A fresh start

One thing especially nice about New Year’s Day is that it sets us up for fresh beginnings. New calendar, new year, new start — and really, after a year like 2015, there’s something fabulous about feeling like you can put the bad things behind you and start fresh.

I’m happy to look forward to some of the wonderful things that will happen in 2016. I spent much of last year finishing up two books that will be released in 2016. The first book will be going on sale very soon–the worldwide premier of Knitting Ephemera will be at VK Live New York in just a few weeks.


This is a very special project for me, because it was my first chance to collaborate with Trisha Malcolm and the folks at Sixth and Spring on a book. (I want to send out a special thanks to Lark Crafts for helping work out the contract stuff — I’m still making pretty books with them. In fact, I have a third book in the “Yarn Studio” series coming out this fall — but more about that in coming months.) Trisha and I were having lunch one day a couple of years ago, and bouncing ideas back and forth about various topics. I mentioned how fascinating I found various anecdotes and stories about the knitting world, often uncovering them when I do research to write articles. And the idea for this book was born.

Knitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter is a collection of all sorts of bits about the knitting and fiber worlds: pieces of history, folklore, silly things to make you laugh, factoids, tips, all sorts of things that I’d call “trivia” except because they have to do with the fiber world I love, they aren’t trivial at all to me.

The book goes on sale at VK Live and we’re doing a really fun trivia quiz event Thursday evening, using questions based on the book. Brooke and I will be teaching and vending so make sure you stop by and see our gorgeous yarns and patterns as well as a signed copy of the book.

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