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.


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).


February News

There are a few great things happening this month, friends.

First, I’ve decided to get back on Twitter after years of inactivity so, if you’re a twitter person, you can find me there as @pinkbrutus.

Next, newsletter folks already got a sneak peek, but I have another design in the newest issue of Taproot Magazine, REVIVE. This is a giant, snuggle-worthy stole worked up in Purl Soho Worsted Twist and you’re not going to want to miss it! Be sure to subscribe to Taproot Mag (or order a copy on their website) and follow them on social media for updates.

Ovale Stole :: Taproot Magazine REVIVE :: COMING SOON

Ovale Stole :: Taproot Magazine REVIVE :: COMING SOON

Lastly, have you noticed the Bistort Fabric? It’s over there on the side bar… and I posted about it a bit on Instagram. I’m so, so excited to share this little project with you guys! This all started with a super secret surprise I have planned for my book launch so, obviously I can’t share (even though I’m chomping at the bit). I know that the Bistort Pullover is something of a fan favorite, and there are a lot of talented — even brave — knitters tackling 3 and 4 colors in a round for the sake of magical knitting craftsmanship (check out #bistortpullover on IG for some gorgeous examples), but I thought it would be a great fabric, too! All the reward without the work. As of right now, I have two color schemes available - the first is the color palette used in the Knit Picks Encircled collection and the other is a feminine pink and blush palette with some olive green - soft and sweet. I’m waiting on test prints for a third palette based off of the colors I used for my personal sample and honestly, I can’t wait to see how that one turns out.

I have a few designs in progress right now, with deadlines coming out my nose.

So, bye for now and be well, friends!

Ellen Saddle Gansey Reboot!

Have your seen Interweave’s new Knit.Wear Wool Studio 101 collection? I knew a reboot was coming, I just haven’t been great about keeping up with such things, so when I popped onto Ravelry and saw the updated pattern, it was a nice little surprise.

I love the styling. I love the color. I love the fact that they put Ellen on a fresh-faced young lady. This gansey made its debut within the pages of my first book, Family-Friendly Knits and it’s still my go-to pullover for when the temps dip into the negatives. The raised, bottleneck collar, the insanely warm wool, the simplicity in silhouette and texture, the neatly fitted shoulders…. it really is one of the most loved pullovers in my collection.

Have you knit the Ellen Saddle Gansey or plan on knitting it?? Use #ellensaddlegansey in any social median post so that I can follow along and see your beautiful pullover.