Before I get into the book update, I want to share something that I posted to social media on Monday:
My patterns are no longer available on the Making Things platform.
I will not tolerate racism and discrimination in any form. Ever. The safety of my BIPOC friends, colleagues, and customers is more important than an income stream from a pattern platform.
Many designers and knitters have reached out to MT, both publicly and privately, to demand a response from them. Sadly, that response came too late, and in the form of a carefully worded, vague statement.
I won’t contribute to the viability of a company that doesn’t loudly condemn racism and discrimination.
I will not support a corporate culture of systemic racism and exclusion.
If you are currently making one of my patterns on MT and would like to finish it without accessing the platform, please contact me.
Any income I receive from MT will be donated to I Love First Peoples (buff.ly/2TPBq9b) an organization that provides support to indigenous people who want to stay in school and implements programs to remove barriers that prevent Indigenous people from participating fully in the educational system.
Since the beginning of the year there has been a big discussion about inclusion, racism, and discrimination within the knitting community. It’s a really heavy topic, but a necessary and long-overdue topic. My position is clear: no racism, no discrimination, no exclusion, and it’s the responsibility of the community as a whole to ensure that everyone feels welcome and safe and heard.
Now For The Book Update…
The sock samples have traveled from my home in Ontario to a very talented knitwear photographer in BC. These socks are very well travelled, most of them have been in 2 countries and at least 3 provinces. I’m a bit jealous.
The manuscript portion of the book (the non-pattern text) is written and with the copy editor.
The Patterns are with the tech editor. Again. Thanks to some very valuable feedback from the test knitters, most of the patterns have been tweaked and updated since they were last tech edited. Hopefully this will be their last tech edit.
I chose fonts for the book. Fonts are more difficult than one might think. There are so many options that I keep changing my mind, or getting distracted by some random fonts I see when I’m reading, driving around, shopping. There are literally fonts everywhere. I’ve had to train myself to become ‘font-blind’ and not notice them.
This week I start laying out the book. This is the part of the process that I’ve been most nervous about. It’s one thing to lay out a single pattern, but laying out an entire book of them intimidates me. This could have been outsourced, but the entire reason I decided against going with a traditional publisher is so that I can retain all the creative control. All of it. So, I’ll give it a go and we’ll see what happens!
As soon as I get photos from the photographer, I’ll create the cover and get the book up for pre-order.
If you have any questions about the publishing process, let me know and I’ll try to answer them.