Although, frankly, it’s not my own navel I am gazing at…
I have always liked Steven West’s patterns. 34 items in my favorites are his; I have purchased at least eight of his patterns. Back in the early days of Ravelry, it was never a surprise to me when I saw a scarf or shawl pattern I particularly liked, only to discover it was one of his. More recently, however, much of his work leaves me cold. Part of it is that speckled yarns, with which he is currently quite taken, do not appeal to me; another part is that his designs have become
busy wild unsupervised weird not my style.
Seriously, compare these two hats. Try to guess which is from 2009 and which is from 2017.
Yeah, I bet you had no trouble with that one.
I am not alone in this. To wit:
Hat at left: 7 projects.
Hat at right: 7,139. (approximately 24 in the first six months the pattern was available, which is roughly the same amount of time the pattern at left has been out)
Look, I totally admire the guy’s creativity and his productivity. I just don’t get his newer vibe. I freely admit that that is probably because I am a straight Midwestern female on the shady side of 60 rather than a 30-something gay man living in Amsterdam. But I am not alone in this. Check out which of his patterns have the most favorites. Hint: it’s not the more recent designs.
I am all in favor of a person
letting his freak flag fly expressing him/herself, but c’mon…
::descends from soapbox, totters away muttering to herself, leaning on her cane::