Update: Elemental Knits

You may or may not have noticed some radio silence here and elsewhere (IG and I were on a break for a bit), but there’s a good reason for this. I’m not sure how in-the-know everyone is about the recent changing of hands that has been in progress for the past few months with F+W Media so here’s a brief overview: F+W is the mother company of Interweave — this includes Interweave Books, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Wool Studio, etc. F+W filed for bankruptcy and auctioned off their assets (the various companies they have acquired over the years) so even though it’s been business-as-usual in many ways throughout this, there have been some major displacements and changes slowing release dates on patterns.

The majority of my design work is done in partnership with Interweave and all of her branches including both of my books. There is a median level of stress that goes into designing and publishing, and in all honesty, all of this unsettled uncertainty had me spinning. I thrive on solid ground, deadlines, order, and clear expectations. I want a clear schedule to promote pattern releases. I want to see the path. Now that we have some direction, I’m feeling better and eager to get on with it.

What I know so far is this: F+W was auctioned and Penguin Random House won the bid. I don’t know if this means both the magazines and book department are secured or if that is going to be a home for Interweave Books alone. It does ease my mind though as we move toward my scheduled release!

As of today, Elemental Knits is expected to make it’s debut in early October. I got word that it was one of three titles selected for the Book Expo America that was held back in May, so they were scrambling to get galleys (uncorrected proofs) of the book printed for the Expo. If you’re a book person, you may have seen it there! Meaning you’ve seen my book before I have! HA! I was mighty surprised that my humble little book was selected from thousands of titles, but the book is so beautifully designed… I can’t even describe it. My patterns are basically playing second fiddle to the layout.

With all of the transitions happening in the book department, I haven’t received any information about pre-orders or promotion or anything else really (thank goodness for my editor who has been going above and beyond to keep me in the loop as much as possible!) so I’m just sitting tight and waiting it out a smidge longer.

HOWEVER, I am sharing this stack of samples that were so lovingly returned to me. Look at that big ‘ole tower of yummy. It’s funny because after a solid year of pattern writing and knitting (no sample knitters this time around!), I think my friends and family understood that I was “working” a lot, but when they could see it all together like this, it hit home what 20 hand knits amount to.

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I’ll be back here soon with a call for testers. I’m pulling way back on self-published work for the moment, but I still have a couple patterns in progress. More on all of that Friday (I’ll post here and on social media).

x

STITCHES Midwest

We’re a long way off from August, but I’m here to let you know that registration opens for STITCHES Midwest on Tuesday, March 26th!! I have four class offerings and space is very limited, so be sure to register sooner rather than later (though, if you’re a non-commital type, you can register for classes the day of as long as space is available).

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It’s sort of funny for me to be writing this after I’ve posted so much about my social anxiety (and nearly falling out at a knit night group!) but I’ve taught knitting classes before and I actually quite like having a task - a mission to educate - and I connect with my students making it such a rewarding experience. I talked to my editor on the phone about it the other day and she was PUMPED! It made me feel pumped, too. Part of why I’ve decided to get back into teaching is to share techniques I use regularly in my design work that are either something I totally made up because it made sense to me or is a technique that just isn’t widely used (but should be!) I also wanted to teach a brioche class (which seems to be something that is taking over the class offerings at events) but because at the knitting group I freaked out at, many of the women are still just not on board with brioche. It’s fussy and the abbreviations are bananas and working 2 colors flat is confusing… so I thought I would offer a single class that covered everything a beginner hates about brioche. I’m also offering a brioche class that focuses on mixing yarn weights and fibers to get some really artful, textured, stunning results. You can find a bit more information and links to previews of all of my class offerings under the EVENTS tab.

There has been other news floating around that is less celebratory, but since I don’t have a lot of information yet I’m not going to get into it beyond saying — if you’ve seen that FW Media filed bankruptcy on Monday and you fear (as I did) that it is a death sentence for Interweave Knits/Knitscene/etc… as far as I know, the’re going to try to keep the magazines alive and thriving under new contracts or ownership. FW Media is the mama company and she has a whole mess of babies under her. I can’t say with certainty that all of these craft and creative-focused publications will make it out intact, but my fingers are crossed. Interweave was, after all, it’s own entity before being purchased by FW. Most importantly, I’ve been assured that they are moving full steam ahead with my book (because, let’s face it, I cried a tear or two in fear of all of that work disappearing into a black hole of litigation over contracts and rights). I think we’ll all know more mid-year about what the fate of some of our favorite publications will be. Until then, I’m trying to stay upbeat.

xo