We've talked about the surprising number of steps between 'I have this idea for a book' and 'hey, look, here's a book I made.' Some of them are fairly easy to guess (write stuff down, knit things, take photos of things, make it all look like a book). Some are a little more surprising. One of the ones I never would have thought about before I did this was getting blank books made the way your book will be made. It turns out to be unreasonably helpful. I've been trying to decide between 'fancy bit of business wrapped around the [...]
Wow! You guys are awesome. Enough of you showed up that you crashed the server. The Boy has done some frantic typing (and I have done some helpful swearing) and thing seem to be back on track (slow, but working). If you're still having problems, get in touch and we'll get it sorted out. Thanks guys, I'm totally blown away by your excitement! The presale starts today! You can get the book right here, or just click on the giant picture of the book's cover below to be taken directly to the right spot. Just a few tiny bits [...]
Ready, Set, …
So did I mention the new book? The one that goes up for presale on Friday? Well, I mean I know I've mentioned it in passing (if you look back at old posts tagged sneakypants, you can see many of the things I've said about it) , but I think I've actually been fairly circumspect about its contents. Given that it's coming out this Friday, I think we can likely lift the veil just a bit, don't you? How about a quick shot of some of the test pages the printer sent? I'll have a proper picture of all the [...]
So That’s Done
After busting a rather serious move over the last few weeks, I am delighted to announce that the next book went to the printer Monday morning. I'm unreasonably taken with it. It's full of these. Which I will, of course, be showing you in (doubtless irritating) detail over the coming weeks. But for now their essential nature will remain shrouded in mystery. Suffice it to say they're rather fetching. More information when I have it (I'm waiting for confirmation from the printer before I do anything injudicious like announce a firm date on which they'll be ready, but I'm aiming [...]
I think I have a plan. Well no, I totally have a plan, I always have a plan. It's more like I have a plan that is far enough along to do something bold like mention it publicly. Let's do a little run down, shall we? First up will be the alarmingly versatile socks. They pretty much just need a name and a final once over (having been modeled and tested by a bunch of very gracious folks who don't let on at all when they think I'm being crazy). The plan is to put these out next week. The [...]
I am a firm believer in order of operations. Having a set of steps (and then following them) helps ensure things get done the right ways and that things don't get missed. Given that, it should come as no surprise that the books (or at least the patterns for the books) follow a set process. Step 1 is picking the yarn. Step 2 is swatching like a fiend. Step 3 is making myself a page of charts and notes (on graph paper, it has to be graph paper, I don't know how anyone writes on lined paper) for each pattern. [...]
You know how I said each book ends up with its own distinctive palette? Well, all the yarn for the next book (yes, yes I am already deep into the next one, that's how it works) is here now, and it appears the colors for this one are sherbet crossed with Rainbow Brite (what can I say, I'm a child of the 80s, I think I had Rainbow Brite sheets). All I can say in my defense is that I was picking these yarns in the middle of February and it was gray. I promise they actually work beautifully with [...]
And So It Begins
I am a big fans of systems. I truly deeply believe big projects are easier to get through if you have a system. Books are big projects, so I have a system for them. I'm starting the next book (the one that comes after KCC2), and that means the book yarn containment system has been reactivated. It's pretty basic...one bin for sock yarn, one bin for non-sock yarn, and one bin for swatches, labels, notes, and other important bits that must not be lost. The yarn bins are starting to fill up (yay), but the extra bit is still empty. [...]
It's up! My latest project, Rabble Rousers: What to Knit When You're Up to No Good, is now available for preorder. It's a collection of seven great accessories (two hats, two cowls, three cuffs). I've been calling it a mini book because it's smaller than one of the big books like The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, but quite a bit bigger than any of the individual patterns. And immodest though it is to say it, I'm pretty sure it's a marvelous example of 'good things come in small packages.' These patterns are all a huge amount of fun. You can find all [...]
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