One of the knitting highlights of last year was surely the publication of Karie Westermann’s This Thing of Paper. I had backed the project in the early days when it was crowdsourced through Kickstarter. I’ve known Karie for a few years now, so I knew the book would be something great. I mean, a knitting book about books and knitting? Brilliant.
What does it mean to be a maker? What do handmade things mean to us? Who do we become as we read and knit? All these questions and many more are discussed in a knitting book quite unlike others.
Not long after the project was launched, Karie asked to use my yarn in one of her designs for the book. You can imagine my reply! Two skeins of Tanami in Double Happiness were intended it for a shawl called Rubrication, so-named for the medieval technique of using red ink to emphasise sections of text in manuscripts.
I was then blown away with this amazing design appeared on the front cover!
It’s been such a thrill to be involved with this project, even in a very small way from the sidelines. It really is such a beautiful book, full of Karie’s thoughtful words, wearable designs, and stunning photography and layout. The first print run sold out at phenomenal speed, but I still have some copies of This Thing of Paper in my shop now.
If you’re just casting on one of the patterns, Karie is hosting a TTOP knitalong in her Ravelry group. There is some great chat happening, with regular “hangouts” with Karie herself. As an added bonus, there are some rather nice prizes available, including two skeins of Tanami baby camel and silk in a colour of your choice.
Go, enjoy, make!