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A Party Favor for You

Dear everybody,
We have to say, we are feeling a little twingly today. It’s the publication day for our new book.
To celebrate, we’re passing out a party favor.
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Monteagle Bag pattern! Free!
It’s one of our favorite patterns in the book. OK, we would say that about every pattern.
You may have heard about the trouble with plastic shopping bags. (If you haven’t, here’s a little background on the problem. Not a pretty sight.)
Well, once again, knitting makes it possible for us to turn something mundane into something F.U.N. Ann Hahn Buechner, one of our favorite people and most inventive knitters, concocted a shopping bag that is a quick knit, sturdy as the day is long, and happens to be a lot of fun to make. It’s not so much knitting as it is macrame with knitting needles. (In a good way!)
We encourage you to make a batch of these, which will accomplish several things at once:
1. You will learn some totally insane new stitch patterns. (By “totally insane” we mean that one of them was invented by Mary Walker Phillips, and one of them was invented by Debbie New. Mary and Debbie in the same pattern–can you DIG IT? We knew that you could.)
2. You will use up some linen or cotton yarn that has been lingering in your stash, enabling you to justify buying more yarn.
3. You will wave goodbye to that drawerful of plastic grocery bags you didn’t much know what to do with anyway.
4. You will get to talk to people at the grocery store who envy your bag and want to know where you “bought” it.
In a world gone mad, we hope you guys enjoy the book. That’s why we wrote the thing! It’s a love letter to knitting, and knitters. (A rilly long letter. With pictures.)
Remember Mason-Dixon Rule Number One: Knitting is spoze to be fun.
Lots of love,
Kay and Ann

103 Comments

103 Comments

  1. Congrats, ladies! Looking forward to hitting B&N today. They *better* have it! Hope to see you in the Bay Area this time around – preferably at the shop where I work :-). Seems like publicists are leaning more towards bookstores these days. Not fair!

  2. Now that’s what I call the way to launch a book…No angst, just fun! I love you guys and I am leaving right his very minute to get this book which I have been waiting for all summer. Can’t wait for Amazon delivery. Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations. The new book is fabulous!

  4. Oh hurray!!! I am so glad to hear the good news.
    Congratulations to you both.

  5. tee-hee, ordered the book yesterday, and it’s already on it’s way to me. To borrow a word from my teenaged son…..”Sweet!”

  6. Congratulations on the new book! Thank you for the bag pattern. I’ll have to make a few of those myself!

  7. Yeah! I’m adding it to my queue. I won’t be getting the book until Christmas…sniff sniff. I’ve been having to make a Hanukkah/Christmas list for my MIL.

  8. Thanks so much for the preview!
    What a great pressie.

  9. Ooooh! Thank you! That’s a lovely pattern, and I Think it solves the Christmas Knitting Problem (by bag 3 I should have it off pat).
    ~x~

  10. Happy Pub Day!! Thanks for the great pattern.

  11. I can’t wait to get the book! Thanks for the pattern preview. These bags will make great “have on hand” gifts.

  12. Woo hoo! I even have berry red in the stash (left from a failed plan to make that linen curtain from the first book). And I know that the new one is enroute. Double woo hoo.

  13. That’s wonderful! Congratulations and thank you!

  14. What? No midnight release parties–complete with rocking chairs and old ladies with straight needles? Or maybe real knitters and real projects?
    I am watching your Amazon numbers with envy…
    :)

  15. Thank you for sharing the bag pattern – it looks absolutely fantastic. (The stash yarn I’m using? Cotton blended with recycled soda bottles…who knew you could make yarn out of recycled soda bottles?)
    And best wishes for even more book success!

  16. My copy is winging it’s way to me right now. Can’t wait!

  17. Congratulations! x x x

  18. Congratulations on the wonderful new book!

  19. Congratulations! Eagerly awaiting my Amazon delivery, which is supposed to arrive *tomorrow*.

  20. adorable bag, my copy of book is coming tomorrow also – can’t wait!

  21. Mine is on it’s way too! Books-a-Million shipped it out yesterday afternoon. It should arrive tomorrow and I’ve reserved tomorrow evening for reading it!

