Is there a problem with editing the .css directly if I don't manually update twentyfourteen? Does WordPress automatically update the theme thereby overwriting my changes?
I have read in numerous postings that it is best not to change style.css directly but rather use a child theme. I set up a child theme but found it very cumbersome to work with. I went back to making changes directly in the twentyfourteen theme.
As long as WordPress does not automatically update the theme I don't see what the issue is. Once I have everything working the way I want I would not want to upgrade the theme.
I noticed that on one occasion WordPress automatically updated my version of WordPress! So this made me wonder if it might automatically update the theme as well.