We've got a few more updates:
Elizabeth just finished her first pair of socks ever, in a gorgeous self-patterning yarn, and they look great. She's got cute doggy pics, too!
Erin made some cool brown and black socks, D's Papasox!
Abigail gifted a lovely pair of green/red/blue socks to Ariane for hosting the Holiday Sox Exchange. Very nice!
Crazy Basket Lady just finished a gorgeous pair of Opal socks.
Also, there are a few new knit-alongers who need to contact me with their blog or e-mail addy. If you haven't heard from me with a confirmation that you joined the knit-along, or you have a blog but you don't have a link in the sidebar, please e-mail me! I have had trouble accessing a few of the Blogger profiles, and if you don't have one, I can't get your info from the comments.
We caught another raccoon this morning. We thought they were gone, but apparently not... Bill also opened the front door this morning to discover the keys had been left in the lock overnight! Yikes! At least we had the alarm on so we would've known if anyone had tried to come in. But still! Good thing we live in a relatively safe neighborhood. He tried to blame me for it, but it would never occur to me to open the door and not take the keys out of the lock. So I think it's his fault, no matter what he says...
I'm feeling a little bit down on the whole designing thing right now. The Knit Net thing really bummed me out. I'm wondering if they're exacting revenge for something I said on the Knit Design list when the whole controversy about independent designers was brewing. If you don't recall (I think I posted about this awhile ago), the most recent issue of Knit Net had an editorial about crummy knitting patterns and how Knit Net has never had complaints about errors in their patterns. The editor also went on to say that the big knitting magazines and yarn companies also have error-free patterns, but that independent designers don't. Of course, that made all the independent designers on the Knit Design list go absolutely crazy.
I posted something about how Knit Net had lowballed me on my sweater (and they did, but it was the first offer I'd ever had and I didn't know to negotiate or anything), and I probably wasn't going to submit anything else to them. Which is true, but I'm notoriously flaky about stuff like that (I also said I wasn't going to submit anything to Nursery Knits/Quick To Knit Gifts and look what happened)!
Anyway, I'm wondering if someone from Knit Net saw that e-mail (since Knit Design has about a gazillion members) and now they're punishing me by refusing delivery of my sweater and ignoring my e-mails. Nice way to do business! But then, I should've known better than to open my big mouth. Live and learn!
I also sent a bunch of swatches out at the end of last year and haven't heard a thing back about any of them. I sent to Knitter's, IK, No Sheep For You and Lace Style. I also have the infamous Sydney sweater that has been in Creative Knitting's hands for almost six months. The longer you go without hearing, the less likely it is that they're going to use any of your designs. I'm also convinced that Amy Singer will never ever like anything that I send her, for Knitty or anything else.
I'm trying not to get too depressed about it and be happy about the designs that have been accepted, but it's hard. I know that I shouldn't expect to be a huge success right off the bat, but I see other people doing it and this makes me have doubts that I have what it takes. Bill wondered if maybe my resume has something to do with it, and it might be easier once I have some listings on there. Would an editor look at my resume and see that I don't have anything published, and would that color their view of my submissions? I don't know. They all say that they're looking for new talent, but who knows. I'm sure they also don't want people flaking out. It's easy to make a swatch and a sketch, but can someone with no experience actually flesh that out into a coherent design in multiple sizes? I can, because I've done it, but they don't know that.
Thanks for listening to my whinging! I think I'll get back to my Master's swatches and my Jaywalkers. Even if I can't get published (okay, published in any of the big huge mags/books/Knitty), at least I know I can knit!