We have been anticipating this day for so long.
Our tale begins back in March of 2019, also known as a hundred years ago, back when everybody was footloose and hugging and carrying on, going to fiber festivals without a blink.
Kay and I were in Edinburgh, Scotland, on a dream trip to the Edinburgh Yarn Fest, and we’d arranged a breakfast with someone we’d admired but had never met.
We settled in with coffee and eggs and baked goods, and the conversation flowed so freely that we lost track of time. We talked designers, yarns, news of the day, everything. It was great, a treasured memory that remains vivid to us almost 18 months later.
Who was our breakfast date? Jeanette Sloan.
And today’s the day we share the news: Jeanette Sloan is the designer whose work is the highlight of the upcoming Field Guide No. 15.
The Plot Thickens
We didn’t let geography get in the way of our collaboration. Jeanette lives in southern England. Kay’s in New York. I’m in Nashville. And Melanie Falick, Creative Director for the Field Guide series, lives north of New York along the Hudson. Not a problem!
Fast forward to January of this year, also known as fifty years ago. Jeanette was in New York for Vogue Knitting Live, so she and Kay caught a train up to Melanie’s for a day of planning.
I had to miss this gathering and was left with a gut-wrenching Fear Of Missing Out.
I totally missed out.
FORECAST: Cold and clear, with a chance of creativity
Creative Director Melanie Falick and Jeanette pause in amazement at their own brilliance.
It was another dream day, finalizing exactly what Jeanette’s designs would be for this Field Guide.
The swatches were flying, so much accomplished in the room where it happens.
The Joy of Jeanette
Jeanette Sloan is one of the knitting world’s most accomplished designers. With more than 170 designs in her Ravelry portfolio, she has been working at a peak of imagination and skill for a very long time. Along with many contributions to The Knitter and Knitting magazines, she has recently co-edited a collection with Kate Davies, Warm Hands, a delectable collection of 15 designs for gloves, mitts, and mittens.
She has also been a powerful voice in the ongoing conversation about diversity in the knitting world. In 2018, her article for Knitting magazine, “Black People Do Knit,” set her on a path to increase the visibility and promotion of BIPOC makers in the fiber world. She worked tirelessly to create BIPOC in Fiber, a new website that celebrates a huge number of designers, yarn makers, and artists.
ON A RAMBLE AT kinokuniya new york, UNSURPRISINGLY IN THE CRAFT BOOK SECTION, Jeanette with Lorna Hamilton-BROWN, ADVISOR TO BIPOC in Fiber.
When Will It Launch?
Mark your calendars for Friday, August 7.
We will be sending out Field Guide No. 15 to Field Guide subscribers ahead of launch date. If you’d like to be an early bird, go ahead and sign up now for our 2020 Field Guide subscription.
It includes the current Field Guide No. 14: Refresh with designs by Carol Feller (which we will send out immediately to you), Field Guide No. 15 with designs by Jeanette Sloan (shipping in a few weeks), and Field Guide No. 16, which will launch toward the end of the year.
We can’t wait to start sharing all the beautiful design that Jeanette has cooked up for us. We think you’re going to love this Field Guide.
Join Melanie, Kay and MDK Field Guide No. 15: Open designer Jeanette Sloan for a Making a Life: The Conversation—an online event on Saturday, August 8. Register here.