Friday

Henry's Hat ~Review Roundup~


It is time for a book review roundup! 
We launched our fourth knitting storybook, Henry's Hat, this winter, and have been overwhelmed by the kindness of bloggers, podcasters and knitters who have been so kind as to review our work, give us a shout out, and share us with their readers, listeners and followers. We appreciate you all so very much! Without further ado, in a completely random order, here are some of our favorites! (click to watch, read and listen!)









Thank you all so very much! Happy Knitting to all!







Thursday

Heart in Hand Buff Mittens for a Child


Last year, the talented and intelligent editor of Piecework Magazine, Jeane Hutchins, asked me if I would consider designing a pair of buff mittens in a child's size for the annual Historical Knitting Issue of Piecework Magazine. How could I say no? I have written about Buff Knitting here on the blog in the past (see here!) and also for Jeane's Knitting traditions magazine, and jumped at the chance to reinvent this shaggy mitten for a sweet little pair of hands.


If you haven't yet received your copy of the current Piecework, I highly suggest picking up a copy. It is a lovely issue, perfect for deep winter knitting, including patterns for mittens, leg warmers, socks, and a winter coat for a child, to name a few. Accompanying articles about Shetland knitting, the Greek women of Pindos, and sister Matthia (an amazing cenenarian sock-knitting nun) will give a rich background of interest to the patterns themselves. I am honored to be a part of this issue!


On a related note, I am thrilled to be teaching another variation of the Buff Mitten, my Timber Mitten pattern, at the Loopy Ewe's upcoming Spring Fling! This is just the kind of winter knit we have needed in Colorado this week!

Stay warm and Happy Knitting!

Tuesday

Henry's Hat at TNNA in San Diego!


Our new book, Henry's Hat, will be on display at the Brown Sheep Company Booth #543 at TNNA in San Diego this coming weekend! Please stop by to see the trunk show and look through the book!

We will be offering a show special to retailers: if you order six or more books at the show, you will get a free signed copy of the book shipped to you with your order.


Retailers may contact us directly at slatefallspress AT comcast DOT net to order signed copies of our books. And knitters across the country, please ask for our books at your favorite Local Yarn Shop!


Happy New Year! Happy Knitting and Happy Reading to you all!

Monday

Henry's Hat is here!


Our newest book, Henry's Hat, has arrived from the printer and is now shipping out of our Colorado Studios!

Henry's Hat is a hardcover full-color illustrated storybook which includes a series of knitting patterns which accompany the story.



Henry Chipmunk has lost his favorite hand-knit hat; join him as he follows the trail of the missing hat through his woodland neighborhood. 


The knitting patterns are sized for children 2-12 years old and include: an earflap hat, a raglan-sleeve letterman-style pullover and a chipmunk toy with a matching sweater.


We hope you enjoy sharing our newest book with the little ones in your life!

Saturday

Free Spirit Knits by Anne Podlesak ~book review~




by Anne Podlesak
Interweave/F+W; $25.99

 Arizona Spring Sweater

Today I am pleased to review a new book for you, Free Spirit Knits, by Anne Podlesak. I have had the honor of working with Anne over the years in a variety of capacities. We first met through Interweave's Jane Austen Knits magazine when I was working as an editorial assistant on the publication and she was a contributing knitwear designer. This past summer we were able to meet in person at TNNA, the knitting industry's national trade show, and on our return flights we shared the experience of being delayed in the Columbus Ohio Airport together. I couldn't have asked for a better person to be stranded with, she is intelligent, funny and extremely talented! This fall she was kind enough to invite me to be in her booth at the Salida Fiber Festival here in Colorado. Anne is an amazing photographer, writer, knitwear designer, indie yarn dyer and all-around fiberista. Her technical background in historical fashion design and her love for fiber and color shines through in all of her work. 

 Grand Canyon Coat

Free Spirit Knits, inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Anne's adopted home state of New Mexico, contains twenty stunning knitting patterns for men and women, and includes both accessories and garments. Anne's attention to detail and sophisticated color sensibilities shine through in this carefully curated collection of hand knits. 

