To those of you who follow my work, you will begin to notice upward movement in the prices of my patterns. I have had my prices at the top end of the “Ravelry Pricing” since I opened shop in November of 2012. However, this pricing did not reflect what it costs me to create my designs, so I am moving towards prices that reflect the value of what I create.
I have been of the mindset that I had to fit in with what everyone else does, which is really kind of silly. Fitting in has just never been a major perspective for me, but selling my creative endeavors tends to make me all insecure and tentative, so I tried. But I am unique, and what I have to offer is unique, and I cannot pretend that I can do it for the same price as everyone else.
I create beautiful, well thought out designs, which are flattering to a wide range of body types. I try to fill every design with careful choices, and the pattern with techniques that achieve the best possible result with as little off-the-needle finishing as possible. I believe that following my patterns will help you create something that you will be happy you spent the time knitting, that you will be happy with the finished piece with for a considerable time, or that you will be pleased to give as a gift. I think also you will learn something interesting about knitting in the process.
Whatever your budget, I believe it almost always pays to get the best that you can afford. We all have to decide what our parameters are, but then we should look to getting the best. I have been purchasing cappuccinos for my mother who can’t easily get out anymore. “Elixir of the gods!” she will say when I arrive with one. Each one costs me $3.50 (drink, tip, parking). So although I don’t value coffee drinks enough to often buy them for myself, for a beverage that is enjoyed and looked forward to that $3.50 is a bargain!
One day when I was listening to Fresh Air–this was years ago–someone was being interviewed, and I wasn’t paying attention to who, or why, but he said that his mother had said to him, as she was nearing the end of her life, “I only regret my economies.” This resonated with me on so many levels. So maybe a Jill Wolcott Knits pattern will have to be a considered purchase for you. Or, maybe for you they are an investment in a hobby that means a lot to you. Whatever your perspective, don’t you want the best you can afford? I know how price sensitive many knitters are to pattern prices, so if you cannot afford my new prices, I am sorry. Fact is, I can’t afford my old prices.