Monday, August 29, 2016

Lessons I have learned...

What a year this has been. I thought editing prose books was hard - US versus UK spelling, it's versus its, from versus from, orphans and widows! But editing my first knitting book has taken editing to a whole new level, maybe even a new paradigm!

Completing two knitting books in short succession was not ideal - I was editing one while writing the other. And knitting both in the round and flat at the same time hasn't been helpful!

But in the end, I just have to admit I am not perfect (far from it!) and a few errors have crept in. I am sorry. I apologise unreservedly if you are frustrated and annoyed because you have already invested time in your project and you now need to redo it. I remember being frustrated by this myself in the past.

My tip, which I think is worth charing, is whenever you pick up a book - from a shop, from the library, form a friend - always check online to see if there are any published errata (fancy word for corrections!). I have found this has saved me time in the past.

My undertaking to you is to keeping aiming to produce books and patterns that have no mistakes in them. In the meantime, if you find a mistake, please tell me.
happy knitting, Gillian

ps the errata for my Hats to Knit book can be found here.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

It feels like, and indeed is, a long time since I updated this blog. No excuses - just life and three books that got in the way. I have been rating knitting books and I have to say these are some of the hardest writing projects I have ever undertaken. Designing is easy - I just get hold of some needles and choose some yarn and start. Capturing what I create is hard enough, but editing all those numbers and abbreviations! I really have new admiration for knitting pattern designers.

In June 2016, my very first knitting book will be on bookshop shelves.
Hats to Knit features 27 original designs for modern and classic hats. There are also embellishments to adorn the hats (patterns included). I hope you will like the designs as much I do.

Hats to Knit will be in shops in June, or you can preorder it from:
Australia: Fishpond
Australia: Wheelers
International: Book Depository

There will be a series of events to launch the book, which I will let you all know about once we have the final details.