Don’t be against the wall when the revolution comes…

…instead, be knitting away with a good book!

Cooperative Press is about to release the second book in the WWMDfK? series: What (else) Would Madame Defarge Knit?—more creations inspired by classic characters. Like the first, this book is chock full of patterns and stories from the designers about how they were inspired and what they love about the stories the guided their process. To celebrate the coming book we’re sharing all sorts of sneak peeks and designer dossiers—and free patterns, too! If you want to get in on the fun, you can join us by joining the special Defarge mailing list (so Heather and the designers can get the free patterns to your inbox).

Want to make sure you get your copy right away? We’ve got a special preorder offer: use the ordering link below and get both books (print and digital!) for $50 plus shipping. We expect book #2 to ship in April.

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In other news: stay tuned for the results of the Cooperative Press birthday contest, which will be coming shortly! We had a LOT of entries to go through — thank you all for your enthusiasm!

Jane Austen Knits contest winner

Congrats are in order for Rebecca, the winner of our Jane Austen Knits ad contest. If you missed out, don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll do another contest like this one in the future. Grab a copy of Jane Austen Knits and check out the classifieds. This ad told you what to do:

…then the clues were scattered inside the classifieds. You not only had to play along to get the clues, but you also had to get all the questions right, and then be randomly chosen among everyone with correct answers! So congratulations, Rebecca! We hope you enjoy your prize package of CP books.

Lovely reviews!

From issue 36 of The Knitter, one of our favorite UK magazines, on What Would Madame Defarge Knit?:

Enthusiastic and humorous, this collection of whimsical patterns features designs inspired by characters in works of literature. Each pattern is accompanied by literate and accessible essays about the books and people behind the design.

The only project images are woodcut-style drawing to further the old-fashioned feel of the book, and to keep costs down to pay more to the designers. But don’t be fooled by this ‘olde worlde’ look, as this book is very much of our modern times – it has interactive links to the ‘WWMDFK’ website, which features many colour photographs of the projects as well as technical information.

And from the new Knitty, a review of Shaping Shawls, which begins…

I remember the first teaser photo Cooperative Press showed of this book: a stack of brightly colored folded lace shawls. Even that tiny teaser made me shout ‘Want!’ at my computer. Now the book is here and it lives up to that sexy little teaser.

(Here’s the photo she’s referencing).

Preorder What Would Madame Defarge Knit?

Today would have been Charles Dickens‘ 199th birthday, and Cooperative Press is pleased to announce that preorders for What Would Madame Defarge Knit? open today in honor of the author whose formidable character Thérèse Defarge inspired Heather Ordover’s book. If it’s been a while since your last literature class, remember that in A Tale of Two Cities Defarge knits and knits, secretly encoding the names of people she will have killed. Vive la révolution?

Don’t worry, there isn’t a murder prerequisite to love this book! Ordover, the creator of popular podcast CraftLit, has assembled an inspiring and thought-provoking collection of 20+ patterns, as well as essays and other tidbits inspired by literature, illustrated by the talented Jen Minnis in a black-and-white woodcut style that pays tribute to Dickensian-era publishing.

And if you’re reading this, chances are good you are a strong supporter of small independent publishers. You may be interested to know that this book will be the first Cooperative Press release where all designers receive a direct royalty share of each sale. Our Fresh Designs series, which will be out later this year, is set up similarly. Instead of a small, one-time payment for their work at the beginning (and not a penny afterwards, no matter how many copies the book sells), designers have an opportunity to earn an unlimited payment for their work.

Visit the WWMDfK? website for more about the book’s contributors and other behind-the-scenes information. As of today’s pre-release, the book is 200+ pages, illustrated.

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER — ($45)

Signed, with extras. This is a special creation and will be limited to less than 100 copies, numbered. Shipping is included, as is a PDF copy of the book.

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DIGITAL EDITION — PDF ($16.95)

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PRINT EDITION ($26.95)

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DIGITAL (PDF) + PRINT ($26.95)

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E-READER EDITION ($16.95) (For Kindle, Nook, Sony e-Reader, iPad, etc)

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A holiday gift for you from Cooperative Press

Artist Jen Minnis, who is currently illustrating the upcoming Cooperative Press book What Would Madame Defarge Knit? has created a series of related holiday cards for you. You can download them here, or go to this album on Facebook and ‘share’ them with your friends. This one below is my personal favorite.

To share something on Facebook, click Share under “From the album: Free Holiday Cards for You! by WWMDfK?” (located below the image on the right hand side), and you’ll be able to post it on your profile with a comment.

Have fun, and happy holidays from all of us!