I'm back from TNNA in Columbus, OH. Oh, what a whirlwind full of old friends, dinners, selling yarn, talking about my new book and basically having a good old time. The whole experience brings me back to the days when I worked for a yarn company. Those years were full of travel, trade shows - both exhibiting and visiting to buy yarn, very long days and many nice dinners. I really don't miss those days too much - except for the dinner part - that I do miss. I love to try food in many different countries of the world and the USA. This past weekend I got to share many meals with publishers, designers, and yarn companies and it was great fun.
I had a small section of the Nashua Handknits Booth to set up to display the projects from my new book Color by Kristin. All of the projects were incredibly well-received and I have high hopes for the book too. The staff at Sixth and Spring has done an incredible job putting together this book. I can't let on too much because I want it to be a surprise for knitters. One thing I can say is that besides over 25 projects, there is also a lot of technical information on knitting that is timeless.
There's been much discussion about the cover of the book as there always is. The publishers always try to pick the one that will be the most tempting to buyers. I think they have gotten it right. Here it is for all of you to see:
I think it is beautiful. It speaks to knitters - whether beginners or advanced knitters. It also challenges the reader to look inside to see what else is in the book. I do know the yarn stores loved it as did many of the other industry folks I visited with.
Now is the time that your local yarn store is ordering fall yarn. If your LYS doesn't have my Julia Yarn, please give them a little nudge. I did sell a lot of Julia to many new accounts but not all yarn stores travel to a show like this. Most shops see sales reps in their store and place their fall orders with them. Ask them to order my Julia Yarn so that you will be able to knit the projects in this new book.
I've got some more exciting news but I'm going to wait until tomorrow to let you in on that!
Many of you have asked if I will be selling signed copies of Color by Kristin on my website. The answer is "YES - I SURELY WILL!" Color by Kristin will not be available until early November so I hesitate to put it on my website now for purchasing. The website is set up so that you can purchase through PayPal. As you know, when you order, the money is taken out of your PayPal account. This would mean you would be prepaying for the book several months in advance and I think most people wouldn't want to do that. What do you think? Would you like to be first in line to buy a signed copy? Would you mind prepaying? Just wondering? If I have enough of interest, I will get it put up soon. I sincerely thank everyone who does purchase my books directly from me. Those sales help contribute to keep this little old farm running - animals and people fed, clothed and sheltered. Thanks so much!
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.