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Pub Date Housecleaning!

Dear Kay,
I’m feeling so eggcited–it’s our publication date! I never had a pub date before, except for that one beer with that creepy assistant back in 1985.
Cleaning out the basement this morning, I found this pile of subtitles. We just about killed ourselves coming up with a subtitle. Anybody who needs a subtitle, feel free to help yourself!
Do It Yourself Handknits
Dream It Make It Love It
Look Ma! No Pattern!
Eyes Wide Shut (just seeing if you’re paying attention)
Self-Help For Creative Geniuses Like….You!
Better Living Through Handknits
The Fabulous Handknit Lifestyle
My Knitting’s OK, Your Knitting’s OK
My Knitting’s OK, Yours? Not So Hot
Did You Know You’re Brilliant?
You’re a Creative Genius–Who Knew?
The Rainbow Connection (The Knitter, the Dreamer and you)
The Manolo Says The Mason-Dixon Knitting Is Fabulous Darling
Pioneer Women With Blogphones
Knit Yourself a Life
Lively Knitting For Chatty Housewives
What’s Up With Handknits
Up With Handknits
It Takes a Village (to Make a Blanket)
Tales from the Fascinating Knitblog Subculture
Blog Wars
Amstels, Cheetos, and Knitting Genius
If Thelma and Louise Were Knitters
Get In With The In Crowd
Everybody’s Knits
Chatty Knits
Blabby Knits
We Talk About Knitting Endlessly
More About Us
Self-Made Knits
How To Knit Like a Creative Genius
Dee-liteful Knits
Fun Stuff To Knit While Watching TV and Pretending To Listen To Your
Husband
Knit as if Your Life Depended on It
Family Knits
Over the Top Knits
Homey Cozy Darling Knits
Awwwww! Knits
How Cute Is THAT? Knits
You CAN Make This Stuff Up
Homemade Knits
Home Cooked Knits
Cook Up Your Own Knits
Half-Baked Knits
Oven-Fresh Knits
Poppin’ Fresh Knits
Handknits as an Alternative To Adultery
Recipes for Homecooked Knits
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Free Your Inner Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Women on the Verge of Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Blow Your Mind with Your Own Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Knitting Below Your Skill Level
Mason-Dixon Knitting: How to Blow Your Own Mind
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Inside the Grotto of Your Brilliant Mind
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Cul de Sac of Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: In Search of Pure Stinkin’ Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Age of Aquarius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Percolating the Beautiful
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Stew of Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Bouillabaisse of Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Gumbo of Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Burgoo of Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Smooching Your Inner Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Big Book of Fabulous Creative Genius
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Lovin’ the Lifestyle
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Living Large
Mason-Dixon Knitting: In Which the Party Is Started
Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
Mason-Dixon Knitting: Love, Freedom, and the Joy of Knitting
The Remembrance of Things Knitted
You Knit, You Love, You Rip It Out
On the Verge of Creative Genius
The Days of Our Yarns
Creative Genius: A How-to Guide
A Guide for the Modest Creative Genius
Patterns, Talk, and Lush Deluxe Photos Galore
A Why-to Guide
Blow Your Mind with Your Own Creative Genius
Your Guide to Free-Thinking Handknits
Knitting Below Your Skill Level
Jumping Off the Cliff of Creative Genius
Bombs Away!
The Complex World of EZ Knitting
Happy Sappy Wabi Sabi
Your Best Knitting Now (ripping off any issue of Glamour/Cosmo)
The Workbasket of Creative Genius
A Salon of Knitterly Goodness
Inside the Sordid World of Knitting Fixation
The Seamy Underside of Seaming Undersides
Kay and Ann Explain It All for You
Dude, Where’s My Needle?
Inside the High-Fiber Lifestyle
Living the Life of Reilly
It’s All Good
It Is What It Is
Pix, Laffs, and Sunshiney Goodness
There are bunch more, needless to say, but these were the really good ones.
Love,
Ann

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101 Comments

  1. LOL! All are brilliant. Dude, Where’s My Needle? might have expanded your readership to include tattoo artists. And heroin addicts. Think of the possibilities!

