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From Sea to Shining Sea: Road Trip!

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Dear Kay,
Get packing. We just got our marching orders for our book-related travels this fall. Check it out:
LEXINGTON, KY, Friday, October 10
7:00pm, fabulous Joseph-Beth Booksellers
NASHVILLE, TN, Saturday, October 11
3:00pm, the amazing Southern Festival of Books
ST. PAUL, MN, Sunday, October 12
1:00pm, William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium with the insanely fabulous Yarnery
PORTLAND, OR, Monday, October 13
7:30pm, giant and fiercely independent Powell’s Books (Burnside)
SEATTLE, WA, Tuesday, October 14
7:00pm, University Bookstore, home of the Fightin’ Huskies
NEW YORK, NY, Thursday, October 16
6:00pm, beloved Knitty City
RHINEBECK, NY, Sunday, October 19
10:00am-4:00pm, the surreal experience that is the NY Sheep & Wool Festival
NEW YORK, NY, Tuesday, October 21
6:30pm, the beautifully bookish Brooklyn Public Library
We’re going to have a lot of handknits to show and discuss, so we hope everybody will take this opportunity to ditch normal life and come out to hang out, celebrate knitting, and let us sign your book. Which we hope you will get. And enjoy.
Olympic Effort Now Underway (Non-Medal Contender)
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I don’t really get how you can knit so fast, Kay. I just don’t get it. I mean, are ya feeding the children? Sleeping? I cast on for my Ravelympic Sweater for a Boy, using our free Perfect Sweater pattern, with some significant pattern modifications already. But I haven’t cranked the way you have cranked. Must crank more.
1. I’m knitting it in the round rather than in pieces. Faster, higher, seamlesser!
2. I’m deleting the side shaping seeing as how this is a sweater for a boy, and the boys I know don’t have side shaping of any sort.
3. I’m using a stitch pattern from our new book. It’s not really a stitch pattern, actually, it’s the lack of a pattern that makes it fun. There are four simple cable stitches that, when used in combination, send a k2 rib wandering all over the place. I work them without a cable needle, which is The Way To Go as far as I’m concerned.
I cooked up this idea for a sock pattern. I have wondered for a long time now what this cabling would look like when applied to a sweater, and I’m getting to find out. I can hardly tell you how much fun this is. There is no wrong way to do this. If you can tolerate randomness–and I love randomness, adore it, and find that it’s pretty much the only way I can get through life–then there is a lot of fun to be had here.
The result of knitting this ribbed sweater is that it’s going to be a serious negative-ease kind of sweater. Ribbing tends to pull in dramatically. Maybe it’s going to be for a four-year-old Afghan boy. We’ll see what blocking does for it.
Olympic Fact of the Day
Michael Phelps eat 10,000 calories every day.
That is, like, SO MANY CALORIES.
Love,
Ann

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  1. Yep, Mr. Phelps can eat 10,000 calories a day, but as I tell my boyfriend, “that doesn’t mean you can”.
    That purple cablerama is looking terrific. Higher, faster, seamlesser!

  2. I am sad to see no Toronto on your list. Boo hoo hoo.

  3. PS: how about a California road trip? Bay Area, please?

  4. You are blowing my mind with the sock-into-sweater idea. Brill!
    If you moss-stitched the non-rib interstices instead of purling them, would that counteract the negative ease, assuming it’s something to counteract, and I’m not saying it is?

  5. SEATTLE, WA, Tuesday, October 14
    7:00pm, University Bookstore, home of the Fightin’ Huskies
    Yeah! I am SO There! But, ah, the “fighting Huskies” are from U-Conn. These are the “whining-’cause-we-all-have-kushy-jobs-at-Microsoft,-are-terminally-ungrateful,-and-spend-all-day-sipping-chardonnay Huskies” Can you tell I’m (or at least my kids) are WSU Cougars?

  6. That is such a great sweater! As one who lives in a more challenging climate (Canada), I think a sweater that stretches when you put it on but then hugs the body is much cozier than one with actual ease would be. Plus the spaces in the cables hold a layer of warm air between the sweater and the wearer. Very cozy, perfect for what I imagine winter in Afghanistan might feel like.
    As far as speediness, some of us are turtles, others are rabbits. Slow and steady will always be my motto.

  7. Randomness is good! Your sweater is coming along swimmingly:)
    Can’t wait to see you in Portland, OR

  8. You’ve got to put Boston on your itinerary!

  9. So, can’t you make it to Stitiches East or something? There’s a whole lot of us knitter types in the Baltimore/DC area. I am in DC. Would be willing to travel to Richmond or Willaimsburg or Annapolis…. We here in the Mid Atlantic demand attention!!

