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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

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Dear y’all,
It’s not often that we write at the same time, but it’s not often that we get to announce that
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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.
A Vignette

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.

A Preview
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,
Love,
Kay and Ann

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  1. Congratulations, ladies! Now this deserves an Olympic medal!

  2. Congratulations! Congratulations! I can’t even imagine the exciting estactic feeling you ladies must be feeling/reeling in!
    I hope Ann is okay … a wayward skateboard can be quite a hazard!

  3. Pre-ordered mine last week, and am so looking forward to it. Congrats, y’all!

  4. Dude, this is cooler than anything. Does this mean you’re going to be going on a signing tour? I volunteer my rather unorthodox services of showing you around Seattle, while wearing a sweater that I may/may not have knit myself. :)
    When is that pattern that I am not knitting coming out anyway???

  5. I’m so happy for you two…I could burst :o)

  6. Wow, congratulations, it looks wonderful! I can’t wait!

  7. Woohoo! You have a bar code! That is soooooo cool or kewl or, well, it’s just plain awesome!
    p.s. Durrow is going well. Hope you love our sunny Southern California weather!

  8. THRILLING! Celebrities amongst us. Giant congrats. It looks beautiful.

  9. “A song about the sheer fun of knitting.” Did Debbie New really say that? It looks fantastic! I can’t wait to hear more about TNNA!!!!

  10. I HAVE to have a copy of this book! It looks so amazing, and so many patterns I would love to make! Congratulations ladies!!! Oh, and if you come to the Twin Cities, MN on a book tour I promise I will be there.

  11. i can hardly wait to get my hands on your book! congratulations girls!

  12. Well done you two, so the baby is definitely crawling and will soon be toddling off in all directions. Flying and swimming lessons next to cross large expanses of water and continents. I was so pleased to find it listed at Amazon uk when I just had a peek. Definitely on my Easter egg pressy list. I think you should invent a tandem skateboard and gives those boys a lesson in style:0)

  13. I am so excited!!!!

  14. Ahhhh. That’s so exciting. It looks beautiful.

  15. Wowee wow wow! Mothers and baby are doing well, I presume. I hope it’s coming out in Britain… San Diego is great– I hope you get to stroll along the beach at La Jolla, admiring rich people’s houses and surf dudes at the same time.
    OOooh, this is thrilling!

  16. Holy Crap! Congratulations, guys!!! :D

  17. Woo hoo!!!! I can’t wait to hold my very own copy in my very own hands. And to sniff the pages too.

  18. Oh Wow ! Now that is nearly as exciting as childbirth – tho’ hopefully not quite as painful ? I shall definitely be “wetting the baby’s head” tonight !

  19. Oh how exciting! I can’t wait to have my very own copy. I’ve not been this excited about a knitting book ever!

  20. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my copy from Amazon. :)

  21. Congratulations! That’s going on my ‘to buy’ list right now.

  22. Hurrah! Whilst you’re there as ‘trade’ – get Euroflax to indigo dye some linen – you know you NEED it…. x x

  23. A must have!! Please do keep Hong Kong in mind when planning your signing trip. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  24. Congratulations Kay and Ann! I look forward to holding this book in my own two hands, needles and yarn closeby. Hope you’ll figure out a way to autograph books – book plates, maybe, if we send you a stamped, self-addressed envelope? Trade shows are tough on everybody (many years of “been there,done that” experience)- buyers and sellers – but when there’s yarn involved, OMG! Hope you’ve had a wonderful time at TNNA – what an ego boost!

  25. I am so excited! Book, book tour, skateboards, yarn….I’m dizzy. Hardly a month to go before it ships–and I have the olympics to distract me.
    Congratulations!

  26. Yippee Yahoo!

  27. So exciting! Congratulations to the two new moms!

  28. mwah! the title for this post deserves an award all its own! am so looking forward to reading this book, ann & kay, you have no idea. (and unimaginatively buying it as xmas present for all the knitters around me…) have a great time at the fiber show…

  29. I’m beaming with pride! One question,
    Did you have to rearrange the titles on the shelf so as to not show the dirty romances you all read?
    ;)

  30. Congratulations! And I can’t wait to own a book with directions to make the cool kind of blankies Kay makes. ‘Cuz I like to have directions. Can’t WAIT!

  31. oh it looks beautiful. i’m putting it on my amazon wishlist for ordering.

  32. Congrats! The books looks fabulous – looking forward to the boat arriving.

  33. Oh, that is so exciting! It looks great, too. I can’t wait to get my (pre-ordered weeks ago) copy . . . Congratulations!!

