One week.

Well, the release for Knit to Flatteris one week away, now. Which means I have a whole slew of stuff to share with you.

First, if you’re local and want to join us at the release party in the Boston area, it would be great to see you! I have three sweaters’ worth of yarn to give away at the event, plus some other fun stuff too.

Second, if you’re online only, I have some exciting giveaways over the next week! I’ll put up details this weekend, and choose winners on release day, next Tuesday. Advance warning: I’ll be requesting a “sweater story” for entry in the giveaways. In the weeks following release, there will be a blog tour and lots of other fun stuff, so keep checking in!

Third, with only a week to go, it’s time to say farewell to the tutorials that started the whole shebang.

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This is a bittersweet moment for me–I have learned so much and my life has been so much richer for having done the tutorials. I never would have begun any of this if not for the blog posts. I’ve met so many wonderful women because of them, and my life is so much more wonderful than it ever would have been without them. There are so many more women who accept their shapes and love their bodies than before. Saying goodbye to the catalyst for all of that is hard.

On the other hand, I have learned so much since starting those tutorials, and it’s a relief to see some things that really needed revision finally slipping off the radar. The content is so much more well-rounded, now. The book is a much better textbook-reference than 120 meandering pages of blog content. There are designs that act as exercises, clean slates, wonderful first-steps to try out these techniques.

I think I’ve improved my message since then, and made it more clear that I’m not some tyrannical “what not to wear” maven. I’m not interested in changing your style, your fashion sense, the way you are. I’m not interested in making you buy into some arbitrary “ideal body shape”. Your body, your style, your self, is perfect just the way it is.

I’m just trying to help you get sweaters that help you feel as gorgeous as you truly are. However that comes about, and whatever that means to you.

So I hope you’ll join me in bidding the tutorials a fond farewell–and continuing the discussion here and elsewhere in the months (years?) to come.

For those who are wondering “but what now?!”, there are still plenty of ways to get on the “everyone deserves sweaters as lovely and unique as they are” bandwagon:

  • First is the book, of course. I really do think it’s like a textbook… …but more fun. (smile) I’m really pleased with the way it turned out, and I hope you will be too.
  • Those who are a bit more visual might also like the Craftsy class. I think it does well stand-alone or as a great companion to the book. I can answer questions, we can interact, and you can replay and revisit as often as you like. Craftsy hits a total sweet spot on the “see it live” / “refer back later” spectrum.
  • Those of you who would like one-on-one, live interaction might be happiest with my in-person classes. There really isn’t anything quite as exciting as trying on a sweater that truly makes you feel phenomenal, and hearing that little gasp of appreciation from your fellow students. There’s definitely something to be said for being right there, live.
  • Finally, and of course, there is the wonderful, wonderful ravelry group. We’re nearly 4500 members strong now, and looking through the “Sweater Successes” threads and the shared projects always makes me do a little dance. So many lovely women, in so many sweaters they clearly love!

So wherever, however we connect, I can’t wait to see where the journey takes us next.

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Thanks so much for coming along with me!

Comments

  1. says

    Congratulations on your book! I was one of the lucky ones that was able to take this class personally with you. I took it last year in Richmond, Virginia. I had a wonderful time and I actually just referenced the notes I took from that class today. Here’s to a wonderful future! Take care, Amber

  2. says

    Amy, I’d tell you that the tutorials changed my life, but they didn’t. YOU did. I was lucky enough to be at your very first weekend of classes in Maine. What a blessing. It’s amazing how far you’ve come in the blink of an eye – but it’s even more amazing how far my sweaters have come because of the tutorials and YOU. Thank you for all you do. xxxooo

  3. belle says

    Well Amy,its nearly party-time for you.I followed you from day 1 when the tutorials came out,very interesting and I learned a lot from you.You’ve worked so hard and with all of your heart for all the women,that’s great.Maybe I don’t translate well of I don’t understand all of it,because my Englisch is not so good,but from the Netherlands I wil say,thanks for all of it.
    Have a great party!

  4. says

    What a love evolution! I am really looking forward to receiving my book. I so wish I could be at the release party! Have a wonderful time!

  5. says

    Your tutorials were fantastic, and I do so look forward to the book. Do you think it will be available in Kindle format? I have not purchased a book made of actual paper in quite some time, and hope to avoid purchasing physical books as much as possible. Having a reference such as this one available to me anywhere and at all times would really be great. Especially when discussing sweater fit with a potential knitting victim.

  6. Savannagal says

    I’m thankful for all the generous people who provide free tutorials. I wouldn’t be a knitter or sewer without them. Best of luck with your book.

  7. says

    I am so excited about this book, I pre-ordered it some time ago. I’ve taken your class in person and have the Craftsy one on my wishlist.

  8. says

    Congratulations.
    And TAKE THE CLASS, if available, everyone — I just did this past weekend and it was completely fantastic!!

  9. Suzanne says

    So excited for you Amy. Took your class when you first started teaching…religiously read your tutorials…can’t wait to celebrate the release of ‘the book’ with you on Saturday! Congratulations!!!

    Love this photo of you. It really captures your personality.