Until the end of October, a whole bunch of great bloggers, designers, writers and knitters will be offering reviews, interviews of giveaways, all about Bambeanies!

The line up is pretty impressive, and here's where you can visit over the next 6 weeks or so. As each post goes live, I'll update the links and will also get it all added to the book's page, too.

 

6th September:   Susan B Anderson

16th September:   Ann Kingstone

20th September:   Shannon Oakey (Knitgrrl)

23rd September:   Suvi Simola (50 villapeikkoa)

27th September:   Kate Oates (Tottoppers)

30th September:   Ruth Garcia (Rock and Purl)

4th October:   Anna Dalvi (Knit and Knag)

7th October:   Michelle Miller (Fickle Knitter)

11th October:   Rosemary Hill (Romi Designs)

14th October:   Laura Nelkin (Nelkin Design)

18th October:   Carol Feller (Stolen Stitches)

21st October:   Sarah H. (Babylonglegs)

25th October:   Katya Frankel (Binge Knitter)

28th October:   Hanna Fetig (KnitBot)

 

A great line-up of fantastic knitterly folk, wouldn't you agree? And if that wasn't enough, there's a whole bunch of other exciting stuff happening over the next couple of months, all related to the book, too. I've been hiding away with good reason, I'll have you know! Each blogger has something interesting to share with you, a different insight or angle on the book, and it'll be worth your while following along, I promise.

Meantime, I have a new design to be finishing... 

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Where on earth did August go? Methinks it got lost amongst all the book releasing, catching up with friends & family and travel madness. 

Already we've travelled our long journey to Italy and settled into the double decker. There's so much to share about our adventures over the summer; workshops and trunk shows and weddings by the seaside and get togethers with old friends sorely missed while we're away. Firstly though, I'll catch up on some book and design news.

Bambeanies has been getting lots of positive attention since it's release, and for those of you who prefer a print copy over the PDF can now get yours on Amazon.com. And if you've already got your copy and loving it, a review would be muchly appreciated! Reviews can make a big difference, especially for those not already familiar with my work or website. The book gets onto Amazon.com quickly as it's printed through CreateSpace - it can take up to 6 weeks to filter through to regional Amazon's, as they aren't all as related as you'd first think.

UK yarn shops will soon be able to get their copies through my UK distributor, as they have a large batch winging it's way across the Atlantic as I type. US and other overseas yarn stores can also order the book wholesale - all the current specs can be found on the Wholesale page.

A blog tour has just started, and I'll update the page with all the details as soon as possible (I did say we'd just driven 1500km, yes?) There are also lots of reviews coming from many wonderful places too, which is all very exciting.

Other design news: As well as completing 3 new secret designs this summer for publication (!) and a bunch of single designs due for release later in the year (busy, much?) there's also a brand new design just published!

QL Slouch is a fully reversible slouchy lace Hat. It's our September KAL pattern in the Ravelry group, so please do come and knit along with us. It's knit from the Natural Dye Studio's gorgeous Queenies Love. It is a limted edition yarn, yet they have others which are a great match for yardage and drape.

All that's needed to make this Hat reversible is careful weaving in of the ends - that's it. It's knit in the round and bottom up, and it's knit with the stocking stitch side (above) facing, to avoid too much purling. Once done, hide your ends, block, and then wear whichever way you prefer!

The pattern comes in 3 sizes, and is easily customisable should you wish. Full charts are included, as well the written directions, suiting all knitters. It's a pleasant, easily memorised stitch pattern and is perfect for on-the-go knitting. What's not too love?

I'll be back soon with more things to share, promise. Meantime, enjoy Bambeanies & QL Slouch!

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This weekend sees me in London for Knit Nation!

And especially for the show, there'll be a whole bunch of special offers. I'll have copies of Going Straight, Wee Woolly Toppers and Twisted Woolly Toppers with me (and I'll be signing them!), and will be able to take sales for the digital books as well as the print. Here's a quick preview:

Going Straight

PDF: £12 £10

Book: £17 £15

Book + PDF: £17 + £12 = £29 £20

 

Wee Woolly Toppers

PDF: £6 £5

Book: £8 £6

Book + PDF: £8 + £6 = £14 £10

 

Twisted Woolly Toppers

PDF: £9 £7

Book: £12 £10

Book + PDF: £12 + £9 = £21 £15

As an extra special show deal, I'll also be taking pre-orders for the print edition (& PDF or PDF+Print) of Bambeanies! All of the samples will be with me, so you can check out the new designs and see them in the flesh. The mini laptop will be with me, so I can send any digital purchases direct to you during the show.

The giant suitcase containing all my show & display materials is getting a little full, yet I've managed to squeeze in many of the samples from my single patterns, and other book designs, and a mirror so you can try them all on for size.

It's going to be a fun and busy show - if you're in London this weekend I'd seriously recommend coming along. Hope to see you there!

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Each time I see this cover, it makes me happy!

I've rambled on more than once about how Bambeanies seems to be galloping along at it's own pace, making me feel at times as I haven't got to grips with it or that it's out of control or that I don't really know it, if that makes sense. I've been beavering away yet it hasn't felt cohesive. Now though, now that we've got a winning photo for every Hat in the book and now that I've got the cover shot, everything is falling into place very nicely. It's now much easier to visualise the project as a whole and to see how each part of it works both by itself and as part of the collection. It's funny how a cover can make so much difference, huh?

The gorgeous little girl seen here with Aran is one of his good buddies, and they can play and play for hours together. They tend to make each other very excitable, and I was a little concerned that a pair of 3 year olds that are unable to stand still for more than 30 nano seconds would make a photo shoot impossible. Yet the dynamic between them is amazing, and with the help of her mother, they were both very cooperative. Aran on his own wouldn't have been, he's too used to the camera. But together it was a whole other story.

I love this photo of the pair of them. It hasn't made the cut for the book as the sunglasses don't work, yet it's worthy of sharing. So sweet!

Very soon, the the digital version (PDF) of Bambeanies will be available for pre-order! Anyone purchasing early will be able to download the single patterns as they are released, and a new single pattern will be released weekly until the complete collection is ready. Update notices will be sent to each and every customer, containing fresh download links. Once the collection is complete and the PDF on general release, a final notification will be sent.

As a bonus, folks who buy the digital version, whether on pre-order or not, will receive a coupon code that will give them a discount on the print version. This is something I've had lots of enquiries about with the previous books but it simply wasn't possible to bundle both versions together. Now though, folks who would like to own both the print and digital will be able to do so without buying both at full price. I will explain more about this in the next week or so, but though I'd mention it today as it's something I'm rather excited about.

Meanwhile, I've a book to finish. More photos to follow very soon!

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Photo editing is a mammoth task; not only are there probably thousands to go through, but it can be seriously tough deciding what stays and what goes. Which image will fit the theme of the book? Which one has the right light and angle? Which one compliments the Hat AND the child? etc etc. Going through some of them today, I couldn't resist putting a few photos aside that while they won't make the cut for the book, are still special all by themselves.

And hey, I thought maybe you might appreciate a smile today too.

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