I have really fabulous news for you all today. My new book Color By Kristin is in the country and in a warehouse! I don't have my copies yet to ship but I should have them by the end of this week, if all the stars align properly. Fingers crossed!
I am so excited about this book. The Farmer thinks it is my best one yet. He never says much about my books - probably because he has to live through so much of the back story and birthing of the projects, photography, etc. He is just happy when they get out there and start selling. But it is sweet, never the less, that he likes it so much.
If you have been waiting to order a signed copy of Color By Kristin from me, I think I can safely say, now is the time. Click here for my webstore. I really appreciate every order I get from all of you. Writing books is an unbelievable amount of work, as any author will tell you. The small percentage I make from the sales of each book is minuscule. But when I sell them to you, signed, my percentage goes up and it really helps keep this old farm going. Enough begging for today..... If you want the book signed to you, or to a friend, make sure you fill in the special instructions section on the order form. Otherwise, I will sign generically!
By all means, if your local bookstore or yarnstore is selling my book, buy it from them. Those retailers work so hard to stock yarn and books and the competition from the big box retailers and on-line vendors is fierce. Small town America would be nowhere without its retailers, lining Main Street with things for all of us to buy and a person behind the register. I can't stress this enough... Support your local merchants if there is one near you. I know that many blog readers have lost their local bookstores and yarnstores and so I can give you another option by ordering my books, signed, from my website.
If you have ordered a book from me, you will see it before the expected date of November 2nd. I will let you know when the books arrive at our home and when I get them to the post office to be winging their way to you.
I'm going to share a few of the photos we didn't use for the book on my blog over the next couple weeks. There were so many good images but alas, there is only room for one for each project. That way you will also get a bit of a preview. All of the location photos were taken by my friend and talented photographer (and all around very nice guy) John Gruen and I thank him for supplying me with the lo-res images to share with you.
Here's your first preview. This is a shawl I call the Over The Top Shawl. We didn't use this photo because it was more of a mood shot showing the vista and valley below. We did all of the location photography for this book either in our house, in the yard or on our road. This view is shot at the top of the hill on one of our neighbors' hayfields. From there you can see all the way down to Springfield and Connecticut beyond.
The shawl is knit in my Julia Yarn (50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Mohair) as are all the projects in this book. It is knit in the round and steeked, then cut and you make the fringe out of the steek yarn. I know this sounds confusing but it isn't and makes sense once you sit down to do it. It's a technique I have been using for years and introduced in my last book Kristin Knits is the Coleus Scarf shown below. You can still purchase signed copies of Kristin Knits on my website. (Photo by Kevin Kennefick.)
Keep popping back in to see the previews.
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.