We're working on a sock book with Judy Sumner. She has been sending the socks to me in batches for months now. Recently, I arranged all of them on a desk in my office for a meeting with a photographer. Later on when I commented to Judy about how beautiful I thought they looked, she mentioned that she had never actually seen all of them in one place. So, here's a photo I took that day--for Judy's enjoyment and yours.
Check out Heather Ross's new blog. In addition to being a wonderfully talented fabric and clothing designer and illustrator whose book, Weekend Sewing, we'll be publishing in the beginning of 2009, Heather is also a great storyteller (which you'll find out right away when you start reading her blog), cook, and friend. On more than one occasion she's actually made me lunch and brought it to me at the office. And then there was the Italian truffle she dropped off for me as a surprise . . . and this sweet illustration, which arrived in my e-mailbox after I told her a story about my mood one weekend.
For a long time I've wanted to include the STC Craft catalog on this blog but couldn't figure out how to do that with my meager technical skills. Then one day last week, Julia Coblentz, our marketing director, suggested that I post it as a pdf download. So simple and so obvious. Click on "Online Catalogue" at top right to check it out. Thanks, Julia, for your idea. And thanks to Christopher Blank, our web marketing manager, for sending the files for me to post so quickly.
I met Lena Corwin about 5 years ago when Kelli Ronci suggested that she illustrate her book Kids Crochet. Since then, I've met so many people that know Lena that I wonder if everyone is somehow connected to her in that strange way that everyone is somehow connected to Kevin Bacon. I'm excited to report that Lena's first book, Printing by Hand, is hitting bookstores this week. I've posted a Q&A with Lena here. And a gallery of images from the book here.