“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

A Sneak Peek

Dear Kay,
Hey look! Here’s a little peek inside the covers of Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines.
Still nursing the incredible rotator cuff injury I incurred while trying to finish my Ravelympics knitting project before the last 2,008 orange-clad performers swarmed the closing ceremonies on Monday night. OK, so I didn’t really have an actual physical injury. But mentally, I’m trashed. I dream about wandering cables. Nightmares! No medal for me, but at least there will be a fashion-forward sweater to send along to Afghans for Afghans.
Love,
Ann

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51 Comments

  1. Love the sneak peek! :)

  2. the sweater in your new book just fascinates me, can’t wait to see the front of it. It might just HAVE to be knitted by me!
    Joanie

  3. Holy moly! Never ever did I expect to see in print the relationship between Fair Isle and the Espicopal Church. I am reformed on both of ‘em.
    Your book is teh fabulous. I will have to buy. I love the dotty baby blanket and the women’s sweater with the words (if I were still an Episcopalian I would say “the text” – oops, that was late Modernism) knit in.
    You ladies are aces.

  4. OH.MY.GOD. That is all I have to say. I am anxiously awaiting that book which I pre-ordered a year ago. I am deciding what work in progress to rip so that I can start EVERYTHING. Suddenly everything I have been working on looks so blah!!!
    Thank God the book comes after the kids are back to school so I can blissfully knit when I should be doing everything else with no witnesses!
    Great job Ladies – just fabulous – now come to New Jersey puleeze????

  5. As if we need more proof of how exceptionally cool ya’ll are! The book looks awesome. I can’t wait to get my very own copy.
    The cabley A4A Ravelympics sweater…do we get to see it? I have been fascinated, watching it come to live!

  6. LOVE LOVE the spotted blanket. I am supposed to attend a baby shower on September 6th and this looks like the perfect present for this particular baby. Is it acceptable to wrap up a picture of it with a note saying, “IOU: One fair isle baby blanket. Will knit as soon as the book with the pattern is published”? It sounds like a good plan to me…..

  7. delicious! thanks for the peek:: sweet, sweet, sweet!

  8. Okay, now anticipation of the new book has trumped anticipation of the first day of school. That’s saying a lot. That Elizabethany sweater with the text … ! Wow. And THANK YOU for showing a kid on a skateboard wearing a hand-knit sweater. Maybe my sartorially opinionated seven-year-old will wear *that* sweater, since a skateboard is nearby.
    You know, the LYS, lovely and friendly Katonah Yarns, is really close to NYC — Harlem Line, 55 minutes …

  9. wow, you finished the sweater, will you show it to us? Also, the book looks great, can’t wait to see the rest, will have to get two copies like last time, one to keep pristine and one to mangle.

  10. Yip Yip!

  11. Ooh, I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait.

  12. Oooh! Those kids in the blue sweaters! I’m guessing that’s denim yarn? I’ll be watching for the book.

  13. This is really not fair. Teasing us with all those fabulous photos when the book is not available yet. Shame on you! I can’t wait to see the whole book.

  14. the sweater – WOW!!!!!

  15. You say “sneak peek”, I say “killing me softly with anticipation”. I bet a4A will meet its ambitious Youth Drive goal thanks to you and Kay; you both deserve Platinum for all those time-consuming cables, anyway.

  16. Oooooooooh~! Cannot wait. Cannot wait. I love the worded sweater, the fair-isle projects. I’m totally hooked, you win! I will definitely be buying this book as soon as it comes out! THANKS!!!

  17. Ann, you did the important part! Congratulations on your sportsmanship. Some boy will consider it a wonderful trophy!

  18. That is just crule and unusual punishment, showing us so much of the book when we can’t buy it yet. Plese just let us forget (let slip to the back of our minds) about the book untill we can see the whole thing!
    I loved what I saw and absolutly need it.

  19. I see several KAL’s in the very near future:D

  20. Oh, drool.
    I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

  21. Wow!!! I’m excited. I like everything I’ve seen so far.

  22. OMG!!! It’s fantastic!!! I cannot wait for it!

  23. Awesome. Can’t wait to purchase it. Thanks for the sneak peak!!!

  24. Kay, sorry to hear about the mental injury sustained in your Ravelympics bid for podium glory. But it was a valiant effort, and the sweater will get completed for the youth campaign, so all is not lost.
    And the book sample pages — wow! Can’t wait for the real thing.
    capt revknits (aka Renee)

  25. I am overcome. The mind reels. Noro fair isle. There are women at my LYS that will faint with joy.
    I need some smelling salts.

  26. Holy cow. As a hard-core Episcopalian and fair isle knitter, I HAVE to do these projects. And that sweater with the letters – OMG. As soon as I wrap up my Barbie knitting, dishcloths, placemats, and socks. And lace.

  27. Oh. My. God.
    Must. Have. That. Book.
    It’s just not fair. I adore every project in it I’ve glimpsed. Not only that, I have to make all of them. (This is pretty rare for me.)
    If I get nothing else for Christmas, I want this book.

