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.

Has it really been that long?

I got a lovely message a few weeks ago from someone who told me she’d found a book that totally reminded her of me and my patterns, and she really really wanted to tell me about it.  At least she did, right up until she realized it was actually my book (it was the first Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet book).

Now this is awesome and hilarious (and she said she was totally fine with me talking about it).  But it also served as a good reminder that the first Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet book came out a long time ago (summer of 2012)!  A lot of you are new since then (hi, so glad you found me!).  So I thought today instead of bringing back out an old pattern like I usually do on the third Tuesday of the month, I’d take a moment and talk about that book and maybe show off some of my favorite pieces in it.

I figured I’d also take the chance to make all the patterns from that book available individually (they’re usually only available as the whole book because I’m a meanie and things to come in sets) and to put both the paper book and the electronic book on sale for 25% off.  You don’t need a code, the prices are changed already.  They’ll be that way through the end of the month.

kcc1 coverSo this was my first self published book.  The one I did with a publisher hadn’t gone the way I wanted it to, and I had decided I would either do the next book on my own, or never do another book.

linaria bipartitaI was scared more or less to death.  Publishing a book is a very expensive and very public thing.  I have a hideously active imagination.  I came up with any number of excitingly terrifying ways it could all go wrong.

chrysanthemum frutescensBut it didn’t.  It all went astonishingly well.  Better than I ever expected.

rubus suberectusIt had as weird a theme as any knitting book I’ve ever seen (old botanical illustrations? really? you expect people to put up with that?).

linaria bipartita 2I named my patterns after the plants that inspired them (which meant scientific names, which meant they are hard to pronounce and even harder to spell).

polypodium vulgareI went with half socks and half, well, other things I liked to knit (for absolutely no reason other than it’s what I felt like designing).

And it worked.  You trusted me enough to put up with my shenanigans and let me indulge my inner weird kid.  If you hadn’t, I probably would have gone and hidden under a rock and waited to die.  At the very least I wouldn’t be about to send my ninth book off to the printer.

crocus vernusSo thank you.  I’m still more than a little amazed I get to do this as my job (I can even mostly keep a straight face when people ask me what I do…that took a few years of practice).  I’m having a tremendous amount of fun doing this, and I promise to keep putting out books (and odd books at that) as long as you guys still want them!

All Official Like

Lookie what I got in the mail:

That’s my lovely spiffy notice from the Copyright Office saying that Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet is all registered and official.  I find it amuses me to no end (though admittedly, I am easily amused).  I’m still tickled that I seem to have  managed to create a real book (however that’s defined) while hiding in my office wearing mostly pajamas and supervised by no one save the kittens.  I’ve even tricked the copyright folks into believing it!

Just a Hint of Crazy

Knots on Saturday was so much fun.  I’ll confess I was nervous.  I was actually fairly convinced that either no one would come or that people would come and would tell me my books suck.  Or maybe someone would pick up a sock, turn it inside out, unweave the end, and start unraveling it.  Or perhaps someone would bring some sort of specially trained small child, one covered in grape jelly and armed with magic markers, and encourage it to roll around on the knitting.  Really.  This is the stuff I found myself worrying about the night before.  This isn’t exactly surprising, as I am a bit of a crazy person (I’m admitting this up front so you don’t have to wonder how to tactfully bring up the possibility).

None of these things happened.  Instead, I got to meet lovely people, talk about their projects, help them pick out yarn, and generally do other knitterly stuff.  People said nice things.  People showed me their projects.  It was splendid. I think I will have to see if there’s a way to do a few more of these at other places.  If you’re faiiiiirly close to Cleveland (within about a 3 hour drive or so), and want me to come to your LYS, have someone from the store get in touch and we’ll see what we can work out.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go continue getting ready for TNNA.  If you thought I was nervous about going to Knots, you should hear the excitingly ridiculous things I’m worrying about for TNNA.  This is a whole new level of crazy, you’d be impressed.

Wanna Come Say Hi?

Sooooo, wanna visit?  I’m having a little book party/trunk show for The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet this weekend!

I’ll be at Knots (Knitting on the Square) in Chardon this Saturday from noon till 5pm.  The store will have books (and I’ve even worked out a way to get you the e version if you buy the paper version in the store that day), I’ll bring samples from the book, and there will be lots of chatting and knitting.  I’d love it if you would come say hi!

A Pack of Filthy Lies

I had the best of intentions.  I have about two thirds of a hat…two thirds of what I am increasingly sure will be a cute hat.  I have the firm desire to show you this partial hat.  But you see, I also have three nefarious kitten overlords, a tendency to fill the bathroom sink to block swatches, and poor judgement as to how well the kittens will behave in the presence of a sink full of water.  Hi-jinx ensued.  The short version is that I now have a very damp partial hat that is in no way photo ready.  I also have a very soggy ball of yarn that needs to be skeined and dried before I can knit with it any more. (Do not knit with wet yarn, it will mess up your gauge.  Do not leave yarn to dry in the ball, it will take an age.)

So.  Yeah.  Nifty.  We’ll have to take a little pause on that one.

In the meantime, the Chez Violence Home for Wayward Knitting Props has a new resident.  It turns out glove forms are actually astonishingly nifty knitting props (and charming objects in their own right).  I made the executive decision that I did not have enough of them, so Rosamund is now joining Percival and Millicent.  She’s shown here modeling the Narcissus pseudo-narcissus Cuff from Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet.  She seems to be fitting in well with her new roommates, and I have high hopes for her future.

And just as soon as the hat is dry, her buddy Esmeralda will step up and do some modeling for us.

Knitcircus Interview

You guys know I’ve long been a fan of Jaala and her marvelous publication, Knitcircus.  I had the pleasure of releasing a sock pattern with her many moons ago, and we’ve chatted back and forth ever since.  When she asked about doing an interview about the upcoming book, I was more than happy to oblige.  If you’d like to take a look, you can download it on their site!