Thursday, October 16, 2014

Color knitting project: status report

Upadate November 2015:  There was a long post here at one point about how I'd tried in the past to write a book, and that it hadn't worked out, BUT that I was trying again.

Well, it didn't work out this time, either, so...no more post here, I've deleted it.

Perhaps the future will bring a book, perhaps not.  In the meanwhile, I feel a lot lighter without this hanging over my head...

So sorry to those who were excited, and offered to chip in, I appreciate your offers, but this is going to have to be something which happens in some other way.

My very best thanks to you all, again

--TK


33 comments :

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you are going to release this information. I'll be happy to comment if I see anything!

Anonymous said...

Content followed by organization sounds like a good compromise. I'm looking forward to the information.

Also, the links are adorable.

bittenbyknittin said...

Color knitting is my winter goal this year. Serendipity, baby!

PurlingPanda said...

Looking forward to the content and happy to supply constructive feedback. I love your blog.

Wendy said...

Perfectionism is a heavy burden to carry. I for one would never complain about your thoughts coming out as blog posts first. Whether there's a book or no book in the end, your work is fantastic. Keep believing!

Marte said...

I am SO looking forward to reading your posts! I've really missed them. Will definitely buy the book when/if it comes, though.

Suzanne said...

This is very exciting news!

Anonymous said...

Dear TK,
You have so generously helped me in the past without even knowing it - I would be happy to return the favor!

al mi said...

I will be happy to help! And good luck!

Gisella said...

Oh my gosh, dear TechKnitting, we would be positively DELIGHTED to help! Thought you'd never ask...

It'll be fun!

Maybe you could mark all those posts with a specific tag so people can click through to several posts if the mood strikes them to contribute to the error checking?

I hope the book writing is in some way still fun. That's the best guarantee of getting somewhere with it.

RavID SarahSunshine said...

How lucky for us that you're happy to share. I find myself in awe whenever I read your blog. Thank you. :)

TECHknitter said...

Hi Gisella--Thanks for the great idea--I will note on each post whether it is intended for the book. Thanks! TK

Anonymous said...

YES! I would love to help. I know the pain that perfectionism brings to writing--usually manifesting in procrastination and stuckness.

Thank you for letting us help you. Your tutorials have benefitted me so much and it feels good to give back in even a small way.

Karen in Kansas

Angeluna said...

Another volunteer for your project here. Your linked photos were so funny!

florapie said...

So looking forward to these posts! And you can think of us as crowdsourced editing :)

TECHknitter said...

Crowdsourced editing! <3
I love it!

Honnay said...

Hurray! I've missed you! Looking forward to your blogging again!

Penny said...

So looking forward to it! I am in a color knitting mode!!

plnc said...

Welcome back!!

Dayana Knits said...

DO IT, this is EXACTLY what you need to do.

Quinn said...

You are, as always, so kind and generous!
I have never done any colorwork, so unfortunately I will be of no help with the testing or editing. Actually, I could be a lot more help with the photography, but it sounds like you've already got that under control.
I hope it all comes together smoothly!

kushami said...

Hi Techknitter,
If the blog posts do make it into print, I'd love to be your copy editor - as a back-up to the excellent feedback from your commenters.
I am a freelance editor with experience in textbooks and a dedicated knitter.
Cheers, Sarah

TECHknitter said...

Hi Quinn--actually, a person who has NOT done color knitting would be an invaluable reader to sound the alert as to where I am falling down on the job of explanation! Any comments on improving the photos would be much appreciated, also.

Hi Sarah--it would indeed be great to have an actual copy editor look over the writing. Thanks so much for your offer.

Best, TK

Ann Cude said...

Dear TechKnitter, I hope this post is not embarrassing to you. But I would like to speak to the other TechKnitter fans out there. I see I'm late on this post and maybe folks aren't reading comments anymore--we'll see.

