May 5, 2009

New patterns!

New-old patterns, rather. You know how I’m always going on about designer rights and -friendliness and all that? Well, Ten Speed, who published my book Alt Fiber, is just fabulous in that regard, as they agreed to allow me and the other designers in the book to republish our patterns as single patterns a certain number of months after the book’s original publication date.

And so, if you peek in the Knitgrrl shop, or on Ravelry, you will see that single patterns of Rose Kilim, Sea Creature and Dutch Girl are now available for sale.

In assembling everything to put these online, I was really amused to read an online review of the book that said it was clear it was hastily put together and brought to market to take advantage of the new interest in “green” yarns. Hardly. I was pitching this book to publishers in late 2004/early 2005 when everyone still thought soy yarn was the weirdest thing they could imagine. When we had to walk uphill, in the snow, five miles wearing pots on our feet instead of boots in order to find yarn with bamboo in it, you see.

Yeah, quickly assembled this book was not. Enjoy the patterns if you haven’t already gotten the book — though I can’t say you should buy the patterns in lieu of the book, because there is so much more in it, including how-to for natural plant dyeing and patterns by some other fabulous designers.

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