Last week, at about 3 hours’ notice, I was invited to be interviewed by ABC Radio. They were doing a few spots about traditional crafts and ways in which they could appeal to the “funky”. (No, I wasn’t sure what that meant either!).
Prior to the interview they suggested I talked about an item that could be knitted for a younger person, like a phone cover, and as I had already written a very simple pattern for one (for a class of 20-somethings women), I thought I was well-prepared. I emailed the pattern over to them.
It didn’t start well when I was introduced as a “Knitting Nanna”, as the Secretary of the Knitters’ Guild (I’m the Treasurer) and given the wrong first name. I pointed out that I’m not a “Nanna” and tried to say that we have an awful lot of members under the age of 40, including children, and some of our members are MEN. But the presenter was not to be swayed – she was adamant that grandmother or not, I should be proud to be called a Knitting Nanna.
We then talked about the pattern and she was a bit surprised that the sides had to be sewn up – as this was for beginner knitters I quite reasonably hadn’t thought it appropriate to specify knitting it in the round on dpn’s.
Anyway, I had my 10 minutes or so, the presenter then signed off (again with wrong name and title) and I breathed a sigh of relief. Half an hour later my pattern appeared on their blog, with a photograph of a completely different phone cover – wholly knitted in garter stitch whereas mine was in stocking stitch with a ribbed edge. I did write and explain that this would cause confusion when a knitter found that what they were knitting (if they followed my instructions) bore no resemblance to the photograph,. I’ve had no reply.
Please, ABC, if you’re trying to promote knitting (or any other “traditional” craft), you’re going about it the wrong way. If you’re not interested in promoting it, don’t pretend that you are.