Arctic Lace is now available on our ordering
page (or from your favorite local book or yarn shop). Arctic Lace has
generated an enthusiastic following, due in no small part to its wonderful author,
Donna Druchunas. Check out her blog at http://www.sheeptoshawl.com/blog.php,
and her Arctic Lace page at http://www.sheeptoshawl.com/arcticlace.html.
(and knitter and writer and artist) Deborah Robson also has a blog, located at http://independentstitch.typepad.com.
Get an inside look at the very small publishing world, our four-footed office
assistants (we pay in kibble; none of them seems to mind), get updates on shoveling
progress in the currently snowy state of Colorado, and check out what Deborah
|2 May 2006
in the Old Way is now available to order directly from us on our ordering
page (or from your favorite local book or yarn shop). We hope you enjoy it!
Happy new year!
We have updated our books page and have publication dates posted for both Spinning in the Old Way and Arctic Lace. Thats two books coming out in 2006! Unfortunately
we have had to move the publication date for Knitting Cowichan Sweaters back
to 2007; the book keeps getting bigger and we do not want to release it before
it is ready. Our apologies to anyone who has been waiting patiently for it to
show up; it is in production and we are making progress.
have also added a News Archive page; the news page was
getting awfully long and the new page should help with that.
||You can now order books directly from us! See the updated Ordering page for more details.
Things just keep moving along here, and it is difficult to
remember to slow down enough to update the news page!
First up, those of you have have read the Home Page recently have probably noticed that there is a new section on the Nomad site. Dogtooth Books is devoted to imaginative fiction for
middle-grade and young adult (and adult) readers. Please wander around the new
section and let us know what you
Knitting in the Old Way is one of the three finalists for the IPPYs (Independent
Publisher Book Awards) in its category (How-to / Crafts / Hobby)! Visit the Independent
Publisher site to find out about other finalists and winners.
Knitting in the Old Way is also one of ten finalists in the ForeWord Book
of the Year Award in its category (Crafts & Hobbies). Check out the Foreword
Magazine Book of the Year Awards section of the Foreword Magazine site to
find out about the other finalists in the category.
We are thrilled about
both of these placements and were up against some very tough competition.
It should be possible to order Knitting in the Old Way and Simple Socks directly from us beginning sometime this month. It will be through PayPal, though
we hope to have another payment option at some point in the future. We would not
hold our breath on when the alternate option will show up.
piece of news for right now is that the Nomad site will be undergoing a redesign
in the near future. We hope you like the new look! (We hope we do too; we have
yet to determine what, exactly, it will look like.)
you are looking for an earlier news post, please see our News
December 2004 & 22 December 2004
Our apologies for the apparent
lack of news in the last few months. We have been scrambling to keep all the current
balls in the air and the News page was one that managed to escape. Our current
web siterelated project is to provide individuals with the ability to order
directly from the Nomad Press site. We hope to have this operational in early
January 2005, but we just might manage it sooner. It could happen.
In other news:
Simple Socks is in its fourth printing
Dont miss Ann Budds Old Way Gansey in the Winter 2004
issue of Interweave Knits. Ann made a gansey based in Knitting in the
Old Ways design on page 246. She used Blackwater Abbey worsted-weight
yarn, and fulled the fabric. Beautiful!
Happy holidays to all from Nomad
|2 August 2004
||Just went live with Nomads new website, located at www.nomad-press.com!
We decided that Nomad needed its own location.
Since this update was such a long time in coming it will
be rather extensive.
What have we been doing that has caused such a gap on our news page? Well,
Both Knitting in the Old Way and Simple Socks are in their third
print runs17,700 copies of Knitting in the Old Way and 11,000 copies
of Simple Socks paperback so far this year.
Deborah attended BookExpo in Chicago. Miles and miles of books! It took several
days to get through it, and even then she is sure she did not see everything.
Both Deborah and
Rebekah attended Convergence and helped out at the WARP booth.
have decided to publish a few books in the middle-grade/young adult fiction realm.
While this may seem somewhat at odds with the current selection of Nomad Press
books, we feel that it will be a fun addition to our current title list. Also,
Rebekah is quite familiar with the genre and Deborahs BA is in creative
writing for children. See the bottom of the books page
for a bit more information.
Upcoming knitting books and author news
Priscilla had a
wonderful article in the Winter 2003 issue of Interweave Knits: her Eastern
European Footlets presents one of her intarsia techniques along with a low-cut
pair of socks that would make great slippers. Those are also Priscillas
fingerpuppets in Melanie Falicks Weekend Knitting.
Donna Druchunas went off to Alaska for firsthand experience with the Oomingmak
Musk Ox Producers Co-operative in preparation for her book, tentatively
titled Arctic Lace and due in 2005. Donnas book from Lark, The
Knitted Rug, will be available in September. To be kept in touch with its
progress, you can sign up at Donnas
web site. Donna also had an article in the Spring 2004 issue of Interweave
Knits, Uncommon Gardening Gloves. She combined cotton with elastic
to get washable gloves that fit.
