about… me

Hi! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

I’m naoko, AKA n’ami (nami44 on Ravelry), an addicted Japanese knitter living in France since 2001.
I’ve come into the world of knitting rather recently, in 2009. As many French knitters, I began with the famous French brand Phildar, to make little things for my daughter. And one day, I discovered Ravelry: It’s been a total amazement… Since then, most of my life has become centered around knitting.

I’m the translator and owner of Atelier Knits, an online store of indie designers’ knitting patterns, translated from English or French into Japanese. I’m very proud to offer Japanese knitters the possibility to knit “foreign patterns” in our mother tongue. I work with Ravelry popular designers such as Alana Dakos, Stephen West, Åsa Tricosa, Martina Behm, Heidi Kirrmaier, Hélène Magnússon, Isabell Kraemer, Mademoiselle C.

I’m also a technical editor. I’ve become by chance – one of the designers I work with for my online store asked me to check her upcoming pattern a couple of years ago -, but love this job because I can take part of “pattern making” process, thinking with designers about how to get instructions clear and easy to follow. I also like putting things in order 🙂 And of course, for the privilege of previewing upcoming patterns!

And I’ve recently become a very budding designer. I often “patternize” the things I made for my daughter.

But above all else, I’m a knitter and I love simple and wearable design with clever construction.
I like natural yarns, and it’s best if they are ecological, local and social ones. I pay particular attention to the origin of raw material, dying process, place of production, and try to prefer European yarns, but I have to admit that I can’t always resist the temptation of (North and South) American hand-dyed yarns 😉

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