Isn't it ironic?
Obviously the selection criteria is different for Knitty than for the book. And I'm sure there are different people submitting to Knitty as opposed to the book. And the publishers have something to do with selecting designs for the book. And I have a feeling that Jillian may have something to do with it...perhaps she likes my designs whereas for some reason, Amy hates them all? Or it could be that the designs I submitted to Big Girl Knits would've been accepted had I submitted them to Knitty. Who knows?
On the flip side, I made a second trip out to Blue Moon Fiber Arts yesterday afternoon and they were delighted that Knitty rejected my design. They went crazy for it when I first showed it to them and had actually asked if I could withdraw it from consideration for Knitty so they could have it. They're going to have me do it (it's a sock design) in three different yarns and three different lengths. So, it didn't stay rejected for long.
While I still reserve the right to change my mind (and god knows I do that a lot), I'm officially throwing in the towel on Knitty. My obsession with getting published there is done. Over. Finito. I've got more than enough work to keep me busy for the rest of the year, so I don't need to keep coming up with these patterns that just get bounced back to me. Plus one of the things I really don't like about Knitty is that you have to have the entire pattern written before you send it in for consideration. I much prefer working on speculation like you do with most other publications (i.e. send in a sketch and swatch, and if they like it they have you do the complete pattern). I don't want to go to all the trouble of working up an entire pattern just to find that there's no market for it. And I like having people send me yarn, too, and that ain't gonna happen with Knitty unless you've got an in.
So now I'm back to work on my uncool, un-Knitty designs. Not to sound too much like sour grapes, but I will be VERY interested to see what's in the summer issue!