A few days ago, I was invited to speak at the Toronto Knitter’s Guild about my new book, Architexture: Shape and Surface. Those of you who know me well know that while I may appear to be really outgoing, the opposite is in fact the truth!
I decided that I would talk about my creative process, what it looks like to self publish, and how it feels to now have a book that’s available in shops in Canada and Online.
One of the things I realized during this talk was that I actually have a lot to say about the subject, both from a technical standpoint, and from the logistical side of things. It’s not every day that someone self-publishes with zero budget for the first time, and I’ve discovered that my approach to it was actually pretty unique.
From tight timelines to keep myself motivated, to building the book entirely in a word processor as I went, to quick and dirty photography using low-fi equipment, it wasn’t what most people expect to hear about publishing a book.
The response to my perspective on this process was really quite endearing, and I’m so grateful to have had this experience as a way to cap off what has been an insane but amazing year for me – so to everyone involved in making this happen, thank you – it really touched me to have this experience, and has provided me the momentum to begin thinking about doing it all over again.
Because it was so close to the holidays, I wanted this to be a special evening, so I decided to plan some surprises. Unbeknownst to anyone at the guild, I raffled off a free copy of the book, and capped the evening off with the release of a new pattern – the Rustic Lace Hat & Mitts – and a coupon code to download it for free!
Here’s some photos that the guild took of me.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!