  2. I like the simplicity of “Blabby Knits”

  3. Sniff. Sniff. I’m all verklempt. Mazel Tov my lovelies. May your printings reach double digits!

  4. Congratulations!
    I only came up with one alternative subtitle for my book and for some reason the publisher didn’t like it:
    “If One More Person Asks Me Why I Don’t Knit Arans in the Round, I Will Commit Murder”

  5. better living through handknits – ha! love it! congrats, you two!

  6. amstels, cheetos and knitting genius, indeed! (sounds like lunch plans to me). congrats!

  7. LOL – “If Thelma and Louise were knitters…”
    That would make the book fly off the cliff – uh shelf!
    Congratulations on your publication date.
    As SOON as the book hits our LYS we’re going to have a party.
    The blessings of hard work but mostly loving friendship are spreading across LYS everywhere.

  8. Happy Book Day!!!!!
    knittin’ & singing Pasty Cline in your honor

  9. Congratulations! I’ve previewed the book obsessively at Sheila’s shop and there is so, so much I want to make in there. Also, the book wins, hands-down, the Oscar for “best knitting book design.” The typography! The colors! The photos! It’s brilliant.
    I absolutely love every single bit of it. Well-played, ladies!

  10. I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. We checked yesterday to make sure it’s on the way to the shop. Congratulations!

  11. brilliant !!!… you’re all set for the sequel, right?

  12. YEA! Congratulations! Have you considered printing up subtitle stickers?

  13. You say it’s your Pub Day??? Nananananana…
    I’ve been obsessively checking Amazon’s rankings and reading the Harlot’s Wurd on the Street, so it might as well be my Pub Day, too.
    Can’t wait to see you guys in Birmingham, er, I mean, Helena, the REAL Cul de Sac of Creative Genius.

  14. An alternative to adultery? Really?

  15. Just picked up your new book! LOVE IT! Am planning washrags soon. Love the linen! Congratulations girls! It really is a beautiful book. All the best to you both!

  16. Congratulations on the publication.. Just ordered it from Amazon.uk.. and they say I will not have it untill MAY.. buhuhu.. Cant wait..
    IDA in Denmark.

  17. Congratulations on the book! I just read the review on Harlot-the-evil-enabler’s site, and I’m now even more anxious to get my hands on this than I was before.

  18. Snorting coffee through nose! “The Seamy Side of Seaming Undersides”!
    When are you chix going to start podcasting? Now that you’re media mavens…

  19. Congrats on Pub Day!
    My favorite alternate subtitle: Mason-Dixon Knitting: Knitting Below Your Skill Level
    Everytime I go to my LYS (Loop in Philly) I pick up Craig’s copy and just ooh and ahh over it. I can’t wait to have my very own signed copy next week!!! See you in Philly!

  20. mazel tov to both of you.
    my personal gush comes out with the new issue.

  21. Congratulations on a fantastic book! I was up late last night, poring over the stories and beautiful projects. I actually had to stop myself; I didn’t want to gobble it all up in one take! Now I need to go – I’ve got a hankerin’ for some linen yarn. I also need to get back to my daydream about which colors I would use for my own log cabin blanket. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. I just saw the pictures and review on the YarnHarlot’s blog. I love the picture of the bassinet liner. Especially since I’m more than ready to become a great-aunt (even if my nephews & nieces aren’t quite as ready to make me one!). Anyway, congratulations, I definitely have added your book to my plan to buy list.

  23. Congratulations !
    Crackers. ;-]

  24. OMG! That’s some title list! LOL
    Congratulations!

  25. Creative Genius: A How-To Guide. That would’ve been my vote. That made me laugh out loud. Happy Pub Day!

  26. Congratulations, you two! I’m eagerly awaiting my copy!

  27. *sniff* I’m so proud of youse two. I love each and every one of your subtitles better than the one before. But I have to say this is the one that really stuck as my first love, so I kept comin’ back to it:
    My Knitting’s OK, Yours? Not So Hot
    Mwah!

  28. Happy pub day! What a thrill it’ll be to walk into the bookstore or the LYS and see your book there! I’m hitting the bookstore on my way in to work–and I’m guessing not much work will be done. Good thing I work alone, eh?
    On the subtitles–sweetheart, put them back in the basement.

