We are now preparing for the publication of my new book, Handywoman!

I’ve been working on this book (in between my other projects) for a couple of years now. I am more proud of, and happy about, completing this book than any other I’ve ever written. Probably the best way to understand what Handywoman is about is to watch my TEDX talk.

I’ll tell you more about the kinds of things I talk about in Handywoman in future posts, but I thought you’d like to know that we have now opened pre-orders for the book, which will ship as soon as it is published, in July. The special pre-order price of £15 includes shipping to any address worldwide, together with a complementary download of the newly-reissued Tortoise and Hare Gauntlets pattern.

Aesops fable of the tortoise and the hare assumed a singular importance for me as I learned how to manage the disabling effects of my stroke. In Handywoman, I talk about learning how to knit again, and the symbolic significance of these fairisle motifs.

Perhaps you might enjoy knitting your own tortoises and hares.



Handywoman is now available for preorder in the KDD shop!


Thanks, as always, to Fabulous Cat Papers for the beautiful embroidered brain which forms Handywoman’s cover image.

32 thoughts on “Handywoman – preorder!

  1. Thank for the link, really an interesting talk. I can see your mindful journey as an example of our potential as human. Very instructuve.

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  2. I really enjoyed your Ted Talk Kate, very insightful. Inclusive design is something I am currently very interested in as part of my work and I very much look forward to reading Handywoman

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  3. My mother and I are both excited about _Handywoman_ — so much so that each of us ordered a copy for ourselves and a copy for the other as a gift! Guess we’ll be looking for a couple of lucky friends. :)

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  4. Kate. I’ve been following you since before your stroke. You have been and continue to be an inspiration to me. I love the way your brain works and the beauty it brings to the world though thought and design. I can’t wait to hold Handywoman in my hands ❤️

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  5. A very thought-provoking talk (like many of the TED talks!). I have pre-ordered the book – really looking forward to reading it. How do we go about getting our un-gauntleted hands on the pattern please?

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  6. Good on you Kate! Looking forward to reading the book.I too found/find the steady progress of knitting/crochet a blessed relief and consolation while struggling with a fatigued body and mind.

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  7. I loved your talk…the ties to the tortoise and the hare to the knitting process and your discovery of your new self was something that resonated deeply with me. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Wow…what an amazing presentation. Thank you Kate for sharing your story and your journey…we are all the wiser and richer for its telling.

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  9. Dearest Kate,
    I can’t wait to receive your book.
    Other than your amazing knits, I adore your other wardrobe pieces. They are as unique and beautiful as you are. Do you make them yourself?
    Thank you and have a great day!
    Karin

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  10. An inspirational and uplifting talk. Gives
    Hope to all those who have suffered similar.
    I had a neurological illness last year and know
    How knitting was vital to my recovery
    mentally and physically. I have just pre ordered
    Your book and look forward to reading it.

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  11. Bravo. As one who works with people who often are dealing with their bodies post-stroke, I found this very helpful. Thank you.

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  12. What a wonderful TED talk. Inspiring and helpful as I lost a dear colleague at my school after she suffered from several strokes and like you she never gave up. Ordering my copy of your book as we speak. Continued good health to you 💖

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  13. Eager to receive my copy. My sincerest thanks to you, Kate — for your insights, your wisdom, your creative pattterns.

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  14. YES Handy Woman indeed! That was a very inspiring talk and will be sending it on to several people. thank you, thank you!

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  15. Good afternoon!

    What an inspiring Ted talk! Will be pre-ordering your book soon! Could identify with so much that you said – shattered both wrists 3 years ago.

    Thank you for all you do,

    Kathy

    ________________________________

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  16. Your talk at TEDX was fascinating and inspiring. Thank you so much, my own brain is aswirl considering all you’ve said.

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  17. Kate, you are indeed a Handy Woman. Your story is fascinating. I wish you had not had to go through this but we are all enriched by your wonderful insights which show themselves in your work.

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  18. Captivating , thoughtful talk. Having a disability since birth and constantly made to feel even now – there is something ‘wrong’ with me. I find your determination, tenacity totally inspiring. Thank you!

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  19. Thinking back to the day I read Tom’s post about your stroke to today and I am so moved by your determination, courage and the unbelievable amount of hard work (for you and for Tom) that constitutes the story behind this book. Your work will hold a special place in my library.

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