Let's peel back these layers!

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juliannlaw Here is a closeup of the endpapers in my debut picture book, THE WORKD’S LONGEST SOCK. I work digitally in Adobe Photoshop but the program doesn’t do it all for me! I knit all the pixels by hand! Haha! I do have things I do to help me work quickly and efficiently, though, like using layers. Here you get to see me take off those layers one by one till we are back at nothing but a background. The World's Longest Sock is now available on  Amazon ,  Barnes and Noble ,  Target , or wherever you  buy books !

Socktober

 Socktober is almost over and my book is almost here!

I found the hashtag #socktober this year and it has been so fun to see everyone's warm and cozy hand-knit socks! 

Here's mine:



I was working on it this week while waiting for my car to get tested and registered at the garage. A guy sitting nearby asked after a while, "How do you know when to stop?" which would normally be a good question except that I never plan to stop! I'm just going to keep knitting and knitting until I'm out of yarn or bored to tears!

I started this sock when I finished the rough draft of my book, The World's Longest Sock. I had done a little knitting in the past (I've started more scarves than I can count!) but it had been a while. I thought it was important to do the research and put in the time on an actual sock so when I did the final art I could render it correctly. And then I kept going as an act of faith! They say you should speak your aspirations out loud, putting your intentions out to the universe and it will manifest. This long sock, in a way, was me manifesting my dreams.

I pictured myself sometime in the future presenting my book to a room full of kids and rolling that long sock out as a concept of time. . 

"This is how long it took to find an agent. . . This is how long it took to find the right publisher. . . and this is how long it took till it was published!"

Me knitting this sock through the long submission and publishing process has helped me never lose hope and never give up on this story.

Oh and here are some outtakes with my dog being so helpful and right in the middle of everything!





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