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One of my most favorite things to do is bring you indie yarn and knitting related companies. Whether it be actual yarn dyers, knitwear designers or folks who have helpful tools that support our craft, it's a wonderful experience to promote and introduce to you companies that do what they do independantly. It makes me feel more connected to my craft when I use such products, because I know that thought, care, and passion have been breathed into all aspects of whatever it is that I am working with. Isn't that really what knitting is all about - love, passion, making something out very pretty string?! I'll stop being all philosophical on you now and (re)introduce you to our sponsor: Joanna and Eric Johnson of Slate Falls Press. This book writing, illustrating, knitwear designing, self publishing duo is the epitome of what I'm talking about. They have recently released their third book in a beautiful children's series that connects storytelling in the most precious way with our love for knitting. Their books are cholk full of stunning illustrated pictures done by husband Eric, clever narative written by Joanna that engages all ages of children, and best of all knitting patterns themed to match the items worn or used by the characters in the story. I just love what Joanna and Eric do and they do it all themselves!
I had the chance to finally meet and do a video interview with Joanna about their publishing company and their lovely books (with a guest appearance by Eric at the end of the video). Check it out:
Links and such from the videos:
- Slate Falls Press
- The three books
- Phoebe's Birthday
- Joanna on Ravelry
- Brown Sheep yarn company
- Piecework Magazine
- Jane Austen Knits shawl pattern
- Cotton Fine
- Linen Work Apron
- Lorna's Laces Solemate
- Frontier Dreams blog post
- Phoebe's Party Dress
- Phoebe's Sun Romper
- All the knitting patterns from the book.
I just had to share the shots I snapped while I was outside trying to take pics of the giveaway prizes themselves. I did say engage all ages, right?
Joanna and Eric have generously sent over two signed copies of their newest book, Phoebe's Birthday, two Phoebe Mermouse sewing kits (which I totally got sidetracked during the interview and forgot to show off), along with two beautiful sets of cards that feature illustration done by Eric, and one of the two lucky followers will also win 8 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.
I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:
1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 8/26/12. What is your favorite summer vacation memory from your childhood?
I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.