Knit all the gifts!

Greetings, fiber fans – guest blogger Elizabeth (your trusty book designer) here to wrap you in the giant afghan of holiday excitement that we have pouring forth from Team Cooperative Press. Whether you’re looking for some quick gifts to knit or wanting to immerse yourself in some escapist fantasy, we’ve got you covered.

Spin me a tale …

One of the many things I love about knitting is how it immerses me in a fantasy world, and not just because I enjoy reading, listening to, or watching stories while I knit. The act of knitting also creates its own narrative: as I knit, I imagine myself (or the recipient) looking gorgeous in what I’m making; I line up in my head the other things that I plan to knit; I conjure up other knitters of the past – I especially love to imagine a Laura Ingalls Wilder / Little House in the Big Woods kind of grouping – and dream about what we might say to each other as we do our needlework.

So I am always so happy when another storybook comes in the door at Cooperative Press. All knitting books tell a story, but some have an especially compelling narrative voice. They don’t just provide patterns – they invite us into a world.

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Tabetha Hedrick has a story to tell you in socks: a story of having-had-just-about-enough, a tale of thumbing your nose at the world. Her Subversive Socks is for those times when you have something snarky to say and – well – why not say it on your feet? Your calves can secretly read “bite me” all day long underneath your work trousers – or they can shout that message to the rooftops when worn with a flouncy skirt. It’s up to you.

These socks are made for walkin’ / and that’s just what they’ll do / One of these days these socks are gonna walk all over you.

Bite Me
Bite Me

If swears aren’t your thing, then neither is this book. Don’t worry: this post includes a lovely section below about puppies and cute kids – meet you there!

When you’re done sticking your middle toe up at the world, it’s time to stock up to save it….

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Alex Tinsley’s forthcoming Doomsday Knits is a feast of post-apocalyptic knit fantasy – everything you need for battling zombies and foraging the ozone-depleted forests for provisions. The book’s editor, Alex, dedicated months and months to accumulating the styling pieces, locations, and makeup skills to create the illusion of a total wasteland wonderland. The results are stunning. Here’s Theressa Silver’s luscious Lunar Progression wrap …

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… you know, for when the world has ended and you’re one of the few still left eating sardines out of a can in a dilapidated mansion. Or for when, in real life, you just need to look stunningly hot.

If you’re more of a timey-wimey sort of person than an apocalyptic, you must go check out Heatherly Walker’s new Dalekenium sock pattern ….

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This is a sneak peek pattern from her forthcoming book with Allison Sarnoff, Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits. All the designs in the book are inspired by sci fi, comic books, video games, mythology … ahhhhh! happy geek overload!

And I absolutely cannot wait for you to see knitting designer Larissa Brown‘s novel, Beautiful Wreck (forthcoming from our trade imprint in January 2014). Science fiction mixed with 11th-century Vikings mixed with romance mixed with fiber? YES, PLEASE. Let’s just say if you enjoyed the Outlander series, this definitely belongs on your shelf.

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Gift me …

Fantasy aside, the ticking clock of frantic gift knitting has begun. Need some help?

Perhaps you have some kids to knit for? Whip up some quick, fun, utterly wearable accessories for them with Katya Frankel’s infectious new book, Head to Toe.

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Katya really knows how to design for kids: each pattern in this book can work for boys or girls (truly), and each one fits so well into a kid’s real life. For instance, consider this: did it ever occur to you to knit a cowl for a kid? And now that I’ve said that, doesn’t that seem like the most obvious thing in the world? Because cowls don’t fall off or trail in the mud?

BOOM.

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Mallard

The photography in this book meets Katya’s usual standard of genuine, fun-having adorableness. (Seriously what cow just licked that boy’s hair into such a cute shape?) All shot in the park spaces in Northumberland, UK, it’s the essence of fall fun.

Got younger kids in mind? Get ready to plotz from the cuteness, because we’ve got a book about puppies!