  29. Congratulations you two!! I am so excited for you. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
    I got a good laugh from The Seamy Underside of Seaming Undersides…!

  30. Congratulations, you two! In your honor tonight I will go home and knit something fun while watching tv and/or pretending to listen to my husband.

  31. If I were in charge, it’d have been:
    Mason-Dixon Knitting: How to Blow Your Own Mind
    I guess we each have our own guffawing-at-the-bookstore triggers, huh.
    Thanks for the peek into the process!

  32. Congratulations!

  33. Hilarious! Now I reeeeeaaaaaaally can’t wait to get my hands on the book!

  34. Fun Stuff To Knit While Watching TV and Pretending To Listen To Your
    Husband has to be my favourite–and I’ve definitely been caught. But I can’t wait to see the book. These made me laugh until I cried.

  35. I can’t wait to get home and read MINE. It came today! Yaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

  36. Congrats! I ordered your book today and can’t wait until it gets here, especially after Stefanie’s review!!!!

  37. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get the book later in the week.

  38. Congrats on your publication day! Can’t wait to pick it up!
    Hooray!

  39. Congratulations! Can’t wait for my copy to arrive (Indigo promises SOON!)

  40. *wiping giggle tears from my eyes* cannot wait to get my hands on my copy. now schedule a stop within a 4 hour drive of me already!

  41. So hard to pick my favourite, but what was wrong with
    Bombs Away

  42. congratulations!
    i personally liked “the manolo” subtitle most of all.
    the manolo would think the book was fabulous

  43. Stunning. You know what I think already. Enough. Much love.

  44. Congratulations! I’ve just ordered my copy (along with Stephanie’s latest) (Wendy, I’ll get to yours after the next paycheck!). I can’t wait!

  45. I made a special trip to the bookstore today to go get it. I swear I’m the first one to open my copy. The pages were still wet with ink. Rilly. Words cannot express how much I LURVE it. Genius indeed.

  46. I am (even as I type) on hold with my local Barnes and Noble asking them to hold their only copy for me. She said the had 8 this morning!
    Congratulations to both you! I’m counting the minutes until you announce a visit to the west coast! :)

  47. Congratulations on your publication date!
    I love to read through other people’s brainstorming lists. Your subtitle list has a similar rhythm to it as the list we (my dance company) created entitled “what to name the show”. My favorite from your list was “Amstels, Cheetos, and Knitting Genius” mostly because of how much it sounds like the show-name that I had a soft spot for: “3 Bottles of wine and a box of Pad Thai” (which is what we consumed while trying desperately to think of a $%!$% name)
    But I think you guys did best in your final selection. As, I think, we did by choosing “Unspoken Conversations” (much more professional)
    Congrats again!!

  48. Look at that Amazon.com sales rank…#60 in books as I type this. Congrats!

  49. Congrats! Just ordered two copies. One for me and one for my wonderful sister. She said…Did you read the Harlot today? Those two that wrote the book sound so cute just like us!! How could I NOT order two!!

  50. Congratulations! I got my Amazon-shipping notification today, and my copy should be here Thursday. I can’t wait!

  51. Congratulations and thank you for the best knitting book ever!
    Aara

  52. Super wonderful congratuations!
    Your book (i got a sneak peak of a friend’s who went to Stitches) is Lovely!!

  53. Congratulations! Can’t wait till my copy shows up!

  54. oy– can’t read the whole list in a single sitting- my ribs!!
    i’ll read the rest tomorrow.

  55. jesus h christ. Hell on the attention span. But I’m still going to buy the book.
    thanks for being y’all — t

  56. I just ordered it…can’t wait. Congratulations!

  57. The Remembrance of Things Knitted! How I shrieked! Does that mean there will be seven volumes? Hooray! I’ll be sure to make madeleines sprinkled with ultrabright orange cheese dust for your (first) Phila appearance.

  58. Oh, so very exciting! Many congratulations!!!

  59. “Fun Stuff To Knit While Watching TV and Pretending To Listen To Your Husband”
    I just about snorted my drink through my nose at this one. Brilliant!

