all about Bold Beginner Knits

Kate here! I’ve just about recovered from all our Xpo north fun, and am now back at my desk, finishing work on our latest book project Bold Beginner Knits – a collection of 6 intriguing, wearable, and simply knit-able designs in our beautiful aran-weight yarn Àrd-Thìr – which I created for my friend, and KDD…

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heid count

Well, everyone, we find ourselves in the unexpected position of having completely sold out of Milarrochy Heids. Thanks so much to all of you for your support of this book (and us) – it is a project that means a lot to me, perhaps most of all as an example of fruitful collaboration (between designers,…

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heid cases

Did you know that our Milarrochy Heids book was now available to pre-order? I’ve been really enjoying revealing one hat per day over on Instagram and Ravelry, and here’s a round-up of the first few heids. First up is Ella Gordon’s Breiwick – the featured cover design. Inspired by her own elusive search for the…

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making Handywoman

I initially decided to write Handywoman after being interviewed on BBC Woman’s Hour, which led to a discussion with a literary agent. This agent was really smart, interesting, incredibly professional and represented other writers of what the book trade describes as “intelligent non-fiction” whose work I really admired. I’d had no thought of writing something…

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Happit!

We’ve just published a new wee book — HAPPIT! Happit is a collection of five of my favourite simple shawl and wrap designs. Featuring Buachaille, together with three lovely yarns from my friends at Fyberspates, the five patterns included are the Betty Mouat Cowl, Fantoosh, Funchal Moebius, A Hap for Harriet, and Ottar. Most of…

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Shetland Oo: making a book

Hello – it’s Tom here – for a change. Kate is busy working on her Islay project, and I’m taking a break today from shipping out orders. I wanted to say thanks so much for your interest in our Shetland Oo book. Apart from being my first major project as a photographer, Oo is the…

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turn-of-year reflections

Good morning, everyone, and happy Hogmanay! The turning of the year always seems to be a time for drawing lines, and making plans, and this morning I found myself thinking about the strange turns my life has taken to land me here, in the middle of Scotland, creating patterns and making books. Almost 6 years…

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the books are here!

Yes, that just about sums it up! The books have finally arrived from the printer, and we are very happy! There is so much to consider when creating a book, and this one involved many new decisions. We took some different choices with our paper and cover stock, and settled on some different layouts (as…

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designing & publishing: part 3

From Folly Cove by Julia Farwell Clay and Celtic Cable Shawls by Lucy Hague Today I’m looking at another couple of recently-published books, from two very different independent designers, who both took completely different routes to publication. What these two books share, however, is an intelligent engagement with two specific aesthetic contexts, as both were…

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designing & publishing: part 2

Well, I sat down a couple of days ago and thought I’d write a quick post about the great new books I’d come across, all of which had been either produced completely independently, or had been commissioned from an independent designer. As I reflected on recent directions in hand-knit design, and digressed into my own…

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designing & publishing: part 1

(One of my favourite layouts from Yokes, pages 18-19) I think that these are really interesting times in knitwear design and publishing. I’m someone whose interest in hand-knit design directly lead to my establishing myself as a (very) small publisher. Having previously written several academic books and articles, as well as various editorial features, bits…

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