  10. No Boston-area dates? No fair!

  11. Hee hee, out of all the facts and trivia I got from watching Olympics (and knitting on a shawl) last night was that 10,000 calorie fact. That is over 5 times what I can eat without gaining weight.
    It is not enough to incite me to start a swimming career, though.

  12. Let the whining begin…
    You haven’t scheduled any cities in the southwest on your tour! There really are knitters here in the desert, even if we only get to wear wool for about two weeks in January, and Aran weight — what’s that? But we’re all over the cottons, the silks, the socks, the sweaters we swelter over for our friends & family who live in places where they have Weather…you’d love it here. Please come. During the winter.

  13. I guess I’ll be seeing y’all at Rhinebeck again then. :-)
    I’m not sure I could fit 10,000 calories in my body every single day. As it is, I’m restricting myself to just a candy bar under a quarter of that amount and still feeling relatively well fed.

  14. Ooh, tell the SFB people that you REALLY want to have your session in the Public Library! I mean, since you two won’t be here for knitting on Monday the 13th. . . .

  15. We were just discussing the amount of food that Michael Phelps needs to eat per day. We were comparing it to the number of calories my 11yo son ate while at work with me yesterday. I think Mr. Phelps is eating more (and can afford to) but my son might give him a run on a non-training day. DS is 5′ and less than 100 pounds so I’m not contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, it just typical pre-teen growth. Nothing that a “Big Mac” and multiple snacks can’t cure.
    And now that I’ve read the other comments, I’ll put in another plug for Boston. Really the Windsor Button shop is your kind of place.

  16. Ack! The Nashville stop is the same day as the 1000 Knitters stop in Huntsville. I do not suppose I can do it all, eh? Maybe you will make it to Huntsville or Birmingham?
    The sweater looks fascinating. I am interested to see how it looks when finished, what with the randomness and all.

  17. No whining here. I already have my ticket order placed with the Yarnery in St. Paul and will be picking them up this week!
    It’s over an hour drive each way just to pick up the tickets and even further to go to the event, so you know I’m committed to coming! Or should that be, I should be committed?

  18. Let the whining continue…
    How about LA on your tour? We always have great weather and a beautiful local yarns shop -Unwind -in Burbank.

  19. This is Mason-Dixon, right? Where’s the Dixon part of the tour? Breakin’ my South Florida heart. We knit here, I promise. I have to mail most of my creation to the NY-Canadian border because I like chunky yarn, but I knit. I’ve been to Munchen. I LOL at this blog. Please come see us.

  20. 10k??? That guy is an amazing specimen, isn’t he??? So crazy tall, and just jaw dropping to watch. Jaw dropping, I tell you!!!
    I am sad you aren’t coming to Denver… maybe I will make it up to MN.

  21. How about Oakland CA, or the environs?? The Bay Area is a great place for knitters…

  22. How about Oakland CA, or the environs?? The Bay Area is a great place for knitters…

  23. Add another whine for Denver… we here in the Rocky Mtn. West know about wool (we grow it) and sweaters (we wear ‘em). And that random sweaterliness… dying more than ever to see “the Book”. Not even going to talk about Mr. Phelps training table.

  24. So happy you are kicking off your tour at Jo-Beth (and on my b-day!) Your fans will be out in force to welcome you to Kentucky.

  25. So, what, does he just eat all the time he’s not in the pool? I can’t even imagine having to eat that much, and I like food. I think I’d get sick of food if I had to eat that much…

  26. Excuse me Ann~ is that a tubular cast on?
    I caught the Michael Phelps expose last night and noticed he poured himself a bowl of Lucky Charms. Seems there’s more in those mini marshmallows than meets the eye!

  27. Yay Seattle! Not that I don’t like a roadtrip but it will be nice to see you without the 3+ hour drive. May I volunteer to show you ladies the sites of Seattle if time permits?

  28. Really? Nothing in the heartland? Chicago airports don’t always block the way for knitting book authors. Chicago wants you!

  29. Cool! You are coming to Lexington an we are FIRST on the list. I really need to buy your agent a present. We are excited already. Thanks!

  30. Why is Michigan always the state to be overlooked for knitting book promos?

  31. I can’t believe it, but I’m NOT scheduled to be out of the country every day of your book tour this time (can let hubbo off the hook–though he did enjoy getting his photo on the blog last time). Will look for you in NYC (and maybe send my brother and sister-in-law to see you in Lexington as I just taught my nephew to knit last year). VERY EXCITED!!!!