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Sample story page
Sample story page

OK, they’re full-grown Westies, and they totally do save the day when a baby bird falls from a nest outside their yarn shop. Authored by Stacy Klaus – owner of the Knitting Nest in Austin, Texas – this sweet picture book tells a heroic story of dog rescue, has coloring pages for kids, and includes four simple knitting and crochet patterns that are tied to the story.

Pattern: Adding a crocheted edging to a flannel blanket
Pattern: Adding a crocheted edging to a flannel blanket

Your kids will love that another kid – Stacy’s incredibly talented, high-school-aged niece, Molly Wade – did the illustrations. The book is up for preorder now but will be available in digital next week. (Print coming soon thereafter, as always.)

If you now need to wipe a tear from your eye because you are overwhelmed by PUPPIES!, might we suggest a lovely dishcloth?

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Deb Buckingham, who brought you our much-loved Dishcloth Diva, will release her follow-up book this Friday: Dishcloth Diva Knits On! Whether you need some quick handmade gifts – perhaps to wrap around some handmade soap? – or just need an uncomplicated knit to whisk you away from the holiday family drama, Deb’s got you covered. My favorite is the cheery, slip-stitched Lucille Bell …

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Happy knitting!

Hello The Knitter readers + Stitching in the Stacks!

Excellent pre-TNNA news for you. One, our friends at The Knitter magazine (one of our UK favorites) featured our upcoming cruise in their upcoming issue #60. Here’s a peek:

And secondly, Stitching in the Stacks has started to ship digitally as of yesterday. The print copies should start going out when they arrive from the printer post-TNNA, so get your orders in now! The other two books in our summer preorder trifecta should be going out shortly thereafter (a few wonky file things to fix from the printer proofs that will be fast but couldn’t get finished pre-TNNA).

If you are at TNNA this weekend, drop by the booth (#355) and see the sneak preview of Alex Tinsley’s AMAZING upcoming book with us, Doomsday Knits. Yay!

THREE new preorders just went live!

If you’re not on the CP mailing list already, go! Go now! I’ll wait. Later tonight we’re sending out a mailing about these three new books that gives details on the free patterns you can get by preordering, as well as a free online class (ahem, can’t spill the dirt on that yet). You’ve got til midnight tonight.


Through the magic of the internet, we can make it look as if the books are already printed! More interesting than a flat image, eh?

Here’s the scoop: we’ve had these three books underway for a WHILE. Longer than we might have wanted, really. And if I told you half the things that happened while these books were going through the publishing process, you would not even believe me. There was even an amputated toe. Really. We have, however, prevailed, and the books are now ready for preorder!

Here’s the scoop on these three new members of the Cooperative Press family, with direct purchase links. Preorder now and you will get free copies of Ardwinna by Andi Smith and Honeysuckle by Sarah Barbour (Ardwinna if you order Big Foot Knits, Honeysuckle if you order Stitching in the Stacks).

Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith

So many sock patterns are written as if one size fits all. But anyone who has larger feet and legs knows better.

In this ingenious book, designer Andi Smith walks the bigger-footed among us through the steps of properly measuring our feet and legs, assessing the toe and heel shapes that fit us best, and adapting patterns to suit our shape. All this, plus 12 gorgeous sock patterns, each with instructions for modifying to your foot and for knitting top-down or toe-up.

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Stitching in the Stacks, edited by Sarah Barbour

Ask most people to picture either a librarian or a knitter, and they’re likely to conjure up the same image: a stern, older woman with sensible shoes and hair in a bun.

Stereotypes aside, there does seem to be a special bond between knitters and libraries. This book celebrates that connection, offering 30 exquisite designs inspired by librarians (real and fictional), library architecture, cataloging systems, and sometimes the books themselves. Each pattern comes with its own story, making this book as fun to read as it is to knit from.

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Unique Feet, edited by Laura Lough

Men love hand-knit socks perhaps more than any other knitted garment, but there are very few patterns available that are interesting to knit.

Hearing this clarion call, the independent dyers at The Unique Sheep asked some of their favorite designers to create unique socks for men—socks that would be both fun to knit and to wear. The glorious results range from the subtly textured to the boldly colored.

