It’s Secret Time!

May 01, 2013

I don’t even know how to begin this post – I have been looking forward to writing it for so long that I am drawing a bit of an anxious blank! I’ve had to keep this experience a secret through all of it’s up and downs and now I finally get to share what it is! I know I have been teasing and talking about this “secret” for way too long so thanks for sticking with me as I am sure your patience has run pretty thin, ha! I leaked a few photos a while back about it here but wasn’t able to tell you much. I mentioned that it had to do with knitting but that was about it – Some of you guessed that I was re-opening my old online shop and some thought I was starting a line of clothing! Close, but no cigar! Well, I guess i’ll just spit it out… Okay… Cough… Drumroll… 1,2,3… I… wrote a knitting book!! 

Chronicle Books reached out to me a little over a year ago about working together. I was very familiar with their books and was incredibly flattered about being contacted. My editor, Lisa Tauber, had come across this look-book ( that I had made for fun with a few of my friends ) and proposed that we take the same feel & style but turn it into something bigger – a how-to knitting book! …and that we did!

Chronicle describes the finished product as this:
“Fashion-forward knitters who crave more than a project book will delight in this visually rich collection. Emma Robertson presents a unique and creative approach to knitting as she walks readers through her process from the kernel of inspiration to its rewarding execution. For each of the 15 stylish projects, Robertson presents hand-drawn sketches, eye candy–laden mood boards, and Polaroids of the objects that inspired her—and encourages knitters to think outside of the yarn box by incorporating other materials into their wares, from a knitted vest with a leather pocket to a breezy tank with a dip-dyed finish. With page after page of stunning photography, this book will motivate knitters to look around them, cull inspiration, and design their own fabulous looks.”

…I couldn’t have described it better myself!

 

 

I was able to work with such an incredible group of people on this project and 100% admit that the book would not be as beautiful as it is if it weren’t for them. To get you excited about seeing everything, let me fill you in on who was involved – because it’s a pretty killer team. Max Wanger was the photographer | The models were: Melanie Ayer, Kate Miss, Jen Coleman, Beth Poploskie, and Kristine Claghorn | The styling was done by Ali Brislin | and Hair & Makeup was done by Kelly Shew. There were many other people involved in the overall project but this was the direct group of people who made the photo-shoot come to life!

 


 

So what now? I anxiously await to get the first copy on my front door step. I am going to rip that box open like there is no tomorrow. I am incredibly excited to see how it translates into print because… everything is better in print! By the way, the book is currently up on Amazon and available for pre-order. The official release date is October 22, right around the time that you all will be craving warm & cozy accessories!

**All of the above photos were captured by the lovely Marissa Maharaj | Polaroids taken by: Max Wanger | The photos below are from my iphone

 

COMMENTS ( 57 )
TAGS : Fashion, Knitted, My Life

57 Comments

May 1st 2013

Oh my gosh! This is so exciting, congratulations!!!! You are so inspiring

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May 2nd 2013

yes, yes, yes! i know you’ve been pouring every bit of you into this – it’s exciting to see this come to life at last. the satisfaction & infinite feelings of glee are so deserved. cheers, em!

xo

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May 2nd 2013

Love the bobbly hats! congratulations on the book! x

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That’s amazing, congratulations! My knitting skills are fairly limited (I can do straight lines and tubes. No idea how to attach them to each other) but I’ll definitely be giving this a shot – if nothing else, I can admire the gorgeous pictures.

Well done again!

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emmadime
replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:41 AM

@Kirsty | A Safe Mooring,

There is a huge range of projects! I actually learned SO much through the process of designing these pieces and it’s actually not THAT hard to move forward with your skill level. PROMISE!!

May 2nd 2013

That’s such exciting news, congrats! The knitted pieces look lovely – especially that dip-dyed tank.

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May 2nd 2013

I agree with all the comments. I have the most creative, wonderfully tallented neice in the world!

