Lawyers don’t scare me!

Wow… It looks like I’m going to be checked out by some lawyers over this bleeding yarn fiasco!

I posted about my project over at knittyboard.com. (The folks over there are really nice!) One person suggested that I contact the dyer and let her know that her product had an issue. This is the conversation so far:

by bookgrump
I just thought that you should know that the wool silk yarn that you sold me bled badly during the blocking process.

FO – Twin Peaks Shawl

Is this normal?

2 March 2007 8:01am EDT

by Mysticalcreationyarn
you are very close if not to slander my attorney will be reviewing this also!
2 March 2007 8:09am EDT

by Mysticalcreationyarn
oh ya and by the way I am the dyer for just one more row lol
2 March 2007 8:18am EDT

by bookgrump
Your lawyers don’t scare me at all. I have facts on my side. It’s only slander if it’s not true. Since it is all 100% fact, you’ll be wasting your money. (Maybe you can bully other people, but you can’t bully me.)
2 March 2007 9:29am EDT

by Mysticalcreationyarn
lol you really need to get a life
2 March 2007 9:30am EDT

OK then… A life. Check. Got one of those. And now…?

You know, I wouldn’t care so much about the dying issues if someone would take responsibility for the mess and do something to keep it from happening again. I’ve been irked about this because I didn’t believe that the dyer would really care. And I was right. She doesn’t. Instead, I got a threat and mockery.

Dying yarn for some pattern-maker doesn’t make her infallible. Bully for her that she has customers. (I wonder how long they will be customers when they run into the same problems with bleeding that I encountered. Can you imagine making an item and then selling it to someone who gets caught in a rainstorm? Yowza!)

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. It doesn’t matter how hard people try to do the best job possible, they’re still just people. There’s only been one person who was ever perfect, and that person was thanked mightily for the feat by being nailed to a cross! Why is it so hard to say, “Yep, I could have done better. Blast it all. I’ll see that I do better next time.”?

This person can’t fix my issue unless she’s willing to over-dye the shawl to restore it to its former glory or refund my money. I don’t see her doing that (not in this lifetime anyway). I would at least like to see her post something in her product descriptions like, “HEY! DON’T GET THIS WET!” or “Dry clean only.” That would have saved this project and every project for every person who has yet to knit with this yarn.

Instead, she wants to send lawyers. If they don’t know how to fix the dying problems, they’re nothing to me. Bring it on!

11 thoughts on “Lawyers don’t scare me!

  1. Carrie

    It doesn’t sound like this dyer stands behind her quality of work at all. I wouldn’t worry too much about lawyers from a person who uses “lol” and taunts you–can 12 year olds even hire lawyers?

  2. Erin

    I love the lawyer threat, lol. Classic. When she knows she hasn’t got a leg to stand on, she goes and ‘lawyers up’ on you (ala Law & Order, ROFL). On that show, when they do that, it’s cuz they’re guilty. I watch too much tv. 😉

  3. Megan

    I…just don’t know what to say to that. That goes so far beyond bad customer service…wow. Just wow. I’m so sorry about your shawl, it looks like a lot of hard work.

  4. adrienne

    I’ve always thought her yarn was lovely, but I’m so glad I’ve never purchased any… The shawl is lovely, but that is so disappointing! Have you thought about contacting the etsy admins? They would probably like to know that she left you retaliatory feedback and threatened you with a lawyer…

  5. Tola

    Found you through Lynn. I cannot believe the attitude you’re getting from the dyer. All you can do is noise about mightily your experience. It’s not slander if it’s true, and you’ve documented it well.

  6. k*m

    uh-oh! i was just about to refer a friend to MC yarns etsy shop when i noticed it was closed. i bought some sock yarn from her ages ago but it’s just been sitting in my stash… glad i found your blog b/c my friend is a much more voracious knitter than i am and she’d be PO’d if her projects started bleeding!

  7. catitude1

    Hi Bookgrump,
    I found your blog through Ravelry. I, too, have had bad experiences with MCY and will never buy from them again. I ordered cotton yarn, which was not dyed properly – the colors were all faded when it arrived and the color continues to bleed every time it is washed (I made dishclothes, as I felt that was all it was fit for). Also, the colors of other yarns I bought were not as shown at all. I understand that they are handpainted and there will be some variation, but there shouldn’t be actual differences in the colors used! The dyer offered to try to re-dye the cotton (from a prior order) however, I wasn’t about to pay to have it shipped back and forth, etc. I will overdye the rest of the yarn I bought from her in the hopes of being able to salvage it. Thanks for letting me complain to a fellow sufferer.
    kat

  8. Barb Nicoll

    Oh boy, I just received some brown sugar color yarn today from MCY. I have forgotten what the content of the yarn is, but is appears to be a lace or sport weight and I though I was getting worsted. I noticed as I took the skeins out of the bag, they appeared too “neat” to be hand dyed. I don’t know. I will only have to see what happens. I think now I will knit a small square to see what happens when I block that.

    I am a paralegal, and have been since 1973. Slander my ah..butt… In order to PROVE slander, a very difficult thing, a person has to slander (speak) a person with malice intended.

    You did not slander her, if you had malice in your heart when you WROTE that, it would be liable.

    So much the the attorney at MCY! ha ha

    Good luck to you!

    Barb

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