So That Was Fun!

Oh you guys are awesome!  Launching a new book is always ridiculously scary (it seriously hits every one of my ‘what if I throw a party and no one comes?’ buttons).  But you totally didn’t let me down.  I’ll be keeping the mailman very busy next week, thank you!

But somehow, in the shiny new book dance, I didn’t properly show off the awesome socks that everyone who preorders Fine Things is getting.  I should totally fix that!  Allow me to introduce Changeful.

yellow 2 smallExcept that picture doesn’t quite do them justice (nifty as it is), because Changeful is really three different sock patterns, each a variation on the same theme.  So let’s try again!

changeful 600That’s better!  And better still, folks who preorder the paper version of Fine Things are getting an awesome little print copy of Changeful tucked in their package too.  These things amuse me more than they have any right to!

booklet 3Now, originally, the paper copy of Changeful was supposed to just be folks who preordered the paper books yesterday.  But I’ve had so many folks write and say ‘ack, I didn’t know, can I still get it?’ and I didn’t make a big deal of the time limit yesterday (it was a rather busy day!), so I’m going to see if I can stretch that a little bit.

I’m going to go ahead and send paper copies of Changeful to everyone who preorders the paper book through the end of the weekend (and of course everyone who preorders at any point will get the electronic version too).

bookletWouldn’t that look lovely tucked in someone’s stocking?  Perhaps with a skein or two of SpaceCadet’s Oriana to go with it?  It’s a perfect match to the little twisty cables that makes these look so sharp.  Or maybe you should just keep it all for yourself!

And thanks again everyone for being as excited about the new book as I am!  I’ll be spending the weekend stuffing envelopes (thank goodness for netflix on the ipad!), and your books will be on their way to you next week.

Going Postal (the old-fashioned way)

Hey stranger, I missed you!  Writing about all the book projects (and reading all your lovely comments) has been great fun, but I’ve missed just chatting with you.  I like telling you guys what’s going on around here.

Though to be frank, what’s been going on so far this week is probably less than fascinating blog fodder.  I’ve been putting books in envelopes.  I’ve been putting lots of books in envelopes and then putting them out for the postman.  That’s pretty much all I’ve been doing.  The first batch went out Saturday (I figured no one would mind if they came a bit early), another went out Monday, and another today.  More will go out tomorrow.  The front porch looks like this.

DSC_2724Now I am going to take Thanksgiving through the weekend off (we will, of course, be having the traditional Thanksgiving Pizza).  The mail won’t move on Thanksgiving anyways, and I need a few days without packing labels and envelope adhesive to maintain my sanity.  But things will pick back up next week and the shipping parade will continue.  I’ll keep you all updated as it goes forward, but my general plan is to put out a few hundred books a day, so we should be through them pretty quickly.
I want to see them on your needles almost as badly as you do!

Eversion is live!

The eversion of Curls is live!

If you bought the book, you should have the full eversion in your ravelry library right now (if you don’t take a look at the bottom of the post for some more info).  Download it and let the knitting begin!  And, if you’re feeling chatty, I’d love to see you in my ravelry group to talk about what you’re making.  I promise, we’re a super friendly bunch (and there will totally be a knit along come January).

And, when you do download the eversion, you’ll notice something special.  JC Briar, genius behind Stitch Maps, and I have teamed up to include Stitch Maps for most of the patterns in the book.  JC explains just what Stitch Maps are over here, and you’ll see for yourself how perfectly they play with Curls when you download the book, but I just wanted to let you know to be on the lookout for them!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go start stuffing envelopes.  The postman doesn’t know what he’s in for…

Front Cover 600 px wideDid something go wonky?  Don’t panic.  Just hold tight for one second while I take a little administrative detour and spell out just what’s going on.  This will answer about 95% of the questions I’ll get asked today, so bear with me while I put everything in one place.

  1. If you buy the eversion only (no paper copy, just the electronic one) from this point on, you’ll get the full thing right away.
  2. If you bought the eversion only (no paper copy, just the electronic one) during the preorder, you should have gotten a message in your ravelry mailbox and in your email inbox earlier today saying there was an update.  Download that update, and you’ll have the full eversion.
  3. If you bought the paper version from me, a few minutes later, you should have gotten an email.  The email was sent to the email address you use for paypal, it was from Pantsville Press and had the subject Download your electronic copy of Curls.  If you followed the instructions in that email, you’ve already put Curls in your rav library, and you should have gotten a message this morning with a link to the update.  If you haven’t followed those instructions, go ahead and do so now, and you’ll have the full version as soon as you do.  If you can’t find the email, be sure you’re checking the email account you use with paypal.
  4. If something went wrong, or you can’t find the message with the instructions, send me an email (hunter at violently domestic dot com will find me), and I’ll help.  Please be sure to tell me the email address you use with paypal! I need that email address to find your transaction and see what happened.

