The Most Exciting Thing We Have Ever Done Except Childbirth Which This Actually Resembles in Some Ways, Or, Shakespeare’s Great but He Didn’t Have 30 Awesome Patterns
January 21, 2006
It’s not often that we write at the same time, but it’s not often that we get to announce that
our book is off the presses! It’s a real live book!
Like every new parent, we immediately checked out the new arrival. Look, it has a title page! It has a back cover! Aw, it’s so cute when it’s all nekkid. It even has a little bar code.
Scene: Molasses-in-Winter Printers, Ltd., Singapore. It is 2 am. Sounds of clanking machinery.
Dramatis personae: BILL, the press operator and JEDEDIAH, his boss
BILL [holding a press proof]: Hey Jedediah, check out this new knitting book.
JEDEDIAH: What, that Manson-Nixon book? Creepy title, don’t you think?
BILL: Yeah. But it’s so colorful! And so full of projects! I just LOVE a knitted nightgown, don’t you?
JEDEDIAH: [shrugs] You know I’m more of a crochet person.
The problem is, the rest of the books have to come from Singapore, and they are NOT traveling business class, to be sure. Until the slow boat arrives, we proudly present:
A Peek at
Manson-Nixon Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide.
A Road Trip!
Get this. We are writing to you from San Freakin’ Diego, California, which is so not Nashville and NOT New York that we feel like we have fallen into some parallel universe where there are walls of yarn all over the place. We are here for an event called The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) winter show. (Our publishing team calls it ‘Ta-NAH’, which is one of the many reasons why we heart our team.) It a trade show where yarn shop folks buy yarn and stuff (stuff being a category that includes BOOKS) from yarn manufacturers and makers of stuff.
We have a few early observations to share: it is terrible to be surrounded by yarn which is NOT FOR SALE. It is wonderful to meet people who read our blog. There is no pair of shoes comfortable enough to last through a ten-hour day on a cement floor. Euroflax has a stunning linen/mohair blend called Kidlin Mystic and Kidlin Pixie. We have to reknit every shawl we have made in this yarn.
Other observations: if you are a knitter, and your yarn trade show is taking place next door to an extreme sports/skateboarding trade show, nobody is going to mistake you for an extreme sports/skateboarding enthusiast. This place is filled, totally, with 18-year-old boys wearing black and skateboarding through the lobby. Ann was hit by a wayward skateboard when she was checking in.
Having a great time–wish you were here! Ta-NAH for now,
Kay and Ann