I recently was browsing the shelves of a local large chain bookstore. I came across the work of Stephanie Japel. I have to say, I LOVE what she does with a sweater. I have had Fitted Knits for a while but it was Glam Knits I came across. The photography is sexy but the models look real (how often do we see both in one photograph?).
There is so much I love about this book of sweaters! I bought it. Not because I will likely knit any of the sweaters (I’m being realistic about my time, you see). No, I just don’t have the time to knit anything other than something for Noni except for maybe twice a year for about two days. No, I bought her book because I love what she is doing. I love her style, the passion that comes out in her designs, her appreciation for the feminine form, the understated sensuality that is evident in every sweater.
I bought her book, in short, because I want to see what she does next. I want her to write another book, and another. I want her to keep designing.
As an Indie designer who has been fortunate enough to make a living from selling my designs in my own pattern line for a couple of years (I started Noni five years ago this August 19), I must confess that I am struggling to keep Noni alive. If designers are to keep creating new and wonderful items, they need to be paid for their expertise and time.
The only way I, and other designers like me, can continue to concentrate on producing excellent design is if you, gentle knitter, and all your like-minded knitting friends pay for the designs you love. Most patterns cost about the same or less than a ball of good, high quality yarn. And a good pattern can bring you years, even decades of pleasure. You can use it repeatedly, make unique gifts for countless others. The instructions in a good pattern are priceless, do more, and outlast any single ball of yarn. Design is a precious thing, something that should be thoughtfully nurtured, supported. If you enjoy unique and well-written patterns, buy one for your self and buy some for your friends. What a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving.
As well as writing patterns for you, I am working on a book of 50 unique flower patterns as well as 6 – 7 projects that utilize those flowers. It is a labor of love and I am enjoying every minute. It is a further extension of my creative self. When it is finally in print, I hope you will enjoy my book as much as I enjoy purchasing books by Japel and other designers. To keep the creative juices flowing – please support your favorite designers- purchase their patterns instead of copying or sharing them.
Thank you for supporting Noni. Look for more postings about the book flowers and projects in the coming days, weeks, and months.