  32. PS, I love the sweater!

  33. WAAAAA HOOOOO! You are coming out to see me, this is fantastic news. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I am at your service as driver, restaurant guide- whatever you want. Off to begin a database of things to show Ann & Kay! October 14th already marked on the calendar and babysitter acquired!

  34. WAAAAA HOOOOO! You are coming out to see me, this is fantastic news. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I am at your service as driver, restaurant guide- whatever you want. Off to begin a database of things to show Ann & Kay! October 14th already marked on the calendar and babysitter acquired!

  35. Did you see the little story on TV last night about how much Michael Phelps eats? I think one of those meals would tide me over for a week — and the guy can’t gain any weight! Life is so unfair sometimes.

  36. I’m weeping over here. Not one single stop in California? Portland is a 10 hour drive…Oh my.
    The sweater is very cool. I can’t wait to see that pattern in the new book!

  37. My cross-country running daughter NEEDS to eat like Michael Phelps. She always wastes away during season. I make junk food for her and gain weight during her running season. A mother has to sacrifice, right?
    I love the sweater, love the randomness, hate that you aren’t coming near Florida. Tallahassee is a great Southern Town, I’m sure we could find a perfect date!

  38. A random cable? That would suit my lifestyle.
    Now about that sizing, though, this is a drive for 7 to 14 year olds, so beef it up! add side panels! send it though the Expand-o-meter (TM) or the MightyBlockerShocker (TM), whichever you own. Won’t the Team lose points if we send anything to the Basement Ladies Repair Station?
    Hope to see you in St Paul,
    Gerrie

  39. That’s looking fabulous! I’m afraid I’m in WAY over my head for my Olympic bid… why did I think double-knitting was a good idea? I’m only halfway through my first chart and there are 7 total… yikes!
    Great color, too!

  40. Another one for L.A. area–we love to knit here! Come hang with us!

  41. Another one for L.A. area–we love to knit here! Come hang with us!

  42. I guess Stitches East is all, like, planned? Can’t we have a stealth event? Please please please come somewhere closer to Baltimore than NYC?

  43. californians are sad. we will wait for you………

  44. Dear Ann,
    I can’t even believe that I’m puttin’ the pressure on like this, but I wish youse guys would come to my local Barnes and Noble (suburb of Manhattan), where there’s PLENTY OF PARKING!
    How interesting: random cables. I like the idea, as much as I like the orderly balance of knitting the Aran designs.
    I’ve always wondered about something, how are sleeves attached to an “in the round” sweater (did someone say “future blog tutorial”?…)
    Happy Knitting!
    LoveDiane

  45. Fab sweater! Good luck on your olympics projects, I’m being a slacker and I picked two, only one of which has been cast on for. And how does the phelps boy do it? He must just eat and swim. 10,000… What are his grocery bills?!!

  46. Fab sweater! Good luck on your olympics projects, I’m being a slacker and I picked two, only one of which has been cast on for. And how does the phelps boy do it? He must just eat and swim. 10,000… What are his grocery bills?!!

  47. Woohoo, a visit to MN!! Hope to see you in October!

  48. Well I see Ann’s daddy on the SoBook festival list, and so many other folks I’d like to bump into, in addition to you gals. Look for Melissa Daldridge (sp? I’m tired now) who’s on Ravelry and has a memoir called Family Bible. And I’m real fond of Tony Earley . . .
    I’m just going to assume this is the first leg of touring and that y’all will get to Virginia eventually! XXO

  49. Gee, do i road trip to Seattle (90 mins) or Portland (4 hours)? It’s an embarrassment of riches! Can’t wait for the tour to arrive!
    And I’m loving the randomness of the sweater. Perfect for a knitter–planned spontaneity.

  50. BUMMER! No So Cal… :(

  51. Ann,
    Something to consider… since, you are knitting in the round…
    (which for me means… both the sides, front and back is knitted at the same time, right?)
    SO, even if your knitting looks SHORTER in height than Kay’s knitting does… you have to consider that you are knitting in the round and Kay isn’t- so, as a result… your knitting is just going to LOOK SHORTER in comparison!)

  52. Fab sweater – can’t wait to see the book!
    Surely there needs to be a UK tour when the book comes out over here….

  53. Beautiful sweaters you guys, cables to gasp over, fabulous Olympic mileage, wonderful colors–which reminds me, I just have one question. You’re both knitting a boy size, right? Said something about age 10? I’ve got two boys in that range in my house and neither of them would be caught dead in either of those drop-dead gorgeous colors. They appear on my monitor as a wonderful rich purple and a deep magenta-y pink. Tell me, how can I make my guys wear colors that are that much fun to knit? My big guy will wear only orange, or occasionally red. My medium guy, only royal blue or brown. Not that I’m complaining, just envious.
    Onward to the gold!

