“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

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Dear everybody,
I don’t know whether Friday the 13th is an auspicious day to turn in a manuscript, but that’s what Kay and I did this afternoon. Gone gone gone! Whatever it is, it’s Over There now. High five!
After clicking the Send button, I flopped down on the ground like Roger Federer winning Wimbledon, cried like a baby bluebird, and immediately went outside for the first time in two days. And as I wandered around the Assembly, looking at all the good people sitting on their porches doing absolutely nothing, I felt like I’d just come off submarine duty. It’s so GREEN out here! It smells so NATURAL!
Many times over the past month I have been wishing to post here, but I really couldn’t get it together. I haven’t posted a blog entry in about a month, which is the longest I’ve gone without a blab.
Anyway. I hope everybody likes the book. It’s still a long way off–fall ’08 seems ridiculously distant. Will ever be out? Will we live that long?
Even if I haven’t been blogging, I’ve been THINKING about blogging, DREAMING about blogging, FANTASIZING about blogging, so I’ll be posting more often in the coming weeks. And I am relishing the prospect of knitting something for the absolute recreational value of it.
One incredible irony is that here in Monteagle, despite knitting in a demented way for the past two months, I have on hand a shockingly low amount of yarn. See?
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Far from home, separated from my beloved stash, that’s the inventory. The highlight of this little collection is that cake of brilliant yellow hand-dyed fingering-weight yarn from Cristina, who dyed it with weld. Must figure out what to do with that.
It’s like my friend Frannie the architect says: the most creative work comes when you have a lot of constraints. Welllllll, we’ll just see about THAT.
Love,
Ann
PS Many thanks for the notes of encouragement, concern, and dismay at the situation around here. The polite question “Is this still a blog?” raised existential questions I will be chewing on for a long time. I’m trying to catch up on my correspondence. We’ll sweep out the cobwebs and get going again soon.

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  1. Just delurking to say congratulations, and welcome back!

  2. Uhoh. I think that mother is the invention of finding a LYS in this case. Also, Fall 2008?!? darn. I know it will be here, like, tomorrow, but it sure feels far away.

  3. Welcome back–we missed you!

  4. Yea! You’re back. That yellow yarn is lovely – take some time to relax and reconnect with your stash and treat yourself to some new pattern you have wanted to try for a long time….

  5. Welcome back!

  6. Oh, hello!
    Mix up those chartreuses! Throw in the navy KSH! Whoo hoo!

  7. Congratulations on finishing the book. Can’t wait for it. I’m a huge fan of your first book and I’ve been suffering from the very contagious Miter Madness. I’ve pulled through my Little Bit O’Love Bib, Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono, and Ballband Dishcloth addictions, so I’m hoping to finish my Mitered Square Blanket before the new book comes out. I’m inspired by MDK!

  8. Porch. Tea. Sit. Nap. Rinse and repeat. (Congrats to you both.)

  9. Missed ya! Wish I was in Monteagle.

  10. Welcome back!
    Fall 08 isn’t that far off, plus you have the proofs in between now and then!

  11. I think other bloggers realise that sometimes Real Life gets in the way of blogging (and knitting). Sometime there are things you have to do, rather than those that you want to do. This sounds like my standard speech to seven year olds so I’ll finish now before I get on to telling you to brush your teeth properly.
    Glad to see you back and I can’t wait to see what you do with that yarn.

  12. Knitblogland hasn’t been the same without you! Can’t wait to see what murky shade of tweed you’ve been endlessly slogging on. :)

  13. Congratulations on the book! Hope you can sit back and relax for a while now

  14. Oh, welcome back! Now get your breath. We’ll wait. Trust me.

  15. I am new to this forum. Please, where is the pattern for the sublime Dishrag di tutti Dishrags?
    Many thanks,
    Noga

  16. Woo!! Congratulations!

  17. Good, you didn’t get lost. Glad the book is at the publisher. Sounds like a long time until it sees a bookstore. At first I thought, maybe if feels like being pregnant, but that takes less than a year, even though along about the 8th month it becomes an eternity.
    Distraction, thats the ticket! Blogging. Yarn, whatever you can put your hands on. Blogging. Knitting for FUN. And more Knitting. Distract yourself with Cat’s New Pathways coming out in a few weeks.
    I’m happy you’re back. Write when you have time.