  34. Sweet!

  35. Hey Ann and Kay! Congrats on an absolutely beautiful book. I am counting the days until I can cradle it in my arms. Gotta love the Warshcloth!

  36. Wow, congratulation Girls!…you did it!
    So do you love California? Yarn shops GALORE!!!! I know, I know….we California knitters are so lucky–we have the weather and the fiber;o)
    Have a wonderful trip.

  37. Wow! I mean, I’ve seen the pictures of the cover, but seeing the actual BOOK. Wow! Even if the rest of the BOOKs are in steerage on their way over from Singapore, time for me to go preorder on Amazon now.
    So happy for you both!

  38. Woo-hoo! Congratulations! Surely a book tour schedule can’t be too far behind.

  39. Dear Kay and Ann,
    Congratulations by the millions!
    So proud of you!
    now, how do i get a signed copy?
    specs of signing tours please!
    much love, ben

  40. YEEHAW!

  41. This is worth de-lurking for! (Loved the buttons earlier this week!) Been reading for about a month and, man, are you two funny! Can’t wait to get your book in my hot little hands. All the best!

  42. Can I wait until 3/28? No! I will unintentionally rhyme daily until someone stops me/I have the dang book. SO EXCITING! I wish I were at TNNA. No, then I would just be distracted still more from the knitting that is to be finished, of which there is A Great Deal.
    Congratulations! I know this book’s first printing is going to sell out. And its second and third, prolly. I’m putting in my request pronto.

  43. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy! Pre-ordering button, here I come!

  44. SO.FREAKING.PROUD! You guys are the best. My copy needs to be autographed and bronzed. Then I’ll buy another copy for the knitting.
    PS – I hate to ask this, but I’m dying here. Did the photo get in?

  45. Congratulations. Will the perfect sweater be in the 2nd edition???? Can’t wait to see it (and the NYC book signing too)!

  46. FAB !

  47. Awesome. Freakin Awesome! The book looks fantastic. I can’t wait to get my greedy little knittin hands on a copy. And maybe even get a signed one!

  48. Super egg-sighting! I can’t wait for y’all to hit Portland on your book tour.

  49. Hooray! Congratulations!

  50. Congratulations! I am so excited, I must say.

  51. The book looks great, literally: towering over Jane Austen’s works, no less!
    Any chance either one of you will turn up at Stitches West for a signing, or will the slow boat still be lost somewhere in the Pacific Ocean four weeks from now?

  52. Congrats on the book. I can’t wait to see it in person.

  53. !!!!
    Authors!! Authors!!
    Congrats!
    …who knew that 12 years ago when you wanted to go to that god awful yarn store on the upper west side that a book would come of all of this!!
    Cool!!

  54. That’s just so darn cute, I can hardly stand it. Congratulations, m’dears!

  55. first comes fame….and then comes fortune! groove-y!

  56. ah man!! big congrats to you both!! I can’t wait to see it live and in person. hope ann wasn’t too hurt by the skateboard (I married one of those guys, who is all grown up now, but we still have about 3 skateboards lying around)
    hugs!!!! and you all are FAMOUS!

  57. Omigod! Omigod!
    Congn Congt Conglar (dammit)
    Congratulations!

  58. YEE-HAW!!! So is Colorado Springs going to be on the book tour? We have lots of llamas right down the road from my house, and I’ve found at least 3 great yarn shops so far (I haven’t ventured north to the Denver shops yet- so far trips to Denver have been to the airport or a hockey rink, tho I have met a LOT of knitting and/or crocheting hockey moms). Can’t wait to snag a copy of the masterpiece. Congratulations, y’all.

  59. Giddy! I am Giddy!

  60. So shiny! I do love the shiny, you know. It looks even more beautiful than I imagined it would. Congratulations — you two deserve every lovely moment that comes of this!

  61. Felted boxes? Superfancy Potholder Loop Rug? Fambly Projects? Moses Basket? Knitting That Looks Like Something Else? My excitement can only be second….no, third, to yours! Congratulations!
    NOW I know where you’ve been while I’ve been having a serious denim yarn dilemma over here!
    Sounds like too much fun.

  62. rilly rilly cool!!! Can’t wait to see it live and in person!

  63. This is kinda scarey…I’m sittin here knittin in Laguna Beach readin your blog & both my sons are working the ASR next door to ya. Have I transcended something? Prolly not.
    Best to you both!

