Sometimes in life we just have to make a leap. That leap may be to try a new receipe or learn a new knitting technique or it may be something that becomes life altering. For me the leap was to publish my first and yes my second book within weeks of each other. I actually started the first book "Learn to Knit Doll Clothes: a Wardrobe to Fit 18" Dolls" about 10 years ago when my daughter was learning to knit. It wasn't until last year that I realized it was time to "Jump Now"! After a lot of work researching the market, publishers, publishing, marketing, copyrights, photography techniques and yes learning to sculpt dolls (since you cannot photograph dolls without violating a copyright) the book finally debuted last week at Stitches East! I certainly am excited about the book and that it was well received was icing on the cake! This book is based on the way I learned to knit which is by knitting doll clothes. I included 43 patterns with everything from socks and panties to wintercoats, dresses, and pants. I know those are things I tried to figure out how to knit when I was little. To my surprise there were many adults buying the book for there own use and not just for girls. All the things in the book are knittable by girls and I have used many of them in teaching.
The second book is a knitting humor book based on the knitisms and truths we knitters (and those who love us) experience in the world of knitting. LiLi (lee-lee) Knits is probably more autobiographical than I woould like to admit. At Stitches East, I was thrilled that those who purchased the book tended to purchase multiple copies. Thank You Connecticut for the warm reception and helping me "Jump" into a knew endeavor. Humor is so subjective. I was tickled to hear person after person pick up the book and chuckle or nudge the person next to them and say "This is you."
As in all new endeavors, confronting ourselves is the first step. What would you do if you "jumped"? How could it change your life? What are you waiting for?