Scotland Yard Vest Knitalong! Sherlocking on January 1!!

"Did you miss me?"
Sherlock season 4 will premiere on January 1 and we are celebrating with a Knitalong! Pattern is the Scotland Yard Vest. Cast on while you watch the first episode of the new season! 

 I am knitting a version for myself using the colors shown above (Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Cast Iron, Tartan and Sap) and adding waist shaping for a more feminine fit. I will be sharing my notes for adding shaping along the way. 

Here are all the details!
1. Cast on happens on January 1 during the premiere episode of season 4 of Sherlock

2. Knitters who complete their vest by February 1 will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to our Etsy shop (email Joanna at slatefallspress AT comcast DOT net to share completed vest photos!)

3. Hashtag #scotlandyardvestknitalong to share and see progress of your fellow knitters

4. Yarn info:
Finished Measurements
Chest circumference measures 36 (40, 44, 48) inches; 91 (102, 112, 123) cm. Shown in smallest size.
Brooklyn Tweed Loft; 100% American wool; 275 yards/251 meters; 50 gram skein
Main color (MC): Cast Iron, 3 (3, 4, 4) skeins
Contrast color 1 (CC1): 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins
Contrast color 2 (CC2): 1 skein
US size 2 (2.75 mm) 32-inch (80 cm) circular knitting needles
US size 3 (3.25 mm) 32-inch (80 cm) circular knitting needles
US size 4 (3.5 mm) 32-inch (80 cm) circular knitting needles
US size 2 (2.75 mm) 16-inch (40 cm) circular knitting needles
Size E (3.5 mm) crochet hook
Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge
26 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern on largest needles

5. Suggested Knitting Timeline:
in advance: swatch!
January 1: Cast on
January 8: work body from hem up
January 15: divide body for front and back
January 22: finish back and start front
January 29: edging, blocking


Yes we Snail! ~Mail Order Form~

For those of you who still love snail mail like we do, here is our mail order form! 
Simply print the form, fill it out, and mail it to us.
Be sure to add notes if you would like books inscribed or personalized!


First Ever Slate Falls Press Christmas Sale! ~$20 off when you spend $40 or more~

We feel so very blessed to do what we love and share it with others. This year, for the very first time, we are hosting a Christmas sale to share the joy with our friends and readers. Our autographed books make lovely gifts and can be personalized for your recipient. All books ship free within the US.

Simply use coupon code JOY2016 when you check out.
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Thank you for all of your support of our work over the years!
Eric and Joanna


Announcing Sherlock Knits!

We are delighted to announce our next book, Sherlock Knits!

Continuing in our tradition of literary knitting books, Sherlock Knits is a collection of garments, accessories, and home decor knitting patterns inspired by the world's most famous consulting detective.

Sherlock Knits is currently available for pre-order here on Amazon, and signed copies are available for pre-order here in our Etsy shop. Etsy pre-orders include a free ebook of Sherlock Knits, delivered a month in advance of the print edition.

Final details, including chart-making, photo-taking, art-creating, and layout are happening right now. We cannot wait to show you the details of this new title!

Also, Eric and Joanna will be at Rhinebeck on Saturday and would love to see you there! Give Joanna a shoutout on instagram (username joannajohnson) to connect with us! We have brand new bookmarks for you all!


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!


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!


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!