You guys are so cool! Thanks for your responses, they're so helpful!
Trvvn, I TOTALLY AGREE with you about the "how to knit/purl" instructions in so many books! When you're a raw recruit it's helpful but once you learn it's just filler. Although I understand why publishers might include it, I won't be going that far. Although I've geared this book for knitters at all skill levels I do note in the introduction that this book will be useful to beginners if they can cast on, cast off, knit and purl.
I do go as far as to clarify certain other stitches that many of us know, for instance the different way of doing yarn overs if your next stitch is purl, or between purls, or..... like that. I also did a little write up on the difference between picking up stitches and "pick up and knit". But I didn't devote a whole section to those things, just put in little side boxes to clarify for less experienced knitters.
Angela, I understand your need for clear instructions and illustrations. I've been writing, re-writing and re-re-writing to make sure this book is clear, correct and useful to the reader. (and, I confess, FUN as well!)
Thanks for your pre-publication offer to buy it!
That's so encouraging! And when the book's finished and you place your order, I'll make sure to send you a signed copy. (And yes, KH buddies, you get yours signed, too!)
MMario, I've done the same thing - found one or two things in a book that I HAD TO HAVE and leaped to the checkout with it! And I've got the full bookshelf to prove it, too!
Some of them have never been used and some are so loved they are tattered with use. I really want mine to become one of those that are so useful they become ragged and rumpled. Kind of the "Raggedy Ann" of knitting books. It doesn't stay on a shelf like a fancy lady doll, but gets hugged and dragged around by the foot, a real member of the family!
Thanks again to you all. I'm looking forward to any other comments, opinions ideas or suggestions you might have!