Originally offered through the Ram Sock Club, these 15 patterns are available for the first time together in one must-have volume.

Features designs by Katya Frankel, Janine Le Cras, Laura Lough, LoBug Designs, Erssie Major, Merike Saarniit, Charles Voth, Tanya Wade, Sarah Wilson, and Don Yarman.

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Market Yourself available for preorder!

We’re so excited to be publishing Market Yourself: A Marketing System for Smart and Creative Business Owners by Tara Swiger.

From the book’s page in the shop:

Market Yourself: A Marketing System for Smart and Creative Business Owners is more than just a book about marketing — it’s a book about YOU. Your strengths, your weaknesses, what makes your product unique and good and worthy of an audience. In its 150+ pages, you’ll find more than 30 hands-on worksheets designed to take your business forward, fast!

Advance praise for Market Yourself:

“Do you love to make things, but hate the idea of marketing them? Take a deep breath, make some tea and spend some time with Tara’s book. She’s a gentle, encouraging guide through the landscape of promotion. You’ll build yourself a marketing plan that’s both comfortable and doable.”
— Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod.com

“Market Yourself takes your passion for making to the next level by teaching you step by step how to get your product into your buyer’s hands. Tara encourages and inspires but ultimately challenges you to create the growth you are looking for in your business. You will be amazed and intrigued by what you begin to learn about yourself as well as your brand.”

“You will feel like you are in one-on-one coaching sessions with Tara. She communicates like she knows you, your product and what you need to succeed.”

— Kerry Burki, HandmadeSuccess.com

“I’ve learned a ton from reading Market Yourself, and she includes an amazing series of worksheets that takes it from good advice to an awesome project. Tara encourages the creative entrepreneur to craft an honest, comfortable marketing plan that works with their personality and skills. Instead of constantly struggling against a list of someone else’s “shoulds,” I get to do the things that work for me, but in a strategic way that helps my business (without making me homicidal).

It’s really worthwhile to take the time to read the book, do the worksheets, and stitch it all together. There’s so much great info stuffed inside, it’s almost as good as having Tara there to help you along.”

— Amy Crook, Antemortem Arts

“Tara’s work has taught me to embrace what makes me me and use it to market my crafty business. This book celebrates the journey of finding the people right for my product through worksheets, and I love it!”

— Kristine Beeson, KDLB

Preorder your copy now!

If you liked The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, you will LOVE Market Yourself. Its lessons are applicable to any kind of crafty or creative business venture, not just designers, and its worksheets and other hands-on materials will have you thinking about your business in a whole new way.

Preorder Reversible Scarves by Audrey Knight!

Remember this post? Well, the book will be ready soon, so it’s preorder time! With more than 25 patterns, and a wealth of ideas for you to incorporate into your own knitting, Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues by Audrey Knight of Audknits is a treasure trove of knitterly goodness. Here are some of the shots Caro Sheridan took for the book at Rhinebeck this fall (talk about an amazing place to take photos!) — and these are just a handful of them!

Preorder Boys’ Knits by Katya Frankel

Remember one of my favorite previews from this summer? Well, it’s available for preorder now. (Hey, I told you it was a big week for preorders over here).

Preorder Katya Frankel’s book Boys’ Knits! With sixteen sweater patterns and the cutest photography you have ever seen, this would be a really good present for all the knitting parents and grandparents in your life this holiday season…

(And fear not, she’s already at work on a sequel filled with accessory patterns!)

Arabella Proffer book preorder

As previously mentioned, the first book in our new art publishing division will be The National Portrait Gallery of Kessa: The Art of Arabella Proffer.

We will be accepting preorders for the print edition ($31.95 + shipping) starting today.

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Read more about Proffer’s upcoming show at Articulated Gallery in San Francisco, or about Proffer here.

Preorder Beyond Knit and Purl by Kate Atherley

Beyond Knit and Purl (humorously NOT-subtitled Kate and Hilda’s Excellent Knitting Adventure, although when the author, Kate Atherley, suggested it as a lark, I laughed so hard I nearly cried) is the knitting book you always wished you’d had when you started but didn’t.

