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New book? Maybe..

I've been really busy for over a year now, working on a new knitting book that is definitely different from what I've done before. But here's the problem with being different in a traditional industry... nobody knows if "different" is going to sell. It's pretty easy by now for most publishers to know what kind of knitting book works. So when my agent tries to sell something of mine, there's usually a lot of back and forth. "Is there a crossover between nerds and knitting? Do sci-fi fans like crafts?" Of course, you and I know the answers to those questions!

When I presented my latest project, there's been even more "I LIKE it, but is there a market for it?" type of questions. So I decided, let's just find out!

How would you feel about a knitting graphic novel? Illustrated patterns, instructions, everything from a basic learn to knit to more advanced patterns and techniques. However, it won't JUST be patterns and instructions. Every pattern will be based off part of the story in the book.

And of course, there will be illustrated techniques

And help from the characters, Jane and Claire, when you need it!

All illustrations by Bri Rudd

While the book is illustrated, the back will feature actual modeled photos of every pattern, so you don't just have to rely on drawings to see what a finished item will look like! (Actual book photos will be WAY better than this, promise!)

Like, way, way better. Basically live action versions of the characters.

So what do you think? Is this my next knitting book? I'd love to show potential publishers comments, facebook shares, twitter retweets, etc.

24 Responses to “New book? Maybe..”

  1. I can't even knit and I'd buy it.

  2. Your geek crowd would love it as a mash up of their love of knit, geek, and animation.

    I think it would work well with the younger adult crowd. There is an appeal to learn something you can do yourself, but there is a paralysing fear of not knowing the jargon. I think most traditional knitting books look like grandma books. And they are great books, and teach a lot if you know how to read them. Young adults today do not buy a lot of traditional media unless it specifically appeals to their aesthetic. I think that is the market you've already appealed to. Current fans would also be likely to gift it to young relatives who have shown interest in picking up the craft.

  3. Ugh, I want trying to hide my name.

  4. Totally cool idea. You have done the roller girl thing. The geek thing... Now if you could get an Avenger to model something, you would be set... Maybe an agent of Shield...

  5. That wrap around sweater is so pretty, I want it right now! As well as your book.

  6. Everyone knows how awesome EZ and I think a large part of that is because of the way she wrote her knitting books. A lot of designers have gotten away from that, in large part I think because of the demands of the industry - you put in exactly what you need and nothing else, because extraneous material costs money. I think that this approach is going to be much more useful and have a broader appeal not just in knitting stores per se. I love the idea and I would definitely buy one, but then I buy all your books :-)

  7. OMG. Knitting comics. Plus patterns. I love it. I'd buy it in a heartbeat for myself, and I'd definitely buy it as a gift for a new knitter-a story to keep them invested in the craft/patterns, plus illustrated techniques? Sold!

  8. I LOVE this idea. Graphic Novels are so popular right now (knitting publishers need to look at other genres to see that!), but my one concern is, personally, at this stage in my knitting journey, I very rarely buy anything with basic technique in it. And if it does have it, I skim it and move on. The story needs to be solid in that section. Or completely unnecessary.

  9. Very cool idea! Would love it for myself and would also want to get it for the public library where I work.

  10. I LOVE the idea!! I definitely think there's a market for it!

  11. Oh my god. The librarians will go nuts. Do it!!!

  12. Omg! 😱 Take my money!

  13. I will read anything you publish. Also, I think a book like this could introduce knitting to a younger crowd if presented in a graphic novel model. Go forth and make it so friend. We will be here waiting and there are many people out there that have not yet discovered how fun knitting is yet. A book like this will change that.

  14. So much yes! I want this book!!!!

  15. I think it is a great idea. This comic style illustrated cookbook did really well and got a lot of buzz: https://smile.amazon.com/Adventures-Fat-Rice-Restaurant-Inspired/dp/1607748959/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482549066&sr=8-1&keywords=adventures+of+fat+rice

  16. A very cool idea! Looks a bit more fun than the average pattern book.

  17. I am a self taught knitter who learned via youtube and books. Your idea sounds pretty innovative. I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, however, I like the idea of a fully illustrated (with both drawings and photos) to walk me along the patterns. I love your patterns and I would definitely purchase this book when it is published.

    Good luck, trailblazer!

  18. I would buy it! And maybe it would draw my daughter in deeper into the knitting. she knows how, just doesn't take the time to do it.

  19. I like the idea - especially for maybe getting teen/graphic novel fans into knitting. For me, though, it all comes down to the patterns. If the patterns are awesome (standout, not the same old stuff) that's what hooks me. So if the patterns are basic slouch hats, etc. (which, based on your photos probably isn't the case) then it would lose points. It has to be a graphic novel filled with cool stuff that I'd actually want to make, and patterns that are different from stuff I could find for free online.

  20. There are books out there with knitting and patterns included. I know, I get mocked for reading "knitting mysterys". I think this is perfect for readers, knitters, and reading knitters. go for it!

  21. Yes please!!

  22. This is a great idea! I've never seen anything like it!

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