I posted before about wanting to get a hold of the Mermaid Jacket pattern, but it only being available in kit form, and got some good ideas, but here are the results :
I emailed the retailer and got a 'no, bye' email back. I asked if there were alternative yarns I could buy or if I could just get the pattern. But they're obviously bound by the designer, so I emailed the designer.
In my email I said that I was fully aware that whatever I made wouldn't be the exact same as a proper Mermaid Jacket, that it wouldn't have the same drape, feel or look, but that I really wanted to try it. I asked if I could just buy the pattern or if there was an alternative kit available. I asked if there was any solution. But I got her reply today and it said, essentially, that the pattern is just a way to sell the yarn, so no yarn, no kit, and there's no non-wool yarn.
I get that designers have to protect their work by not having people passing off poor copies as the designer's work - it reflects badly on them. But really, I just want the pretty pattern, but not for £70 ($140). It's crap enough having to buy special dyes for non-wool yarn when everyone else gets to use vinegar and kool-aid, or pay over the odds for equivalent yarns in alternative fibres, and even that I never get a chance to feel some Malabrigo. But seriously, when did people get so far into yarn-snobbery that they won't let someone who medically can't use their yarn but loves their pattern give it a go?
I know I'm overreacting, but I'm just pissed off. I come up against a million little rejections every day due to various disabilities I have, but this is just insulting. Sorry for the rant,