I am very excited to announce the release of my first book: Onward Knits: Knitting patterns inspired by the Wellington Railway Station.
This book has been a long term project – how long, I’m not sure because I never set out to write a book of knitting patterns! It all developed quite organically. It started out with one pair of mitts, and then another and then a scarf and then, well, I had eight patterns and figured I had a book.
The book (as says on the cover) is a collection of knitting patterns inspired by the Wellington Railway Station. Completed in 1937, the station has many Art Deco finishes and a variety of other architectural features that cried out to be knitting patterns. I’m going to go into more detail of each of the patterns in other blog posts, but for now I’ll say the patterns use either colourwork or textural stitches and there is a range of skill levels.
Here’s a sneak peek:
The book also has a short history of the railway station. Rather than a a dry history of bricks and mortar, I’ve tried to give a glimpse of what it was like to be a commuter or long-distance traveller using the train station.
Join the party!
If you’re in Wellington, come down to Trax Bar and Cafe at the Wellington Railway Station from 5.30pm on Wednesday 21 November. Samples of the book and knits will be on display and the book will be available for purchase.
If you’re out of Wellington, there’ll be coverage on social media (mostly on my Instagram account). The print and e-book will be available for sale online after the launch.