A Big Book? What do you think?

I had a customer write me the other day… Here is what she wrote:

My husband bought me the rugged mountain pattern collection a few years ago
and I absolutely LOVE them! I would love for you to publish a book with only
your patterns in it! I am a huge fan of your work! Keep it up Lisa! You

I actually have been contemplating this for a while. Although I have a couple of smaller books out: Lisa’s New & Easy Cable Afghans & Throws, and Hats, Scarves & Mittens For The Family, a big hardcover book is very enticing.

Lisa's New & Easy Cable Afghans & Throws

4 cable designs utilizing a new cable technique

Hats, Scarves & Mittens For The Family

Hats, Scarves & Mittens For The Family

P.S. These books are now available for purchase through the Crochet Garden, along with a few others!

What kind of book would you like to see? I actually have started on some swatches and sketches for a possible book.. and have a couple of themes in mind.

Book with just baby patterns? A book with baby and tot patterns? A book with a mix of things? Maybe, “best of the Crochet Garden?” What do you want to see in a book? What books do you have that you love? Out of the books you like, what is it about them that you like?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

On another note… Garden Lullaby

Sizes Newborn - 12 mos

Sizes Newborn - 12 mos

has now been released! It comes in sizes Newborn to 12 mos.. I think it is a darling little dress… When I see this dress, I think of a little one, “helping” mom out on the laundry line.. It has been such a while since I did a thread dress. What next, maybe a Christening dress?

Oh, I wish there was more time in the day. I am now up to 3 binders full of designs and sketches. Each time I think of a new idea, out the binders come, and in goes another piece of paper… I am so worried about not remembering a design later- with how scatterbrained I am.

It is nice though, having them. Sometimes, I have editors come to me needing a design in a specific yarn. Sometimes I think of an idea right there on the spot. Other times, I just pull out my binder, photograph a few pages, then email them to the editor. I like having numerous ideas at my fingertips.. and so far, editors like it, or well, at least I think they do!

So.. about this big, book idea. I am feeling confident enough that I could pull off designing an incredible book. I do have things in motion. I am not yet ready though to propose the idea, as I feel I need to greatly cultivate it. So, please, lend me your thoughts! The biggest thing though, and not that it is an absolute when writing a book, but something that gave me even more of a drive to work on this book idea:

A while ago (not that long ago), I started to tech-edit some crochet patterns. Now, one does not need to be a tech editor to write a successful book proposal. I just feel that it adds to my skills. When I was asked to do tech editing, I was quite shocked. However, a multitude of reasons contributed… I was told I am highly detail oriented.. Which, I will have to agree, but only on a certain level. See, my desk, is a disaster :) I lose things all the time. I have notes here and there, hooks falling down.. towers of binders and papers trying to reach a new definition of “balancing act,” along with paperclips and safety pins.. Now, give me one piece of paper and ask me to solve a complex math problem, no problem! Give me a photo to edit and my eye zones in on each and every detail. Ask me to read a book, and I will remember in Chapter 1 what color shirt the protagonist was wearing (that is, if the author mentioned this).

I have concluded, my scattered-brainedness had to with the physical location of objects! And I am thinking, it is due to my over-detailed part of the brain.. so this other part of brain is squeezed out. Yes.. that is it. (Or maybe my rational of why I am always late because I can never find the keys?!

Well, more on the tech editing another time, maybe tomorrow. It was a very new experience for me, one I feel deserves a post all its own.. and well, gives me something new to write about so I do not neglect my poor blog!

5 thoughts on “A Big Book? What do you think?”

  1. I love the idea of a hard covered book full of your designs. I think the hardest part would be trying to figure out which ones to include.

  2. I love the idea of a book.. I think a “Best Of” is a great idea. I like to get books ( the big hard back type) personally that have a variety of patterns….not really just one specific sizing/theme (If it were just a small book such as the afghans/hats & mittens I think sticking to one theme is great, but for a large book I like variety) Thats just my opinion though.. I am sure I would purchase any book that you came up with, because I know it would be Quality patterns…

  3. I am thrilled to see that you are seriously considering this! I agree with Misty on the “Best Of” sort of book. I have looked for cabling pattern books, and they just aren’t out there. I love how your patterns have that ‘home made, heirloom quality’, yet they are hip enough that I have been asked if I got my scarf, hat and mitten set at American Eagle. You are a very talented lady and your work has inspired many of my friends to learn how to crochet. I know 4 people that would definitely purchase this book if it were available. I’m just going to keep telling myself that it is in the works!

  4. Too late to cast my vote? I love your work! It’s beautiful. On to the voting…

    I would absolutely love it if you would publish a book containing baby patterns and one containing toddler patterns. Your patterns are beautiful. I would love to see them bundled into books. Maybe e-books as a first pass and hardcover later on? You could sell them through Amazon etc on the Kindle and Nook…

  5. Sarah- Never too late! Thank you so much for the sweet compliment! I think you are right on the baby and tot books. I would love to do one. Maybe I should start thinking about that! I did at one time, and it was put to the side… but now that you bring it up, I should start thinking about it again!

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