap things and cheap tastes. i went to a supermarket yesterday and had to face it. how sad. it was a real problem to find something worth even looking at.

p.s. i read you blog every day. it inspires me and also gives excellent knitting advices! thanks! :)

I haven't read all the comments, but I've got to tell you, you ROCK!! I'm am so impressed by your talent and skill and sense of design. Be true to yourself!!

a personal blog, which eunny's is, is an extension of her, her home, her life, her thoughts. and as such, i believe that we are guests in her home. and we should act accordingly. she's allowed to express her opinions. her likes and dislikes. and we can agree or disagree. but there's no need to insult or aggressively disagree. so yes, if you don't like what she has to say, move on. or get over yourself.

Eunny, you are the best, and my feeling is that those rude folks are just jealous because they can't knit as well as you. :-)

As to popular culture - my husband and I had only the ultra-basic cable for a long time, but had to upgrade recently because they took Turner Classic Movies off the ultra-basic list. It is the only channel we really watch. But anyway, we now get HBO. Just out of curiosity last night, we turned to "Deadwood" and the thing that astonished us was every other word was "f-ing" this and "f-ing" that. We were not shocked so much as disgusted by the poor writing. I guess the rule is, if you can't do dialogue, add an "f-ing" in every phrase for supposed "impact." It was sad, vulgar and pathetic.

I guess what I'm saying is that I, too, feel out of sync with popular culture very often. And I'm glad I'm not the only one, though how we vary in our syncopated step to the drum may be quite different.

Oh and by the way, I would reald Faulkner on the beach, too. And I have no interest in the Da Vinci Code. Though a little Amelia Peabody is OK by me when I'm in the mood for trash, as all of us are at some point. ;-) At the moment, it's Dickens on audiobook for my long commute (Bleak House), and CS Forrester in paperback to put me to sleep (Horatio Hornblower, which keeps me up too late most nights!). Well not exactly heavy like Faulkner but I do that, too. Dostoevsky is in my audio book queue at the moment. ;-)

It is risky to have a blog. If you do it well, you place your soul out there for the whole Internet to see, and baring your soul leaves it vulnerable. But it is a good thing to do. Even if I disagreed with you (which I don't - I agree with you so much), I would learn from you.

And I may be the only person out here who really likes the oatmeal bottom to your jacket. It took me a little while to get used to it but now that I have, I do like it. If you ever published the pattern I might make it, excpet that sadly, I don't have the chest to carry it well.

One more thing Eunny - I realized this weekend as I was going through my stash that I have yarn older than you. :-) :-)

In fact, I have a sweater *on the needles* that has been in that state since you were about 2 or 3 years old. No Kidding.

Since I am now approx. 2 - 3 sizes bigger now than I was then, and the sweater is waaaaay out of style, I think I'll be doing some ripping. I wonder what frogged yarn that's been knit up for 20 or so years is like?

I've also been knitting some doll clothes this week with yarn that I bought for a sweater for my niece for her 4th birthday - and she will be 22 this year!

Just thought you'd be amused by this story. ;-)

I read your entry about clothing styles with two minds.

On one hand, it was an amusing expression of your personal style. And, as someone who enjoys rather a lot of things that are considered "old-fashioned", I could definitely sympathize.

On the other hand, even with your edit in place, announcing that it was just in regards to your personal style, it read rather broadly and there were strains of "judgemental" in it. Which didn't bother me TOO much, because it IS your blog and you get to hold whatever opinions you want and say whatever you want to say.

What left a sour taste in my mouth regarding that entry was how superior you seemed to feel to people who are slaves to current fashion, whether it be clothing styles or popular books. People are, of course, different. That's what makes them all so interesting!

That said, I haven't gone back and read the comment thread and I probably won't. People who lack the ability to be reasonable.... I'm not so good at dealing with them and I think you're handling this very graciously.

People need to read with a grain of salt. In a pure text (with the occasional picture thrown in) medium, tone is remarkably hard to convey and we all ought to be aware that our own experiences and prejudices influence our interpretation of everything we read. I may not have cared for what I thought was your tone, but it's entirely possible I misread you. Which is why, when I logged in to the computer today and settled in to read some knitting blogs, your blog was one of the first on my list.

I have to strongly disagree with the commenter who said reading a blog is like being a guest in someone's home. We have locks and keys on our homes. We can choose who to invite in and who to keep out. If someone is trespassing on our property, we can call the police. This blog is is open to anyone who happens to find it. It's not a home.

In addition, Eunny herself even said that we know virtually nothing about her besides her knitting, which makes this a highly impersonal blog. It is only "personal" in the sense that it is run by one woman and not a corporation. Even so, there is a pattern for sale here and I expect that when Eunny is ready to tell us about say, a knitting book she's writing, she will use this blog as a platform to promote it (and I am looking forward to that day, being greatly enamored of her sense of style).

This is a public venue, so commenters should mind their manners. But I do not think that commenters have any obligation to keep silent if they don't agree with what's being written.

