Thursday, February 08, 2007

In with a whisper...

Well, my Spring Interweave Knits arrived today. I immediately tore through it, trying to find my socks. Unfortunately, my Interweave debut is much more of a whisper than a roar... I'm not even sure if I can say that I've been published in Knits, because I didn't make the index or even a mention as a web-only project (like they did for the staff projects, which are also web-only). The only mention of them is in an ad for the Interweave website on p. 117, and it doesn't even tell you where to find the pattern. Granted, they are on the front page when you go to the Knits website, but you have to scroll down to see them. Sigh. Since they're so difficult to find, here's a linked pic for you:

I guess I should be happy that I had a pattern accepted by Interweave in the first place, but this isn't exactly the way I pictured it being published! It makes me wonder if everything that Pam said about everyone at Knits loving these socks was just lip service to save my feelings or something. It's also a little frustrating that she wanted them as knee-highs, but the chart to do the back-of-leg decreases (which wouldn't be necessary if they were regular-height socks) is what kept getting them bumped from the magazine (if indeed they didn't get included because of the size of the charts). Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and she may not have asked for knee-highs if she'd realized the chart was going to get so huge.

Anyway, I just need to vent a little. We'll see what happens with the socks they accepted for the Fall issue - hopefully I'll be a little more successful with them! They obviously don't hate my socks because I got a second pair accepted, but it's hard not to feel a little bad when I was SO looking forward to seeing them in print in my favorite mag. That's life, I guess!

To top it all off, the whole family is sick. I'm hoping we get over it in time for our trip next week, but it's still no fun while we're in the thick of it... And now that you've had your daily dose of sunshine and happiness here at the Knittin' Mom blog, I'm going to go nurse Owen for the 24th time this morning. For some reason, being sick makes him think that the milk bar is open full-time.


Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi Chrissy,

Hang in there with the publications. I imagine there are hundreds of decisions that must be made that have nothing to do with whether or not they like your socks. But I can imagine your frustration.

The socks are absolutely beautiful by the way, and I have downloaded them for a future project. Hey your socks could potentially reach more people becuase they are available for free. I am looking forward to seeing your next pair!
Best Wishes for a speedy recovery to health!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Knittymama said...

So sorry they didn't get more attention in the magazine...however, I think they're gorgeous! I'm putting them on my list!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous helenneleh said...


I just wanted to tell you that I have been looking for a pattern of knee-highs which I would like to knit for ages and when I saw your socks on the knits website today, I finally felt that this is something I want to knit AND wear. So I downloaded the pattern immediately and fight with the urge to start knitting right away (but well, it's almost midnight here, so I'll probably have to wait until tomorrow). AND I think Jennifer is right - because the pattern is free, it will probably reach more people.

1:24 PM  
Blogger jillian said...

I saw your socks (and name!) right away on the IK site. I am sorry they didn't get included. I am sure it's all technical issues (spaces etc) and has nothing to do with how much they like your pattern. Can't wait to see the fall pair!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I just want to say that I love your socks. I got my issue today and although I had already seen the picture of them on the IK site, seeing them in print was what did it for me. I'm not really sure how I feel about the new layout in the magazine anyway~I like my patterns and pictures all in one place, but I may be in the minority there~ but that's beside the point. The yarn is lovely, and The pattern is beautiful. I'd consider myself published if I were you. They're beautiful!
Best wishes for a quick recovery. It's so difficult when everyone's sick!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

As my mother would say, "Well, phooey on Interweave." OK, not really, but it is a bummer that your gorgeous socks got bumped. I love them and I'm going to knit them. Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

4:12 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

Good luck with the fall issue!

Drink lots of OJ

5:01 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Hi Chrissy,
I know exactly how you feel. As I told you before, my first design with Knitter's is being bumped to summer from its original spring date (and hopefully, it won't get bumped altogether). I can only imagine the letdown to have your first pattern with IK not make it to the print edition. But don't worry, I'm sure your next socks will and I'm looking forward to seeing them!

And yes, of course, it still counts as an acceptance from Interweave! I can only hope I'll be so lucky some day.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Lavendersheep said...

I think those socks totally rock!!! Everyone who saw me knitting them, or who saw them done were completely impressed and awed with how awesome they truly are. Believe me Sarah and I can't wait to get the issues for the store so we can find your socks in there. I might even have to knit myself my very own pair. Hey at least I know that they would fit!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Marly said...

Hey, I got my IK today and noticed immediatly that those were your socks and I was so proud to say that I know you! Chin up bucko! You know, I think your socks were much better than Grumperina's (if I am allowed to say that) and hers got print? Must be the knee high thing like you said...but the knee high sock makes them really great! I can't wait to work them up!

I am submitting something this week to the IC so please wish me luck and if you can give me some advice I would really appreciate it!

Marly (future knit and crochet designer)

8:56 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I really like the socks - I just downloaded the pattern and found your blog. Congrats on being published - hopefully next time will be in print. I haven't seen the new Knits, but I also think I prefer the old format.

11:57 AM  
Blogger tammy said...

They are really lovely and exactly what I have been looking for. Don't worry, the knitters will beat a path to your door! :)

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anne uk said...

Hiii..I've just finished knitting your diabetes sock for a friends birthday.....its great....
rise above interweave..I reckon those socks are great.....''who are they anyway!!!'' ......found you via yvonne, lavendersheep.....her uk sock knitter!
take care

10:11 AM  
Blogger Mamma said...

I'm coming late to the party, I just got my IK. I didn't realize you had a pattern in there, but as soon as I saw the sock ad with your name I was so happy for you.

These socks are brilliant and much better than Grumperina's (who is very nice, but I found her socks to be,eh, ordinary).

From reading the Editor's letter it sounds like they are really going to push for online participation soon with I'm going to guess that they are offering your socks on-line only because they will create a larger buzz than Grumperina's. I wouldn't jump through hoops for the Roza Socks pattern (which again, is nice nothing against Grumperina, but ordinary), but I'd give up my e-mail addy for your pattern. It's brilliant

3:51 PM  

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