It's a funny kind of thing to get used to the book writing and publishing timetable. Two Junes ago, I had submitted a successful book proposal and was waiting for the contract details to be ironed out. Last June, the 30 pairs of knitted slippers were in Japan, being photographed and I was finishing up writing the last few patterns. Now this June, I'm eagerly waiting to see the final book, and wondering how knitters will feel about it.
Natalie Chanin and Liana Aliday have both recently written articulately about the process of working on a book like this. It's at once an intensely solitary and collaborative effort, with so much time put in between the book's conception and publishing. I'm glad for the opportunity experience it for myself.
As you may know, I didn't really have much to do with the cover image. I got a few drafts to weigh in on, but people with serious marketing skills make the final call. I'm really happy with the cover, particularly how it conveys the wide range of slippers in the book. A couple weeks ago, back when I was considering knitting my own leggings (which I may still do if I ever finish my scarf!), I pulled my copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac off the shelf. I had never noticed before that cover is also made up of projects arranged circularly on a rough wood background! The similarity between that cover and mine surprised and pleased me, and that happy coincidence feels like a really good sign.
For today though, the big news is that the publication date for the book has been bumped up to October 8. It's available to pre-order on Amazon, and I'm working on a bunch of blog posts that showcase some of the projects and techniques in the book, as well as the inspiration behind some of the styles. My husband Michael is helping me with a series of how-to videos that will supplement the instructions in the book and give you a peek into my studio. I'm so excited to move on to the next part of this process- sharing the book and the projects with all of you.