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Call for Submissions

Finally, the moment the Cumberbatch-lovers have been waiting for: A Madame and a Detective Walked Into a Bar… Defarge Does Sherlock

Now that Defarge Gets Medieval is well underway, decisions need to be made about the last (yep, seriously, the last) book in the Defarge Series: Sherlock.

What does this mean for you: WE NEED PATTERNS. If you’ve submitted a pattern already, double check that you’re listed HERE. If not, resubmit via this link and note that you submitted before. We’ll find the original submission by searching your email address or pattern name. If you’re listed, then we have your pattern and all is well.

If you haven’t yet but want to submit a pattern now, the real honest and true deadline is February 29th, 2016. Use THIS FORM to submit your pattern idea. We will let you know if your pattern has been selected on or before May 15th.

We look forward to seeing your ideas!

Erica Hernandez, Editor
Heather Ordover, Editor Emerita
Cooperative Press

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Can’t decide what to knit? Let us help!

11225723_10156184240180654_3404618327157633361_nWe know. It’s really hard to decide sometimes! Now that we have more than 50 books out in the world, you can imagine we’ve got a sense of this, so Cooperative Press has made a Twitter bot called @whatshouldiknit that will tweet out a new project idea once an hour.

Retweet ideas that appeal to you and help spread the word! Just one small bit of fun for your holiday gift knitting season…

Our website work continues…

Thanks for your patience as we continue to rebuild the website. You’ll now find Amazon sales links for the print copies of our books on every book’s individual page, along with Ravelry links. (Additional sales sources are being added now, but we can confirm that almost every book is available on Barnes & Noble’s website, for example).

Cooperative Press t-shirt contest

Cooperative Press t-shirt contest

Fiber fest season gets started in just a few months! Got a t-shirt idea for us? Want $50? Check this out. We’re offering you a chance to submit ideas for knitterly, fibery and just generally crafty related t-shirts. If your idea is selected, you’ll win $50 plus a host of other prizes.

Our graphic designers are standing by–let us know what you’d like to see on a shirt! You have until the end of June to enter!

The Vikings have landed! Buy 1 book, get 3 things!

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We’ve been hinting about it for a while and now it’s live! Larissa Brown’s new novel with Cooperative Press, Beautiful Wreck (click to visit the book’s website and read an excerpt) is here!

To celebrate, and to attempt to launch it to the top of the charts over at Amazon, we’ve put it on sale for Cooperative Press friends & family for $2.99 this weekend AND you can get two of Larissa’s patterns for helping us out!

Buy the book and forward your receipt to buy -at- beautifulwreckbook.com and you’ll get a Ravelry download link for Larissa’s pattern Lichen. Hurry, this offer expires on Valentine’s Day!

Review the book and send a link to us at review -at- beautifulwreckbook.com and you’ll get a download of Larissa’s new pattern Betta!

Where to buy? For once, we aren’t asking you to buy it directly from CP, though we’ll be listing it soon. We’d really like for you to buy it on Amazon, because getting to the top of the charts there will help drive sales going forward. If you prefer print, you’ll also be able to get the Kindle version for free through their MatchBook program.

Amazon: Kindle PREFERRED | paperback
Barnes & Noble: Nook | paperback
Smashwords: digital
Apple iBookstore: digital

CAN WE GET LARISSA TO #1? WE CAN, WITH YOUR HELP!

Thank you, as always, for supporting independent publishing. Especially when Vikings are involved!

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!