I have had my name on the cover of eight books. The excitement really doesn't get old. And so you can just imagine the flurry here today when Fedex delivered my advance copy of Color by Kristin. I was a bit fearful to open the package. Although I poured long and hard over proof pages a couple months ago, trying to make sure everything was right, I was anxious to see the pages actually printed on a printing press (vs. laser computer output). What would the cover be like? The endpapers? How will the words sit on the actual page.
And so here it is in Julia's hands ......
Writing a knitting book is very much a giant process. From conceptual book idea, to swatching of projects, knitting of projects, photography. Then writing the patterns, proofing the patterns, handing it off to the publisher (this book is being published by the wonderful team at Soho Publishing). The chores and tasks go on and on. As an author, I step in and out of the book making process as the publisher needs me. I help when needed and keep my fingers crossed that everything will be presented as I already had envisioned it.
This book is really quite special to me and I hope knitters will like it as much as I enjoyed doing it. What I like about this book is that it presents the way I design and think in a logical manner. It teaches the knitter how to design Fair Isle Patterns themselves. It teaches how to work with color. It teaches steeking. It teaches duplicate stitch and embroidery. And it does it all in an easy to follow format.
Color By Kristin isn't only about learning to design - it has over 20 projects with complete directions so that if you don't want to design something yourself, you can follow my directions explicitly. I've included small projects (mittens, gloves, hats, scarves), larger projects - baby blankets, adult and children's sweaters, and lots of colorful home decor including pillows, bolsters, tea cosies, and french press cosies. Each pattern also gives the knitter a guide as to how to change the project themselves to make it their own. All of the projects are knit in my beautiful Julia Wool/Mohair/Alpaca yarn.
Color by Kristin really does show my work in an authentic atmostphere - All of the projects were photographed at our farm - both outside and inside. Here Julia is looking at the photo of her and her friend Bridget in some super cute Fair Isle Pullovers.
As with all of my books, you can order signed copies directly from me. I will sign them to you or a friend. I always appreciate the direct sales of books from my website.
And so - here you all go - here is the link to my webpage where you can see a preview of some of the projects in Color by Kristin. Here is the link to buy Color by Kristin directly from our little farm. If you do order from me, please fill in in the space provided on the order form who you would like the book inscribed to. If this line isn't filled in, I will just sign it generically......
As for the delivery date, I have just heard that I will probably have books by the end of September (instead of the November that is on my Shop Page at the moment.) As soon as I receive my copies, I will sign and pack them all up and we will do a big run to the post office. Keep checking on my blog as I will announce here when the books come in and go out to all of you who kindly order from me! Thanks to all of you for your continuing support!