Let’s show off the socks

Holy smokes that was a busy day!  The preorder opened yesterday and it seems like you folks do, indeed, still like socks (which is lovely, I’d have felt really bad if it turned out socks were out this year!).

So, while I tend the inbox (I *think* I’ve gotten back to everyone who has written to me, but between email, ravelry, instagram, twitter, and blog comments, it’s always possible I overlooked something, if you got in touch and haven’t heard from me, an email to hunter at pantsvillepress dot com is always the best way to reach me) and do a bit of admin stuff, perhaps you’ll indulge me in showing off the socks a bit!

These are Ebbed, and they’re in Meridian by Seven Sisters Arts in the color White Buffalo.  They fill me with an unreasonable joy and you will never ever ever know how much it amused me to plop these delicate, subtle socks down on cold wet sand for pictures (ahem, sorry about your feet Kelly, I know that was chilly).

These are Flowed, and they’re in Caper Sock by String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn in the color Blue Hill.  And knitting the swatch for these is the closest I’ve ever come to being hypnotized by my own knitting.  All those lines, so perfect and tidy and straight, waving back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.  I love it more than I should say.

And these are Knotted, and they’re in Signature Sock Yarn by Ontheround in the color Robin’s Egg.  And these are what happens when I give in and indulge in lovely giant cables with wild abandon.  And frankly…frankly I don’t think that’s a bad thing!

And, one more time just because I swear someone always comes along and says ‘what, new book, I didn’t know!’  The preorder is open now.  It runs through noon (eastern) on Friday the 22nd.  The book officially launches on the 26th (meaning the full eversion will go live and paper books will start showing up in mailboxes and yarn shops and on amazon), so you won’t have long to wait!

Shoreland preorder is open!

The Shoreland preorder is open!  You can grab yours right over here.

The preorder runs through Friday, and you won’t have long to wait for your book.  Paper books start going in the mail this weekend (everyone’s book will be in the mail within one week of their order, though a lot of them tend to go out sooner), and the full electronic book will go live on ravelry on the 26th.

If you’re looking for more info on the patterns, they’re all up on ravelry over here.  And you can read all the gory details of the preorder schedule over here, and see yet more about the book over here…you know, in case you’re nervous I don’t know how to do this dance!

Shoreland preorder schedule

I’m a big fan of keeping preorders short and sweet…so let’s see how much I can streamline this!

  • Tuesday, November 19, noon Eastern time:
    • Preorder opens for folks on my mailing list (I’ll send you an email with links to where you can buy either the paper or the electronic book).
    • You’ll get the best price of the preorder ($3.00 off either the paper book or the ebook).  This price only lasts an hour, so grab it quick!
    • The first 300 folks to order the paper book on November 19 will get a little present in their packages.  I expect these to go fast, so being on the mailing list and checking your email at noon (Eastern Time) is your best shot at getting the goody (I’ll make it clear if they’re still available, you’ll know before you buy if you’re in time).
  • Tuesday, November 19, 1 pm Eastern time:
    • General preorder opens for folks not on my mailing list (I’ll have a post here on the website with links to where you can buy the book).
    • You’ll get $2.00 off either the paper book or the ebook.
    • The first 300 folks to order the paper book on November 19 will get a little present in their packages.  (I’ll make it clear if they’re still available, you’ll know before you buy if you’re in time).
  • Friday, November 22, noon Eastern time:
    • Preorder ends (you won’t be able to buy the paper book from me any more, you’ll need to wait for it to show up on amazon or in your LYS, the book will temporarily be unavailable on ravelry).
    • I start stuffing envelopes!
  • Tuesday, November 26, onward:
    • Paper books ship.
    • The electronic book goes live on ravelry at the regular price (if you’ve bought it during the preorder, you’ll get a message letting you know you can download the full version now).
    • The paper book will start to be available in other places (like amazon and your LYS) over the next several weeks.

See, short and sweet!  If you want the very best price and the best chance to get the nifty little extra I’ve made for the launch, be sure you’re on the mailing list.  You can do that right here (you’ll need to be on the list by 9 am on November 19 to get the preorder email):

And just because I know some of the questions folks sometimes have, how about a few preemptive answers:

  • Every paper copy of the book includes a unique download code that lets you put the book in your ravelry library for free.  Just look inside the back cover and follow the instructions.
  • The book costs $21.95 for the paper copy and $21.95 for the electronic copy.  The preorder sale will reduce the price by $3.00 (during the mailing list period) or $2.00 (during the rest of the preorder).
  • Shipping is $3.00 to the US and $5.00 to Canada. And I hate to do it, but I’m not shipping anywhere else for this book.  The shipping is horrifyingly expensive (more than half what the book itself costs), and the rules for the EU’s VAT are too much to navigate for something I do so infrequently.  If you’re in the EU or UK, the good folks at Arnall-Culliford Knitwear will have the book very soon and you can grab it from them.  And I’m happy to work with your local yarn shop to either get books directly from me or to put them in touch with my overseas distributors.  So you’ll still totally be able to get it…just not during the preorder.  I know it’s frustrating, but it’s the only practical choice for me this time.
  • Preorders will ship out within one week of your order (often sooner, but a week is what I feel comfortable promising), and you’ll get a notification and tracking number when they do.

