David Reidy is “an Australian bloke who knits” and he’s recently launched a new knitting podcast. Mary-Helen‘s a fan but I haven’t had a chance to give it a listen yet. To be honest, I was put off a little bit upon meeting him at SSK yesterday when he made a snarky joke about how expensive my shop is. I wasn’t sure how to take it. He’s apparently doing a bit of a local industry media blitz though, and Chrystalla reported that he just turned up to drop off a business card. She also said that he’s a weekend regular and has done several of our classes before… so maybe I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Later: Well, now I feel a bit silly. I just had a great e-mail from David where he apologised and explained everything. I’m sorry to have put him on the defensive. As I said in my reply, it sometimes gets awkward and difficult for me at knitting events to separate myself from my position as “Tapestry Craft representative.” I mean, I was going to SSK for a full year before I started working in the shop. I don’t think we’re perfect and I don’t want people to think they can’t bitch about it in front of me. It’s just really hard for me not to take complaints personally. But I’m happy to admit I completely misunderstood David’s intent, and I apologise completely for calling him out. And besides, it turns out he’s a regular… and the customer is always right!