  18. Woo hoo! We have missed you, but that’s just a risk we take readng the blogs of Famous Knitting People. Plus we have a new book to look forward to!
    Congratulations and welcome back!

  19. A little warning would’ve been nice, ladies, so’s I wouldn’t have had to fall out of my chair. Lifesigns at M-D? I figured y’all had landed in the nervous hospital, what with the deadline on the new book ‘n all. So happy to see neither (well, I assume… where is Kay?) of you got laced into tight little jackets. Unless, Miss Ann, you’re adept at typing with your toes. Looking forward to more adventures/mishaps from the wonder that is the both of you. You know, once y’all have recovered. No pressure. Knitterly regards to you. Cami

  20. A little warning would’ve been nice, ladies, so’s I wouldn’t have had to fall out of my chair. Lifesigns at M-D? I figured y’all had landed in the nervous hospital, what with the deadline on the new book ‘n all. So happy to see neither (well, I assume… where is Kay?) of you got laced into tight little jackets. Unless, Miss Ann, you’re adept at typing with your toes. Looking forward to more adventures/mishaps from the wonder that is the both of you. You know, once y’all have recovered. No pressure. Knitterly regards to you. Cami

  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am SO proud & happy for you!

  22. Well congratulations! And a big welcome back to the world. We have missed you!

  23. So glad you’re back! I was just thinking about you two, wondering if we were going to hear from you soon. Mmmm, Monteagle Assembly, the perfect place in which to come back to the world. I bet you’ll come up with some creative way to use that stash!

  24. Fab !
    So pleased to hear your voice again. Although we all undestand, and are, generally, patient, we can’t help but worry.
    Rest well. Both of you.
    xxx

  25. Those yarns certainly could knit up into cute clothes for my granddaughter’s American Girl doll. Or for her Barbie doll. Don’t you feel the urge to make miniature versions of your wonderful creations and share those down-sized patterns and photographs with us?
    Happy

  26. Welcome back! We missed you! Glad you’ve both served your Book2 sentence and can now be back among those of us who knit for fun. (Yeah yeah, Book2 will be fun when we are all drooling over it, but I can’t even imagine how I would have flailed against that kind of knitterly obligation.)
    Actually, the orangey/pink/purple ball looks full of promise too…

  27. I’ve missed you! Congratulations on finishing. I can’t wait to see the actual book. Also, I’d love to see what you come up with to do with that pile of luscious yarn.

  28. I’ve missed you! Congratulations on finishing. I can’t wait to see the actual book. Also, I’d love to see what you come up with to do with that pile of luscious yarn.

  29. Leap’in Lizards the Girls are back!!! Whole, Happy, and of Sound Mind! We missed our mighty duo, but are way proud of the two of you. Hugs, hugs, and more hugs.

  30. I’m very glad you have come up for air. Kay has held together the blog, but I too was beginning to wonder… I’m very excited about your upcoming book, but since I have not yet made everything in the first book I can still work on that till fall of 08. Then I will have a whole new set of things to work on and will wonder how I will ever find the time. Currently making one of Kay’s felted boxes.
    Amy

  31. Welcome back! Of course you were missed terribly but since this was for the General Good and to satisfy our craving for more Mason Dixon Knitting books, who could possibly complain?
    I am all for creativity being spurred by restrictions, but this tiny stash looks awfully warm and wooly for summer knitting, even in the shadiest, coolest front porch.

  32. Congratulations. We all knew you two were hard at work. We’ll be anxiously awaiting the book’s release until next fall with you. At least you know what’s in it!

  33. Welcome Back! While I wish the new book would be out sooner, I was totally freaking out about how I was going to get everything done I wanted to from your first book before the new book came out. Now I have a time line and thank you for that.
    I don’t think I have ever made so many projects from one book and I have a long list to go yet and have just added the bath mat since I saw that at a girlfriend’s house last weekend. It was full and cushy and wonderful.
    Have fun knitting what you feel like and playing with your stash, no matter what the size. It’s great to have you both back in blogland.

