Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another Lovely Surprise!

I love Google Alerts! They let me know when my books are mentioned on the web so I can see what people have to say. This morning I received an alert for a blog called Lobly Arts Studio informing me that its author wrote about The Mermaid Shawl and other beauties today.

The author of the blog is an incredible knitter! She just finished making the Aeolian Shawl, which I have also downloaded the pattern to and plan to make some day. The picture at left is her photo of her shawl and there are lots more pictures on her blog. Check them out!

Anyway, the author said that she had purchased my book nd this is what she had to say about it: 

The first one is called “The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties” by Kathleen Valentine. It arrived last week and is just the best read. She is a woman after my own heart - ie if there is a pattern, then change it around and adapt it and don't really follow it anyway. It is not about careful pattern following - rather it is about taking an idea and developing it. It has the most lovely photos, with “real” people as models - her friends and family. And it has a little story slotted into the middle of the book. It took until the end to realise that she is actually a novelist who is nuts about knitting - hence this amazingly readable knitting book!

How kind of her to write such nice words! Actually, several people have told me that they loved just reading the book which gives me an idea. I am presently working on the third in a series of scarves/shawls made from a combination of lace and cable techniques in DK weight merino. It occurs to me that it might be fun to make up a story about each one of them and publish a combination pattern/story book with these gorgeous designs. I ordered a book from Amazon called Casting Off which is a novel based on Aran knitting pattern designs but a friend who read it said she thought the author didn't really know much about knitting which is too bad. Well, it's just a thought.

So, I'd like to thank the author of Lobly Arts Studio Blog. She lives in Australia and has some awfully cute pictures of kangaroos and koala bears on her blog, too. She has a baby wallaby named Santana! How can I not love someone who names their pet after my favorite musician???

Thanks for reading.

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