Dream a Little Dream

As some of you may recall, earlier this year The Boy and I headed out to our local picturesque abandoned greenhouse (every well equipped town has one).  We were hunting for photoshoot locations, and we snapped a few pics of some lovely pink mitts while we were there.  I let you know they were for a project, and I promised I’d come back and tell you all about it when it went live.

Well it’s out now, and I couldn’t be more delighted!  May I introduce Dreaming of Shetland: A Dream-Funder Project for Deborah Robson.

I first met Deb when I took her ‘how to publish knitting patterns’ class way back at the very first Sock Summit.  I got to know her better at this year’s Visionary Authors retreat (that’s her on the right in the front row).  While we were there, she talked about how hard it can be to do the sort of research she’s doing, especially without the shelter and support (read funding and access) of an academic institution.

Two of the folks at the retreat, Donna Druchunas and Anne Berk had a brilliant and hugely generous idea.  They offered to put together a collection of projects from a whole host of different designers into an ebook, the proceeds of which would go to support Deb in the important work she’s doing.  Watching this come together was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  I knew knitters were a generous bunch, but this has just blown me away.  Deb has written a bit about the process over here.

And as marvelous as the idea was, now that I’ve seen the end result, I can say it’s even cooler than I expected (and I had awfully high expectations to start with).  This is a hell of  a book.  It includes dozens of patterns from some of the biggest names in the industry, just look at the list of designers and all the beautiful projects.  Whatever you like to knit (beads, lace, cables, colorwork), there’s sure to be something here to delight you.

The ebook will be released in seven sections.  The first of them is available now, and the others will be arriving over the next few months (and don’t worry, the copy in your ravelry library will update as the new sections come out, it’s all very automated and easy).  Do yourself a favor and add it to your library now.  I’m sure you’ll be as thrilled with it as I am!

(Images from the book and used with permission.)