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The Straight Needle Express

Dear Ann,
I write to you even though you are sitting in the same room, because I like to write to you. I wanted to update you on what you’ve been doing for the last 24 hours. Driving and talking. More driving then more talking. That about sums it up. Not really! Although exhausted from talking my head off, here are a few snapshots from the road.
First Stop: Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington is all about the equitation. White fences as far as the eye can see. Some very well groomed horses live here. Not that we spent any time at the track. No! We had a mission.
We had a fabulous evening at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, a bustling independent bookstore. Knitters came from all over.
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We brought samples. And spare hair. For some reason we thought the people might like to see our alter-wigs. They humored us.
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Our accommodating hostess, Rachel, who knits as well as models. Here she wears the Daily Sweater.
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A Heartbreakingly Cute Moment, Squared. The imperturbable and adorable Baby Iris and Mom Holly.
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If your in-laws sit through an hour of knitting chat just to get you a signed book, you have very good in-laws.
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The next morning, we were up at dawn for a peek at Lexington’s Magpie Yarn and a sit & knit with its owner, Jane. This is an LYS you could settle down in permanently. Cute as a bug and full of the good stuff. Saturday morning classes begin at the ambitious hour of 9 a.m.
Then it was a 4 1/2 hour haul back to Nashville, which you impressively managed to drive in 3 1/2 hours while I sat making slow progress reacclimating to Kid Silk Haze after a long hiatus. I think I have yarn rage. This stuff knits all crazy-like.
The Southern Festival of Books
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On our way from your house to the Southern Festival of books, a marching band crossed our path. This seemed like a good omen. (It was not, as it turned out, an omen that your Mac was going to work with the Festival’s digital projector for our slideshow, but it was a good omen nonetheless.)
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This is where they hold the Southern Festival of Books.
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This is where you get to sign books after your chit chat, slides or no slides.
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I love the smell of books in the afternoon. Such a well-organized festival. You got your time at the table, then they took your name down, and it was hasta la vista and the next author’s turn with the Sharpies.
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It was great to see Nashvillians who knitted and test-knitted for the book. Pictured here is one of them, the tireless Mary Sue and her husband Mark. I would like to point out that Mark is a weaver.
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The long-distance award goes to a pair from St. Louis. Pictured here is
Tempest in a Pot of Tea.
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Ann. We need to talk about the rubber-stamping.
What can I say? This is really fun. For a few short days, it feels like everyone we meet is a knitter.
Because everyone we meet is a knitter.
Love,
Kay

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. You have a book signing nearly every single night and you are starting out by DRIVING between Nashville and Lexington? Wow.

  2. Kay, I totally love your dress! It matches your book…did you do that on purpose?

  3. Kay—
    I LOVE the glasses. Very soignee.

  4. That first picture is a bit freaky, I must say.
    But now how do I get a rubber stamp of your heads?!

  5. Hey – can you “go on the road” up here in southern Ontario?! Pretty please??

  6. The next book needs to use the pattern in Kay’s jacket somewhere. Love. It.

  7. Oh, wow! I have missed some obviously very good times. There is nothing I would enjoy more than a rubber stamp of your heads on my books. You know, all of them. Not even just knitting books! Certainly recipe books.
    Probably I’ve already mentioned how much fun I’ve had with the new book, but I’ll say it again. You’ve brought me joy! I thank you! And today, a customized Swifty for my off-reg unSwiffer.

  8. Love love LOVE the wardrobe coordination! And the photo of baby Iris and Holly made me smile so much my face hurt.
    Is the rubberstamp made from the woodcut on the first book? And will we who are far, far from a booksigning see the stamp someday?
    Carry on, Ann and Kay! What a schedule you two are keeping. Thank goodness for the restorative qualities of yarn :)

  9. looks like a blast. Can’t wait for the new York leg next week.

  10. Thank you all so much for coming to Lexington – it was a GREAT time!
    P.S. I really need to make that sweater. I can’t stop thinking about it!

  11. SO jealous because it all looks like so much fun. I hope to see you at Rhinebeck, though! I’m just bummed I can’t make it to the book-thing on Sunday, since I’ll be there on Saturday. (Two days in a row with four, 3-hour drives followed by work bright and early on Monday morning is a little much!)

  12. Wow! So lucky to be spending time in the south. I love KY and part of my heart is there as it is where my grandmother was raised. My KY cousins are knitters, even raising their own sheep and creating their own wool.
    Loved your first book…especially the bibs, kimono sweater and boxes….can’t wait to purchase the second.
    A Canadian Fan,
    Mrs. M

  13. Wow! So lucky to be spending time in the south. I love KY and part of my heart is there as it is where my grandmother was raised. My KY cousins are knitters, even raising their own sheep and creating their own wool.
    Loved your first book…especially the bibs, kimono sweater and boxes….can’t wait to purchase the second.
    A Canadian Fan,
    Mrs. M

  14. Thanks for coming! Iris and I had a great time at the signing! It was totally worth it, even after all that dang Keeneland traffic. She looked so cute in that Pilot Hat, I had to come home and cast on for one immediately! Finally, that odd ball of Koigu I had laying around has come in handy.

