My Photo

Become a Fan

« How do knitters gauge the season? | Main | Opal's new Harry Potter sock yarn »

April 09, 2008



Just wanted to say you do an amazing job. I'm sorry you have to deal with lazy-heads who want to make money the easy way without doing their own work.


This is going to sound crazy, but that second paragraph *cracked me up.* Because I can't believe someone would honestly do that! That's just nuts! Maybe she's thinking you'll address the packages and haul them to the post office, too? After all, you've done all of the other hard work for her, right?

Great post. Keep up the great work.


You go girl! Kick some lazy butt!!


It is unbelievable to me that someone would have the nerve to do something like that! You run a wonderful business that caters to a growing corner of the knitting world and you run it beyond well! It has been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery -- but this is ridiculous!!


Unbelievable nerve.. that person who is attempting to copy you.
Whoa... talk about a dummie.

No worries, if he/she ever tries to start one up, then just let us know, so we can boycott it. (the power of knitters is astonishing - truly)


*sigh* Once again, I run up against evidence that the world is full of jerks.

As much as I'd like to not believe that.

All I can say is - having ordered a LOT from you, and having been happy every time, if I were faced with a choice of Simply Socks and some copycat site, I'd definitely go with Simply Socks - because I know I can trust you. Some copycat site - especially if I got the vibe of, "Hey, they copied someone else's design," not so much.


Ugh. Sorry for the bad experience. I am glad your web designer shut down that request and contacted you instead. Wow is all I can say. Easy? Ya, right! I hear you on that one!


Amen, Sistah!

Someone may try to copy you but NO ONE can ever replace you.


How long did it take for your webdesigner to quit laughing?

Liz in IN

I *wish* I found it unbelievable. Unfortunately, I'm not at all surprised. How sad is that?

Somebody who tries to take the easy, lazy (not to say incredibly stupid) way at the start, won't be around very long. Especially, well, since we all know, now. ;)

I'm thinking of a line from Pretty Woman, when JR returns to the shop where she'd been snubbed and insulted, just to tell the salesgirls: "Big mistake. Huge."

Because it's not about the yarn, ultimately. Yarn is widely available. It's about the integrity of the YS owner and the relationship of trust and service she's built with her customers.

We appreciate you, Allison! Go get 'em!


Oh that sucks! I'm coming out of lurkdom to say that I recognize the hard work you do and really appreciate your shop. When I want a certain kind of yarn, I have checked your shop first since the first time I found it. :)


You keep up the great work girl.


That is just crazy - does she think that satisfied customers will go flocking to a new store because looks just like yours? Or is she trying to fool people into thinking they're buying from you when they are actually buying from her? I mean could she possibly be stupid enough to think she could get away with it? I agree with James - shame on her for even thinking of doing something so underhanded & sneaky & for thinking we customers are so stupid!!!!!


This sort of thing happens with bricks-and-mortar stores too. I used to work at a great yarn shop in San Francisco. (It's still my favorite!) Not too long after I started there, another yarn shop opened nearby (about 8 blocks away). The woman who owned it had applied for a job at the shop I worked at, trying to get an insider scoop.

At a jewelry (sterling silver) store I worked at, we had people coming in all the time trying to take photos of our cases and our stock, and asking where we got our supplies. Look, imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but there's a line. You know? Well, of course you do.

I think it's nice that your web designer let you know about this. ^_^ I love your shop and your blog, and would hate to see someone try to steal that from you.

Susan B

You tell them! You are doing a great job. I love your blog and the yarn I've received so far. It is great! I can't believe the nerve of some people.

ann-marie mackay

oooh fish hair yarn? sounds cool.

that totall stinks--glad that your web person gave you the heads up

(by the way, WAY cute picture of your son)


Ooh, that is one stern lookin' baby. Remind me never to peeve him.


You have a wonderful selection of yarns and you are always terrific to deal with - I appreciate you and so do all the people I have guided to your site! Hang in there... and try not to let the lazies :) get you down....

You go girl! Some people in this world have a lot of gall! To try to copy your business model is one thing, but to ask your web designer to help them??!! Keep up the great work...Simply Socks ROCKS! And I am with Ann-Marie...That is one mean-lookin' baby!LOL


I can't believe that someone would actually try to do this. Is she nuts? You have a one-of-a-kind store, and she's a lazy fool!


My mother always told me that imitation is the highest form of flattery! Which is fine, up to a point. One would hope that that point would be obvious, and that duplication is way beyond the pale.

Don't let the bastards get you down.


That sucks. I can't believe there are people that are like that. Well yes I can but I digress. You do a great job. I have loved both of the sock clubs and hope to get in on the next one. That baby is so cute even when he has that stern "Let me kick some butt" face.


I wish more people would call your web page designer ..... that way we could see more pictures of your super cute James. Can't get enough of that little face.

The comments to this entry are closed.