  28. I’m. So. There. My birthday is next week. Your book will be a slightly belated present to myself. Hooray!

  29. Lovely, lovely. I see the Kaffe influence in that dotty blanket. I can’t wait. I am sure Amazon will have it to me pronto. I don’t think I went with Super Saver shipping.

  30. The pics are tasty! I want! I want! Thankfully, my birthday is coming up.
    About the Rotator cuff…..ouch! I strained mine in a mountain biking accident a couple of years ago (don’t ask….). And while trying to learn to drop spindle last November reinjured it. Eek! Take care of it, sweetie.

  31. Oh my goodness. Now I’m going to have to learn intarsia. Love those blankets!
    Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!!!
    I have a feeling you ladies toped yourselves with this one.
    Congratulations!
    Can’t wait!

  32. OK, ladies, play the requiem because these five “little” words have done me in: Noro Silk Garden Fair Isle.
    As Serafina so aptly put it: Oh.My.God.
    LoveDiane

  33. Ooh, that looks fabulous! And I got my brand-new, knitting book review blog up JUST in time.
    http://www.knittingscholar.com
    (I mean, seriously, it just went live like five minutes ago. Now, when is Amazon going to deliver my copy?)
    And, what’s the verse on the back of that sweater? Something about a small group of people changing the world?

  34. I’m going blind here, trying to read the message on the back of the very interesting purple sweater! All I can make out is “Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world . . . (mumble, mumble, mumble)… only . . . (mumble, mumble, mumble)”. You mean I have to wait until Sept. whatever, 2008 to find out the rest of the message? Barnes & Noble had better be swift shipping out those pre-orders. It’s more waiting than a person can take.
    Mary G. in Texas

  35. WOW! Absolutely beautiful designs, and I am a knitting pattern snob. Who would have thought that you could actually “write” with cables?!
    I think the stores should sell these at midnight, and have Mason-Dixon parties like they when the Harry Potter books were released.

  36. yer
    killin’
    me
    ACK!
    Stopping all destash activity ’til I get my hands on the new blanket patterns, the new… everything. Y’all gone and outdone yerselves again!

  37. Looks great! Thanks for the insight on self-decoration. This will provide me with a whole new vocabulary. I can’t wait to see the book for real!

  38. The sneak peak was just what the doctor ordered for the knitting doldrums (not that I’m having knitting doldrums, but if I were this would make me feel tons better). I love the word sweater, because it looks so wonderfully fashionable and looks like it would be stunning if you didn’t want the words.
    I’m blown away by the scroll-like Fair Isle blanket. This book is definitely on my list for certain!

  39. Oooh, I can’t wait for the book!!
    Amy

  40. Looks like September was the wrong month for me to give up knitting books! ;)
    Didn’t think it possible, but I may love this even more than the first MDK.

  41. Ok you got me.

  42. Neat trick that! Finishing the peeks on the indigo sweaters . . . and then nothing else. Now I’ve got to get me the book, those sweaters look the bizz ! Thanks. Hilary.

  43. Oh, good LORD I wasn’t going to buy any more knitting books . . . and now . . . crap.

  44. If the Yarn Harlot and Gale Zucker can travel to RJ Julia in Madison then I am sure you can too!
    For the record, I only looked at the pictures (nice work Gale!) but I did not read any of the text. I am waiting till I have a SIGNED copy in my hands, even if it means dragging my newborn to NYC on a chilly October evening and figuring out how to get a stroller up and down those subway stairs!

  45. Oh, my goodness… I wasn’t going to preorder… I wasn’t… I like to physically touch books in bookstores before buying… but I just can’t wait! This is looking too good! I can’t wait to delve into self-decorating, and all of the other lovely things this book has in store. :)

  46. Yum, love the look of your new book. Really looking forward to getting my copy. Loved reading your commentary in your first book so I’m sure this one will be just as good. Cheers

  47. looking good

  48. I beg your pardon, but this Episcopalian doesn’t need to have her soul saved by any evangelical ministers. The reality is that an evangelical preacher trying to save the soul of an Episcopalian is as pointless as a continental knitter telling an english style knitter that they are doing it wrong. Who’s interested in hearing that?
    PS. I am totally ready to move on to fair isle…. no conversion necessary.

  49. I beg your pardon, but this Episcopalian doesn’t need to have her soul saved by any evangelical ministers. The reality is that an evangelical preacher trying to save the soul of an Episcopalian is as pointless as a continental knitter telling an english style knitter that they are doing it wrong. Who’s interested in hearing that?
    PS. I am totally ready to move on to fair isle…. no conversion necessary.

  50. A polka dot blanket!!!! I’ve wanted to knit one of those my whole life… Thank you!

  51. Ann–love love love the purple message sweater & can’t wait to see the whole thing. Knitypography at its best! Now: how to wait?!
    –Susette (also lured by the “fairest isle”!)