  15. fun posting
    my what a big festival
    and a big walkway for readers
    to find you two
    the luarel and hardy of knitting

  16. I’m not sure where to post this but I just made my first ever dishcloth and it is all down to the two of you!
    I bought your first book while on holiday in Florida and read it during every spare moment I had. Having never intended to knit such an item, my prejudices slipped away due to your wonderful writing style and the vibrant colours used in the photograph.
    My case ended up crammed with both Peaches and Cream and Sugar and Cream cotton yarn (I could only get variated colours in the Peaches and I wanted bold, single colours too) and I’m sure any customs officers would have been very puzzled. As an aside – yarn is great for protecting the corners of all those knitting books you just have to buy when on holiday. It squashes into all the little gaps in your case. Anyhoo, I quickly bought your new book too so that I could read more from you.
    We landed yesterday morning and as soon as I was safely at home and could unpack, I grabbed the nearest pair of 4.5mm needles and began my dishcloth. It is now finished and being stared at lovingly by me. I don’t even care that I made a teeny-tiny mistake, because of the advice administered by you on this topic. My dishcloth rocks.
    I want to say THANK YOU for opening my eyes to a whole new path of knitting. I have added lots of the patterns to my queue on Ravelry. I also find it amazing that knitters all over the world share a passion for period drama watching while clicking away. Yummy men and yummy yarn seem to have been made for each other.

  17. You are going to be in my bookstore on Tuesday and I could not be more excited!

  18. The weekend in Nashville was so nice. The food, the yarn stores, the festival, the knitters, and Mason Dixon was almost the most perfect Saturday ever(perfect would have been about 10 degrees cooler). Thank you and the Nashville knitting tribe for making the out-of-towners feel so welcome.

  19. thanks you guys for working Nashville into the schedule. The items from the book are better in person than they are in the pictures if that is possible, so you all get out and see them if they come near you. It’s worth a trip. And not everybody was a knitter, there was Mark who felts and weaves and Susan’s handsome husband who was sitting behind me and I think I saw a couple of other spouses who were kind enough to come and Ann’s dad and other family who are as nice as Ann so I can see where she gets it. It just seems like the whole world should be kniting. By the way, I’m still working on Mark. He says he’d try some lace some day if he could learn how to purl.

  20. Looks like fun; hope I can see you in the east…
    Luuv the pic of you guys with Mary Sue and Mark!
    Knit on!
    LoveDiane

  21. Loved the pictures, and can’t wait to meet you on Tuesday!

  22. It was wonderful to see you in Lexington. Thank you for a great book, can’t wait to knit something from it soon. I posted a couple of photos, although they stop short of capturing your true beauty ; )
    http://thekniterella.blogspot.com/

  23. It was wonderful to see you in Lexington. Thank you for a great book, can’t wait to knit something from it soon. I posted a couple of photos, although the stop short of capturing your true beauty ; )
    http://thekniterella.blogspot.com/

  24. I’m loving the parade of HBC cap models.

  25. Well, it seems clear to me why the wigs belong in the picture. Given the location, they look just like a horse’s mane! (And that little state-fair sweater they’re perched on is just *beautiful.*) I really love the sweaters in the new book.

  26. I’m coveting that jacket of yours, Kay. Reminds me of Amy Butler fabrics for some reason.
    Mary G. in Texas

  27. Thank you so much for coming to Lexington and finding time to stop by Magpie Yarn. We loved spending time with ya’ll and hope you come back soon.

  28. It was so much fun to see you in Lexington, though because of the horsey-related traffic, I got there just in time to sit through your talk and couldn’t stop thinking “I really need to go to the bathroom. But I really, really need to get a copy of their book to sign!” Thankfully, I was eventually able to do both, without missing any of your words of wisdom/humor! Thanks for visiting.

  29. I enjoyed your talk in Nashville! It was worth roaming all over the legislative building, looking for room 12. : )
    Also, thanks for the thrill of showing my loved ones my pic at your signing table (ninth picture down, black shirt, two tote bags, one dishtowel).
    I LOVE the new book! Please write more.

  30. I enjoyed your talk in Nashville! It was worth roaming all over the legislative building, looking for room 12. : )
    Also, thanks for the thrill of showing my loved ones my pic at your signing table (ninth picture down, black shirt, two tote bags, one dishtowel).
    I LOVE the new book! Please write more.

  31. Come stamp your heads on books in Birmingham or Atlanta or Mobile!
    Please! Please!
    xoxo

  32. I now want to figure out how to make custom rubber stamps. Heads, shoulders, knees, toes!

  33. OOOOOHHHHHHH…..
    I would LOVE it if Ann would stamp my copy of MDK2.
    Alas, you guys don’t come out my way, here in California…sniffle…any chance you guys will do the holiday season stickers again? Pretty Please?
    :o) ek.

  34. p.s. I lurve Kay’s Green & Black Jacket.
    It is so Retro AND Jackie O. Where did you get it? Kay should wear it to all the MDK2 book signing events. The new fashion rule: always match the book you’re signing. Very fashion forward. :o) Love you guys… ek.

  35. Husband, Daughter, and I had a great time and I think he got the hint that I want book #2. I’m as subtle as a Mack Truck full of sledgehammers, seriously. It was lovely to meet you both and perhaps next time you can stamp your heads on one of my bug butt pictures.
    …or would that be too weird?

  36. Me! I will claim those awesome in-laws! They are mine! How fabulous are they for not only going to Joseph Beth to get me the books, but for actually sitting in the front row for it?!? They rock!
    I just wrote a lovely little blog post about “the rest of the story” — in case you were curious.
    Now I must go. Seems I have two brand new & shiny Mason Dixon Knitting books to read! (Although mine don’t have any stamps…)