Luckily I was half-expecting lots of folk not to know what a ‘Tup’ is, and fully expected to have to explain the names of many of the other patterns in my sheep-themed book, ‘Tup Knits’. So far we have ‘Tups’ (male seep), ‘Droving’ (moving animals on foot over long distances), Dewlap (the loose fold of skin on an animal’s neck), and Gimmers (young ewes). We loved naming these patterns!

Currently Tup Knits is available as a partial ebook, to which I’m adding a pattern each day. Until the end of September it is available with a 10% early bird discount, so buy it now if you like bargains! Then next weekend I’ll launch the print book at Yarndale. As usual I’ll be offering a 20% discount off everything at my stall to anybody wearing an Ann Kingstone design.

I’m a little overwhelmed by how well the Tup Knits ebook is selling, making this month my best ever sales month since I started my business, even beating the month when I released the Stranded Knits ebook and epatterns. So right now I feel immensely grateful to my customers, and to everyone who enthuses about my designs.

One of the challenges (there were many!) that arose while producing Tup Knits was learning that the lovely man who did the cover illustrations for Lace Knits and Merry Little Knits was fully booked up with other work, so couldn’t do the cover this time. However, my good friend Sarah Alderson, directed me to a photo editing app that makes photos look like paintings, with many style options. In the end it involved a bit more than a simple click of a button, and yet I managed to produce a cover I am proud of using one of the photos from the Tup Knits shoot. I aimed to evoke the Ladybird Peter and Jane books, and I think I managed it. What do you think?

Tup Knits

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