Who knew submission could feel so good?

This past summer, when the men's issue of Knitty was announced, I considered throwing my hat in the ring. Procrastination and other knitted distractions never got the sketches and swatches made into a completed item. However, my jaw droppd when I saw a very similar pattern that did get published. I still believed in my pattern, specifically, one innovative element.

Then, the good fellows at MenKnit were getting ready to publish their inaugural issue. Some hasty knitting, a flurry of emails, and a fast-approaching deadline saw the birth of my dream, save some felting. The next thing I knew, I was in Poland and Eastern Europe for three weeks, and there was no way I could felt across the ocean.

That leads us to today, the deadline for MenKnit volume 2. No rushing around this time. I sleep deeply last night, nary a worry on my mind. I tweaked, edited and finessed the pattern all weekend (words are hard!) and spent yesterday over a washing machine felting the crap out of the item. After two months of just sitting around, all loose and baggy (it's knit on 17s), my little project has evolved into its durable, dense self.

Just the process of creating one's own pieces and the excitement of submitting it to a publisher has been worth it. No photos until after publication (if I'm so lucky), however if you see me in person, bug me about it.

 But there's no rest for the weary. I still have a couple of sweater designs to turn in, a sweater for myself to finish, and a pom-pom to attach then send the hat off to Prague.


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Congratulations!  When I made my submissions to the inaugeral issue of MenKnit, I would not have done it without the prodding of a few other knittint compadres.  Here is hoping your creation makes it.  I am sewing up a set-in sleeve sweater - my first of that kind, terrified that the sleeves are going to cap.  So I won't weave in the loose ends until I try it on and see how it feels.  The afterthought is I should have added about ten extra stitches on front and back because of the cables, even though I did add extra stitches to accommodate them.  We are our harshest critics.  Will photo it when finished provided I like the look of it.