Nicky Epstein Celebrates 30 Books with the audience of the Yarn Thing podcast hosted by Marly Bird. It’s possibly the fourth visit Nicky has made to Yarn Thing, we have proof of three! And THREE seems to be the magic number…
Nicky says she was taught to knit when she was very young. When saw that the third prize was a set of knitting needles in a contest from McCalls, she entered and was DISAPPOINTED to win the First prize. They asked if she had other designs, and passed her name on to other publishing companies like Vogue Knitting.
To borrow her bio from her website: Nicky Epstein is a world renowned knitwear designer, teacher and author of over 20 bestselling books. Her knitting and crochet books range from highly original resource books, to historical books, to travel books, to Barbie Doll books, to amazingly creative design fashion/pattern books. Her books are “must haves” in the libraries of designers and knitters alike, and she has won the National Independent Book Publisher’s Award for Best Craft Book Of The Year…three times!
Her innovative, fashionable, whimsical and award winning designs have appeared in every major knitwear magazine, in museums and on television, and she has taught classes to knitters around the world and hosted many Vogue Knitting Tours overseas as well as others.
So, it is not an unknown thing that Nicky creates fun with toys for us. When Nicky did the block book (Knitting Block by Block), she created 3 animals in it, and in class people started throwing out suggestions for her for other animals, which really couldn’t be done in class, so later she took those suggestions and made a book proposal out of them. Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature: From Flat to Fabulous, a Step-by-Step Guide is the result and is the newest book, the THIRTIETH book that Nicky has authored. They asked for 25 animals to include in the book. Once she got started and added different animals, she ended up included 35… Such an overachiever! Rather than recreate the book for crocheters, too, she advises us to crochet a square and go! In one of her classes, a student showed up with a piece of felt and still they were able to complete the class project. The animals can be made in different sizes, some very small ones can adorn the Christmas tree as one lady is doing with the sheep. There is so many unique kinds of yarn that can be found to make various animals.
There is a time-lapse video of the Raccoon from the book being assembled, CLICK HERE to download.
Since she was on the Yarn Thing last, Nicky published a knitting book called Enchanted Knits for Dolls which is a collection of costumes and accessories for the 18″ dolls (not to name one brand specifically because they didn’t give permission to use them), as with many of her books, the detailed pieces and portraits of the dolls make it a fantastic book just to have and to look at, to gaze upon. There isn’t another book in production (she lost her father recently and took a little break), but Nicky is working on new book proposals and considering bringing some other books out to publish again.
The last time Nicky visited Yarn thing was prior to Stitches South 2015, where she gave a special presentation, here is the link to those show notes. You can also listen to that visit HERE and her visit in 2009 HERE.
Watch for Nicky at the various teaching events, including the upcoming Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool event, Vogue Knitting in New York in January and later in Texas.
Nicky Epstein can be followed through her website: www.NickyEpstein.com, she has a designer page in Ravelry, and a Group. Also, she has a Facebook page, is on Twitter, her books are available at this link.
If you missed getting to hear this live, it is still available as an archived episode where it aired originally http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/10/06/nicky-epstein-celebrates-30-books or with your favorite podcast catcher like iTunes or Stitcher Radio. There is also behind-the-scenes video available on the Marly Bird Facebook page. This was a special episode as Marly’s Mom sat in, which makes the video lots of fun to watch as well.