Many of us have been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book, written by Shannon Okey [the Knitgrrl herself].
Well, the book went from manuscript to finished, printed copy in significantly less than a year…which is one of the benefits of being a
1) motivated author
2) experienced self-publisher
…and Shannon is both!
This book has promised to be as honest a volume as has ever been written about what it’s like to design for a living [or part of a living]. “Written by an industry insider, the Guide takes a comprehensive, unflinching look behind the scenes that no knit or crochet designer can afford to be without. Includes interviews with top designers, editors and professionals who tell it like it is so you can hit the ground running, a guide to responsible social media use, information on distribution, printing, online publishing and much, much more.”
Can’t wait to read it!
Lots of knitters have been turning their hands to quilting lately. So this new Patchwork Pattern Maker from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London comes along at a great time. It’s free, and turns an image into a series of geometric shapes, which the quilter can then use as a template for a quilt top.
As a lapsed quilter [my current carpal tunnel condition is a result of that previous obsession], this makes me want to reach for my rotary cutter!
For knitters who want to publish their designs, or just share their work with friends, having a good charting font can be a real help. There’s a brand-new font from Adriprints that looks fabulous: it’s called StitchinKnitâ„¢.
Three versions — regular, chunky and handdrawnÂ — cost a mere $6. Mac and PC versions both available. Awesome.
P.S. My friend Dawn reminds me to be excited also about the crochet font they have…right here!