Thank you all for your love and support, and the faith you’ve shown in me. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words of encouragement, telling me to continue doing what gives me so much joy and not give into negativity. As some of you have already figured out by now, the accusation that I force people to pay for my free patterns was solely based on someone’s lack of understanding of how blogs work; that if they select to receive email notifications of new comments on this blog, they will get an email every time a new comment is added!
My heartfelt gratitude to my dear friend Cynthia Rhodes who not only stood by me but also took the time to kindly explain to this person the basics of blogging and commenting and that she was not being scammed by anyone. Cynthia, you are a wonderful person and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As most of you know, I include a note in all my free patterns for you to consider making a donation to Animal Nepal. My hasty decision to bring down all my free patterns was a panic reaction to this wild allegation that threatened not only to slander my name but also that of a wonderful organization that has been caring for homeless, injured and abused animals in Nepal. I realize I overreacted and hit the panic button too soon without thinking how you all would feel about this. And I’m truly sorry for having upset you. After all the love you’ve given me, taking down this blog or my patterns would be like taking your love and friendship and throwing it back in your face and I’d never do that.
Thank you for all your comments and emails. Most of you don’t know me personally, yet when I was hurt and angry, you reached out to me and helped me heal. You’ve shown me for one negative person who thinks nothing of tearing down a complete stranger, there will be a hundred who’d be willing to stand by you, pick you up when you’re down, and fight for you. Recently I was asked in an interview if I thought crocheting had a therapeutic effect. And I had said yes, it is a stress buster. Now I realize it’s much more than that. It is a thread that binds so many people who may have nothing in common save a love for this craft; people who have never met in person—and probably never will—but are there to encourage and support each other. And I feel blessed to be among such strong, happy folks.
Thank you and see you soon.