31 May 2006

Have you ever wanted to...

have a pattern in a Stitch 'n Bitch book?

When I first started knitting, I wanted nothing to do with the SNB book. It was for (in my mind) those that were knitting because it was cool. People like me (in my inflated ego-land) who'd been working with fiber-related things since childhood, who wanted to expand their horizons with knitting, didn't need some silly-titled book. After fussing with several not-great books, I finally caved to pressure realized that Stitch 'n Bitch wasn't half bad.

Some may have seen this, so forgive me for posting old news. (I have a number of bloggable things in progress right now, but nothing ready to show) I got this email over the weekend, and it was a bit of a wake-up for me. I forwarded it to my friend Eskimo, who had a great idea for charting funky patterns into lace. I'm brow-beating the hell out of her to contribute. In case anyone out there wants to be similarly inspired:

Dearest stitchers 'n bitchers:

I'm gearing up to get cracking on my next Stitch 'n Bitch book. It's going to be an advanced knitting manual, and I'm looking for patterns that incorporate a bit of fancy-pants knitting such as cables, lace, color work (either intarsia or fair isle or, hell, both!), beading, etc. The book will be covering these techniques in great detail, as well as much more.

Patterns can range from clothing to accessories to household items to baby things and pet items. Even first-time designers are invited to contribute. I'm looking for lively, fun projects, and I'm especially interested in sweaters and socks.

So put on your thinking caps, cause submissions are due June 19, 2006!

To submit, please send the following:
1) If you have a completed project, please send a few good-quality photos of the item, along with a detailed description of it.


2) If you can't get a large project done in time to meet the deadline, don't worry. Just send me a very clear, detailed sketch of your project idea (include basic measurements, fit information, etc), along with a photo of a rather large swatch (at least 10" x 10") made in the yarns and stitch patterns you plan to use.

Photos of projects and swatches can be emailed to me at stitchnbitch@bust.com, or mailed to me here:
Debbie Stoller, BUST Magazine,
78 Fifth Ave, 5th floor, New York, NY 10011.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to include your full name, email addresses, daytime and evening phone numbers, and mailing address, along with your submissions. Include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) if you'd like me to mail your submission back to you after I've made my selections.

It will take me at least 2-3 weeks to make my selections. If your project is accepted, you will be provided with the yarn you need to produce a sample, which will be photographed for the book and kept by me (to take on tour, 'natch!). You will also be paid for your submission, your pattern will be credited to you in the book and will run alongside a brief bio, and of course, you will receive a free copy of the book once it is completed.

If you have any questions about the process, feel free to email me. Thanks in advance, everyone!

(I apologize to any of you receiving this call for submissions more than once; I'm just trying to get the word out to as many of you as possible.)

xxxooo deb
Debbie Stoller

Whatcha think?


At 4:22 PM, Blogger KnitterBunny said...

Cool, had no idea how she got submissions. If I had the time and could create my own pattern that would be awesome. I've never really attempted to write down or truly create a pattern. I wish that I knew more knitters, especially ones that created their own patterns. I would tell them about this and make them send something in.

I unfortunately have not grown up around fiber arts. (And I was born to a sheep farmer, so sad, living with 500 sheep a year and no one taught me how to process all of that free wool.) I do now have my own wheel, the accoutrements, and knit, weave, crochet. I also raise rabbits and played with some Angoras for a while. Two left now to spin from. Angus and Deirdre, both colored.

Rambling, now. Thanks for the info.


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