Super duper bonus fun

So I know on the first and third Tuesdays I usually release a pattern, but today I wanted to do something a tiny bit different.  Today I’ve updated the version of Curls 2 to include links to the Stitch Maps for each of the patterns.

So at this point, I’m guessing you’re having one of two reactions.  Either you’re thinking ‘yay, it’s about time, I loved them in the first Curls and have been wondering where the heck they were for Curls 2‘ (in which case, if you already have Curls 2 in your rav library, head over there right now and download the updated version), or you’re wondering ‘what the heck is a Stitch Map’ (in which case, read on)!

So, stitch maps are charts without the grids.  But more than that, they’re charts that show you the relationship between stitches in a much more concrete way than traditional charts tend to.  The easiest way to understand it is just to show you an example.  Here’s what a feather and fan stitch looks like as a Stitch Map.

cbbed20a7e97172fSee how the stitches tip and lean back and forth and make lovely wavy lines?  Very much like your fabric will if you knit this stitch pattern?  Nifty isn’t it! stitch maps are about as close as you can get to seeing the fabric before you put yarn on your needles.  They let you visualize the finished result amazingly clearly.  You can actually see that quite well in the stitch maps for Curls.

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See how the shape of the fabric really shines through?  That’s what makes stitch maps so awesome!  You can see how your fabric will behave in a way that a traditional, gridded chart just doesn’t allow.  You should totally go over to StitchMaps.com and read all about them…they are really quite amazing and you’ll have a lot of fun playing with them.

To celebrate adding stitch maps in, I’ve got both Curls and Curls 2 10% off on ravelry with the code MAPPED through the end of the day (eastern time) on Friday.  This works on both the electronic version and the paper + electronic combo (while supplies last…ravelry is running low on the paper ones and there won’t be any more until the new print run arrives).  Just put whichever versions of the book or books you’re looking for in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code MAPPED.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Someone will ask, so just as a preemptive measure… Yes, the first Curls already has stitch maps included in the electronic version available on ravelry!  And yes, if you already have the electronic version Curls 2 in your ravelry library, you’ll get the update automatically (ravelry’s got a great article on how to find your updates if you hit any snags).  And yes, Stitch Maps really is super cool, it’s free to play with (and there are fancier versions if you want to subscribe), and you should totally go experiment!

So how about you guys, have you played with any of the chart visualization stuff that’s out there these days?  I know we’ve talked about Stitch Maps both today and in the past.  And then there’s Knit Companion that I know lots of folks love.  And now there’s Knitmastery (from the folks who make the charting software I use…so I expect it’s absolutely glorious).  Anybody have any favorites?  Any others I should know about?  I suspect there are other grand things out there I don’t know about yet!

And done!

The postman just took the first round of books away, and with that, the preorder is done!

DSC_0617 copyThe e-version is live (if you put it in your library during the preorder, you should have gotten a notice from ravelry, and the full version should be in your ravelry library now), and the paper versions have started shipping (that’s some of the ones that went out today, there will be more on Friday and Saturday).

Now all that’s left to do is cast on!

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You guys are awesome!  You’ve helped get Curls 2 off to a tremendously good start, and I can’t thank you enough.

I will be spending today and tomorrow and probably Friday too printing envelopes and packing books (this is a good thing, it’s what I want to be doing during the preorder).  Your books will start going out in tomorrow’s mail (and the eversion will go live tomorrow afternoon).

But if you’re just itching to cast something on now and don’t want to wait, I wanted to remind you that all of my other books available through ravelry are 25% off until the end of the preorder (that’s electronic versions of any of the books, and the paper+electronic versions of both Fine Things and the first Curls book).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with the postman and I have to prepare!

Preorders are Open

It’s live! Head over to the book’s page to get your copy!

curls 2 front coverJust as a reminder, both the paper and electronic versions are on sale during the preorder.  Also, once Curls 2 is in your ravelry library, you’ll find that any of my other books are 25% off on ravelry.

The electronic version will go live and the paper books start shipping on August 18.  You’ll be casting on in no time!

