Tuesday, April 19, 2011

just call me Miss Conception....

I’m home for a few days...boy, I have no idea how I used to manage seminars, magazine production, knitting and travelling, etc, etc!! I’m worn out!! But it’s all good!
Last week, on my way back from Westchester, NY, I had the day from hell - my flight from NY to Duluth, MN, via Detroit - the scheduled 3 hour layover in Detroit turned into 8 hours (weather delays was the rumour) and the airport was 90 degrees! It was awful - when I finally got to Duluth at 10 pm, no luggage - I still had to drive 200 miles home through rain, fog and deer. I had 2 days at home before driving 800 miles to Peru, Indiana, hoping that my luggage was waiting for me to pick up on the way - it was, fortunately, and this trip was relatively uneventful except for the seminar.
Charlene and her family (the Shafers own the Knit Knack Shop in Peru, IN) sure know how to put on a seminar. They are organized, friendly, knowledgeable and accomodating. It was a great show - thank you for inviting me!
The knitters told me they really missed KNITWORDS magazine; they didn’t know about my ‘Pattern of the Month’; they didn’t know about my blog; they didn’t know I was still knitting and teaching...gosh, there must be more rocks out there than I realized. So, they all promised to keep up with me by reading this (Hi!).
Anyway, I did tell them they should email me privately if they had a question they wanted an answer to - I have never replied to the comments people are allowed to put on this blog because I felt they are just that - comments, and, in my mind, do not require me to respond. The truth, I couldn't figure out how to! This morning I found a ‘comment’ from a lady who was at the seminar in Peru and she even put her name, address, email and phone number on here!!! I deleted it for her because she obviously did not know what she was doing - she didn’t say anything bad but I didn’t know how to edit out her personal information.
PLEASE, if you need to contact me and can't find my email address - it is at the top of any and all handouts I provide at seminars and workshops, go to http://www.knitwords.com/ and click the ‘contact’ button on the top menu and it will bring up an email form that will get to me privately and I will answer. OR, you can click on 'view my profile' here and get the same deal.
One lady told me she figured out why the magazine failed - our pictures were no good. She went on to say that every time she saw my garments she was amazed at the detail and quality of my work and this did not come across in the photos in the magazine. I’m glad I stopped doing that!
I did agree to reconsider the 'pattern of the month' thing, maybe for the Fall - please keep checking back! Thanks for reading! See you in Raleigh!


FiberGeek said...

Hope you do bring POM back. We really miss your inspiration.

TracyKM said...

I haven't been able to keep up with the POM projects like I wanted to, but I'm excited to make the other patterns still. I'd love to see more too! I always thought your detail photos in KnitWords were great! It was also nice to see 'real' models!

isrbrown said...

So many rocks! So little time!

Anonymous said...

Hallo Mary Anne,

for my person I can only say that your magazine was one of the best I have seen for machine knitters. Unfortunately I´ve started MK only when the magazine was stopped. But your back issues are always so much inspiration and of course your detailed instructions are so helpful for a hobby-knitter like me.
I also love your patterns of the month with the same excellent details as in the magazine. Hopefully you continue doing this great job. Thank you.

Kind greetings from Austria, Gabriele

Pam said...

Love the POM -- it was great to see them up close and personal in Peru. You do such amazing work! You're right about the Shafer's; it was a great time. I learned a ton and can't wait to put it all to use at the machine. It was great seeing you again.