Today is a day of celebration for me. It's the day my last, and most anticipated (at least by me), and most comprehensive book launches.
So how can I say those things?
I know myself to be primarily motivated by teaching. Believe it or not, I never set out to write pattern books : I set out to teach, and the patterns were merely support for that. (I know that's a rather odd thing to hear when I am probably most known for a single pattern: The Einstein Coat. But teaching you to knit it was actually my primary goal.)
Even in Sally Melville Styles (my first book, on using up leftovers), I did not intend to include patterns. The garments I made to support the principles I was teaching were meant as illustrations: I was actually surprised when my editor suggested we publish them!
So it's in this book that I teach pretty much everything I know about producing great garments. I've dumped my knitting brain on the page and don't think I have anything else to teach.
By the way, that same editor asked me "how many books I had" in me. I answered "I think seven," At the time, I had no idea where that number came from. It just sounded good (and isn't usually considered a lucky number?)
This book is number seven!
This is the book I've always wanted to write.
My knitting career started with this material. In the late 1970's, I wrote a 100-page manual (and called it Advanced Knitting Design). I taught it at my local yarn shop, my students and I established what was (at the time) the largest knitters' guild in Canada, we brought in teachers from abroad, those teachers pushed me out onto the international stage . . . and the rest is my professional life.
It feels wonderful to offer this book, taking me back to my roots and allowing me to say thank you to the craft I love and that has given me the life I have.
This is where I put all the tools I have into your hands.
This is where you will learn skills that will keep your whole brain alive and healthy.
This is where you will find everything I can offer to make you a fully-empowered knitter!
It is based upon the premise that everyone one of us should be able to do the following:
- go to our closet,
- find a garment we love but did not knit,
- measure it,
- draft it,
- knit it,
- finish it,
- wear it with pride,
- honour our craft!
I have a black vest I've worn forever and ever. Very simple, probably 20 years old. I have often told myself that I should knit it. And so I finally did--a simple round-necked vest, with deep set-in-sleeve armholes, with straight-sides . . . and with a bit of an edge in its unexpected use of zippers.
I will call it Zip-Study Vest, and the pattern itself will appear on Ravelry some day.
But in the meantime, the book offers you all the tools you need to do this for yourself. When you do this, the result really can--and might--be this simple. But these are the garments that are the staples of our wardrobe and that we wear day in and out.
This is how I work, and this is what the book offers you. Enjoy!