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There are a few things to consider here. 1) I don't control the photography or staging of photos. Once these samples leave my apartment, I lose all control. 2) Knitters (and people in general) are intelligent people with a basic sense of self preservation, both for themselves and for their offspring...generally. That being said, as soon as I put up this pattern I found two angry messages sitting in my inbox with complaints about the buttons on the mittens. I understand that buttons are a choking hazard (and I guess my mistake was thinking that other knitters understood that too). So here is the photo in question:
I have to say, I'm disappointed. I really love these little mittens. Interweave loved these mittens. My friends and family love these mittens. I thought that everyone else would love them as well. I've read about other designer's getting nasty-grams from knitters about something they didn't like, but I'd never received one. It feels really personal. But rather than argue about how I'm not the mother-of-the-internet, and that people are smart enough to figure out when it is and is not safe to put buttons on baby things, I decided that instead of fielding more and more of these types of messages, I would state the obvious.
So now I need to mentally shake it off, and to help me do that...I've got a book giveaway. Hold on while I go upstairs and reach into the Box O' Knitting Books. (Jeopardy theme song plays...). Okay, I'm back. And fittingly, I have a copy of Debbie Bliss' Classic Knits for Kids! How that for a coincidence? If you want to win this baby, leave me a comment before Wednesday night at Midnight EST and I'll use the random number generator to chose the winner (you must be a US residence...pesky shipping rates).
Update: after taking a minute to get over myself, I realize that in retrospect, this commenter was correct. Unfortunately, people do things all the time that do not line up with the common-sense approach, and I would feel horrible if a child choked on a button from my mittens because it didn't occur to anyone that small parts and small children don't mix. So thank you, Commenter for pushing me to do something simple that might make a real difference to a little one :)