  34. SO glad you are back — even though we knew how you were occupied, we missed you terribly!

  35. I have to agree with your Frannie–limits are liberating.
    Ask an artist to paint a picture, and he/she could be stuck, potentially forever.
    Tell him/her you want a picture of a child sitting in a window seat reading a book, in oils on an 12″ by 15″ canvas, using only blues, purples, and yellows, and it’ll be done almost before you’re through describing it.

  36. Wow, and I thought I had a small stash! I am finding that not keeping much on hand does require you to be more creative with how you use it. Or maybe you’ll just have to be more creative with materials in general…

  37. I’ve missed you! Congratulations on finishing. I can’t wait to see the actual book. Also, I’d love to see what you come up with to do with that pile of luscious yarn.

  38. We’ll all look forward to the new book! And welcome back to the Land of the Living!

  39. Congratulations, welcome back, and can’t wait for that new book!

  40. I do believe that the Mason Dixon blog can now be placed in the “Found Items” section of your blog!!!
    Congrats, ladies & welcome back!

  41. Yay! Congratulations, and enjoy your vacation!

  42. Been checking every day, being as patient as I can, but I knew you were busy with something really good and I knew you’d be back eventually.
    Congratulations on submitting your manuscript!
    xoxo Aara

  43. I’m so happy to see you! I checked every day, but no news. I was worried! But your reason, the new book and all, is such happy news. It does seem forever until it is in my hands, but I can just knit until then, right? It’s not like I have no yarn, no patterns, no projects lined up, no UFOs staring balefully at me, no housework to avoid, no waiting room time….. But it will be hard to wait. Congratulations on the finishing up! I can’t imagine how much relief you must feel, surfacing into the world again. Enjoy the summer now! Only good wishes for the book and for you both,
    samm

  44. Hey, you can take off as much time as you like, you (and Kay) are only human. But I’m glad you’re back. I hope to finish my mitered square blankie by the end of August to enter in the State Fair of Texas. If you can finish a book, the least I can do is finish the blankie.

  45. Welcome Back! Yes you were missed BIG TIME! Can’t wait for Fall of 08( That sure does seem a long way away!)look forward to some chat and knitting…..enjoy the rest of summer! Wendy

  46. Congratulations on finishing the book!! Do you feel like a great weight is off your shoulders? Fall 2008 – that’ll give me time to finish up projects from your first book, LOL!

  47. Let’s bring the house down a bit…with a sock pattern modeled after tattered remains (of socks) found in the tomb of a woman who died from the Plague. Eleanora Socks (from MimKnits) is the destiny of the yellow cake! Congratulations!!! xo, c.

  48. Welcome back.
    I’m thinking the skein of reds there in the upper left looks mighty promising. And that slubby purply-green one. Love slubby yarns.

  49. Welcome back to the Blogosphere. I missed you.

  50. That sound I hear? The theme to Welcome Back, Kotter, of course. “Welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaaack!”
    I drove by your house after work on Friday and wondered, “Where is Ann? How is The Book? Are her children cared for? Hubbo okay?”
    Glad you are back. Maybe I will trek up to Monteagle and bring you (and Frannie) some yarn. That is one pathetic excuse of a stash. Doesn’t even deserve the title “stash.” If you can fit it in a Walgreens bag, it is not a stash. It’s just pathetic.
    Call me for reinforcements.
    Your enabler,
    R

  51. Welcome back! Enjoy the outdoors!
    And what, may I ask, is that luscious ball of pinky-orangey loveliness in the bottom righthand corner?

  52. The theme song from Welcome Back Kotter comes to mind.
    “Welcome back, welcome back, welcome ba-ack!”

  53. Glad you’re back, and totally, absolutely, utterly can’t wait to see the new book, and hopefully the two y’all in Portland again. Best wishes.

  54. Yay, congratulations!
    Wish I was in Monteagle too. My sister will be arriving there in a month for her first year at Sewanee College – (which if you haven’t taken a gander at, you should! Amazing architecture!)

  55. Deep breath. Now take another break, I say, and enjoy the rest of the summer.