Monday, September 11, 2006

The printer has died (again)

Yes, it crapped out on me again. Now I have to go to the post office, fill out delivery confirm slips, etc. Not a big deal, but I had become so accustomed to having everything done online and being able to track online, etc. Now I'll have to save the confirm slips, etc. Yes, I do complain and whine about everything. We are going to try new cartridges and if that doesn't work get a new printer. The darn cartridges cost so much, I would rather just get the printer, but this one isn't even a year old. My first printer was an HP and lasted years, then I got a laser printer, which only lasted about 3 years, then a different inkjet-1 year and now this, a Lexmark All-In-One.

If the cartridges don't work, the new one won't be purchased til after vacation. Since I am the only one who uses the printer at home, it's not a rush (for anyone else). All pattern printing is now on hold-oh poop.

I had something weird today-well, weird to me. Someone wrote about my Bubbles Baby Blanket pattern, which is made with two strands of yarn held together and an N hook. She asked about making it with one strand of baby yarn and how to do it. I don't mind answering questions and I do get a lot of emails on this, mostly saying how much they like the pattern, but sometimes asking me how to make it bigger, etc. They just want hints. Apparently, this person wanted a full written out pattern. I explained to her that it's done in multiples and to make the starting chain in multiples of 3 to the length she wanted and then add the extra two chains at the end for the turning chain. She wrote back asking how to do that, so I explained make sure it's divisible by three, etc. I told her to use a hook size suggested for the baby yarn and her starting chain would be a lot more then the 62 the pattern calls for, but just to do the measurement and make sure it was divisible by three and she would be fine. Well, I guess she wanted me to sit and actually work out the pattern using the finer yarn and hook and she wrote back a kinda (as I took it) huffy email about "not being good enough to try that" and "trying another pattern". It felt odd because I really did explain it thoroughly to her, but I wasn't going to sit down and make a blanket (she wanted 30 x 30) and rewrite the whole pattern. It's a simple pattern and I've adjusted it numerous times for myself. Anyway, it's bugging me because I tried to help her and I always answer all the emails I recieve on it, but she kind of made me feel like a crochet ogre because I didn't figure it all out for her. This is the kind of day I had all day.

8 comments:

noricum said...

Some people are rather dense when it comes to simple pattern "modification". I have trouble understanding it. But then, there are areas where I can be pretty dense too.

Kelly said...

Someone did the identical thing to Katchkan (sp?). I read about it today on Simply Crochet. The person was driving her nuts. She used the same words about the lady wanting her to write it out for her, it wasn't her pattern though.

Kathy said...

{hugs}

Kari said...

You can't please everyone.
Sorry about your printer they just don't last as long as they used to anymore....

Jessica said...

I've had that happen to me, too. If they can't figure out my suggestions for altering a pattern, I simply suggest that perhaps my pattern's not the one for them, and they should look for a new one. Then again, I don't care if people make stuff from my patterns or not. :) YMMV.

Susana said...

Don't let it get to you. You have a life and if she couldn't figure it out then that's her problem. Like you said, you did try to help her. It's a great pattern and it's too bad she gave up on it so easily.

Cindy said...

You can bend over backwards in five million different ways and STILL not please everyone. You did the best you could - she needs to help herself.

stacey said...

What is wrong with people??? Hell, if someone's gonna email you and demand that you work for them, they could at least offer you twenty bucks or something :-D

(Yeah, I'm a week behind on reading...)

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