Well, the book is out, and today Warm Hands is being shipped to knitters all over the world. I do hope you’ve enjoyed our introduction to the project and each of its talented designers in the posts we’ve put together over the past couple of weeks. In a project like this, which involves so many different voices and locales, it felt very important that each designer had the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about their work. Lots of different kinds of work have gone into developing this project, and making it what it is, and I want to conclude our series of Warm Hands posts by celebrating some of the kinds of work you might not have ever thought about. . .
For example, the unusual and time-consuming work involved on the day Tom and Sam hoisted a camera on a boom arm, and pootled around on their hands and knees, moving all the Warm Hands gloves and gauntlets, mittens and mitts around in a circle, in order to produce this . . .
Shouldn’t all knitting books have their own stop motion film? Tom (who is enjoying making sounds at the moment) also produced the wee jingle accompanying the Warm Hands animation.
Next, I really have to mention Mel. If you are a KDD customer who has ever had a dyelot issue or a missing parcel, you’ll already know that Mel is pretty amazing. In so many respects, she is the unsung heroine of KDD, and that’s certainly the case in this project, in which Mel tested every single pattern in the collection. Warm Hands involves a few brilliant designers who are right at the beginning of their careers, as well as several whose first language is not English. Testing every set of instructions for maximal knit-ability and legibility seemed particularly important – and the rather rigorous process Mel and I developed to test, adjust and edit every Warm Hands pattern was extremely interesting to be a part of – I certainly know more about the varied intricacies of thumb and finger placement than I ever thought was possible.
Next up, Warm Hands‘ brilliant tech editor, Frauke Urban, who whipped all the Warm Hands patterns into publishable shape. Frauke did some test knitting for KDD a couple of years ago, and, after noticing the superb attention to detail in the feedback she provided, we looked her up – and were really happy to discover she worked as a tech editor! Frauke edited the patterns for Knitting Season as well: by now she probably knows the KDD in-house pattern writing style better than any of us.
Next, our fabulous models – Fenella and Jane, Mimi and Samira.
Thankyou, each of you, for your individual energy and distinctive style that helped to bring our vision for the book to life.
Warm thanks too, to Mimi’s talented mum, Gloria Onyekwere, who manages Glasgow hairdressing institution, Glow n Shine – Gloria’s handiwork certainly shines on the book’s cover!
All of us would also like to thank Joe Mulholland and Carole Dunlop from the Hidden Lane in Finnieston, which provided so many colourful backdrops for our location photography (and, very generously, a changing room).
I have to say that Tom’s work on this project has really been above and beyond – from the beautiful location and studio photography . . .
. . .to Warm Hands final graphic design and layout. This is a book with a lot of colour in it – but Tom has developed a thoughtful design scheme that makes the print book feel extraordinarily harmonious, as well as very bold. All of us particularly love the pages Tom’s designed to preface each individual pattern – combining bold blocks of colour – which speak to the palette of each set of photographs – with playful visual elements, echoing the details of each design.
Finally, KDD’s other unsung hero – the incredible Sam!
Sam’s not one for the limelight, but as well as being an indispensable eye on photoshoots and knowing some nifty moves with a pallet truck, he’s also a brilliant writer, and a very talented designer . . . he really can turn his creative hand to pretty much anything and perhaps we’ll be able to persuade him to say more about that here on the blog sometime. Throughout our work on this project, Sam’s spirited good humour has lifted the whole team and kept us all going. Thankyou, Sam.
As you might be able to tell by now, I think that the best thing about this book is its strong sense of shared vision and collective endeavour – and that has been made possible by it being edited by a team rather than an individual. Jeanette and I have had a complete blast working on this project together, and speaking personally, it has been absolutely lovely to have such an experienced and generous co-editor with whom to pool ideas, have a laugh, and share every decision, from commissioning and pattern selection, to sample shades, styling choices, and the content of the book’s introduction. Thanks Jeanette, and a final thankyou to all our wonderful designers who, through their thoughtful and beautiful pattern contributions, have made Warm Hands what it is.
Thanks too to all of you, readers and knitters, for your support of this project!
You can find the Warm Hands book here
If you are a yarn or bookstore and would like to stock Warm Hands, please contact Sam: email@example.com
When I run out of things to do I want to get back to your book as these gloves with no finger tips seems just what I need to knit for gifting.
It’s arrived thank you. Having retired last month I can now spend some “me time”knitting some of these amazing Warm Hands but where to start.x
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Thank you for the inspiring blogs for gift ideas. I love the concept like “warm hands”. What is next. I cant wait for the book
Thank you. Great blogs inspiring for gifts
Congratulations and thank you to all involved. Can’t wait to get my beautiful book.
Book has arrived, beautiful and such amazing patterns for times when a garment would be too much and a hat too little.
congratulations to all involved
Congrats to everyone involved, I can’t wait to get my (to be warm) hands on it!! :)
When you introduced Warm Hands to us, noting the intent behind it and celebrating its collaborative nature, I knew it was work I wanted to support, regardless of the knitting patterns it contained. And so I ordered the book. That each pattern is delightful and knit worthy is icing on the cake. Well done team!
Thank you for the intro to all your co-workers. They are just the Best! Looking foreward to my book.
Mine arrived today. It is glorious and beautiful. So inspiring and filled with things going on my make list. I shall enjoy learning more techniques while I make snugly hand covers.
What a wonderful team and collaboration and gorgeous book .Thanks Kate for this post.
Another tour de force! Bravo all of you. Impeccable attention to detail – a hallmark of the KDD crew.
I have enjoyed the daily introduction of a new pattern and now I am looking forward to having my print copy of this lovely collection in my hands.
I applaud your approach to the gathering of the patterns and the wonderful collaborative effort that has gone into the collection.
I remain astounded that this art/craft of designing and knitting is such a powerfully cohesive worldwide activity.
I’ve got my book! It looks good, it feels good and it smells good. What a gorgeous book and now I’m going to open it! It just gets better!
It has been really interesting to see the Warm Hands patterns over the last few weeks and there are definitely a handful (yep, sorry) that I want to have a go at. It’s strange to see patterns from KDD that are not ones I would typically expect to see from you, and I have found that change of approach a little challenging. Luckily I have got over myself and realised how dull things would be if we always did the same thing over and over.
Tom’s stop motion soundtrack reminds me of Camberwick Green or maybe Trumpton… gawd bless the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
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Such a gorgeous book. I’m looking forward to having warm hands
Kate, this project and book is a celebration of creativity and collaboration. Wonderful, well done to all of you. Tom’s jingle for the slow-motion video is great. Congratulations.
Je me réjouis de tenir ce “Warme hands” en mains ! Félicitations à toutes et tous. J’ai adoré le gingle !
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Warm hands is amazing and after reading the blog congratulations to you all on a great team production. The photos are beautiful and all the gloves are fab, the book is definitely on my birthday list for 20th feb , or I might just treat myself sooner
I am so looking forward to seeing the finished book. I so love your collaborative projects Kate, and all the hard work, creativity and yes, joy, comes through in the designs, (knit and book) and the photography and styling. What a great team you have! Congratulations to you all on bringing another great project to fruition and hey, I never thought I’d ever knit myself a pair of gloves and here I am casting on.
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