Saturday, April 30, 2011

No more blog

I've stopped updating this blog, but it will stay online. There are at least a few posts that are still relevant. And, who knows? I may come back to it someday. Thanks to everyone who has read, commented, or contributed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Principles of Knitting slated for November release

There have been rumors before, but this time there's real evidence that the long-awaited update of June Hemmons Hiatt's Principals of Knitting will be published. Simon & Schuster has listed the book in its Fall 2011 catalog, complete with cover art. According to the catalog, the book goes on sale Nov. 1, 2011.

Thanks to Jane Jacobs of Porter Square Books for the information. (Porter Square Books is offering a 15% discount on preorders for the book. No prepayment is needed, but the books must be special ordered. Call 617-491-2220 or email for more information.)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Update on Principles of Knitting

The ever-resourceful Jane Jacobs, who is one of the owners of Porter Square Books and runs the monthly knitting group there, is on the case, tracking down what's going on with a possible reprint of this sought-after book. She wrote in a recent email to knitting group members:
After all of our discussions about this book, it seems something is stirring – again, maybe.

I just received an email from our Simon and Schuster rep. I had asked him the question about who holds the rights to the book.

He said they reverted to the author in 1997! And, that Simon’s Fireside imprint is planning on publishing a revised edition in the fall of 2011.

This sounds suspiciously like what I heard several years ago but at least we have a little more detail. I’ll keep harassing him as time goes on and see if I can get an editor out of him at the beginning of the year.
She promises to pass along any news as she gets it.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No Principals of Knitting Reprint After All?

Knitters have long been awaiting a reprint of the comprehensive reference book Principles of Knitting. A revised edition was scheduled to come out in 2009, then the publication date was pushed to fall 2010.

Jane Jacobs at Porter Square Books has contacted the original publisher, Simon & Schuster. A customer service person there told her the book was out of stock indefinitely, and said they had no more information. Jane then emailed the store's representative at Simon & Schuster, who told her the book was definitely out of print and the publisher has no plans to reprint it. She has asked him to find out whether the rights reverted to the author.

Jane promised updates if she finds out anything else. If she does, it will be posted here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Woolcott's Last Day Is Today

Today, October 27, is the last day that Woolcott & Co. will be open for business. They're offering:

50% off of all yarn
75% off of all novelty yarns, book and bags.

Also, if you're interested in any of the fixtures, furniture, storage bins, etc., you can stop by. Sean, the owner, says in his latest e-mail blast: "No reasonable offer will be refused. ... And if you want a momento of the shop, we're selling the logo boxes...make me an offer!"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Woolcott & Co. Sale: 50% Off Totes, Patterns $1, Samples

At the Woolcott & Co. closing sale, books and tote bags are now 50% off and single patterns are now $1.00 each. They're also putting knitted samples on sale.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Woolcott & Co. to Close; Clearance Sale Starts Today

Harvard Square is losing its yarn store. After decades in the square, Woolcott & Co. will be closing its doors.

The exact date that the store will close hasn't been settled yet; it will depend partly on how fast the owner can sell off the inventory.

Woolcott's going-out-of-business sale starts today. Everything in the shop is at least 25% off; novelty yarns will be 50% off.

Sean, the owner, is planning to start a new venture, [Note: I'm including a link, but it's not up and running as of this writing.] He describes it as a service sort of like a personal trainer for knitters.

Details on the Woolcott store closing and the new venture from Sean's blog post.