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.
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).