One of the ways Emily and I work together, despite living an ocean apart, is through our weekly phone meetings. We discuss knitter’s questions, design ideas, yarns, and next steps…I know, exciting stuff right? BUT there is one meeting we both look forward to with anticipation: The Collection Meeting. We bring all of our ideas, mood boards, and swatches and hash out the theme for our next ebook. We love a good theme! It gives us focus and a lot of creative energy.
Each of our ebooks has a different theme. They have been inspired by places we love, knitting techniques that have captivated us, or specific times in our lives. Our ebooks all together are a little bit of us.
Our most recent collections have been all about COLOUR! Mad Colour explores different colourwork techniques including stripes, marling, slipped stitch patterns, intarsia, and stranded colourwork. And we had so much fun playing with colour that we stuck with a similar theme for Strange Brew too! The Strange Brew ebook includes a recipe pattern to design your own yoke sweater, plus eight stranded colourwork sweater designs and five accessories.
Knitting tiny things has always brought me joy. Our very first collection, 9 Months of Knitting, was inspired by my first baby, Hunter. Well, 4 years later Emily and I had both had new babies, born 6 weeks apart, Max & Bodhi! It was obviously time for another baby-themed collection: Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe. Don’t worry, most of the patterns in these books are still sized from baby-to-big!
Emily and I have always been inspired by place. We both grew up in the Pacific Northwest and adore spending time in the outdoors. Pacific Knits was inspired by our childhoods on the west coast. Emily is a city gal now, living in the heart of Edinburgh. Handmade in the UK was inspired by her move to Scotland. My favourite summer activity is hitting the road and camping with the kiddos so Road Trip was a natural inspiration, and I photographed the rustic knits on my summer trips to Tofino and the Rocky Mountains.
The beautiful places we have the privilege to visit and call home in Canada are on the unceded territory of many First Nations. We we acknowledge and honour the traditional inhabitants of the unceded territory we occupy, and our role as settlers in this land – find our full land acknowledgement here.
Well, we want to keep it a surprise, but we are hard at work on our next collection. What will the theme be?!
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