  54. Never mind about California, what about London????!

  55. Hmmmm. No Florida on that tour list, I see. Must be an oversight, surely.
    As for Mr Phelps, who said he could eat all those calories but somehow I gain all the weight???? No fair!

  56. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll be visiting this side of the Atlantic to launch your book — and don’t forget Edinburgh!

  57. happy touring
    the country will be alive
    in a riot of color by then

  58. Kay,
    I am pleased to report (being an employee at the shop from which you ordered your magpie) that it was mailed out to you yesterday. Hope it finds you soon!
    ~libby

  59. Yea! I love the Yarnery–they are holding tickets this Milwaukee resident’s non-knitting St. Paul resident sister to collect for her!

  60. Do you get an official media escort when you go on book tour? If you do, and you need one in Seattle, I know one. She is sweet, cool, LOVES knitters, and knows all the best places to shop. Really, it’s not me, her name is Eileen. If you need one, I can give you her number.

  61. I’m not surprised about Michael Phelps. When I was swimming, I was pretty high… not quite that high, but I wasn’t training nearly that much.
    And now that I run, when I am racing I eat pretty high (still not as high as that, but hey I’m not running for 4+ hours a day).

  62. No one has mentioned Texas. While not my favorite state, I do live here. Please come on down! I ordered your book way back when you first announced it. Can’t wait to see it. And would love to see you two in person, too!

  63. Missouri??? Joplin area?? Pleasssssssssseee? I’ll read your blog forever!!! ;) (Not like I’d ever quit…. ROFL)

  64. Pleeeeeeeeease come to the SF Bay Area! I would so very much love to meet you two lovely ladies, as would many of us here.
    And wow, 10,000 calories. Wow.

  65. I am very sad that you don’t have a Canadian sidetrip planned, preferable to Niagara Falls or Toronto. Don’t you know that we Canucks love you too??? samm

  66. I am very sad that you don’t have a Canadian sidetrip planned, preferable to Niagara Falls or Toronto. Don’t you know that we Canucks love you too??? samm

  67. You’re not coming to Omaha? *sniff* Really?
    *sigh*

  68. Which location of the Brooklyn Public Library!?!
    Finally, some love to the Outer Boroughs! Can’t wait to see you both!!!

  69. oh! as a Brooklynite who is planning to attend NY Sheep and Wool, I have 3 chances to see you! but I think I might choose the easiest– to walk down the block to the library! Hooray! Thanks for coming across the river!

  70. WAIT A minute: This is Mason-Dixon Knitting, but where is the Dixie in your tour?????? 2 events in the north-central south, but none in the full bloom south of the Carolinas — how can this be and one of you espouses to be a carolina fan!! Please consider the Charlotte, NC area — we have a great shop in Pineville on the southside of Charlotte, Rainy Day Creations. PLEASE!!

  71. WAIT A minute: This is Mason-Dixon Knitting, but where is the Dixie in your tour?????? 6 events in the Mason parts and 2 events in the north-central south, but none in the full bloom south, such as the Carolinas — how can this be and one of you espouses to be a carolina fan!! Please consider the Charlotte, NC area — we have a great shop in Pineville on the southside of Charlotte, Rainy Day Creations. PLEASE!!

  72. WAIT A minute: This is Mason-Dixon Knitting, but where is the Dixie in your tour?????? 6 events in the Mason parts and 2 events in the north-central south, but none in the full bloom south, such as the Carolinas — how can this be and one of you espouses to be a carolina fan!! Please consider the Charlotte, NC area — we have a great shop in Pineville on the southside of Charlotte, Rainy Day Creations. PLEASE!!

  73. Hi, Ann and Kay. I will also be at the Southern Festival of the Book promoting my book Family Bible (University of Iowa Press, 2008 — NOT a religious book, I assure you!)). A friend on Ravelry told me you had linked to the Festival on your blog. I love your book and look forward to finding you at the Festival!
    All best,
    Melissa Delbridge

  74. I want to know which Brooklyn Public Library also!! There are something like 50 of them in Brooklyn alone.

  75. No Washington DC area? I know we’re all about the presidential election and all, but I need my yarn fix from ya’ll!

  76. Powell’s in Oct!?! Too cool, see you there!

  77. How’d I miss this??? I’m so looking forward to seeing you at the home of the Huskies in Seattle! :)