  22. Mine came yesterday! Never another mean word about mail delivery, people, ’cause they delivered the book EARLY. Finally had to make myself stop reading because I was getting so jazzed about all the new project possibilities, I was afraid I’d be up all night. And the colors — jeeeez! Beautiful, beautiful.

  23. Thank you for the pattern. (Although I’m going to buy the book anyway.) Your first book is probably my favorite knitting book, the one I go back to over and over and find something new to knit.
    Loved your interview on the KnitPicks podcast.

  24. Mine came about two hours ago. I ripped open that package and sat down to read it cover to cover. Ladies, you hit it out of the park! I can’t wait to make – well, just about everything. You make it all sound so easy – I am feeling confident that even I can resize SK8TR to fit an adult.

  25. Yee haw! Congratulations on your big day!

  26. Thank you and congratulations! It feels like a new baby in the family!

  27. I called Borders this morning from my desk at work and had them hold the book at the counter. Then I took my lunch as early as possible and browsed through it leisurely. What a beautiful book! :) Got to go back and earmark some patterns now.

  28. Woo Hoo – congratulations ladies!!
    I have some cotton just waiting to be knit into this bag……..

  29. Congrats! and thanks for the pattern – it looks like a perfect Christmas gift. I’m still trying to figure out if I can get to Lexington when you’re there, but if not, I”ll get a copy of your new book somewhere, sometime.

  30. Congratulations! The photos I”ve seen of the book and projects are amazing! I can’t wait to get it!
    And thank you for the bag pattern. Eventually I’ll wear out my NPR tote bags and have to replace them. And then I’ll have this pattern handy! :)

  31. And, it’s so pretty! I’m bummed, though–my copy has been shipped by Amazon, but isn’t due until tomorrow. It’s just TAUNTING me!!

  32. Congratulations!!!
    xoxoxoxo :)

  33. Congrats on the book and thanks for the pattern….
    oh, and the reminder of the RULE. Sometimes it is easy to forget that it’s supposed to be fun, particularly when hanging out at the frog pond.

  34. Hooray! There’s a box sitting on my deck right now!

  35. I am shocked to see flour other than White Lily in a southern gentlewoman’s shopping bag *gasp*
    Everybody knows that White Lily makes the best biscuits! ;o)

  36. Amazon tells me mine should be home when I get home, so I cannot wait to see it in the flesh.
    Great bag, which I will probably make, but there are some things (for those of us with dogs) that it just can’t do!

  37. Hurrah!!!
    Awesome!
    I’m showing what I believe is admirable restraint in waiting to buy the book until I can buy it at your table at YarnCon in Chicago!!
    Woot!
    Looking forward to meeting you!

  38. YAY! Congratulations to you both! In the immortal words of Le Tigre, I am proud to be associated with you. (I read your blog. I think that makes us associated…)
    Anyway, so pleased for you both! Can’t wait to get my mitts on yer book :)

  39. I just got my copy of the new book from Amazon, and even though I’ve just skimmed it, I’m excited by new challenges you set out!! Thanks and I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with it.

  40. Congrats! Can’t wait to get the new book!
    Come to Atlanta!! Please
    xox

  41. I have just received your latest and greatest book from Amazon. On my first glance thru I cannot wait to knit the Belinda and the Picnic Bag. Wow – what a great idea for the “lovingly used” tote bag!!! After those, I guess I’ll just start at the front and work my way thru it.
    Thanks again girls.

  42. What no photos from the book? You should have posted them weeks ago, or at the latest today. Why are you keeping them secret? This is VERY frustrating!!!!!!!!

  43. Fabby book! It had been on my Amazon pre-order list for months and I was thrilled to get it yesterday. I was up til the wee hours reading. Congratulations ladies.

  44. Dear Ann and Kay,
    I am thrilled to be thumbing through a copy of your second book! Congratulations! I must admit, I picked it up at Borders because my LYS doesn’t yet have it (I know). But, I have just gotten to page 23. Could someone have removed the choke-y collar from the lovely animal posing with the Metropole Coaty Coat? Hmmm? It’s like being poked with lots of Addi Turbo lace needles around the neck, I’ll bet. You need to send that dog some biscuits and a thank you card! I am certain that is my only complaint. While I thumbed the book in the parking lot, the fair isle section gave me the vapors. In a good way. Congratulations!!!

