Monday, June 28, 2021

To Review or Not to Review

For my niece's birthday, I gave her a choice: she could have me make her something, or she could get a gift card, like I did for her brothers. But, of course, she was good with either.

She found a pattern, and I found yarn. 

It didn't take me that long to complete it: 

And it should be on its way to her when you read this. 

The thing is, I really had an issue with the pattern. It... I mean, clearly I made the thing. I could follow it. But, I felt like it had some omissions that made me have to guess a few times as to what the pattern writer intended. 

I might just be being overly critical. I had enough information. And others have made this with no problem, as far as I can tell. 

So, I wonder whether or not I should write a review on Etsy, where I purchased the pattern.

It won't be a glowing review. And as a creative, I don't want to do that to another creator. But, should I warn others about the issues here? 

I don't have to write a review. It's not required. But since I have the headspace (with it being summer and me not working at the moment), I've been tossing this around for a few days. Should I? Or should I just skip it? 

And now I am yet again between projects. Although, I have a couple ideas. We'll see if I get any of them started by next week.

19 comments:

  1. I think you should. Other knitters might not be as knowledgeable as you and not be able to progress.

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    1. It's definitely not a project for a beginning crocheter. They could easily get confused.

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    2. Your remark here sounds like the perfect tone and mild warning to potential, less experienced buyers. I like to make two or three nice comments followed by constructive criticism such as yours. :) Well done, by the way. It's very cute and feminine.

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  2. As long as you're not overly mean, I don't see why you shouldn't at least note you had a few issues with the pattern.

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    1. As long as I don't write it angry, it should sound nice enough.

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  3. I agree with Patricia. I think giving people a heads-up is important.

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    1. It is. But am I judging her too harshly?

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  4. Agreed, if you had to take an educated guess...people need to know it

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  5. I agree, comment, but in a gentle way. I've had problems with patterns in the past and it always makes me wonder if it was me, or the designer. He or she may be unaware and might want to revise the pattern for future sales.

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    1. Yeah, it could have been me. I guess I just like having instructions in the pattern like "turn". I mean, I knew it was made flat, but she never specified a turn at each side.

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  6. If you're saying it might just be you but you had issues, that's fair enough.

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  7. I totally get the urge to not want to review. Sometimes people react crazy to negative feedback.

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  8. Maybe you can contact the seller personally and see how that goes. And decide if it's worth writing a negative review based on their response.

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  9. Well, I think it turned out beautifully. When I've been in that situation with a review I try to message the shop privately just in case it was me. Also, it gives the shop a chance to correct their pattern or gives them the opportunity to post a statement letting purchasers know, if you have an issue, please contact me. Idk. The only thorn in my side with ordering on Etsy is the shops who don't get things in the mail. I tend to order from the PNW. I waited over a week for some fabric coming from Cali. It never takes that long... Good luck with your review. Let us know what you did. :)

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    1. Thanks. I'm hesitant to contact the seller. It just feels weird. But you're not the only one to suggest it.

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