Last Call, Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet Books Retiring Soon

Oh man, this is a bit tough, but it has to be done.  All three of the Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet books are almost gone.  I have just a tiny handful of each left.  Once those are gone, they’re gone.  I won’t be printing more.

kcc1 coverYou may still be able to find them on amazon for a little while (looks like they a few copies of each at the moment).  And of course you may well be able to find used copies out in the world.  But I won’t have any more to send out to shops or individuals.

kcc2 coverAnd of course the electronic versions will remain available for the time being.  But I know a lot of you are like me and prefer to have the real book to hold and have on the shelf.  So if you’ve been meaning to grab one, this might be the time.

kcc3 coverI confess I’ll be sad to see them go.  They were my first big project, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them (and for everyone who was brave enough to buy the patterns with the crazy names from the weird girl who decided to quit grad school and write knitting books instead of getting a real job).  But I suspect it’s better to let everyone know and give you one last chance to grab them than to have them quietly disappear.

Three is the magic number

In February and May I talked about the first two Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet books.  it was unreasonably fun to go back and reminisce a bit about making them, and so I wanted to be sure to talk a bit about Volume III as well.

Just like last time, I’ve put both the paper book and the electronic book on sale for 25% off and made the individual patterns available on ravelry (normally it’s only the whole book that’s available).  You don’t need a code or anything, the prices are already changed.  They’ll be that way through the end of the month, and then they’ll go back to normal and the individual patterns will disappear.

kcc3 coverSo the first of these books used botanical prints.  That was easy enough.  Everyone likes pretty plants.  And the second one used prints of butterflies.  Again, easy enough.  I know lots of folks aren’t crazy about bugs, but most of us will totally give butterflies a pass.  But finding the subject for volume three was tricky.

shibui_other_bI thought about birds.  There are some lovely illustrations of birds (and, somewhat unexpectedly, of eggs) out there.  But it was a bit hard to track down enough illustrations with enough variety to do what I had in mind.

dream_in_color_sockI thought about doing bugs.  I’d come across some astonishingly beautiful drawings of beetles as I’d sourced images for the other books, and I was mightily tempted.  But I worried that, while folks might let me get away with butterflies, bugs in general might be a bit too much.

lornas_laces_other_bI thought about doing rocks.  Yes, really.  I’m awfully fond of rocks, and there are some marvelous illustrations to be had.  But again, it just didn’t quite click.

lornas_laces_sock_bThen finally, I stumbled on the idea of doing sea creatures.  I admit, it was surprising at first.  You hear sea creatures and think fish (and if you’re me, you think fish and go ‘eww, no’).

plucky_knitter_other_bBut the more I looked, the more I found.There were algae and shells and jellyfish and kelp and coral and all manner of lovely things.  I pretty quickly realized I could get through the whole thing without using even a single fish.

quince_sockOnce I had that sorted, everything else just fell into place.  By this point I had my team, and I knew what the schedule for a book looked like.  It all just came together like magic, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!

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KCC3 Knit along, Planorbis corneus projects

The knit along for the projects based on the Fucus asparagoides print is starting over on ravelry. That’s this super curly shawl, and these lovely socks.

string theory smallI am a huge believer in low-stress knit alongs, so this one is pretty laid back.  Come, knit with us, chat, post pictures…I promise we’re friendly!  Everyone is welcome, you can use whatever yarn you’d like.  At the end of the knit along, I’ll find someone who has posted a picture of a finished project in the thread and send them happy mail.  That’s pretty much all there is to it.  If these are going to find their way onto your needles, I’d love to see you join us!

Oh, and for those who have been asking, these two projects are now available as individual patterns for those who prefer not to have the whole book.  Just click through to the KAL thread for all the links!

KCC3 Knit along, Fucus asparagoides projects

The knit along for the projects based on the Fucus asparagoides print is starting over on ravelry.  That’s this lovely curved shawl (I just love that shape far more than is reasonable, it’s so easy to wear) and these super lacy socks.plucky small for blogI am a huge believer in low-stress knit alongs, so this one is pretty laid back.  Come, knit with us, chat, post pictures…I promise we’re friendly!  At the end of September, I’ll find someone who has posted a picture of a finished project in the thread and send them happy mail.  That’s pretty much all there is to it.  If these are going to find their way onto your needles, I’d love to see them!

Oh, and for those who have been asking, these two projects are now available as individual patterns for those who prefer not to have the whole book.  Just click through to the KAL thread for all the links!

Pattern Spotlight and Yarn Giveaway

The last time we did this was so much fun, I can’t help but do it again!  I happen to have a bit more yarn from KCC3 to give away, and I think you’re going to love it.

This time it’s the Bunodes crassicornis projects in Malabrigo’s delicious yarns.

malabrigo smallThat’s Arroyo on the socks, and Rios on the hat.  I’ve got two extra skeins of the Rios (in the color used in the book), and I’d like to send them off to two of you.  I like having two ways to win, so let’s do it again, shall we?

For the first chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me what you love about Malabrigo’s yarns.  Is it their super soft bases?  Their beautiful colors?  The way they tempt you from across the yarn store?  There’s no right answer, just tell your story (and if you haven’t worked with it yet, that’s ok too)!

For the second chance to win, pin the picture in this post to your pinterest boards.  To do that, you can either click the pinterest button at the top of the post (it’s red and looks like a p) or you can click on the ‘Pin it’ button that comes up when you hover your mouse over the picture itself.  Just be sure you’re pinning the picture from this post.

Comments left and pins made between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Monday, June 30, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick winners, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the yarn their way.  If you’re leaving a comment, be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If you win by pinning, I’ll leave a comment on your pin letting you know you’ve won.  If I do get in touch with you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.

P.S. The winners have been notified and prizes are on their way!