  45. I know I will need to wait until I get in the US. But it is worthy anyway… Congratulations, and tks a lot!

  46. I can’t wait until I get home tonight because Amazon notified me a few days ago my book was on it’s way!!

  47. Congratulations, Ann and Kay– you are an inspiring couple of creative and funny bloggers who keep taking your talents to the heights! My birthday was last weekend, and I pre-ordered your book (along with Wendy Bernard’s first book, she of Knit and Tonic blog fame) months ago, as a birthday present to my self. Looking very forward to the best present– the one you give yourself!
    Just have to comment: Martha White is a very respectable flour for southern cooking/baking! And the Monteagle pattern is perfect for me, someone who had crunchy granola for breakfast, and does compost in my kitchen! Nothin like a blast from the past! Love you gals!

  48. Cin Cin!
    xo, c.

  49. Congratulations! Gee, getting one book published is a big deal, but now two. I pre-ordered it last month from your site. I can’t wait to get it!!!
    You go gals!
    Gee, I pre-ordered it last month but will not receive it until Thursday. Drats!

  50. Got the book this morning and I am savoring it one page at a time. Half way through and I am soooo inspired and entertained by you and your clever friends. I don’t want the book to end. Thank you ladies!

  51. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU TWO!!!!!!

  52. On September 18th I will go to Borders and purchase my copy and then sit and enjoy….can’t wait.
    Love your blog and 1st book!
    Janice in WI

  53. Can’t wait, my daughter called me when she got home from school to tell me there was an Amazon package waiting. The hints have been killing me I had planned to be restrained and put it on my Christmas list but couldn’t do.

  54. Congratulations on the new book. I can’t wait to get my own copy. AND Thank You for the pattern. The City of Seattle has passed a bag tax of 20-cents on plastic shopping bags – so this will be a great holiday gift for friends. Plus, I have 4 bins of Peaches ‘n Cream that I inherited from my mom, sitting it the basement, annoying my husband. Knit On!

  55. Thank you!

  56. happy new book

  57. Cheers and congrats. Here’s raising a glass of Innocent (or not so) on the birth of your latest offspring. I’ll be beetling straight for the PO after school today! Looking forward to seeing you in a city near me!

  58. Lovely present – and I’m waiting for my LYS to get the book. Only question – can you point me to some resource that would explain a “wrap”? I’m unclued.

  59. I bought the new book yesterday. I love it! How can you go wrong when flipping through a book and identifying projects using crack silk haze? You just can’t! Well done!

  60. Ann & Kay,
    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so excited to receive mine (Amazon says it’ll be here tomorrow) and so excited for you on the publication of your new book! I just got home from the market where I used my one and only handknit market bag, filled to the brim with corn & broccoli & apples and peaches… I’m looking forward to knitting the Monteagle to add to my repetoire!
    I’m also looking forward to seeing you both in October!

  61. Ooooooh!!!!!! My email dinged and the message said the book is on its way!!! I love your first book, and read it just to read it sometimes! Can’t wait to see this new one. Soon!!!!!

  62. Yay! Congratulations! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy (and I doubt I’ll be able to wait for my copy from the library- I’m #5 on the list) so I see another trip to the book store in my immediate future. (Hmmm- #3 daughter has hockey tonight and there is a Borders w/i a mile of the rink…). Will there be twisted cross stitch how-to photos? My brain is a little hung up on the whole knit with a double wrap, drop, pull, remove marker and do-si-do with your corner. Oh wait, that last part was a 1971 flashback to 5th grade PE and trying to turn a whole class of sweaty boys and giggly girls (not me, of course) into accomplished square dancers with all of their toes intact (it was Hawaii and shoes were optional- my kinda school!). Hopefully the midnight blue Euroflax in my stash can learn the steps with its loops intact. :)

  63. Many, many congratulations on the second book! I’m just SO excited for you both!!

  64. Best wishes! I pre-ordered and was hoping, of course, it would be in my mailbox today…..maybe tomorrow but thanks for the pattern preview. Maybe that will keep my mind busy until my book arrives. Hope you make it to NC on your tour!