I am so shocked and saddened to read about the firestorm that your last post caused. When I read it, I thought it was a witty explanation of your take on fashion in general and your patterns in particular. As someone who likes similar styles, I found it encouraging -- perhaps there are enough of us knitters out there who like feminine styles to interest publishers in doing a book on the topic. Never did I think there was anything about your post that someone could be offended by. After all, as many people pointed out, it is your blog, and you can say what you like. People who don't share your taste can visit other blogs whose authors' styles are closer to their own.

Thank you once again for all of your tutorials and knitting technique posts. I am learning a lot from you, and I have a new appreciation of what it costs you (and others) to do this.

Eunny,
I am so sorry that people feel that they can come in to your living room and say horrible things about your opinions. Luckily, we live in a country that allows everyone to express their opinions, but I am often dismayed by the way people choose to do so. I know you said not to, but I can't help it. You are talented and generous and people who don't like what you have to say should move on and save all of us the trouble of hearing their negative comments. Keep your chin up and don't worry about those who don't matter.

I, too, am often misunderstood in my opinions. I tend to have strong opinions about how things should be, whether or not they truly exist in that way. And I have a tendency to express them in ways that others find offensive.

But I have to say I heartily enjoy a good debate, and find both Nini and Emmie to have made valid and supportable posts concerning the current debate.

I do not support the opinion that dissenters should leave if they disagree, though I do agree that if open and honest debate of any sort is to exist, anonymous "slamming" is not conducive to conversation.

I understood the intent of your post the first time I read it. I also heard the opinionated tone of voice that can be heard as judgemental and critical of others and their choices. It was an echo of my own voice at times. Ten years ago I could not hear it, and was utterly baffled and hurt when others to offense to my words. I hear it now, have friends who are dear enough to have pointed it out, and will probably spend the rest of my life working to curb it.

It's not Eunnie, the person, under attack in the comments sections of her blog. It's your opinion and the mode in which you chose to express it, and that's OK. You and I and everyone else are entitled to our opinions, as has been stated many times already. And you are entitled to post your opinion on your blog, as am I on mine, and anyone else who chooses to write one. The most difficult part of starting a debate like this is separating the comments from yourself. You, the woman, should not be treated as a target of atttack. You are not your opinions, though both you and your opinions are a product of your life and are subject to change with experiences.

You have a unique talent for design that the comments have shown to be a subject of envy. You have a life we cannot see beyond the blog, in which you live and eat and work and sleep. You choose which parts of your life to share with us, and took a risk to share your opinions of fashion. I hope this public reaction does not dissuade you from sharing in the future.

Such is the nature of blogging. You could, of course, turn the coin over and step back to marvel at the number of readers you have, and how many of the commenters are lurkers!

So much for people holding off on the supportive comments. Well, I'm not going to be one bit supportive. Anyway, I only saw one comment on that entry that wasn't approving - did you delete the rest? How inconsiderate of you to deprive all of us adoring fans of something to get worked up about!

Eunny,
I for one enjoy your blog immensely and your wonderful designs! Say what you will, it's your blog, your way and it wouldn't be as enjoyable if it wasn't.

I love reading your blog. Even though I'm not yet at the point where I could knit anything even close to what you knit, I love reading about how you get your ideas and viewing the process and the results of your designs. You keep on knitting. I'll keep on reading. Be opinionated, it works for you.

To lexi: I don't think the issue is with posts like Nini's, which are dissenting but thoughtful, but people who leave inflammatory comments that just serve the purpose of making the author feel bad. Unfortunately the anonymity of the internet allows people to behave like kindergartners, and what happens every time a blog becomes popular enough (i.e. Dooce), people will send hate mail for the most ridiculous reasons. This happens all the time, and I have no idea why. Can't we all just get along? :(

I have to say, I'm with you. We have made some progress in the last few decades, easing up on social restrictions and enabling people to be casual without censure. But we've also lost something. Elegance and grace are in short supply. Conversation is starting to sound like email. Cell phones are everywhere and in this hyper-connected world we are losing touch with each other. So embrace the elegance in dress(and speech).

Hey Eunny, love the patterns and the tech'l help has been invaluable.

Who ever would have thought that flip flops were really worth all this energy - i've never thought to have an opinion on them before...

Namaste. Another word from an older generation.

I set a microwave on fire too. Unfortunately it was not at my own house, but rather at school. So all of my colleagues and students know that I can't microwave popcorn properly.

Word of caution to all: don't trust the directions on the box--5 minutes is too much time and will turn your popcorn and your microwave into a yellow stained stinky mess.

Love the Norwegian sweater you have been working on...and the Bonnie sweater too. I've been in a knitting rut, but I always enjoy looking at what you are making.

Dude - you set your microwave on fire? I'd love to hear about that ;o)

Hi, I only recently discovered your blog, and the entry that you referenced was the first one I read. I thought, you remind me of two great friends of mine whom I admire, and I wish I'd been that sure of my style when I was 23.

As many people above said, don't put too much stock in the disparaging commentary of others. It's likely that you don't know them, and they shouldn't have an effect on your daily life. I blog in another spot as well, much more political than my knitting blog, and it's easy to get drawn in to unproductive discussions. Don't waste your energy - refocus and keep it on your designing.

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