Saturday, January 11, 2014

My First Knitting/Crochet Book...well sort of!

 I've just self published my first book...so to speak!  I have a new sponsor on my blog, Blurb, and was given a free book.  Not having used this site before, I decided to just create one with photos of my most popular patterns to see how it looked.  I must say that I love it!  Hard cover, great paper quality and wonderful resolution in the photos.
 It was very easy to use, but it's not a quick job to complete.  It took about 4 hours.  I'm hoping the next one will be a bit easier.
 The photos came out lovely and it's a great keepsake for all my yarny goodness!
 You can choose paper color, border style for the photos and there is also a nice range of page layouts.
 I was a bit disappointed that there is no spell check, so you have to be careful there.
 I really love how it turned out and will be writing one to publish with my patterns.  You can also publish an ebook.
 This book is about 20 pages, which is the least number of pages you can create.
You can even have a photo on the back, which makes it very professional indeed!  You can find the link on the right hand side of my blog page....."Blurb Make Your Own Book".

These would be great for all your Christmas photos every year.  Family reunion pics.  New baby.  Wedding book.  Even one filled with cherished family recipes.  I'd like to have one filled with my daughters artwork that she has done since she was little.  She is now in college majoring in costume design.

So here's my quandary....what would you like to see in a book from me?  I have had a number of  customers, as well as people I meet in person, ask me if I have a book they could purchase.  Enough requests that make me think I should.  I'd appreciate your thoughts  on this very much.

A book with all my knitted scarf patterns?
One with knitted AND crocheted scarf patterns?
One with the blankets...knitted only or knitted and crocheted patterns?
What about an ebook?  It would be more affordable than a hard cover and no shipping charges!

Myself, I am very much old school.  I adore my books.  The weight, the real life pictures and the opportunity to write on the pages.  You don't get that with an ebook.  Plus, if you save it on your computer, there is that outside chance of crashing!

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

Sheila
Yarn tip:
If your favorite pair of socks develops a hole in the toe, cut the toe piece off and kit a new one.  Pull off the cut yarn until you get a complete round, put your needles through the stitches, join the yarn and knit up the toe.  You can also use duplicate stitch to darn holes in other parts of the sock.
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8 comments:

  1. Book look great:)Thank You for visiting me:)

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  2. Thank you, too! And thanks for visiting my blog!
    Liebe Grüße

    Wolke

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  3. What a wonderful idea! Looks like it turned out beautifully. Thanks for stopping by to say hello at Wren House ~ Nice to meet you!

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  4. I love photo books. I've made a few, but never of my knitting. I need to do that for all the dolls I've made! Yours turned out awesome.

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  5. What a great idea! It turned out beautifully too!

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  6. Great book! I have to admit that I rarely buy knitting books anymore. I'm more prone to buying the patterns via ravelry and using my ipad to knit from.

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    1. Thank you for the input. Greatly appreciated.

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