  64. Many congratulations from the Garden State (“Come see for yourself!”). Can’t wait to get my grubby paws on a copy (so I can, indeed, see for myself).

  65. Wow! It looks wonderful — I can’t wait!

  66. Yay!
    Also, glad to FINALLY see “Manson-Nixon” show up on the blog. SOMEone told me I was the first with that one, though it was really Mr. W. who pointed it out first – jealousy of those who can create fabric from string – and he’ll be SO PLEASED to know it has stuck in the brains of others.
    Also, did I say
    Yay! Yay for the book! I kin hardlee wait!

  67. Ann & Kay –
    Great meeting you at TNNA yesterday. Thanks for singing my book! Safe travels back east/south.
    Betsy (CEY)

  68. Congratulations – I hope this brings you much success :-)

  69. What if Le Corbusier took to knitting?
    Now, there’s an intriguing thought. Can’t wait to see where you went with that.
    Congrats, ladies!

  70. So exciting ladies! Many congrats. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. :)

  71. COngratulations! I’ll pre-order now! Make sure Montreal appears on your schedule for the book tour and I’ll get you on the radio!

  72. Congrats! I am so happy for y’all! Let me know if you make your way to LaLaLand. xox,

  73. Holy-freaking-moley! Yayyyyy! Why can’t I buy it now?
    I am not a patient woman, you know. Tell Amazon to speed up.

  74. Cannot wait to get my hands on this book!!! Thanks guys for writing it!

  75. Do not – I repeat – DO NOT jaywalk in San Diego, ladies. They take it very seriously out there – even if there is NO TRAFFIC in any direction for miles around, and it is 11 pm, you must stand at the corner and wait for the light to change, lest you get reprimanded by the cops. (Look for details of this story in my forthcoming book, “It Happened to Me.”
    In the meantime, counting the minutes until MDK book arrives – looks like quite a FEAST. Yum! MDK is just the MOST – in any form.

  76. congrats! the book looks awesome!

  77. Yep: I know that publisher. They did our Gardens of the New Republic (I’m the last chapter). It took months for the U-boat to crawl along the floor of the pacific, navigate through the Panama canal and back again just for kicks, traverse the outflow of the los angeles river basking in the warm slurry, and wheedle its way under the golden gate bridge to its destination of dock #34.5B three months after its due date. I wish you luck!

  78. Congratulations!
    Needle Arts next to skateboards – reminds me of a quilt show in Pleasanton that was right next door to a gun and weapons show! You could really tell who was going to which place!

  79. Wooh…you are saying from Singapore?!
    Does it mean that in the slightest glimmer of hope that I could *finally* get to own it earlier than anyone else?!
    Please? :)

  80. Soooooooooo cool. Congrats, ladies!!

  81. When does the book tour visit the MS Gulf Coast (after all Dubya’s been here eight times!)??
    I’m SO NOT “MEH” about this BLOG MADE INTO A BOOK!! I’m itching to see it (or maybe that’s my sugar cravings…nah, DEFINITELY BOOK CRAVINGS!)

  82. I assume y’all will post signing dates/times and that you’ll make it into the south at some point and if you do, I will happily haul the Crabcake and stand in line.
    The book looks beeyooteeful and I cannot wait to have one.
    Congratulations!

  83. Dear Ones,
    You have such a way of making us all feel part of your great accomplishment. Blessings, blessings, blessings….and of COURSE I would love to host you in the Sacramento area of Sunny CA when the time comes……I use “host” loosely – I have 3 kids and you would have to sleep on the couch….but the food would be fabulous!

  84. This is just so, so cool. I personally am hoping for a book signing in LA!

  85. Congratulations! Ain’t that first tradshow just amazing?!?! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  86. Congratulations! I can’t wait to buy a copy. Ann – it was so great meeting you in Chicago! Hope we can do it again real soon. Cheers-

  87. As a Jane Austen/knitting fanatic, I am SO PLEASED to see this book next to Pride & Prejudice.
    So proud of you both!!

  88. Hi Ann & Kay,
    It was so terrific to meet you this weekend (at the show my hub calls T ‘n A)! When I got home last night and sat down to flip quickly through your book for the first time (no beer stain, which I actually find a little disappointing), I ended up not putting it down for over an hour. It’s fabulous. I hope our paths cross again real soon.
    xoxo

  89. Oh I am so happy for you. I hope I can get a copy of the book. You rock bloggin friend.

  90. Wow! Congrats! Looked at the preview and will look forward to adding this to my knitting library. Thank you!

  91. Congratulations. :)