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emmadime
replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:46 AM

@lori kees,

awww shucks Aunt Lala. I can’t wait to flip through it with you guys.

May 2nd 2013

OH MY GOD! This is such a wonderfull new! Congratulations! You are very inspiring !

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May 2nd 2013

Emma!!! Omg so awesome you can talk about your book now, don’t know how you were able to keep it in for so long!? So thrilled for you, you are so talented. I can’t wait to see this book and knit from it!! Going to per order it for sure, but Im going to need it signed ;) xoxo

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May 2nd 2013

Ahhh! Emma, that is so incredibly cool!! I am so proud of you! What an accomplishment! I think I’m going to go preorder my copy right now…. Congrats!

XO love

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May 2nd 2013

This is SO cool! You must have had such a fun time making this :) I can’t imagine anything more rewarding than seeing your work in print! Congratulations, lady!

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May 2nd 2013

Looks so great, congrats! I love how the internet-famous always seem to know each other, too! haha

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May 2nd 2013

That is so cool, girl! Congrats!! :)

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May 2nd 2013

Holy cow! Congratulations!!! It looks awesome :)

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oh my goodness! congrats emma! that is absolutely amazing/wonderful news x

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Congratulations! What an exciting day for you :)
j

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May 2nd 2013

Congratulations! I recently got into knitting (after a VERY short stint in high school) and have been knitting away, slowly but surely, for a few months now. I remembered that you had made a few knitting-related posts recently and went back through your knitting tag looking for projects/inspiration/anything. Now here is something else knitting-related for me to get excited about! I’m sure you cannot wait to see the finished project; how fulfilling this all must be. Congrats, and I look forward to seeing the book (and continuing to knit … I hope!).

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emmadime
replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:54 AM

@Claire,

Oh how great! Keep it up – it becomes more and more addicting the longer you do it :) If you haven’t looked at my Knitted Goodies Pinterest board: you most def should —> http://pinterest.com/emmadime/knitted-goodies/

May 2nd 2013

Ohmygod this is so exciting!! Congratulations Emma – you definitely deserve this. Just the other day I was thinking I think knitting will probably be the one crafty thing I don’t try (random, but still, haha). You’ve completely changed my mind. I was already looking forward to fall but now even more so!

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emmadime
replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:55 AM

@Rebecca,

You SHOULD. There is most definitely a learning curve but that exists with anything. It is so gratifying to watch something come together in the way that knitting does. TRY IT***

Emma! This is so exciting and well worth all the teasing! Congratulations and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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May 2nd 2013

Looks fabulous! Congratulations on the book!

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May 2nd 2013

OMG Emma!! I figured you were launching a collection or collaborating with someone on some amazing knitting project. Hands down, the fact that you did a book is like WAY MORE AMAZEBALLS!
What an awesome opportunity. I am a big fan of your design work and although I’ve never been too interested in knitting I actually do want to buy your book – even if it’s just for the sake of seeing the design and photography!
Big congrats, so excited and proud!!

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May 2nd 2013

Emma. I am sincerely really excited for you. Such an arduous process and I’m sure holding it is the craziest feeling. I can think of several people this was made for. You betcha I’m already thinking about Christmas time. Congratulatory hugs from Austin!

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emmadime
replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 9:58 AM

@Becky,

Thank you so much Becky.
That means a lot to me :)
( …give TX a hug for me, I miss home )

May 2nd 2013

I’ve been dying to know what this news would be and somehow never guessed it would be a book. What great news — congratulations, Emma!

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May 2nd 2013

Congratulations! How exciting. Can’t wait to read it.

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May 2nd 2013

Wow, wow, wow, this is sooo great congratulations!!! I will definitely buy it and try the projects, they just have to be awesome.

Finally, a knitting book that’s stylish and not….meh.

Congrats!!

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May 2nd 2013

congrats! really love the look of that first photo..hat and sequins! looking forward to seeing the finished product in oct!