If you have other questions, leave a comment here and I’ll do my best to answer them!


Shoreland Q&A

So…ready for the next book?  Shoreland is coming out next week (preorder opens November 19).  I’ll explain all the details of the preorder in another post tomorrow, but today I wanted to answer questions about the book itself.  Let me see if I can guess what some of them are!

– What’s in the book? Seven shiny new sock patterns!  Each one is written in 3 or 4 stitch counts with sizing information given for working in both fingering and dk weight yarn (because wow do I love thick socks).  They’re all top down (because that’s how I like to build socks) and they all use charts (because holy smokes is that an efficient way to present information in limited space).

If you look at the shoreland tag (and scroll down to get to earlier posts), you can see pictures of swatches and info about the yarns if you want to dig in a bit more!

– What does it look like? Someone always asks this, so a few years ago I started taking photos of the book on the shelf next to its fellows.  And at first I thought this was hopelessly dorky. But it turns out I sort of secretly love seeing the stack of books get bigger and bigger and bigger as more books come into the world.  So there you go…it’s quite a stack at this point!

The book comes in both paper and electronic versions, and the paper one includes a download code to grab a copy of the electronic one too (and there’s some other nifty stuff on the paper one too, more about that here).

– Are they ready to go? Have you done this before? That’s a solid yes on both counts.  I’ve had enough Adventures In Freight Hauling (worst children’s book ever thanks very much) to know better than to tell you a date until I have the books firmly settled in my garage (which doesn’t make for a very pretty picture, but does make for a lot of peace of mind).

And if you take a stroll through the archives, you can see rather a lot of examples of me shipping out previous books right on schedule over the years.  There’s always a chance something will go horribly wrong (humans are fragile and bad things can happen), but I’ve had a fair bit of practice and I’m as prepared as I know how to be!

– Anything special for the preorder? Yes!  There will be a special price during the preorder.  And I’ve got a special little extra goody to tuck in with the first 300 paper books folks order.  Mailing list folks will get a link to the preorder an hour early to give them the best chance of grabbing the goody (the price will be lower during that hour too).

I’m going to do a whole post about the preorder schedule and all the details of that tomorrow (do don’t worry if you have questions about timing, I’ll spell that all out in alarming detail here in a few days).

For now, I just want to finally show off the pretty and be excited about it!  And if you want to be on the mailing list, you can make that happen right here:

If you have other questions about the book, feel free to leave them in comments and I’ll do my best to answer.  If you have questions about the preorder, hold off on those until the preorder post goes up in a day or two and see if you’re still wondering once that goes up!

The tiny, nifty bits

So look…electronic books are great. They’re super portable.  They take up no space on your shelf.  They don’t require anyone to cut down trees or put anything on a truck and get it to your front door.  They absolutely have their advantages.  And I will never ever ever have any complaints about folks who like electronic books best.

But paper books have my heart.  They’re what my brain thinks of when it hears the word book.  They feel solid and real and permanent in a way electronic books just don’t for me.  I love to surround myself with them, whether that’s the stacks of books in my office (and my living room, and my dining room, and my bedroom) or the shelves full treasures at the book store.  Books are my happy place.

Which is why I take such sheer, unadulterated delight in indulging in some of the tinier and more ridiculous bits of book silliness when I make these beasts.  Things like really nice paper…and putting just the tiniest bit of texture on the book’s covers so they feel amazing in your hand.  It’s a tiny thing, but it makes a huge difference.

For this book, I finally (finally!) gave in to my inner eight year old and let myself have just the tiniest hint of foil on the covers.  Which again, may well delight no one but me.  But oh my goodness do I like picking them up and tilting them just so under the light to watch it sparkle.

I also decided to make use of all that real estate on the inside of the covers.  Sure it’s fine to leave it blank or just to put a pretty picture there.  But I wanted to make it useful too.  So inside the front cover I’ve got a chart with some good guidelines for foot sizes plus room to make notes of the actual measurements of your friends and family, just in case you find yourself motivated to knit for someone other than yourself (though really, you deserve awesome socks too, be sure you make yourself something first!).

And inside the back cover there’s a download code (because like I said, electronic books are awfully nifty and totally have their uses).  But there are also rulers (because I assume your rulers go missing just as often as mine do, and maybe it will be harder for a whole book to go wandering off on its own), and the closest thing you can manage to a needle gauge when you’re dealing with paper (because again, laying hands on a proper needle guide is sometimes unreasonably challenging), and a little reminder on how to Kitchener (just in case you find yourself forgetting…again…tell me I’m not alone).

And yeah, you can pull some of that off on an ebook…the Kitchener reminder and the sock size stuff will translate.  But the rulers and the needle gauge and the notes on just how long uncle John’s foot really is don’t quite carry over the same way.  So they get to stay on the paper book…and be a little secret for the folks who feel the same way about holding a book in their hands that I do!

The book is coming out later this month.  I’ll post all the preorder details here over the next week or so.  If you want to be sure you hear about it when it drops, the mailing list is the way to do that (mailing list folks will get it at a bigger preorder discount than everyone else, and they’ll have the best shot at being one of the early bird orders that gets the special little preorder goody I’ve had made).  I can’t wait to show it off!