Beth Brown-Reinsel has an almost-complete manuscript on Scandinavian sweaters.
Were working with her on it with a planned release of 2006. For those who
would like to become familiar with Beths work in advance, you can visit
her web site, locate a copy of her Knitting
Ganseys (Interweave Press), or see her recent Beyond the Basics
articles in Interweave Knits: Different Ways to Knit (Spring
2004) and Working with Two Yarns (Summer 2004).
An aside: speaking
of Beyond the Basics, this series is terrific. In addition to Beths
contributions, check out Pam Allens coverage of thumb gussets for the Winter
2003/2004 issue of Interweave Knits.
essay in KnitLit, Too examines the reasons she spinsother than the incomparable, cant-be-bought
yarn that handspinning provides her with. For a photo of Deborah and of the dog
we adopted last October (see 10/25 posting),
We also attended
a Christine Lavin concert in Boulder, where we took our knitting and joined the knit-in. . . . Christine
Lavin is another of the contributors to KnitLit,
Deborah gave a reading at the Boulder Bookstore with fellow KnitLit,
Too contributors Tara Jon Manning (Taras new book is Mindful
Knitting) and Beth Walker.
Tara, who grew up in a Buddhist family, is uniquely qualified to consider the
contemplative aspects of knitting. Beth, a multi-talented writer, has a special
interest in women and ADD (as do we). It was great to meet and spend an evening
with these two fascinating women!
Not Nomad books, but books you may want
to check out if you like to knit outside the lines (as we do): Annie Modesitts
new, independently published Confessions
of a Knitting Heretic. Along the same lines, if you missed or need an
excuse to re-read Anna Zilboorgs Knitting
for Anarchists, nows a good time!
||We just got news this morning that we received a favorable
review in the April 15 issue of Library
Its been a whirlwind around here since January! We
keep (relatively) peaceably working along on image-processing and editing for
Priscilla Gibson-Roberts Knitting Cowichan Sweaters, between flurries
of activity related to Knitting in the Old Way, Simple Socks, and
various computer issues.
Reviews of Knitting in the Old Way have
appeared in (in alphabetical order) Black
Sheep Newsletter (Winter 2004), Interweave
Knits (Spring 2004), Knitters (Spring 2004), Knitters
Review (December 2003 and January 2004), Midwest
Book Review (January 2004), PieceWork (March/April 2004), Spin-Off (Spring 2004), and Vogue
Knitting (Spring 2004). The book has been intermittently out of stock
because copies have been selling faster than we could print them, but that should
even out soon. The second print run is being distributed now, and we are ordering
the third print run this week.
Simple Socks has not received the
same review attention because its a re-release in paperback, but it, too,
has already gone back for a second print run.
Crafters Choice® Book Club offered Knitting in the Old Way beginning with a January mailing,
and will include Simple Socks in May.
Meanwhile, author Donna Druchunas
is in Alaska, visiting with knitters and other supporters of Oomingmak Musk Ox
Producers Co-operative for her next book, tentatively titled Arctic Lace,
which is scheduled to be published by Nomad in 2005. (Donnas Knitted
Rugs will be issued by Lark Books in fall 2003, and the Spring 2004 issue
of Interweave Knits contains a pair of gardening gloves Donna made.) She
is posting regularly in a blog, at www.domanddonna.com/alaska/alaska.php,
for those of you interested in reading about her experiences. She has also posted
some pictures of baby musk oxen!
Deborah Robson has finished knitting a
Cowichan-style sweaterits being blocked right now, and will get its
zipper later in the week. A devoted fan of fine yarns and needles, the bulky-but-not-cumbersome
garments from this tradition are giving her a whole new view of the knitting world.
Shes a convert.
An essay of Deborahs appears in the newly published KnitLit Too: Stories from Sheep to Shawl . . . and More Writing about Knitting,
edited by Linda Roghaar and Molly Wolf (Three Rivers Press, 2004).
|4 January 2004
The first reviews of Knitting
in the Old Way are coming in! Knitters Reviews Clara Parkes
calls the book a guide to off-road knitting (we love the image) and
has included it in a pretty short list covering the best of 2003s knitting-related
developments. (Although its a 2004 title, its review copies were mailed
in late 2003.) www.knittersreview.com.
Both Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits have indicated that theyll
be reviewing the book in their Spring issues.
And Crafters Choice
Book Club will be featuring both Knitting in the Old Way and Simple
Socks, Plain and Fancy as alternate selections.
Wow! Where does the time go? Since late October, we have
redesigned Simple Socks and sent it to press, shipped out many review copies
of both Knitting in the Old Way and Simple Socks, and half of our
human workforce have come down with and recovered from the flu.
copies of Knitting in the Old Way have reached readers . . . and the first
news of errata has reached us. We have strong perfectionist tendencies. A computer
glitch affected the entire first printing. Working with the printer, we found
the source of the probleman electronic box swapped two files between final
proofing and the press (a group of Swedes now precedes a group of Norwegians).
a half-day we wept, gnashed our teeth, wailed at the heavens, and considered hara-kiri.
we realized that computers are computers; that hara-kiri precludes further knitting
(not acceptable); and that the significant errata (so far!) can be summarily corrected
in two short sentences that will fit on the smallest size of Post-It® note:
Pages 131-142 should be pages 146-157.