Curls 2 Preorder Schedule

bannerCurls 2 goes up for preorder early next week.  I’m keeping this one pretty streamlined, but I still want to lay out the schedule ahead of time, just so everyone knows what to expect!


Tuesday morning, August 16: Preorders open

During the preorder, both the paper and electronic books are $3.00 off the regular price ($18.95 instead of $21.95).  As always, if you order the physical book directly from me, you’ll get the electronic book for free.

Once you have Curls 2 in your ravelry library, you’ll notice something nifty.  Any of my other books available through ravelry will be 25% off.  You won’t need a code, all you’ll need to do is have Curls 2 in your ravelry library when you check out (so if you buy the paper book, just be sure to add the electronic version to your ravelry library before you try this).  This will only work while the preorder is running, when the preorder ends, so does the discount!


Thursday afternoon, August 18: Preorders close

The prices will go up to their regular level.  The full electronic version will go live.  Physical copies will start shipping.  The special discount on my other books will stop working.

Shipping usually takes a few days (the postman can only take so many packages a day!).  But everything should be in the mail by early the following week.  And of course you’ll have your electronic version right away!


Next Steps

Come back on the 16th!  And if you want me to send you a reminder that day, just make sure you’re on the mailing list and I’ll totally send you a message when the preorder starts.

Curls 2 Q&A

So, guess what’s happening next week…

Curls 2 is coming out on Tuesday the 16th (and I’ll explain everything you could possibly want to know about the preorder in a day or two), but today I thought I’d see if I could cover any questions you might have about the book!

What’s in the book? Fourteen brand new curls!  Lacy curls. Cabled curls. Reversible curls. Textured curls.  They’re all in there!  You can see them over on ravelry if you want lots of pics, but here’s a little preview all in one place!

all curls copyWhat’s it look like? Folks always ask this (and I confess I understand…I care about how books look on the shelf too).  You can see the cover image up there (top left picture in the group shot above).  It’s the same size as the first Curls book, and I promise it will look just fine tucked up on the shelf next to any other books you might happen to have!

DSC_0477 copyAre they ready to go? Oh yes. They’re here safe from the printer and ready to go out (in fact, the very first copies have already started heading to some of my favorite yarn shops).

DSC_0473 copy Anything fun for the preorder? Of course. I’ll explain all that in the next few days!

Whew. I think that covers it all.  But let me know if there’s anything else you’re just itching to know, and I’ll do my best to help!

Want Curls 2 in your LYS on launch day?

So you all know Curls 2 is almost here (I suspect this time next month some of you will be binding off your first pieces from it!).  And you know I can’t wait to send it out to lots of you as soon as it launches.  I promise we’ll go over all the details of the launch in the next few weeks so you can be ready.  But for this book, I wanted to try something awesome just for yarn shops.

launchpackI’ve put together a little program where your LYS can get a display copy of the book early (very early, I’m shipping them out this week) and have the book in their shop on launch day.  This will be the only way to see the book in person before it launches and get your hands on a copy on launch day (oh and don’t worry, all the books your LYS gets for launch day will come with codes for free electronic versions because I know you guys love that)!

So here’s where I ask for your help.  If you want to see Curls 2 in your LYS early (or you think your LYS might be interested), let them know.  I promise they like to know what you’re looking for (and looking forward to). They can reach me at hunter@violentlydomestic.com, and we can make it happen!

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So, guess what happens next month.  I’ll give you a little hint.

DSC_0091 copyNot quite enough?  How about this!

DSC_0094 copyI’ve got a wee little stack of advances in (and oh my are they lovely).  I’ll be getting ready on this end (and working out a little scheme to get advance copies in the hands of some of my yarn shops).  And of course I’ll let you know all the details as we get a little closer to the release.  But for now, I just couldn’t keep it to myself any longer!

Oh, and if you want to be super duper sure you hear the moment it comes out, you can sign up below for the mailing list.  But really, I promise I’ll be talking about it here between now and then (possibly more than I should).  It’s not like I want it to be a secret!