Monday, July 26

The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design

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Wow! I am so impressed by Shannon Okey's latest foray into self-publishing, The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design: How to Keep Your Knits About You. Let's start with the cover design by Franklin Habit. Talk about cute overload. Leave it to Shannon to think of Franklin, creator of the chain-smoking, whiskey-toting Dolores (the sheep), when she needed a cover illustrator.

If you've ever heard Shannon speak, you know that she is enthusiastic and informative. If you haven't had the pleasure of her wisdom, rest assure you'll feel like you know her after reading this book. In The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, Shannon shares her in-depth knowledge of both the knitwear and publishing industries and how to bring them both together to work for you.

I've worked in publishing for a few years now, as a writer, editor and designer, and I still learned and re-learned a lot from Shannon's Guide. Shannon takes designers, beginners and experienced alike, from the basics, like professionalism, legal issues, and dealing with social media to the nitty-gritty of writing patterns and making sales.

With a wide variety of designers in the world, the biggest question is always how to stand out and make the sales. Shannon will help answer those question and so much more. If Shannon's extensive experience isn't quite enough for you, she goes behind the scenes to interview 32 of the industry's top designers and professionals, including Ysolda Teague, Marnie Maclean, Vickie Howell and Debbie Stoller. You'll read about their experience in the industry along with their tips on how to become a professional yourself.

No worries if you're not specifically a knitwear designer. Shannon's information reaches beyond the needles to help fiber and fabric-related artisans and craftsman attain their goal of selling their work professionally.

Whether you're a designer on a mission to make a business of your work or you're just interested in how the publishing side of designing knitwear happens, you'll love The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design: How to Keep Your Knits About You.

Since I loved this book so much, I want to share it with a lucky reader. Please leave a comment and I will make a random drawing for one person to receive a free copy of the The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design: How to Keep Your Knits About You.

To read what others are saying about this book, check out the Knitgrrl Guide blog tour schedule here. In case you've noticed that I was originally scheduled for yesterday, just know that I immediately re-read Chapter 1, titled What Does it Mean to Be Professional, and studied the lesson on making sure to always meet your deadlines.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have always struck me as professional! Hope you are having a great summer!

Paula

SbutterAMfly said...

I keep hearing such great things about this book! I can't wait to get a copy :)

frecklesandpurls.com said...

I've been wanting this book SO BAD! What a great review! I can't wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for offering this giveaway! -Allison (Ravelry: allisonlovesyarn)

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a great book!

Rachel A said...

Hope I can track a copy down in the UK - great review and I love the sound of the behind the scenes with the designers.
Rachel (RavID knittingtastic)

Rachel A said...

Cool - I can get a PDF!

honeybee33 said...

We brought in Shannon Okey to our fiber guild to speak on this subject and she wowed the crowd. Can't wait to read this book! There's no way it doesn't rock!!!

Donna said...

As a Shannon fan, I'd love to get a look - it sounds like a great book!

odessa said...

I can't wait to read this book! It sounds great!

Phoebe said...

I am looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

I'm super intrigued! I will have to check this out further :)

archercrafts said...

I have been trying to figure out which design book I should get, this might just be the one. Would love a copy.

Spinning Buddy said...

Add me to the list for the drawing
Spinning Buddy