Pages 143-157 should be
Perhaps this is the spirit trail of human imperfection that
gives us the opportunity to continue our work.
For those who would prefer
the alternative, our wonderful indexer has produced an alternate index that corresponds
directly to the first-edition page numbers as printed, and we have a slightly
adjusted page 7 (the affected portion of the table of contents), both of which
will be posted later this week in PDF format.
NEW! Corrections page.
A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed
the printers proofs of Knitting in the Old Way. It looked fantasticall
that work coming together in a form knitters can use and love! This is a book
you wont outgrow. It has concepts for beginners, and it leads the experienced
to continue learning and enjoying our craft.
Simple Socks, Plain and
Fancy came out as a hardcover in 2001 and weve sold a lot of copies.
In fact, it has sold well enough that our distributor asked us to release it as
a paperback. Its due in March 2004 in yarn shops and bookstores. Always
looking for ways to make books clearer, easier to use, and friendlier, we arent
taking the easy way out. We could have decided to simply reprint the hardcover,
but one thing led to another. . . . Weve lightly re-edited, laid out the
pages again, refined the illustration files. The information is essentially the
same, but the presentation is (we hope) even nicerand its got a brighter
cover, to help this edition hold its own in a larger marketplace.
quantities of the hardcover Simple Socks are still available, primarily
through yarn shops (some of the shop owners have ordered extras because they like the hardcover format). If you would prefer to have the additional durability
offered by the sewn binding and solid covers, order it from your local store soon!
other news, both Knitting in the Old Way and Simple Socks are now
listed in a variety of online bookstores databases, making it easier for
those knitters who do not have access to a local bookstore to get their hands
on our books. The books should be in all the major databases before long.
off-topic, we now have two dogs and a cat assisting in the office. The
extra dog was an escape artist at her former home. Our Border collie had already
tested all our fencing thoroughly, and the new dog seems content to hang out while
|Friday, 19 September
Lots has been happening. We sent Knitting in the Old Way to press last week! After all the slow detail work and then the waiting and then
more slow detail work, we are suddenly in a flurry of activity. The proofs arrived
yesterday and look great and have been shipped back to the printer. A year and
a half of intensive work (and close to another year of preparation and pondering)
are coming together. More news soon. . . .
2 August 2003
Simple Socks has been reprinted. A new print
run is always a cheerful thing; it means that the books in the previous printing
have made their way to readers, who we hope are enjoying the books as much as
Gibson-Roberts has an article in the Fall 2003 issue of Interweave Knits.
Her instructions for Love Stamp Socks give knitters the opportunity
to sample several ethnic intarsia techniques.
Deborah Robson is knitting yet another pair of simple socks. These
will accompany an essay that will appear in an anthology next year (details in
a future news note). Of course shes using Priscillas toe-and-heel
techniques (which have revolutionized her sock-knitting). Shes embellishing
the legs of her indigo-colored socks with Barbara Walkers Lace Rib,
from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Pittsville, Wisconsin: Schoolhouse
Press, 1998; page 48).
Weve proofed our copy for the catalog that
National Book Network will use to present its new publishersincluding Nomad
Pressto bookstores beginning in early September. The cat continues to monitor
our work at the computer. She has, fortunately, been content with a paws-off
approach to management and we dont think she has made any new editorial
Much of our time over the past month has been spent organizing
the foundation tasks common to all businesses, and were looking forward
to getting back to the activities that we prefer: designing books!
|Thursday, 3 July 2003
We have just signed
a distribution agreement with National Book Network, Inc. (NBN). Thats big
news for a small press, and weve scrambled to get together information and
images for the catalog deadline.
Yarn shops also had an opportunity
to see samples of the new Knitting in the Old Way at the June trade show
sponsored by The National Needlework Association (TNNA) and to order advance copies
of the book, which will be shipped as soon as theyre off press this fall.
No, its not too early to reserve individual copies or place
orders with the wholesalers or NBN!
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||Despite our best intentions, the book wont be perfect.
Its editing and layout are being done with the regular assistance of a 16-year-old
black cat whose preferred contributions include sitting on top of the computer
monitor (tail dangling in front of the screen), sleeping in the opened desk drawer
on which we balance our working papers, and jumping across the keyboard. While
preparing part of the questions and answers
section of this site, we discovered to our dismay that she had turned the title
of Melanie Falicks Kids Knitting into Kits Knitting (amusing,
but inaccurate) and had added the random letters st bb to the end of Interweave
Knits. When the book is available, we welcome notes about errors we may not
have located and will make all reasonably feasible corrections in future printings.
Meanwhile, we are doing the best job possible (given our levels of help).