It's been such a very long time since Knitting For Baby, the book I co-wrote and illustrated with Melanie Falick came out. When we began the project, we had both just gotten through the first year of motherhood. Melanie called me one evening and asked me if I might like to write a book with her about knitting for babies. It sounded like a good idea to me as I was planning to end my full-time gig as Creative Director at Classic Elite Yarns.
We worked on the book proposal together, Melanie polishing it up gorgeously so the idea was quickly accepted by STC (where coincidentally Melanie is now the Editor in Chief of her own Craft Imprint). It seems like a lifetime ago that we organized, decided on a color palette and then sourced yarn from multiple yarn companies. During that sourcing process, I realized that most yarn companies' colors really were quite awful. It was difficult to find colors with the aesthetic we were looking for. That realization segued for me into my own yarn line Julia which is now Color By Kristin being distributed by Classic Elite Yarns. Talk about full circle!
|Stitch Illustrations for Knitting for Baby Painted on Sept. 11, 2001|
As I was working on the crazy amount of illustrations I had to do, September 11th happened. I remember painting this large illustration of stitches as I mixed colors, sponged on background, handpainted all the outlines. I watched the day unfold on an old black and white television in my old studio, wondering what was next. I'll never forget that day, as I know most of you probably will not either. For days later, the atmosphere was so quiet and still here at the farm.
At any rate, this post is not really about the past but about the future. Fast forward 11 years and the future of the printed book is up in the air. The internet, which I barely had access to back then, has changed the entire landscape of authoring for people like me and publishers like STC. None of us know where it is going. I really do not know what to do next. Ideas that I have for books now that would have been snapped up back then, are no longer of interest to publishers. It's scary out there in the publishing and book world. I plan to keep moving forward and am trying to figure out where I fit in this new landscape.
So here is the point of this post..... On September 11, 2012, Knitting For Baby was released into the ether as an e-book. It is nothing you or I can touch but the digital files can reside on your computer or e-reader. I think it is pretty great. For those of you who were fans of KFB and are now transitioning to e-readers, you can buy it and have it with you on your device of choice all the time. If you have never seen Knitting for Baby, I can honestly say it is a really great book with many adoring fans who have knit their way through the entire book.
There is no book tour in book store and yarn store land. It's a virtual tour which starts right now on your computer! You can watch this video that Open Road Media has prepared to promote the e-book. It was shot here on our farm in late July.
If you have trouble with the above video, you can watch it on the Open Road Media site here.
This is my first book to be published in e-book format. I wonder if any of the publishers who have done my other books are thinking about doing this kind of format. What do you think? Would you purchase a knitting book as an e-book? Do you prefer print? What do you think about the future or your book habit? I would love to know. Leave your thoughts in the comments if you have time.