  65. It’s here! It’s here! Oh frabjous day! Callou! Callay! This is the second time in a week I have disappointed my 7-year-old by not *actually* doing cartwheels despite announcing in advance that I would (the first time being when the washing machine repairman arrived). It’s gorgeous. Gotta go knit something …

  66. the book is awesome! Got it via amazon today.My son kept asking me why I was laughing so hard AND how can knitters be so funny?

  67. Love the new book. I was so excited when it hit my porch before lunch today!

  68. Calloo Callay!
    I come over here to check the official name of The Book before I linky dink, to find what I had not remembered, that today is B-Day! (Book-Day or Book Birthday, I s’pose!)
    And to find a cool new pattern — howdja know that my plan is to knit reuseable bags for many of my holiday list recipients, with some of the great linen & cotton yarns I already have in my stash?!
    I am excitedly looking forward to coming to Rhinebeck, all the way from Wisconsin — and I will be seeing you ladies there Sunday!

  69. It’s here – It’s here – It’s here!!!! Yippeee!!!
    Great job ladies – sitting down now with a cup of coffee and a GREAT book!

  70. Ah!! My book came today – is marvelous – thank you! Now to decide where to start . . .

  71. Dear Lord above – one piece gym suits and Famolare sandals – I was just talking about them!!!
    The book is great – back to reading.

  72. Congratulations and Happy New Book Day!!!
    Yay!!!!!!

  73. Congrats on the new book! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
    I have been meaning to make a bag like this, but I couldn’t find a pattern that I loved… I think this may be it!

  74. ohmygod! I just got home from a very long day in NY and there was my package from amazon! I can’t believe there’s a knitting book that I like more than your first book, but ladies, I think you’ve done it. Are you coming to Boston on your book tour?
    congrats! Natalie

  75. ohmygod! I just got home from a very long day in NY and there was my package from amazon! I can’t believe there’s a knitting book that I like more than your first book, but ladies, I think you’ve done it. Are you coming to Boston on your book tour?
    congrats! Natalie

  76. Congrats to you both…can’t wait to buy my copy!
    Ang

  77. I couldn’t wait; I pre-ordered it from Amazon. What a surprise tonight to find it arrived–on THE day! I’m afraid to open it because I want to savor the anticipation, an-ti-ci-pa-a-tion (Carly, are you there?) for a wee bit longer. Soon I’ll give in, knowing that I can’t have my cake and eat it too…
    I appreciate your love of craft, your dedication, creativity, and social conscience, your sense of FUN with it all.
    Thanks so very much.
    LoveDiane

  78. Yay! And congrats.

  79. Perfect, perfect,perfect!
    Finally,Gene,our UPS man showed up with the copies of your book I ordered.
    Thank you ladies and see you in October!

  80. I just bought my book at B&N tonight — didn’t realize today was THE day — and thoroughly enjoyed every page as soon as I got home. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. That’s all.

  81. After having pre-ordered the book MONTHS and MONTHS ago, I just got word from Amazon that it has been shipped …. but …. but ….. it is being shipped to Bangkok and I just happen to be in the US! Oh well, at least I have that lovely freebie pattern to drool over, thanks!!!! Exactly what i want to knit for Christmas pressies!
    Riki in Bangkok (now visiting in the US)

  82. ooh the pattern looks great if I can get cracking I can see a series of christmas presents looming…

  83. My book came yesterday and I had to stop knitting to read it. I adore the mop cover, I’m thinking college colors to match the dishcloths! Everyone in my knitting class was jealous last night, I promised to bring the book to our Friday knit group, but I needed a couple of days just for me.

  84. I LOVE this book. I got my copy a week ago and haven’t been able to stop looking at it. I feel completely honoured to be part of it. Is it OK for me to put the rejected Chart 3 for the socks on my blog? Let me know.
    anna
    x

  85. Got my copy from Amazon yesterday — sat down with a glass of wine to read it the minute I got home from the University. It is so fun and is a wonderful love letter to knitters everywhere! Great job ladies.

  86. Got my copy from Amazon yesterday — sat down with a glass of wine to read it the minute I got home from the University. It is so fun and is a wonderful love letter to knitters everywhere! Great job ladies.

