I can't quite contain my excitement, I can officially announce the publication of my very first book of crochet patterns! I know I have alluded to 'the book', primarily as an excuse for my blog absenteeism, but I can now fill in the gaps.
I have spent the past six months creating 35 projects for 'Simple Crochet', a title in Mitchell Beazley's new 'Creative Makers' series. I was so surprised when asked to write the book that I agreed instantly, after all it had been so much fun sharing the apple cosy pattern.
Creatively, I have never been so challenged, emotionally so drained and personally so satisfied. I'd glimpse a scrap of yarn left from knitting a baby jacket for a friend's new arrival, or wonder at a skein of hand-dyed silk I had stumbled upon whilst browsing Etsy. Slowly, but surely, the projects took shape, first in my minds eye and then at the end of my trusty hooks. From cushions, coasters and bags to toys, scarves and blankets, there's something for everyone - not just apple cosies, I promise! And there's a whole lot of me in there, sharing what I love about crochet, the sheer joy of creating bits and bobs by hand, you will all know where I am coming from.
I am, quite literally, over the moon with the finished book, each project beautifully photographed by the fabulously talented Yuki Sigiura (the book really is a team effort - publishers, art directors, editors, pattern checkers). Looking back, there isn't a pattern that I wouldn't love to make again - it might not be atom splitting, but it's mine and I'm really proud of it.
After all the excitement, the sad news is that it's not available until September - but my pulse is racing, it's ready for 'pre-order' on Amazon (never thought I'd see my name on Amazon!).
And as if that wasn't enough, the sewing book in the series 'Simple Sewing with Lola Nova' is available for pre-order too! Now, that one will definitely be on my Christmas list xxx