Don’t worry, this all works smoothly about 99.9% of the time.  The most common problem by far is that folks use a different email address for paypal than for their regular email, and they don’t look at their paypal email address for the message with the instructions.  But if you run into a problem and don’t have your eversion, just let me know and we will totally get it sorted out!

Dance

You are all amazing.  You are, in fact, so amazing that I am having a hard time finding the words to talk about it.  So instead, I’m going to tell you what happened on Friday.

On Friday, I put Curls up for preorder.

I’ve done this before.  I know what it’s like.  It’s like planning a party.  You work for a long time (putting in far more time and energy than folks who don’t throw parties would believe).  You invite people.  You get very excited but also more than a little nervous.  What if no one comes?  What if only your best friend and your great aunt Ethel come, and they stand around staring at their shoes?  What if the mean girls from eighth grade come and they say horrid things?  By the time the day arrives, you’re a bundle of nerves.

That’s pretty much where I was Friday morning.  I’d told you the book would go live at noon, I’d sent a message to the mailing list, and I’d said some things on twitter.  I’d told a few friends and asked them to mention it if they had a chance.  I had all the back end website stuff ready to go.  All I had to do was click update when the clock struck noon.  I figured a few folks would saunter in, and we’d have a lovely little shindig.

Noon came.  I clicked update.  Nothing happened.

Nothing happened, because there were so many people trying to get to the site that it had died.  The world went a bit blurry around the edges, and I made plaintive noises at The Boy (he being the chief technical type around these parts).  He said some colorful things, typed quickly, made a host of astonishing facial expressions, and typed some more.  I stood beside him and quietly mentioned that I would very much like the site to be working.  I allowed as how I really did want that rather badly.  I asked if it would be useful if I did some sort of interpretive dance to convey just how fervently I wanted the site to be working.  I began performing said dance.  He muttered things about load and connections and traffic and typed some more.

Time passed. According to unreliable things like clocks, something like 20 minutes passed.  I assure you it was actually more like three days.  Eventually, The Boy declared the problem fixed (I’m assuming it was my spectacular dance moves that did it).  I was finally able to click update.

Then you guys came.  Lots of you came.

I’d arranged for 250 goody bags.  After talking to a few other folks in the field and looking at some numbers from past preorders, I thought that would stand us in good stead for a day or two at least.  They were gone in less than an hour.  But you didn’t all go home when the goody bags ran out.  You kept coming.  So many of you came that I’m talking to my printer about getting more books made, and I’ve started a waiting list for yarn stores just so I can be absolutely sure you guys all get your books on time.  Best of all, no one said a single horrid thing.  You were all amazingly gracious, despite the technical mishaps.  A few of you actually said things so kind they almost made me cry.

So thank you.  I threw a party, and you came.  You didn’t just come, you danced.

Curls

 

Wow! You guys are awesome. Enough of you showed up that you crashed the server. The Boy has done some frantic typing (and I have done some helpful swearing) and thing seem to be back on track (slow, but working).  If you’re still having problems, get in touch and we’ll get it sorted out. Thanks guys, I’m totally blown away by your excitement!

The presale starts today!  You can get the book right here, or just click on the giant picture of the book’s cover below to be taken directly to the right spot.

Front Cover 600 px wideJust a few tiny bits of information for folks who are here for the first time (welcome) or who didn’t catch this earlier in the week:

  • This is a presale, the electronic version will go live on November 18, and the paper version will start shipping November 25.  The full schedule is right here.
  • The first 250 people to buy the paper book get a special goody bag full of lovely treats.
  • There is a discount during the preorder, and the price will go up when the preorder ends.
  • If you buy a paper book from me, you’ll always get the eversion for free.  Just check your email for a message explaining what to do.

If you have any questions, or run into any problems, just let me know and I will do my best to help.  You can leave a comment here, or you can email me (huter at violently domestic dot com will find me).  Just know that launch day is always a bit hectic, so don’t worry if it takes me a few minutes to respond.  I will totally get back to anyone with problems.