  87. I love the book – can’t decide which jacket to make…

  88. Just received the book when I got home from work yesterday…I love what I’ve read so far. I can’t wait to continue tonight and to start the knitting…if I could just read and knit at the same time. Thanks for all your hard work.

  89. Congratulations! You must be giddy. I can’t wait to see it on the store shelves!

  90. It was such a lovely thing to come home to yesterday! I kept paging through it all evening, then put it aside so I could finish up a linoleum dishcloth (I’m making a set of seven for my sister–one for each day of the week) and then I had to put together the wonderball for my daughter’s birthday party this weekend. When I was done with that, the Colbert Report was on. I picked the book back up again and realized I couldn’t watch Stephen Colbert and give the book the attention it deserved, so I *turned off the TV*. Let me put that plainly in case you didn’t get it the first time: Your book beat out Stephen Colbert! Now that’s saying something! It’s a lovely, lovely book–beautiful, funny, practical, funny, reassuring, sensible, and funny. Thanks for sharing your love of knitting (and of knitters and all their foibles) with us all!

  91. I came home from a really bad day and found a box from Amazon waiting for me. Yeah! Can’t wait to dive into a few projects. Are you coming to the SF Bay Area on your Book Tour.

  92. Happy pub day! Thanks for the pattern, which might even turn my global-warming-crazed 9-year-old and 8-year-old sons into people who approve of knitting. (Oh, they’ll wear the sweaters, but they reserve the right to grump about the process.) Hope to catch up with you at Knitty City in NY!

  93. Happy pub day! Thanks for the pattern, which might even turn my global-warming-crazed 9-year-old and 8-year-old sons into people who approve of knitting. (Oh, they’ll wear the sweaters, but they reserve the right to grump about the process.) Hope to catch up with you at Knitty City in NY!

  94. Dear Kay and Ann, Forgive my ignorance but I am not a native English speaker and still a beginner. What is it a double wrap and how do you make it? I love the bag and would love to knit it but that double wrap got me stuck. Thanks for the help, and happy knotting to you! p.s. I am waiting for your new book in the mail… I am sure I will enjoy it as much as I did with the first one. Laura

  95. Dear Kay and Ann, Forgive my ignorance but I am not a native English speaker and still a beginner. What is it a double wrap and how do you make it? I love the bag and would love to knit it but that double wrap got me stuck. Thanks for the help, and happy knotting to you! p.s. I am waiting for your new book in the mail… I am sure I will enjoy it as much as I did with the first one. Laura

  96. Yeah! I got my copy today. I love it and can’t wait to read every word.
    I love the Color Me Beeyoutiful Color Wheels. I’m definitely a Kay color fan (sorry Ann).
    What a nice surprise to find my name in the Acknowledgments since I was a test knitter.
    Thanks!
    Francie

  97. Kay and Ann,
    How wonderful for you both–and all of us admirers of your spunk and creativity. It was a thrill to see PDF of darling bag on my new Mac…very beautiful.
    Hoping book itself is purchasable now at Knitty City.

  98. I got my copy today and really like it!
    Congrats!
    Now if you would just come to Charlotte and sign my copy….

  99. Got it today. Love it!

  100. I finished reading it last night and I love it! Your books (look, it’s plural now!) consistently have the highest percentage of things I actually want to knit (and have knitted) out of any other knitting books out there!
    Thanks!

  101. Hooray! My copy arrived yesterday from Amazon, and I’m slowly reading through it, savoring every lovely bit. I have no idea what I’ll knit first, maybe the Monteagle Bag? No hurry. For now, I’m simply enjoying reading and looking. Thanks again for MD#2!

  102. Must have been suffering from brain damage – I thought pub date was 9/23. I was horrified to think that I left on a completely futile business trip across country without The Book. Despite jetlag and general crankiness, I dragged my caffeine-addled carcas to a B&N last night.
    You have done it again! I LOVE the Young Avenger dress for my 4 yo. But only if I can find combat boots for her. Fierce!

  103. I love the book I love the idea of kid designs that they will actually wear. I do not want to throw a lemon but there is a huge mistake in the peel dress concerning the designated colors as set up in the pattern You have main color switched with contrast color througout the pattern in the directions. I havent checked any of the other patterns out in detail but I am going to. do you have erratta yet?
    Dances