Jess Hutch.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

jan messent

It hasn't been very thrilling around here lately, has it? I've been spending a lot of time on the booklet, getting it printed, filling orders, etc. Not much knitting or designing has been going on, hence the dearth of crafty photos. Sorry about that - I plan on catching up with my ideas (I got a million of 'em) during my holiday break at the end of the year.

In the meantime, I can suggest some great music to fill orders to (or just to get through any task): Puffy Amiyumi, Love, The Sonics, and Sleater-Kinney's latest album. Hot cha, I'm like a little order-filling automaton when listening to these energetic performers.

A few posts ago I talked about Jean Greenhowe, whose knitted toys are really sweet and cleverly designed. I'm a big fan of her stuff, and I also wanted to check out the work of Jan Messent, whose books I'd seen for sale on ebay and on other online stores. Well I finally purchased Knitted Historical Figures, the book I was most curious about, and it does not disappoint. Check out the photo of Madame de Pompadour here (1721-1764) from the book, such details! I really love this doll - although my stuff tends to be very stylized and simple, I really respond to this sort of spectacular embellishment. Plus, the pink! I had been thinking about designing a knitted lady in a long dress for a while and this sealed the deal, perhaps I'll work on her next.

This book also features patterns for an Egyptian couple, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, some Pilgrims, an Old Testament Rabbi, and some Victorian folks. Most feature all sorts of lovely trims and adornments. Highly recommended. Just do a search on ebay or google and there you go.

The booklets are going out as fast I can, as of this afternoon I'm completely caught up. Whew!


At 10:21 PM , laura r. said...

you are working hard!
i am glad the books are so successful.

At 5:01 AM , mimi K said...

wow, that is an amazing knitted masterpiece! I can't wait to see what you create!

At 7:38 AM , elizabooth said...

Wow, that doll is beautiful! Would your knitted lady be as fancy as that or are you planning something more in the style that we've come to know and love?

p.s. I just ordered one of your booklets -- I can hardly wait to dig in!

At 6:35 PM , rose said...

That looks like a great book! I've never heard of Jean Greenhowe, I'll have to look her up.

At 3:32 AM , g. lo said...

your toys are adorable! I am knitting Kate as we speak. I also lived on Guam as a kid...went to Cathedral Grade School and was there when typhoon Pam hit the island. Congrats on your booklet, I'll be ordering as soon as I finish my current project(s) so I am not distracted :)

At 3:33 PM , Maire said...

I just got your booklet in the mail, and am so excited! I can't wait to start knitting your fun projects. So cute!

At 4:26 AM , Lolly said...

I got my booklet in the mail yesterday - it is so great! I love your DIY approach to publishing it too - it seems like the sales are very successful. Congrats to you! ;)

At 5:32 AM , yarnspin said...

Hi Jess,
I just discovered you through knitty, and I LOVE YOUR KNITTING! My husband and I have somewhat of an obsession with robot images, and we love love the knitted robot. Do you still have copies of your booklet available? I would love to buy one.

At 4:38 AM , Ann said...

It's great to see that there are others that listen to Puffy AmiYumi! They really do keep you upbeat and going. My 2 1/2 year old likes listening to them too. He'll ask for the CD specifically.

At 11:58 PM , Dagobah said...

If you get a chance, try and get hold of Jan Messent's book Wool 'n Magic - there is a gorgeous mermaid in there called Miranda, that I think you would love.
You're such an inspiration, keep doing it, mate.
Dagobah x


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