I haven't knit any of the Felted Clogs, but I would recommend reading her COPYRIGHT wording and follow the guidelines. It gets really dicey when you knit a protected pattern and then try to sell it in a public arena, such as Ebay, Etsy or your own Blogspot. Designers know how to throw out an 'internet fishing net' that will bring in ALL POSTS and SITES that are featuring their designs. There is a name for that 'fishing net' but I can't recall it now. If you are selling a protected pattern anywhere on the internet, she will find it if she's looking! And since this is how she makes her living, she probably will be looking.
It is impossible to make a living off 'knitting' by itself. No one ever wants to pay the price of a handknitted item, even if you charge just 50 cents per hour for your labor!
The only way to really make a living at your knitting it to create pattern designs and sell them. And hope that people buy them for their own use only.
You are right to ask about this subject! Thanks for checking!
This question always comes up from time to time!
If you type in Felted Clogs or slippers on Etsy...you will see many people selling these. Only one says she is using with permission. How can you possibly know if that is the same pattern even though it looks exactly like it?
I did email Bev Galeskas from Fiber Trends and she did give me permission to sell just one pair.
I am sure there are alot of folks out there selling things made from copyrighted patterns, knitting or otherwise. Just as there are lots of people who continue to download music illegally on the internet.
The question becomes do you want to do the "right" thing or do you do what ever you want and assume the risk of being found out. Years go, when Kaza and some of the other music download sites were first on the internet I would occassionally download a piece of music, knowing it was illegal. Then I started to hear on the news that the music people were randomly prosecuting people and they were fined hundreds of thousands of dallars. I decided it wasn't worth the risk and it was better to do the "right" thing.
Go to most any church bazaar and I am sure you'll find handmade items made from copyrighted patterns. Many don't even know that what they are doing is wrong, some just don't care.
GinnyG on Ravelry, I'd LOVE to be in your "friends"