All knits bright and beautiful, all authors great and small

Our art director, Elizabeth, lives in Austin, so she got to attend the book signing for Hank and Gracie Save the Day at the Knitting Nest this past weekend. Take it away, Elizabeth …

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West Highland Terriers Hank and Gracie are often a highlight of any visit to the Knitting Nest, one of several lovely local yarn stores that we enjoy here in Austin. But this past Saturday, they were definitely the stars of the show. The store’s owner, Stacy Klaus, held a book signing this weekend at the shop for her new book, Hank and Gracie Save the Day (Cooperative Press, 2013). The book features a charming children’s story about two dogs who help to rescue a baby bird, simple patterns to knit, crochet, and felt your own projects to go along with the story.

There are even coloring pages, which turned out to be a particular hit with one toddler who came to the book signing. (Her mama, Christina, aka oharethey, is a developer at Ravelry, so I expect that other parts of the book will appeal as time goes on as well!)

For all of you who are suffering through bleak mid-winter weather, I’m sorry to say that it was a gorgeous day here. (You can mock us in August, when we’re on day 45 of 100+ degree temperatures.) Stacy invited Westie Rescue of Austin to set up outside the shop so that they could take donations, while Hank and Gracie guarded the fort as usual inside. It was a lovely event on a beautiful day. Hope you can visit Hank and Gracie here soon—and until then, enjoy their adventures in Hank and Gracie Save the Day!

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.

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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!

Reversible Scarves is here + Makes for Men!

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that Audrey Knight’s book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is now available for download. If you preordered a print copy, you should also have a download link for the PDF in your inbox this evening. The actual printed copies will be shipping after 12 August (we expect them to arrive directly from the printer to our booth for Stitches Midwest, so if you didn’t preorder and can’t wait, we’ll see you in booth #631)!

A note for those of you who preordered: you just saved $3 per copy, because the price is going up as soon as the print copies arrive here! The book is rather longer than we anticipated at 134 pages, which caused its print price to go up. If you haven’t preordered yet, you have until Stitches is over to get the current $26.95 price. Click, click!

In other news, we’re excited to announce that UK knitting magazine Knit Now recently featured six Cooperative Press designers/authors in their Makes for Men supplement to the July issue (#11). You can see all the patterns here on Ravelry.

Thanks again to the authors of both current and forthcoming CP books for allowing Knit Now to focus on your beautiful work!

California Revival Knits is live!

What does that mean? It means the digital version is now available and has been sent out to everyone who preordered it, so they can start casting on their favorite projects while we get the files over to the printer!

Fortunately, since we print in the US and not overseas, the print turnaround time is a lot faster! But for that immediate gratification, you really can’t beat digital, can you?

Congrats, Stephannie! Visit her blog and/or the CP group on Ravelry and tell her what you love about the book!

Cooperative Press sock/mitt club

CP is excited to announce our first project club! We have so many talented authors, designers and other contributors that we thought it would be fun to work together on a joint project that could showcase the skills of multiple authors at once. And so we’ve decided to team up for a sock and mitt club, with a special bonus pattern for the large club size!

Here’s what you’ll receive:

BASIC PACKAGE: (8 hand-dyed skeins, 8 patterns, limited edition custom project bag, small gifts and bonuses)

BONUS PACKAGE: (16 hand-dyed skeins, 9 patterns, limited edition custom project bag, small gifts and bonuses)

Each club shipment month you’ll receive your yarn and 2 patterns: one sock, and one mitt pattern based on that sock. The last shipment for the large club option will also contain a colorwork hat pattern designed to use up your scraps from the previous patterns. The basic package will provide enough yarn for the sock patterns alone; the bonus-size package will provide enough yarn for both socks AND the mitt patterns that go with them, not to mention leftovers for the bonus hat pattern.

Your pattern designers will be…

…and your yarn dyer will be Kim from Indigodragonfly!

We will be accepting club signups until the end of April to allow sufficient time to order yarn/etc. If all goes well, we’d love to do a shawl club next — or tell us what interests you, knitting-wise!

BASIC CLUB PACKAGE, $150
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Vogue Knitting Live iPad drawing/bags

Thank you to everyone who bought one of our limited edition bags at Vogue Knitting Live this weekend! Unlike Sock Summit, where 70 of the 100 sold out in the first two hours (and the others were gone by noon the next day), we still had quite a few bags left at the end of the show.

Because our requirement that you need not be present to win meant that drawing one number and moving on to the next one would have been next to impossible to do fairly and transparently, we decided to give those of you who bought at the show a special discount at the booth when you came back to check the number, and to open up bag sales online to the other people who couldn’t make it this weekend.

We’ll then do the drawing as soon as these bags go out to those who order them.

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I’ll update this post with photos of the bags tomorrow, but you can get a peek at them here on Facebook now.

In addition to the contest entry, they contain GORGEOUS yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch and a one-skein pattern that goes with the yarn. The bag price is $40, and includes shipping.

If you got your bag at the show and want us to let you know when the drawing is held, please fill in your information here (mailing address isn’t required since you already have the bag!) and we’ll let you know.

Thanks so much for understanding. We intend to do more drawings in partnership with Bijou Basin Ranch at Rhinebeck and Stitches East this fall, and we’re learning something new to improve each time.

New for the holidays: The Knitgrrl 9

Nine of Shannon Okey’s patterns for knitgrrl.com in one amazing pattern booklet, for less than half the cost of the same patterns bought separately. You can order a printed copy directly from Magcloud here. For a signed copy or something special holiday-wise, just send us an email at info@cooperativepress.com!

This collection includes Copine, Mosaic, Ennis, Dissolve, Xylem, Satomi, Katalin, Reboux and Red Lotus. Satomi is actually 3 coordinating patterns (hat, scarf and sweater) and Katalin includes both a möbius wrap and wristlets, so it’s actually like getting 12 patterns! This is our first collaboration with Magcloud, and we welcome your feedback!