I’d like to introduce you to Fred.
Fred holds the destiny of Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 1: Stripes in his kind-hearted hands. Or his kind-hearted computer, actually, given that the book layouts were given to him in that unceremonial, very 2016 way: a file upload.
Fred Van Colln is the founder of Midtown Printing, a printer I have used for many years. The story of Midtown Printing is a perfect example of somebody chasing an idea, starting back in 1969 when Fred noticed that there wasn’t a copy shop in Athens, Georgia. He grew his business to a number of cities, then settled here in Nashville.
It makes my day that Fred will be printing Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 1. He’ll do a good job, and beyond that, his headquarters are pretty great.
Proximity to Music Row means he does a lot of work for the music industry.
Kindly souls everywhere you look.
Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 1 will be available before long—watch for details—and I can’t wait to see it come off the press. There is nothing quite as thrilling as seeing a press at work, spitting out sheets of something you’ve created. My mom taught printing at a community college here in Nashville, and I know she’d have loved to come check proofs with me.
Kay, you need to get yourself down here.
For those who are wondering: yes, we will be offering a downloadable ebook edition of Field Guide No. 1. When you buy a copy of the print edition, you’ll be given a Ravelry download code for a free copy of the ebook. For those not wanting the print edition, an ebook edition will be available.
Our hope is that these little books will be companions you will carry with you. We believe in the beauty of a printed book, and we believe it is a practical thing, too. We guarantee that the print edition will never need recharging, will work when the wi-fi is out, and will survive a drop into a bathtub, a wayward beverage, any presidential election. You can mark it up, dog-ear it, and stick it in your pocket. We will always believe that those are good things, and we hope you do, too.
Plus: Fred is doing the printing.