Creating my first book was a ton of work and a ton of fun, especially the Tulsa photo shoots with Brandi Simons.
Confused Moose: This photo shoot involved getting little knitted birds wet—fun!
Tiny Pencil: Second professional manicure in my life for this photo! (The first was for prom.)
Baby Gators: This is still one of my all-time favorite Mochimochi Land photos… Actually several from this book are all-time favorites!
Here’s me with my sister, Leah, during the first photo shoot for the muff. We decided to reshoot it later with two models instead of one, but I’m glad Brandi thought to snap this picture of Leah and me.
The cutie in the middle is a high school senior now! Myself and fellow model Mike Simons (Brandi’s husband) haven’t aged a bit.
Posing Cuter Polluters in a big chunky necklace I got a thrift store in Tulsa while I was there.
I have a lot of photos of Brandi flat on the ground, trying to get the perfect angle. She’s such a professional!
And she’s a wonderful mother!
So many photos in this book (and other books) were shot in Brandi’s girls’ playroom. It got the best light! Incidentally, my kids’ room also gets the best light in the house we live in now, so I occasionally sneak in to take pictures there too.
I learned so much in the process about designing, writing, editing, and photography. And the feeling of holding a copy in my hands for the first time was one of those big life experiences that I’ll remember forever.
My style has changed a bit since 2010, but I still love so many of the patterns in this book, and I’m happy that people are still knitting from it. You can find it on a lot of websites (also as an ebook), and I keep a stock of signed copies here.