First, it's so nice that anyone, anywhere still subscribes to this blog after my months and months of silence. Second, it was great seeing all of your comments! I was sitting in front of the screen saying "Hi!" over and over. It was like a reunion.
Thank you all for your nice comments about the wedding. Yup, we're finally married! It was a wonderful day, and lots of fun was had with friends and family, but I'm telling you: I have no desire whatsoever to plan another wedding ever again. Things have settled down, just in time for the craziness that is the holidays.
And speaking of reunions, Interweave Press just published a reunion edition of sorts, with many fine patterns for beautiful and practical accessories. I'm tickled to write that my Subway Mittens (aka the CharlieCard Mittens) were included in the 2009 Holiday Gift Edition.
Mittens with pockets for everyone, yay!!!
In the past couple of weeks I've been everywhere: Manhattan, Brooklyn, upstate (twice), Queens (for a meeting), New Jersey (just passing through), Delaware, Philadelphia (for an hour), and the list goes on and on.
I know what you're thinking, "That Subway Knitter, she really gets around." Indeed I do!
Then, it should come as no surprise to me that I'm now getting royalties--just like a rockstar!
Some of you might remember that I had a pattern published last year--my CharlieCard Mittens became IK's Subway Mittens. Apparently, Interweave Press decided to issue the pattern as a download in its Pattern Store. As part of an agreement, I receive $.35 of every download. Yup, you read that correctly, thirty-five cents!
Okay, so I won't be calling the realtor to buy a condo in Boca.
I know what you're thinking. "Don't quit your day job, Subway Knitter."
Most of you must remember this. By late last week I had mostly tucked it away as one of those quirky encounters particular to life on the internet.
However, last weekend an email arrived in my inbox from one of Christian Artisans group's moderators (not the moderator who participated in the original thread), apologizing for letting the whole discussion get out of hand. Wearing her moderator hat, she closed the thread to further commenting, and wanted me to understand that many members of the group had written to her in concern.
Needless to say I was quite touched. Although the whole matter was (in my opinion) over and done with last month, Theresa still took the time to compose and send a thoughtful note. It takes a certain grace to stand up and say "We were not fair to you, and we're sorry."--essentially taking responsibility for someone else's actions and apologizing for a whole group. It would have been very easy for her simply let the matter drop, especially when the entire "situation" happened on line. And, indeed, I was never offended by the original thread. Perplexed? Yes. Mildly amused? Yes. Happy to have a topic about which to post? Certainly. But, really, people can believe whatever they want--no moderator's going to stop that. All is forgiven, so let's just move on.
I had to think a bit about how to blog about this. At first, I thought that I would simply cut and paste the email (with Theresa's permission, of course). Later I thought that instead of sharing a private note with the entire world, I would instead write about it. And since I was so quick to share the original post, I felt a responsibility to share a (positive) outcome.
Real knitting content tomorrow.
The cold weather that's been hanging around in New England has made it easier to be knitting a pair of my Charlie Card Mittens in April.
I need to run down to Windsor Button at lunch to buy a button. I started these about a month ago, and slowly knit my way through. I have only some ends to weave in; otherwise, these are done.
You'll see them again. Promise ;-).
Yay! I just finished sewing the pocket to the top of my right-hand mitten.
I am an idiot.
This just proves what I've known for a very long time: I need a vacation. Luckily, that's exactly what I'm about to do, and as a result this blog will be taking a short break. I have no plans to do any blogging while I'm lying on a beach somewhere warm.
Expect to see sundress photos upon my return.