I am thrilled beyond words to announce that my brand-new book, Self-Striping Yarn Studio, is beginning to appear in the great wide world even as we speak.
I have always loved self-striping yarns, ever since the time I first was hypnotized by a skein of Noro Kureyon. Those lush colors that change all by themselves! All the shades of the rainbow but not so many of the ends to weave in! Getting a project that has 10 colors in it but only needing to buy 2 skeins of yarn! And the opportunities for design presented by stripers is something that never fails to get my creativity hopping.
I am especially proud of SSYS for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a topic I love, and I’ve wanted to do a book on stripers that goes beyond just patterns to offer knitters technical guidance about how to use stripers. What do you do if your stripes look wonky? How do you deal with a knot that spoils the rhythm of the striping repeat? What kind of patterns particularly suit stripers? All of these questions are dealt with in the book’s beginning section. I hope that it empowers readers to make the most of their stripers, and enjoy using them even more.
Another reason I’m proud of the book is that is came together in a very short amount of time, during a difficult time in my personal life. It was a great solace for me to have a project that I loved in the wings, distracting me and letting me lose myself in designing and knitting and writing. Having the book come out so beautifully made me feel competent and capable at a time when I had a lot of questions about myself.
Maudlin musings aside, I’m also proud of the people in my life who rallied around me to help make the book happen. The contributors outdid themselves in coming up with gorgeous designs that showcase some of the unique things that self-stripers can do–and they did so in a remarkably short timefame. People who volunteered to test knit when time was tight, designer friends who “whipped up” an extra pattern when needed, pals who cheered me on when things got intense. Thanks to all of you.
I’ll be posting more about the book in coming weeks, but I’ve included just a few photos that I hope will intrigue you and tempt you to check out the book. (Believe me, there are so many amazing patterns that I haven’t even shown you yet!)
And just to get things off to a self-striping start, I’m going to give away a free copy of the book to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment in the notes telling me what your favorite self-striping or self-patterning yarn is, and I’ll randomly pick one commenter and send them a copy of the book. (Usual rules: one entry per person, make sure there is a way I can easily contact you in your email, your entry must be received no later than Sundday, August 7th at midnight EST time.)