SOKKAR - Socks of Iceland Knitting Patterns
SOKKAR - Socks of Iceland Knitting Patterns
Sokkar is a book of original sock knitting patterns inspired by the landscape & culture of Iceland created by designer Vanessa Falle
Sokkar is a book of original sock knitting patterns inspired by the landscape & culture of Iceland created by designer Vanessa Falle Read more
About this project
Sokkar is the Icelandic word for socks. When I first began knitting, I taught myself to knit socks. They were my sole inspiration for learning the craft. That was back in 2004. Now, twelve years later, I'm still knitting socks with as much love for them as ever before. I have decades of experience in working with textiles with my very first business being in custom sewing back when I was in high school. I have a deep love for and broad knowledge of textiles and design.
In April of 2016, I'll be spending a month living in an artist residence called Textilsetur Islands in the tiny town of Blonduos, Iceland. My goal is to create a minimum of six original sock designs that will be showcased in this book. The designs will be inspired by the rugged, isolated landscape of the remote island, while honouring the centuries old Nordic tradition of knitting. Patterns will be both textured and stranded colourwork designs using colours that are found in the local environment as well as in traditional Icelandic textile design. The town of Blonduos boasts a textile museum that has displays of knitted, embroidered, and woven works as well as a dedicated wool display. Many of my designs will borrow inspiration from the items found in the displays.
This book will be produced with the support of the Canadian self publishing company, Friesen Press. My vision for this book will be similar to most other knitting books in that the first section will illustrate the designs being worn by a model in thoughtfully styled wardrobe, set in indoor and/or outdoor settings. As a former portrait photographer, I will be doing the photography for the styled shoots. Whenever possible, whether in online marketing or in the book itself, the various discoveries I make during my stay in Iceland (people, landscape, culture) will be visually illustrated as well with photographs. It will be approximately 65-120 pages in length, full colour, softcover with both written and charted patterns. I intend to work hard at keeping the retail price as low as possible; hopefully under $30.
Note: the hardcover edition indicated in some of the upper level backer perks will not be available for purchase. It is available exclusively to backers of the project. It would be far too costly to produce in that format, that is why the final book release will be in softcover only.
• Friesen Press Author Support and Production costs - $5000
(includes tech editing, copy editing, book and cover design, copyright registration, distribution, revisions and proof reading.)
• Friesen Press Book Return Insurance - $700
• Kickstarter fees 8-10% of funds raised. These fees are unavoidable but are a necessary part of utilizing Kickstarter's fundraising infrastructure.
In the event that a surplus of funds are raised, I plan to use them for the following:
• make copies of the book available to local schools and libraries
• contribute yarns and patterns to charity knitters who provide hand knit woolen garments to the homeless during the cold winter months.
• marketing - sending hard copies of the book to podcasters for review
• publishing costs of my next book - Yukon socks
Risks and challenges
The challenges that lay ahead for this project include designing the individual sock designs, having each pattern test-knit and marketing. With regard to the individual sock designs, I have to work out stitch counts and fit issues that arise. My team of test knitters will each knit their way through each pattern, offering me valuable feedback on the wording, construction and overall design of each sock. Marketing is the biggest hurdle. Fortunately, Friesen press has significant distribution which will put this book in front of major book distributors, including Amazon. With print books, smaller retailers sometimes shy away from new, unproven creators such as myself. By offering book return insurance, this can alleviate some of the apprehensions of those smaller retailers as it will allow them to return the unsold copies to Friesen's warehouse, thereby eliminating taking a chance on this product. Also, as this is my first publishing experience, I am mostly guessing at the production timelines. It is entirely possible that it can go much faster or slower than anticipated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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