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Shocking Yet True Rumors

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Dear Kay,
I need to address some rumors that are floating around out there about our new book, Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines.
It has been said that there are projects that are not square in it. That we are putting patterns out there for things that are not dishcloths, hand towels, blankets, and bathmats.
That there may be projects with sleeves.
It is true that our first book was composed of projects that almost universally fell into the categories of square, rectangular, and almost square. It’s true that there is no lack of garter stitch in that book.
So I can understand why folks who liked the squareness of things, the garter stitchiness of things in that first book might be worried that this new book is going to be somehow hard or otherwise not square.
All I can say is “Fear not!” “Worry not!” This is going to be fun. The longer we all knit, the more we are trying exotic and fascinating techniques that make us feel really clever. That’s what we’re focusing on in this new book, and I think that anyone who has made it through the Ballband Dishcloth can handle what’s coming up.
Granted, there are a few projects that I would be hard pressed to describe, if you asked me to name what shape they are.
What shape is this? Zigzagulous?
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And this thing? Parallelotrapezangular?
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I will point out, however, that the rug shown at the top is undeniably rectangular. We haven’t gone totally nuts. Yet.
Love,
Ann
PS Thanks to everyone for taking pity on me regarding the Sea Monkeys. The voted ended up a sturdy 59.8% against the idea of activating the Sea Monkeys, 40.2% pro-monkey.
It did occur to me last night, as I fixed dinner and stared at that little foil packet of potential Sea Monkeys, that I may have stumbled upon the perfect pet. Low maintenance? I’m talking NO maintenance! I’m sticking that packet in my wallet and taking it everywhere I go, my dusty little friends never far away.

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48 Comments

48 Comments

  1. I am SO making that rug on the cover!!

  2. Oh, that last one, I guess wild asymmetric front cardigan! And I *want it*.

  3. That rug is gorgeous!!
    When does the book come out??

  4. The Sea Monkeys will probably be almost as fun in your wallet as they would have been swimming around. Now if you get triops, they are totally worth the effort—little prehistoric looking guys that resemble horseshoe crabs.
    The book looks smashing. I’m looking forward to your Powell’s stop in October.

  5. I’m having flashbacks to the horrors of geometry! Please tell me that I won’t have to memorize any formulas.

  6. I’m having flashbacks to the horrors of geometry! Please tell me that I won’t have to memorize any formulas.

  7. That rug is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to get more details on it when the book is released. I may already have yarn that will work and don’t know how I can stand the wait!

  8. Oh my! Those diagrams look fantastic! And that last picture, it has to be a sweater?
    SO excited! I’m already pre-ordered and double checking Amazon’s “expected delivery”!
    Could I use any more exclamation marks?!

  9. I so totally wish you two would come to Austin. I love your first book, I’m excited about the next one. I have a fine appreciation for those who would encourage us to move forward and knit fearlessly!

  10. As a knitter of rags and rugs, I love the cover rug! MD#1 also showed me that it was ok to USE my dishcloths, and not just hide them away in the “nice things” drawer. September can’t come fast enough!

  11. Zigzagulous – I like that – it strikes me as very euphonious. New book sounds great – I like unusual shapes.

  12. That rug picture got me excited.
    I was patiently waiting for your new book to come out.
    Now, I want it immediately!
    I can’t wait!
    I know it will be wonderful!

  13. That zigzagulous thing is also very accordionish.

  14. I am so wanting this book to be here — now.

  15. Foil packet of sea monkeys + fixing dinner = you scare me, Ann. Please say you did double check before you mixed in any “spice packets”….
    Can’t wait to see the book!

  16. Oh, Ann and Kay, you two are such teases with the new book. Shame on you!
    But, the real issue here is child labor. Look at that knitter’s wee hand to the left of the diagram. You are aware that the U.S. does have child labor laws, aren’t you? And, I don’t care how fast that little Olympic Knitter can knit, don’t try to tell me that’s the hand of a 16-year-old! For shame, for shame!
    Mary G. in Texas (who can’t wait for the new book to appear)

  17. Torment! Cruelty! Shameless selfish behavior! No, not the sea monkeys (bravo, there). It’s the tantalizing snippets of the book. Hurry, September!

  18. “my dusty little friends”
    You are hilarious.

  19. OMG that rug is rectangular AND fancy!! Now I really can’t wait for the book!

  20. i can get behind the zigzagulousness.
    but i want a copy of your book now. i love that rug.

  21. OK, the book (at least the tiny book snippets) looks gorgeous, rectangles or no!

  22. Oh my gosh, that rug. Oh my gosh, that rug. <3
    I cannot wait for my copy of the book to get here!! ahhh!

  23. Great idea with the sea monkeys. The book looks like it will be totally beautiful. Cannot wait.

  24. what about swirl-y-ness? maybe in your next book?

