Last month when I taught the knitting class at the Sawyer Free Library I had NO IDEA that forty knitters (plus 2 husbands) would show up to learn to knit entrelac! I am still working on the instruction book which I will post soon but, what I learned that night, is that knitters are amazing. As if I didn't already know that. Three weeks ago I launched the PDF version of The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps and in less than 24 hours it has sold 16 copies --- and I haven't even started promoting it yet!
The feedback has been gratifying so far. Kathy O in Washington state, a follower of this blog, wrote: Just got my hands on your e-book "Mermaid Shawls", and am absolutely delighted! Thanks for all the tips, suggestions ~ and heart ~ that are in the book. It is wonderful! And MMario, who some of you may remember from the February KAL 2 years ago, posted the information that it was available to his Yahoo group! Thank you! P.S. MMario is a fabulous knitwear designer. His lace shawls are breathtaking!
So, The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps is available for instant download (well, nearly instant --- the file is 7.5MB so it depends on how fast your connection speed it) by clicking the link at left. And it comes with a special offer. My dear friend Leslie Wind is offering a 20% discount on any one of her gorgeous shawl pins to anyone who purchases the book. We still haven't figured out the logistics of how this will work but we will. I have kept the emails of all who have ordered so far and they will get their discount offer.
These are a few of Leslie's pins, some of which are featured in the book:
At left is Leslie's Spiral Pin in bronze. It is shown here on the Silk Chenille Wrap from the book but I wear mine all the time with the aqua Mermaid Shawl that began this whole adventure --- I have it on right now as I am writing this. Of all Leslie's designs this one is my favorite.
At right is her Circle Pin. It is shown in this picture on the Rose Boucle Cocoon from the book. I sent one to my sister when I sent her the shawl called "Beth's Shawl" in the book. This is an ingenious little piece and is excellent with cocoons and shrugs.
And at left is her "C" Pin shown on Emily's Shawl. This is another of her very clever designs.
So, I hope everyone who buys a copy of the book will be pleased with is and I know you will be pleased with Leslie's pins! I am still planning on a print version of the book but that is a little ways off. In the mean time, happy knitting and please, if you have any questions or if you have finished garments you wish to share, please send the images!!! I'd love to see them and maybe post them, too.
Thanks for reading!