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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Now that the books have finally landed in many hot hands of OAK knitters, it is time to show what it took us to get it all to work!

Vanessa got back from her short trip abroad to find out that the books have finally been released from customs and can be promptly sorted out and packaged to get on their merry way to our loyal subscribers, who trusted and believed in us, who wanted to be the first to see the book, the result of hard work of a year and a half! For that we thank you all!!

Some logistic issues had to be sorted out, as for our subscribers we wanted to have their copies signed by both of us, but being separated by the Pacific Ocean – Vanessa in California, myself in Japan – we have found a solution! And now each book had our signatures in them. Yes for success!

Once all lists and preparations were ready, Vanessa and her husband got to work on packing and mailing hundreds of boxes!! Just to give you an extent, many haven’t expected our book to be hard cover copy, but they do weigh significantly more than regular paperback, so lifting and carrying it all – one big work out! Now if you were waiting for them books to arrive, please get yourself a copy!  You can get it directly from us or from a chosen group of yarn stores in the United States as well as several stores overseas. Time to beat summer heat with knitting those weather perfect garments! I am wearing Airfoil skirt today in this 80F heat and it feels breezy, love the pockets and that it’s a stretchy knit without being sheer.

Let me hear that knitting needles music, ladies and gentlemen!

What’s in your cover?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

While Olga and I are eagerly awaiting for the arrival of the books. We would like to share with you some of the book cover designs I came up with and how we choose our final cover. Before the layout begins, we actually had to go through over 100 photos in order to pick our top 3 favorites. We narrowed down to two of our favorites, featuring Olga’s Axonometric Top as it would look the best on 9″x 9″ square format.

Cover #1 – I love this cover because the texture and color of the background really compliment the garment well. However, part of the photo was a little over exposed. The white blotch on the right started to bother me the more we I stared at this cover. The title of the cover also seems a little heavy at the bottom.

Cover #2 – This cover photo looks beautifully with how the photo was cropped. However, we both thought the overlapping of title on top of the garment seems a little distracting.

Cover #3 – We got some pretty good responds from our close friends and family members whom actually seen this cover. They loved the photo as well as the big bold title.

Cover #4 – This cover was our top choice. We both think the bright background worked really well with the texture of the garment. By having the book title placed closer to the spine, the photo and the title seems well balanced. It also draw your eye to the garment which is our top goal.

When it came time to choosing a back cover, first we needed to establish what a knitter would like to see there. Something similar to the front cover or something absolutely opposite. Spine is what also dictated the layout in this case, the colors blended really well in our top choice and texture in that photo is very well exposed.

The back cover featuring Duplicity pullover was our other favorite, but we thought scale of the back garment needed to be smaller in order for a reader/knitter pay attention to the text.

Now what is your favorite out of all these options?

We can’t wait to her your comments!