Look what I got my hands on the other day! They’re advance copies of my new book, Knitting Everyday Finery and there are three because that’s how many editions there are! There’s a version for the UK, the USA, and NZ. It’s the same 26 patterns and photographs, but with metric and imperial measurements and a little bit of language changed to suit each country.
The actual release date is April for New Zealand and May for the UK and USA. You can pre-order online at Amazon USA, Amazon UK, and Fishpond NZ plus a number of other places. I thought it might help to know about the various editions just in case you see them and wonder why?
To me, everything crafted by hand is “finery” in the truest sense. We knitters are fortunate because we know that hand made items are a way of accessing true luxury. I learned that as a child because I always felt well-dressed whenever I wore something my Mum had made for me, even if it was made within our strict household budget.
Everyday Finery contains mostly accessories (with a couple of practical garments) for all of us and our families, with a little bit of whimsey thrown in. There are projects for women, men, and kids. Some are quick knits, and others are more complex, like Fair Isle hats, and chunky lace.
This morning my friend Ellen who lives in upstate New York and blogs here, emailed me a link to this clip from a BBC breakfast show. Aneeta Patel, a London knitting teacher of Knitting S.O.S and author of Knitty Gritty is wearing Rowena from my first book, Knit 2 Together. She says it’s one of her favourite patterns.