28 Oct 2017

It's knitting time

I love our itinerant lifestyle — always on the move, never staying still for long. Recently our travels took us through the mountains of North Carolina, a place that is very dear to our hearts. It was the first state we lived in when we moved to the USA and it still feels like home in many ways. 

One thing that still strikes us afresh each time we visit though is the quality of the light. The air seems clearer here, the skies more blue, the colours more intense.

So it was that one early morning saw me sitting on a sun-warmed rock by the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway. My husband Tim was at the far-side of the area taking photos of the hazy distant views. Three birds were calling to each other, first one in the tree near me then two replies from further away. 

Everywhere was still and calm. A thin column of steam rose from the valley floor into the air and the mists moved lazily in the dips and hollows between the lower hills.

A slightly chilly breeze reminded me that we were at 5000' and I wrapped my scarf a little tighter around my neck to keep warm. 

The wind was not uncomfortably cold but it did serve as a timely reminder that autumn is upon us and the snow will not be far behind. You could feel it in the air that morning as clearly as if another few pages of the calendar had just turned over all at once. 

I looked down at my knitting, which had been sitting idly in my hands while I gazed at the scene and started the next row with a renewed sense of purpose.

It's knitting time...

Happy Autumn knitting!


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Many thanks to Tim to his great photos. If you would like to see more of his work, these please visit his Flickr site.

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10 Oct 2017

Hot off the press!

Gosh, I can't believe it, but I actually have the proof copy of our new book Reversible Knitting Stitches right here on the desk next to me! I have to say both Anna are I are so excited to see this in print and we have both been so encouraged to read all the messages everyone has been sending us about the book. 

It has certainly been a long process getting this into print with so many new things to learn. At times I was sure I could hear a whooshing sound as yet another new concept went flying over my head!

The first sentence of the printer's instructions which mentioned vector diagrams, CMYK colour rendition and PDFX1a files was one of those moments, I have to say. I didn't even know what vector diagrams were until that point. Oh you don't either? Oh good, that makes me feel tonnes better.

As I discovered, they're the difference between seeing a fuzzy picture like the one on the left and a crisp clear one as on the right. Well, I'm pleased to say that now I have drawn up more than 250 vector diagrams for stitch charts and keys I can certainly understand the distinction!

Still, printer's lingo, paper choices and all other decisions are made and we're good to go! We hope to have the print run scheduled shortly and then we should have the first copies in our hands a week or so after that.

The books are being printed in Cambridgeshire so we should be able to fulfill UK and European orders fairly quickly. There will be a short extra delay until the US boxes arrive, but as soon as those arrive in the States then I will be able to get those mailed out. 

I have an e-mail list of people who want me to notify them as soon as the books are ready to ship, so please feel free to contact me if you'd like to be added to the list. 

I'll post here again once we have opened up the pre-order page, and until then,

Happy Reversible Knitting!


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