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!