 Pottery Shard Jacket

While remaining true to the southwestern inspiration for this beautiful book, Anne has cleverly created a series of deisgns that appeal to the thoughtful knitter everywhere, whether living in the country or the city, on the plains or in the high peaks. The Pottery Shard Jacket, shown above, is the perfect blend of classic design and dramatic detail.

Santa Fe Wrap

Having seen it in person, I can't neglect to mention how gorgeous Anne's independent hand-dyed yarn collection is. The Santa Fe Wrap features Anne's yarn, Wooly Wonka Fibers Nimue DK, in a stunning pallete of southerwestern inspired color. You can see all of Anne's yarns and fibers at her website, http://woolywonkafiber.com.


About Anne:

Anne Podlesak is an indie dyer who also knits, spins, and designs in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Her designs have been featured in Spin-Off magazine, Interweave special publications such as Jane Austen KnitsThe Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, as well as her own independently released designs. Find her online at woolywonkafiber.com and on her Ravelry page: ravelry.com/designers/anne-podlesak.

A review copy of this book was kindly provided to me by F+W/Interweave


Monday

Unexpected Cables by Heather Zoppetti ~book review~


Interweave/F+W; $24.99

I have had the pleasure of knowing Heather Zoppetti for a several years now, and am pleased to be reviewing her new book, Unexpected Cables



Cocalico

This quote from Heather about her book sums up the style of this collection beautifully:

"When many people think of cable knitting, the first images that come to mind are big, boxy fisherman sweataers. This is exactly NOT what you will find in Unexpected Cables," explains Heather. "The goal of this book is to update the cable from heirloom to modern in unexpected ways. By using sleeker garment shapes, mixing cables with lace, and constructing garments and accessories in abstract ways, I hope to motivate the knitter to explore cable knitting in unexpected ways."




 Holtwood


Unexpected Cables is perfect for the modern knitter who wishes to explore the subtleties of cable knitting without the cliche of oversized pullovers. Fine lines, subtle textures, and tailorly details are the main ingredients of this sophisticated collection.



Leola 


A variety of patterns, including garments, shawls, accessories and socks are worked in wool, cashmere, silk and alpaca blends. 


Rapho


What I especially enjoy about this book is that while each pattern is aesthetically beautiful, each pattern also offers up a creative technical stitch as well. I am having a hard time deciding what to cast on first!

A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by F+W media.

Wednesday

Salida Fiber Festival!

by Joanna
I just returned from a weekend trip to Salida, Colorado, for their 4th annual Fiber Festival. Having heard about how amazing this particular festival is, and the fact that it is in one of my favorite areas of Colorado, I was eager to attend!

There is something so perfect about packing for a trip just as the weather is starting to cool. It was great to go open up my cedar wardrobe and pull out a few of my beloved handknits, lonely after a long summer in storage. The light blue cardigan is one I finished knitting in early summer and this was its inaugural debut!

Upon our arrival at the festival, I spotted a Phoebe's Sweater! It was worn by this darling brace girl, who had just hiked Mt. Princeton with her father the day before. Wow! The purple heather yarn looked just beautiful on her.

 I was fortunate enough to be able to do a book signing on Saturday in the Wooly Wonka Fibers booth with my friend, Anne. If you haven't seen her yarn, pop on over to her site to take a peek! Her gradient cakes and mini-skein kits are just beautiful.

 These two fun, creative and hilarious teenagers were my helpers and companions for the weekend. Don't let the photo fool you, I wouldn't trade them for anything! Not only were they extremely helpful in prepping inventory, carrying books and feeding me while I drove, they are the best joke-telling, clue-playing, zipline-riding, stay-up-late-laughing girls a woman could ask for. Thank you, girls!

On our way home we had time to stop in the ghost town of St. Elmo. What an interesting place it is! Many of the buildings still host old furniture, peeling wallpaper and knick knacks from an abandoned era. There was much scope for the imagination!