This book is not just for beginning knitters. Even those who’ve been knitting for years will have an astonishing number of “ah-ha!” moments inside its pages — I know I did. As a technical editor — and more importantly — as a teacher, Kate knows where knitters hit roadblocks and how to overcome them, and she shares her many years of experience in Beyond Knit and Purl. Confused about increases or decreases? What’s ease? If you’ve only knitted dishcloths, are you ready to move on to socks or should you try something else first? What does “decrease stitches evenly across” actually mean in practice? Do you need some Dirty Secrets or Knitterly Advice? (there are plenty of both scattered throughout the book’s pages). Or do you need some help choosing the right pattern for you? This and much, much more are in the book.

The amazing how-to photos by Caro Splityarn Sheridan clearly demonstrate techniques so you can follow along as needed, and there are great patterns spread throughout to support the educational material ranging from ultra-simple dishcloths up to shawls, socks and other garments.

Couldn’t resist this image…there’s a small toy pattern to demonstrate a technique, but every time I see this picture I think “hey! that’s not the right way to use a tape measure, kitty!”

Last chance for EDK preorders; hello Knitty!

The time draws near — we’re THIS close to releasing the PDF version of Extreme Double Knitting as it goes to print. The second that happens, the price goes up to the normal cover price, so order now!

Did you see one of our two ads in the new deep fall issue of Knitty? Welcome!

We’re a small independent publishing company run by Shannon Okey — who you may know better as Knitgrrl — a longtime (really long time!) Knitty contributor and fan herself. We pride ourselves on partnering with authors to produce top-quality books, and on paying royalties that are 4-5x the industry average or more. We appreciate all the support you’ve given indie publishing and authors over the past few years and look forward to continued success. Please feel free to drop us a line or leave us a comment at any time.

(We’ve also got an ad in the current issue of Entangled featuring our Fresh Designs series books! If you haven’t seen Entangled yet, check it out!)

Now go grab your copy of Extreme Double Knitting before the price hike!

Still not sure? Here are some of the blurbs we’ve gathered for the back cover…

A brilliant book, bound to become a classic work. Acquiring these double-layer techniques will enhance all aspects of your knitting life. Extreme Double Knitting is a very thorough and clearly explained approach to this fascinating area of knitting. Even if you do not yet see yourself reaching some of the more extreme feats of double-layer knitting offered here, you will be gently enticed to expand your repertoire of skills as far as you wish, with plenty more brain candy awaiting you.
Lucy Neatby

There are floods of knitting books that beguile with pretty, ingenious patterns. A precious few push back the boundaries of an entire technique. Extreme Double-Knitting does both, exceptionally. A tour-de-force.
Franklin Habit

In this delicious guide to the subterranean wonderland of double knitting, Alasdair illuminates user-friendly and innovative techniques of layering color, texture, and design.
Cat Bordhi

And here’s a sneak preview of the cover… (the book itself up to a whopping 196 pages now!)

Extreme Double-Knitting now available for preorder!

Extreme Double Knitting: New Adventures in Reversible Colorwork by Alasdair Post-Quinn (as featured in the fall issue of Interweave Knits magazine) is now available for preorder!

Nearly 200 pages of incredibly detailed how-to that will not only teach you the basics (and not-so-basics!) of double-knitting, but will take your knitting to entirely new levels.

Please note: the print book’s price WILL be going up to $29.95 after the preorder period, so get your order in now!

DIGITAL EDITION — PDF ($16.95)

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* DIGITAL (PDF) + PRINT ($23.95)

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E-READER EDITION — (For Kindle, Nook, Sony e-Reader, iPad, etc)

Not available for preorder at this time. Please join the Cooperative Press mailing list and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. Thanks.

* (You may notice we no longer offer print-only as a separate option; as most customers have been ordering our print + PDF packages instead, we are phasing print-only out. If you don’t want the PDF, you aren’t required to download it!)