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May 2nd 2013

EMMA! Wow, so exciting. Congrats on such an ambitious venture … cannot wait to page through a copy of your book. Wowza, that sounds so cool!

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May 2nd 2013

Congrats Emma!! That is so so exciting. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of your book – can’t wait!!

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May 2nd 2013

This is SO COOL, Emma. You make me want to learn to knit! Congrats.

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May 2nd 2013

yay! this will officially be the first knitting book i will ever buy! the most experience i have is knit-pearl-knit-pearl scarves. can’t wait to take it to the next level!

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Can’t wait to flip through!! :)

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May 2nd 2013

Wow this is super cool, big congratulations! I bet you can’t wait to get hold of a copy in print!
I’ve been meaning to try knitting again for ages, maybe this is what I need to get me going :)

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this is fantastic and so exciting! i’ve been meaning to properly learn how to knit for ages, so this is the perfect incentive!

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May 2nd 2013

So, so cool! Congratulations!! I’ve never gotten super into knitting.. but this could definitely turn that around. Your work is beautiful + the photos look gorgeous. Yay!

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Oh yay! Secret is out!
Your former assistant is super duper happy for you!! Hurry up book and get to Emma’s front door step soon!!!

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emmadime
replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 3:10 PM

@Irene – New meets classic,

You’re sweet! …you were most definitely with me in the early stages of all this :) …seems like FOREVER ago! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it Irene. Miss you!

May 2nd 2013

So excited to see it all! miss everyone from the shoot and im so happy for you! xo

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emmadime
replied on May 2nd, 2013 at 3:10 PM

@JEN COLEMAN,

Hopefully we’ll all have a copy in our hands soon!! You’ll be one of the first, promise :) Thanks again for being apart of everything Jen. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

May 2nd 2013

Congratulations! I’m looking forward to seeing it. It sounds amazing!

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May 2nd 2013

this is so exciting! gives me a reason to dust off my needles

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May 2nd 2013

wow! what an accomplishment, really!!! I’m not a knitter myself, but I did buy yarn and knitting sticks once, (excuse my lack of knitting vocbary) because it seems like a pretty spify hobby, but that’s as far as it went! however, I absolutley love all things knit, so this book could be a great motivation for me and many other people! plus I think you’re talent and ambition is so contagious! thanks for sharing!

best, mays

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May 2nd 2013

emma! i’ve been a fan (albeit, silent, i’m sorry!!) of your blog for the last 2 years and my heart literally leapt when i saw this post! i just think you’re the coolest… and i’m excited to get my hands on this book to see how your coolness translates to the written word! congratulations! xx

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May 2nd 2013

I am so, so thrilled for you! Your own book, wow! What a dream come true…

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May 2nd 2013

Yep, pre-ordering this RIGHT NOW! Whoo hoo! I’ve been waiting for a knitting book like this for like ever! xo

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May 2nd 2013

Congratulations Emma! I cannot wait to order it–so fresh!

xo.

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May 3rd 2013

Congrats Emma, this is so awesome!! Can’t wait to see the book!

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May 4th 2013

Congratulations!! So stoked for you :)

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May 6th 2013

I’M A KNITTER AND CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS! LOOKS AMAZING! CONGRATS.

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May 7th 2013

Yay, I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to see it.

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May 7th 2013

Congrats!! This is so exciting, and I can’t wait to see it!

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May 7th 2013

Emma, this is incredible!!! You had mentioned your book and I knew it would be good but this is beyond that. I cannot wait to open the pages of my own copy.

Job well done, “Knit By Design” team!! And brava miss Emma!

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May 8th 2013

WOW! Congrats Emma! This is just way too cool. I will absolutely be purchasing a copy, and picking up my needles for the first time in a long time. Can’t wait!

- katherine

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May 10th 2013

Love it!!! So excited to get my knit on this fall with your book! Preordered immediately. :)

Huge congrats.

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