Very quick knitting news and then some information about my photos follows.
The shawl that I’ve been knitting is a birthday present for my mother. I’ve shown it to her and told her it’s for her, and there is no way on Zeus’ green earth that that sucker’s going to be ready on time. So be it. But it *will* be ready for her trip to Mexico in a few weeks, because a hand-knit shawl from your son is *the* fashion accessory this year. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.
I am also making agonizingly slow progress on the Shifty Socks. Pictures will be made available once I start doing the color changes.
And speaking of pictures, I got a lot of really nice comments and e-mails on the pictures I linked to in my last post. So much so that I got to thinking about the licensing I’m using on Flickr. You see, Flickr takes photographers’ rights very seriously, and by default, the pictures you upload to Flickr are copyrighted by you, all rights reserved. That’s very cool of them, but they took it a step further and made it easy for photographers to choose Creative Commons licenses for their photos.
Creative Commons is a godsend in the digital age. In a world where everyone is a publisher, everyone can take advantage of copyright protections. CC is a group that has tried to address this issue by creating some very simple licenses that anyone can apply to their digital creations – photos, blogs, MP3 recordings, what have you.
In my case, I am willing to let other people use my photos to create new works, just so long as they abide by two rules: one, that they credit me, and two, that they agree to let other people in turn create new things using the works that they’ve created with my works. And there’s a CC license for that! Which all my photos on Flickr are now licensed under.
So please, visit my Flickr page and download a huge passel of photos. Cut them up, re-arrange them, superimpose the Yarn Harlot’s face on them and sell them as fridge magnets. Just credit me with the original photos and agree to let other people do the same with your fridge magnets. There’s a motto in open source software that I think works very well for creative industries everywhere: give a little, take a lot.
Please, take as much as you want from me. Just give a little back. It’ll make a very cool world, trust me.