SMP Craft
3 Jan

New Year, New Books!

SMP Winter 2013 books

Happy New Year! There’s nothing like coming back to the office to be greeted by boxes full of our upcoming Winter 2013 books. Seeing all the bright colors and inspiring projects was a great way to kick off the new year! Don’t you just love getting your hands on a new book for the first time? I even have my own little ritual that I go through every time some new books come in. I know it sounds kind of silly, but if you love paper details as much as I do (and most crafters do), I’m sure you understand.

  1. First, I get feel for the cover: running my fingers over any embossing or debossing, or feeling the linen texture on a spine. If there’s spot gloss, I always wave the book back and forth to catch a glimpse of the sheen of light reflecting off the cover.
  2. I flip through every page of the book, taking in all the photos and “oohing” and “ahhing” as I go along.

It’s the perfect way to celebrate a job well done. Even though we’ve been working on a book for months (or sometimes even a year!) poring over the text, images, and overall design, the finished product never ceases to amaze me. “We did it!” is always the first thought that runs through my head.

I hope this sneak peek at our new books gets you as excited about them as we are. There are so many great knitting, crocheting, and cooking projects to take on, I don’t know where to begin! If you want more information for what we have in store for 2013, check out our new Craft Catalog below.

I'm an assistant editor at St. Martin's Press. I caught the crafting bug when I was little and I wouldn't let my parents leave the store without buying me a crafting kit---any crafting kit! I wove baskets, folded origami, made jewelry, and painted glass. I'm an avid, but impatient knitter, so I'm always choosing projects that I can finish over a weekend. I also love to cook and bake. When I'm not working in the office working on craft books, my weekend consists of , well...making something with my hands. I'm usually scouring whatever's fresh at the farmer's market or food co-op, trying out new recipes, and working on my latest craft project.

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