OK, I was going to stay out of it. It's not really my business, right?
Well, I figure, it's my blog, and if I want to say something, I will.
Magknits is now gone. Kerrie, the editor, has decided that it doesn't make money and she isn't going to be involved with it anymore. "Oh you wanted those patterns? Sorry (but not really) about your luck."
The back story? Some things were said about Kerrie's business, Hipknits, on Ravelry, regarding lost orders. Quite a few lost orders. IMHO, maybe more than can be construed as a "coincidence". There was some more piping in about "Hey! I never got paid for my Magknits submission." and the whole thing spiraled out of control.
Now, I have not lost an order from Hipknits. In this area, I am completely neutral. I have never ordered from them. Every once in a while I'd go to visit her blog and look at her cute kids and oogle her yummy yarn.
I was, however, a fan of Magknits. I loved when the new issues came out. Hell, I was even a member of their forum on Ravelry.
But somehow, I knew. When they disappeared last month for "overhauling" something in the back of my head said, "Save the patterns you want, Lynnette." Only I didn't. And I was pleasantly surprised to see them up last week. And now, they are gone.
I don't begrudge Kerrie ending an unprofitable venture. That is, of course, her choice. But I do want to say in doing so, she just alienated hundreds of knitters. Her pulling the site the way she did smacks of "I'm going to take my ball and go home." It was done out of spite, a knee jerk reaction to what she saw as people saying bad things about her.
I feel bad saying this, but now I will not order from Hipknits. Why do I want to do business with someone who acts so unprofessionally?
That's just my 2 cents.