Anyone can see … (not)

A recent comment on one of the designer forums made me wince. It’s so easy to take things for granted and this was a reminder …

The discussion was about writing descriptions for patterns. There had been some other posts on the forum alluding to whether there was a need to mention what the item was in the description. So, ok, that I could attribute to matter of writing style. But then there was this particular comment posted by one of the designers that imho came across as insensitive. It started off like this … “So far, I have only designed mitts but my thought is, anyone can see they are mitts, … “.
Ummm … anyone can see? What about those who are blind or severely visually impaired? Yes, there are knitters who are blind. And I am always pleased when I hear they are using my patterns and find them easy to follow. In fact, it’s on my list of to-do’s to post a recent project one of these knitters has given me permission to share with you. I think it is time to give that to-do a higher priority. Maybe it will hint to some of the other folks designing knitting patterns out there to keep in mind that not every knitter can see.
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