Thank you & see you soon!

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.




34 thoughts on “Thank you & see you soon!

  1. Dale says:

    I am so glad you have everything sorted out , and are staying with us…. you are a wonderful person and admire the help you give unwanted and unloved animals…. Dale

  2. Snow says:

    Your reaction was completely understandable and I still cannot believe that she blamed you for her ignorance of basic internet practices. I hope people will take this as a lesson not to make hasty and baseless accusations that can really hurt people.

    Thank you for not taking down your patterns and for continuing to run your blog. Your works are so finished and beautiful and I hope I can learn from your patterns.

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      Thank you for your love and relentless support, Snow. You don’t know how much your support has helped me in the last couple of days. This blog is a happy place for many of us and if there’s one thing that I’ve learned from this mess, it is this: don’t quit just because someone tries to bring you down due to their own ignorance and negativity; instead make them leave if they can’t play nice. And I intend to do just that. 😀 I hope you’ll stick around. We need more strong, beautiful folks like you. 🙂

  3. Hookiebee says:

    I was sad to read that you have had such a bad experience.Please don’t allow one person’s negative behaviour to tarnish what you love and share on this lovely blog. Stay strong:)

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      Yes, I was quite shocked by the accusation. I could not understand why anyone would think I’d chase them for money. If I wanted money, I could have simply sold those patterns. I was also afraid along with my name, the animal welfare organization that I support, its name too would be dragged in the mud. Thankfully, one of our friends here figured out what really was happening before this person could do more damage. Thank you for your kind words. I’ll keep them in mind. 🙂

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      I probably wouldn’t have done it had it not been for you, Karin, and all the wonderful folks who refused to believe I’d stoop so low as to pester someone for donations and stood by me. So thank you for your love and support. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  4. Nicky says:

    Oh my! So sorry to hear that you had to go through this. Sometimes there’s no explanation possible for some things that happen to us, but they serve to make us grow and appreciate who we are as people. That poster is lucky; you could have turned around and laid into her and slander her for not understanding basic internet practices. I’m sure she would not have liked that. Hugs to you and here’s to healing and moving on from this.

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Nicky. Though it was a nasty experience, it made me realize that there are so many wonderful people out there who’ve got my back and I have nothing to worry about. 😀 Hugs right back at you.

  5. Maryetta says:

    Serah, I’m so glad to see that you’ve reconsidered and will continue blogging and creating patterns. I love to read your posts as they are so well written and from the heart. Your patterns are wonderfully easy to follow and the way you courteously asked folks to consider donating to Animal Nepal as a way of giving back is very clear. Bless Cynthia for taking the time to kindly show Jane how a blog comment system works and all the followers who were there to support you 😀

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Maryetta! Though the recent mess was unpleasant, it made me realize there are so many wonderful people out there who genuinely love what I do and are ready to stand by me when things turn rough. I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky I feel! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave me this lovely comment. I really appreciate it. 🙂

      P.S. I’m really glad to hear you find my patterns easy to follow. 😀

  6. Susan says:

    Dearest Serah, It brings me joy to see that you are not allowing one person to trample your joy. You are most kind, generous and giving and it is so heartening to see that you have reconsidered and will continue to share both your patterns and your love of animals. May God continue to shower many blessings on you. XO Susan

  7. dragonsashes says:

    I’m glad to see you aren’t quiting. I love seeing what you post, and I know I’d feel the same way over that comment so I couldn’t blame you at all. You are awesome.

  8. Marlene Uittenbogaard says:

    Oooh Serah, what a relief to have you ”back on the crocheting track ”again..even dutch people like me felt sooo sorry for you and I felt the hurt you had to go through (maybe my grammar isnt perfect but my intention is). . . I fully understand yr panic-button-hit but its good to go on coz so many people all over the worl love you and the patterns you share and the fundraising you do, keep up the good work..I hope you dont mind my non-donation coz I am raising money for the Dutch Childrens Cancer Organisation since abrt 8 years, when I ”got” my first cancerperiod..last one was last year and I hope it will stay away …and yr totally right: crocheting is more then therapeutic…the bond we have, the thread is sooooooooooo important !! From Holland/The Netherlands with love….Marlene

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      Thank you for your words of encouragement and support, Marlene. I truly appreciate your love and concern. English isn’t my first language either, so we’re on the same boat here. 😉 The love and support I have received in the past few days has been overwhelming and I feel so lucky to be among such warm, beautiful folks. As for the donation, I believe it doesn’t matter which organization we support. As long as we can help anyone with whatever little we have, it’s wonderful. I wish you the best with your fundraising and the best for your health. Take care and see you around. 🙂

  9. Ellen says:

    So happy you've decided this!!
    It's true about both crocheting being therapeutic and meeting, mostly not even in the flesh, fabulous people who are there for you when you need them 😀

    Looking forward to a future with lots of posts by you and great patterns!!!

    Hugs and let's join for a *happy dance*

  10. Karen says:

    Glad you are staying the course, people are ignorant yet think they understand all.

    I once was helping the children’s bookstore I was working for put on a bookfair at an elementary school. The principal confronted us with anger at only getting 20% of the profit, leaving us 80%. Really? Who was buying the books, etc???? So, whether in your face or online, they don’t undertand all, which is a good reminder to me to remain silent or at a minimum positive.

    Crochet Hugs!!

  11. helencrochet1 says:

    Having recently made one of your fantastic patterns.. I must admit that you do have a unique talent. Your tutorials are detailed, precise and fail proof. You’re out there with the best of the other designers of crochet .. so ignore these people. Let them have their twisted moment and leave them to deal with their own issues.. you my darling carry on in which ever direction you please. I for one among many other appreciate your generosity .. and realistically, I have actually paid for pattern far less detailed and badly printed than yours could ever be.. your work is yours hence priceless .. Huge fan .. helen x

  12. amigurumibb says:

    Feel much better knowing you came to your senses 😀 Glad you are staying with us. There will always be situations like this one that happened to you recently, but then remember all of those who stand by your side. 😉
    Hugs my dear friend!

  13. animalnepal says:

    Thank you, Serah, for so kindly supporting Animal Nepal through your wacky designs. Anyone who likes to receive information about our work and how the money is spend is welcome to contact us. Please do check out our website and connect to us through Facebook. Remember, each donation goes a mile towards saving a suffering animal in Nepal!

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