We are all thrilled to hear TechKnitter will be posting more regularly again--and the stuff that's coming sounds great! And it sounds like we're going to be getting the color knitting gold mine of knowledge too, without waiting for the book! But you know what, I know a LOT of us were glad that TechKnitter was putting out a book on ANY topic whatsoever, so we could buy it, and thus give back a little in monetary terms for all the value we've received from TechKnitter's generous blog all these years! But you know what--we don't have to wait for a book, and TechKnitter shouldn't have to write one--I mean, look at this blog; she already has. Let's ask TechKnitter to put up a PayPal link for donations. We just click on the link, give what we think her help and instruction has been worth to us over the years (or what we can afford, which will undoubtedly be less). PayPal is super secure, TechKnitter won't have to handle our individual info--a perfect solution to a real problem, it seems to me: the problem we have of being able to return a little of the value we have received and give a tangible THANK YOU to the best support I, for one, have had as a knitter.

TechKnitter, would you put up such a link? You may not need the money, I don't know, but I sure want to send you some, and I don't want you to have to write a book (that takes you away from us anyway) to do it. Will you? Thanks -- Ann Cude

jodie said...

Hello TK
I have been scared to try colour knitting, but am willing to try since you will be helping.

Thank you so much.

TECHknitter said...

Dear Ann--I AM embarrassed, yet also very pleased and grateful. What a very kind thought.

BUT--how about you see what I have to say, first. A lot of what is coming is rather odd--maybe not color knitting as you have throught of it before. See if you like it, then we can see what happens next.

If someday it turns into a book, buy one, OK? In the meanwhile, a very welcome contribution would be some eagle-eyed commenting.

I am VERY grateful for your kind thought. So kind.

With warm regards, TK

Diana Troldahl said...

Have you contacted Deborah Robson? She runs an independent publishing company and has published many knitting books. If she cannot midwife your book, perhaps she can suggest someone who can.

http://www.nomad-press.com/index.htm

TECHknitter said...

Thank you Diana! After I get more content up and corrected, I will follow all leads, so THANKS for this lead. Best, TK

sharonf said...

That's what I get for switching computers and not setting my feeds up again. Anyway, late to the party, but so glad you're back and posting. I totally agree with Ann Cude's suggestion about donations. And, for what it's worth, I would guess that even if you post all of the future book's content on your blog, it will increase rather than decrease book sales.

Knitmom68 said...

TK,
My dusty Linguistics and English majors are at your service. :^ )

TECHknitter said...

Thanks KM!! Thanks very much indeed. Maybe send me an e-mail? (e-mail address in the R sidebar, click "profile.") Best, TK

Anonymous said...

Dear TECHknitter, I have loved and recommended your wonderful posts for what seems like forever. Are you familiar with the writing software "Scrivener"? (It comes for apple and for windows, very inexpensive, generous licensing). Several writer-friends swear by it, and some of its very clever features might be of help as you dig into this large and wonderful project. Esp good for projects that have a lot of visual material at the heart of their work. And now has tools at the end of process to markup for either print or e-publishing. Admiringly, Aunt Ruth

MJ Pepper said...

Dearest TK,

My apologies for my tardiness in my response to you. I was unaware you were posting 'large' material again. I cannot tell you how delighted I am to see you back, seriously, again. TK withdrawal has been HORRID!

My feelings are in complete sync with the other commenters. If someone I know needs help, YOU are the one I point them toward. I, too, would be so willing to do anything to assist you... I am a great proofreader. It would be my pleasure to give back to you everything you have given me... and then some! I came a novice but I am no more. I THANK and BLESS you every day for what you have given us so freely.

Today I laughed with you (LOVE your sense of humor!) while reading 'Picking Up Stitches...' and told my husband how much I have missed your sense of humor.

Reading this post's comments, I thought I would split a gut over your comment, "where I am falling down on the job of explanation!" Funny but WHAT?!?!? ARE YOU NUTS?!?!? Your explanations are DETAILED PERFECTION, complete with detailed pictures. What more could a person ever want? How could I have ever gotten where I am WITHOUT YOU?

So, I am throwing my knit hat in the ring to be a helper in any way I can. It is the very least I can do for you!

Thank you again.

With warmest wishes for Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year,

MJ, the SKEINdinavian