  25. I LOVE that rug. Can’t wait to see the book! Thanks for the tantalizing teasers.

  26. Squeeeeeee! I can’t wait for the book. It looks too cool…and I’m so intrigued about the shapes now =)

  27. While looking for something else entirely I found a copy of The New Book at my favorite internet used book store – and I put it in my cart and paid for it at the speed of light! Maybe a review copy? Anyway, it arrived yesterday, and yes, there are projects that aren’t square, projects with sleeves – many beautiful projects with sleeves. In fact, I just cast on for a delicious sleeved project made with Rowan Kid Silk Haze. There also are lots of wonderful projects sans sleeves, and the delightful essays you’d expect in between the irresistible projects. What a great book!

  28. Ann, Ann, you guys were almost responsible for my premature demise, as that rug absolutely took my breath away! (Next time give a “heads up”, or something…)
    AND–the accordionish, euphonious “Zigzagulous” is paralellogram-ulous-ly fantabulous!
    Thanks for being there.
    LoveDiane

  29. For a madly exciting moment, I thought that zigzag diagram might be a free-standing knitted room-divider! Wow! I NEED one of those!!!
    Then I noticed that the measurements are in very small numbers of inches.
    Hmmm.
    But really…it’s just a question of gauge, isn’t it?

  30. he he he
    I love that rug too and everything else that I think may be ahead for us in that book. It’s almost September. It’s about time. We can’t wait.

  31. I’m very much looking forward to purchasing your book when it comes out! About the only thing I’d look forward to more than that is getting your autograph on it! :)

  32. Carry the sea monkeys in your wallet? I had a friend that did that once, until a glass of pop “accidently” got spilled into her FAVORITE purse…

  33. hah! zigzagulous. love it!

  34. I’m soooooooo making that rug! My poor postal guy thinks I’m stalking him but ya’lls book should be soon.

  35. can i say:: i just adore that cover shot. it’s got that updated vintage-y charm that wins me over. knocked-out!!

  36. the new 2008 peaches and creme kit
    is on line and new colors
    fay is trying to leave florida
    last week she passed us by kindly
    this saturday her feeder bands
    rain and grumbles to the west
    what do i knit with the brown yarn

  37. I think the technical term is “ziggeroid.” Time to stock up on Preparation HA!

  38. Look at all the Marys who have commented here! You guys have a real hold on the women of a certain age… (speak up, any Mary under 40!)
    When you say the book is out in September, does that mean Sept 1, or Sept 30??

  39. Oh dear. I not only adore the ruglet in that photo, but I covet the fabric in that girl’s skirt. Perhaps some quilting in book three?
    I’ve only made the ballband dishcloth from book one, so book two sounds like adventure city. Bring it on!

  40. That rug is fabulous – I’m going to have to sidline all the other projects going on here (don’t tell them) just to have a go at that….

  41. Saw a mock-up of the book at TNNA in June-I’ve been panting for the pattern for the Kid Silk Haze sweater–and Tess already has it started!!!!!
    Plus, I think sea monkies in your pocket is cool–but you know you need to name them, or they’re really not pets!

  42. The rug is gorgeousl How about making a pattern so that we can make it into an afghan? It’s fierce!
    Sandy

  43. I have ordered your book and cant wait for it to arrive. I want to tell you I admire your writing style and your friendship. If you get a chance come check out our blog.
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  44. I so love that picture.
    I think it’s the toenails. The same color as the big flower on the dress.

  45. That rug! Ack! I can’t wait to get my greedy paws on this book. So it can mock me from the shelf, since my queue is huge, time limited, and budget slim. Still – can’t wait!

  46. Hi The new book looks great! Looking forward to
    getting it altho it will take longer to receive downunder and I will just have to restrain my impaitence as “blogsville” discusses it and projects, and ravelry groups started well before I can receive my copy.
    I am a sucker for new techinques and those pages are such a tempter…!
    Good luck for the launch.
    Cheers and knit on
    >^..^Hi The new book looks great! Looking forward to
    getting it altho it will take longer to receive downunder and I will just have to restrain my impaitence as “blogsville” discusses it and projects, and ravelry groups started well before I can receive my copy.
    I am a sucker for new techinques and those pages are such a tempter…!
    Good luck for the launch.
    Cheers and knit on
    >^..^Hi The new book looks great! Looking forward to
    getting it altho it will take longer to receive downunder and I will just have to restrain my impaitence as “blogsville” discusses it and projects, and ravelry groups started well before I can receive my copy.
    I am a sucker for new techinques and those pages are such a tempter…!
    Good luck for the launch.
    Cheers and knit on
    >^..^Hi The new book looks great! Looking forward to
    getting it altho it will take longer to receive downunder and I will just have to restrain my impaitence as “blogsville” discusses it and projects, and ravelry groups started well before I can receive my copy.
    I am a sucker for new techinques and those pages are such a tempter…!
    Good luck for the launch.
    Cheers and knit on
    >^..^<

  47. Great. Another new project to make. Oh well, that rug is GORGEOUS!

  48. The cover looks fantastic! I can’ wait to see what’s inside.
    Also, you guys should consider doing a tv show togehter, the two of you are so really truly funny.