  60. I ordered y’all’s book today. Look forward to reading on my spring break at the beach!

  61. Wow I looked in my inbox and I got a letter from a celebrity. Thanks for the thanks Ann.
    Sadly as predicted the yarn/net thing didn’t work. Order online and plastic seem like cheating but must have bookie-goodness. Also, did you see the review in Vouge Knitting? You both are totally celebrities now. I’ed so ask for you autograph if you were ahead of me in an express checkout buying embarrasing items (please note I’ed still count the items at least until the Mason Dixon Knitting Movie came out, sorry.)
    Enjoy the very coolness of the ride!
    Jinxsa

  62. Mazel Tov! I can’t wait to read it.

  63. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was so happy to find a message in my inbox this morning that said my copy was shipped today.

  64. So proud! Congratulations to you both, youse guys, y’all, or whatever colloquial variation is preferred on your side of the Mason Dixon line.
    See y’all soon!

  65. Fun Stuff To Knit While Watching TV and Pretending To Listen To Your
    Husband
    I do this all the time! And these too:
    Fun Stuff To Knit While Riding On The Bus with Your Husband and Pretending To Listen To Him
    Fun Stuff To Knit While Pretending To Play With Your Children
    I can’t wait for your book to arrive! Congrats to you two again!

  66. Okay, I just about peed in my pants, thank you very much! I ordered as many copies of the book as they would allow me to get for the shop today! Congrats.
    xoxoxoxoxo

  67. Ann and Kay – LOVE the new book. I really don’t know where to start first. The rag rug, the hand towels (which really look chic) or the chemise and robe…Here’s hoping this is only the beginning of much success!

  68. LOL! Thanks for the laughs! “Look Ma! No Pattern!” is my favourite.

  69. Congratulations! It’s so wonderful to see all the buzz your book is creating and I can’t wait to get it.
    It’s odd that having read your blog all this time makes it feel as if I’m a part of the book, but I guess it’s like watching something grow–when you really believe in something and get to see it reach fruition you feel like a part of the process….I always knew you two had something special!

  70. Goodness! That’s a lot of subtitles!
    Does it mean that the books have arrived at your shores all the way from Singapore?

  71. Oh, I like “If Thelma and Louise Were Knitters”. I was luckly enough to actually have my hands on your book about a month ago. It truly is wonderful!

  72. Congratulations! My copy arrived yesterday (from Amazon) and I spent most of the morning drooling over it. What a wonderful job you both did. I hope to meet you when you are in PA next month.

  73. Congratulations ladies! It’s a wonderful book. I got mine yesterday on 3/28. Let the royalties roll in!!!!

  74. You guys wrote a book?
    ;o)

  75. Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to get my paws on it!

  76. My very many congrats. I just ordered the baby from Amazon and can’t wait for her to get here!

  77. I stopped by my friendly, neighborhood Big Box Bookstore this morning merely to eyeball the book, intending to make the purchase the next time I had a coupon from said establishment. But I couldn’t take my hands off it! It is beautiful and highly satisfying fiber porn. Great job!

  78. I have a sick kid and can’t get out to get it just yet! I can’t wait. Congratulations!

  79. Fabuloso. I picked the book up yesterday at my local barnes and noble( where the had is prominantly displayed) and have allready half a linen hand towel with some of my first flax spinning

  80. Congratulations on your new book! Looks fabulous! Can’t wait to have a good look at it, although from what I saw on the Yarn Harlot’s blog, I might be ordering then looking! :)

  81. Congratulations on your book! I am eager to check it out, especially after that beautiful review by the Harlot!

  82. While running errands last night I stopped in at the local Barnes & Noble on pretty much a wing and a prayer.
    Shocked SHOCKED to say I was able to snag your book as well as the Harlot’s new one.
    Now that’s pretty impressive for Waterloo IOWA.
    Congrats can’t wait to read the rest! :)

  83. I hope there is much popping of champagne corks going on ! With all those subtitles you could bring out a series…….. Congrats you guys. I’m thrilled :0)

  84. Wow, Congratulations!!! I’ve heard lots of good stuff about your book and can’t wait to buy it (although I’ll have to as I am on a restricted budget at the moment). Never the less, was sorely tempted today, especially after I had a look at the preview. Congratulations again, love the subtittles-too funny!!
    Wish yoour book tour passed through Calgary–guess it’s a little out of the way.

