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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

One Sock Done!

I’ve finished my first sock using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and as requested, have modeled it on my own foot.  This heel probably fits more like a commercial sock heel than any other hand knit sock heel I’ve made.  I like the heel, it was easy to work and it does fit well and I can see myself using it in my own knitting, but I don’t know that I would design a sock pattern with it.  The designer encourages sock designers to use the heel, but by getting them to the heel portion and then telling them to work the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  Which means they have to buy the Fish Lips Kiss Heel to work it.  It’s only $1.00 and once you have it, you can use it on thousands of socks.  I have no problem at all paying the designer for figuring this heel out.  What I do have a problem with is selling a sock pattern of my own and then asking the knitter to buy a separate set of directions in order to knit the pattern, even a $1.00 separate set of directions.  I feel, when I buy a pattern, that I should get all the directions required within that pattern.  I’ll have to give it some thought.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the heel, and have started the second sock at the same place in the stripe as the first sock, so hopefully they will match.



Blogger Jen said...

Maybe you could work out a licensing deal with the designer to include her heel instructions in your pattern and then pay a royalty? Just a thought.... (Yes, I am a lawyer, why do you ask? ;-) )

9:42 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Also: cute socks!

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the picture - it does look amazing. Now the muggles will NEVER believe you knit it yourself! :-)

10:13 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Agreed. I ran I to this situation with another bought pattern that required me to buy Cat Bordhi's möbius cast on. Luckily I already had it, but it was annoying

11:12 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I can definitely see your POV as a designer! makes sense. That said, I LOVE THIS HEEL. I am on my 3rd pair of socks using it -- just plain vanilla, toe-up -- and my husband and I both think they are the best fitting of all the socks i've made. i wonder if there is a better way; could you write it for a more conventional/free heel and then encourage people to try this one b/c of the fit? or does that feel like a bait & switch? Or could the heel designer get some kind of royalty, like $.50 per pattern that uses her heel?

8:48 PM  

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