Friday, September 13, 2013

an arrant knitting infringement

Exhibit A: the piece of knitting on which I've been working away uncomplainingly for the past ten, maybe eleven years. The pattern, called garter stitch, is an advanced technique for highly experienced knitters.




Here it is attractively displayed on my honeymoon cake-stand.


Exhibit B: the latest Chanel advertisement. Note how similar that pink knitting is to mine. A lighter shade, I grant you, but it would be insufficiently visible against my honeymoon cake-stand.


[by Chanel]

Is this a flagrant ripoff by Chanel of years of patient, creative effort on my part, or what?

25 comments:

  1. See, I struggle with even garter stitch. It's the needles. They're too long and unwieldy.

    You're such a trendsetter. Why didn't I discover you and your blog before I was 40 and still keen to be a la mode?

    I'm quite tickled pink with your gerbera in the egg cup. Permission to use it in a future bloggy photo?

    Heather x

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    1. I'd be honoured, Heather, and no Chanel garment will ever rise to the style pinnacle of that mushroom skirt of yours that I covet.

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  2. I would sue.. ought to be a year's wardrobe in it, although they don't do a lot of pink. Perfume maybe? Shoes? Handbag? Just don't take it lying down.

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  3. Quite frankly it's shocking the way these large companies feel they can ride roughshod over the small, independant designer and quite frankly it's high time something was done about it. I'd write a stiff letter if I were you!

    ;)

    S x

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  4. There is something in what you show and tell. Perhaps, though, it might be best to not mention it to Karl. After all, he is having a fine career making amusing changes to a blueprint (or perhaps black and white print) set down by Mme Chanel many, many years ago.

    Do keep going with the knitting.

    xo

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  5. Shocking!they thought you wouldn't take notice!I've never completed a spot of knitting in my time, but I am sure it takes years to produce a masterpiece with love.

    ;)

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  6. I can see you are a born knitter - what a beautifully crafted piece - Chanel should be ashamed of themselves, although they don't have your feel for colour or honeymoon plates.

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  7. Thank you all for your very kind support amid this awkward legal situation.

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  8. I know a guy, who knows a guy, or should I say hommes?

    In any event, whatever the language, I'll get to the bottom of this.

    xo Jane

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    1. Dare I hope one of those hommes might be S-Man?

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  9. Dear God Mise .... sue them immediately ..... after 11 years of dedicated knitting and they do that to you ? OUTRAGEOUS !!!! Who do they think they are ? If I were you I would be very vigilant about your beautiful recipes ..... you never know who might try to rip some of them off as well ! XXXX

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    1. I knew you'd grasp the enormity of the situation straight away, Jacqueline.

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  10. But Mise... Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... And to think since they did not have your lovely stand, they had to resort to gangly girls in black ...so sad and unfortunate for Chanel. Your shade of pink far surpasses .. Theirs pales in comparison!

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    1. You Southerners always have such a clear grasp of affairs, Susan, and an ability to look on the bright side: I'm lucky they didn't pilfer my cake-stand.

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  11. Dear Mise, I would definitely write or via your attorney Mr Karl. After all just because he is now Chanel....
    Sometimes you have to fight the big guys; especially since is a clear infringement on your private Fiber Artwork!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artists Series

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    1. Thanks for dignifying my knitting, Karena; every stitch I make from now on is Fibre Artwork and if anyone calls it knitting I will unfollow their blog.

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  12. Oh my goodness, I am laughing so hard at this. Being a knitter of many years who "got" every nuance of humor here, it is absolutely the best "knitting" post ever. I especially love how you put your garter stitched sampler on a lovely cake stand :)

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  13. This is why I've never taken up knitting - it requires a headscarf

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    1. You are too good a commentator to be unknown, Unknown.

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  14. I'm thinking spies. There must be spies lurking somewhere nearby unless you regularly host supermodels at your knitting parties. Beware, Mise. Can you trust the neighbor's cat?

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  15. I believe you may be worrying unnecessarily dear Mise. The, um, knitters appear to have been caught in free fall shortly before impaling themselves on their needles. No doubt the families are already suing and Karl will soon be publicly acknowledging his inadequacy when it comes to garter stitch, pink, and even cake stands.

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  16. Not being a knitter, I can attest to the length of time it would take to knit that piece, and I just thought that ad was odd! The knitting looked wrong, totally unlike your picture of course :-)

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  17. I just happened to see this very same ad recently. I was surprised to see Chanel show their models knitting. Now I know where they are stealing their ideas. The nerve.

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  18. It's obvious to me that Chanel definitely had spies about your place...they should hfave just knocked on your door and hired you instantly as knitting supervisor! Shame on Karl...
    xo J~

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