  85. Oh my God, Martin & I went through this exact same subtitle game when we wrote our book. The really awful ones are the most fun. We still talk about them 5 years later.
    Congratulations! What a great day. And a great review you got on Stephanie’s site.

  86. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my copy at Coliseum next week. See you then!

  87. Happy book B-day! My copy is (hopefully) winging its way to me from Amazon. I saw a copy (to borrow a Stephanie phrase) “in the wild” today but didn’t allow myself to even crack it open. I want to enjoy my OWN copy! Hoping to see you in KC in May!

  88. thrilled to have your book in my paws! a masterpiece….every page an absolute gem!

  89. Oh, this is definitely my favorite: “My Knitting’s OK, Yours? Not So Hot!”
    But the mind boggles at the fact that you typed ALL of those in–are you kidding me? What loyalty to your fans. What perserverence. What were you thinking? :-)

  90. Wow! that’s quite a list. I’m looking forward to the book signing in Nashville.

  91. Kay – does your husband still think you’re wasting a lot of time on this thing, or haven’t you been listening?
    Congratulations! I’ll be thinking of you while I’m singing “This is the dawning…”

  92. Congrats, ya’ll! A wonderful friend gifted me with your book last night and I read through the whole thing. And promptly cast on for some log cabin knitted. The book is really inspiring! Yay!

  93. Hi, i’ve been reading without commenting for too long, but I bought Mason-Dixon Knitting from Loop in london yesterday and i had to write and tell you both that it is the best knitting book i’ve read this year. hell, this AND last year!
    i’ve laughed, and been incredibly inspired, and i just can’t stop reading it.
    i hope you are both very proud of what you have achieved, because it really is brilliant.
    Well done!

  94. Dear Ann and Kay,
    Amazon sent me the best present ever today. I love the book!

  95. What a list! I was laughing out loud at some of them! ;) Looking forward to getting my copy, as well as seeing you when you are in DC! I have three venues to choose from – how exciting!
    Maybe you can work a little orange or yellow in your outfit for Project Spectrum? hehe ;)

  96. The book is fabulous!! Congratulations. I am savoring every page.

  97. Ann and Kay: thank you thank you so much for a wonderful book. it just arrived from Amazon and i’m savoring it. I’ve made it to pg 42, skimming, wanting it to last. It is really amazing. Visually, just spectacular, the style of writing is right up my alley. love the cocky, tongue in cheek, yet hey, knitting is my life, attitude. I, too, have just about all of the knitting books. This one deserves to be on the top of the stack….gotta go feed the family and dive back in. I guess it’s reading night, the sweater-in-progress will keep for now. P.S. I’ll be ordering some linen, I want the Outward Bound experience! Best to you both! Carolyn

  98. Oh yeah, I see a lot of Mason*Dixon-isms flying through the internet waves in the days ahead…..ch

  99. Hi, I’d never heard of you before, but I work in a bookstore. We got your book the other day, I looked through it (okay, I inspected every pattern and read half the text while “working”), and I’m completely in love. Good job. This may be the best walk-beginners-through-patterns book I’ve seen. Mostly because every pattern is wonderful; I’ve decided that what I really want is to curl up in a corner and knit bath mats and hand towels until people are better at being nice to each other.

  100. My book arrived from Amazon this week and today I finally had time to sit down and really look at it. What a truly wonderful book! I want to make almost everything, which is truly a problem since I already have more projects on my “to do” list than I can complete if I knitted 24 hours a day for the rest of my life. I did immediately run upstairs to my stash of dishcloth yarn which I haven’t touched in ages and started a slip stitch dishcloth, and I simply must start a mitered blanket soon. Great job on the book!

  101. So hilarious! I love “The Seamy Underside of Seaming Undersides” and “Blow Your Mind with Your Own Creative Genius” the bestest. Can’t wait to pick up a copy!