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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MS3 Info and Updates - Email Control

Yesterday was a big day for MS3. A couple weeks ago I got an email from a columnist interested in writing a story about how the Mystery Stole Knit Along has taken off across the world. So he came out to the house yesterday to interview me. He brought along his copy editor (I hope I got the job title correct) who is actually part of the KAL - I got to see her stole!

I felt like this would be an important thing to do for a couple of reasons: first, because knitting projects don't usually merit media attention and second that the group deserved to be recognized for what it represents - an international knitting circle that is working on the same project simultaneously and cooperatively despite language, cultural, religious, political, economic, and skill level differences. This group exists because the knitters keep coming back for more. Some of our numbers have been on board since MS 1, other's found us last year with MS2, but most of this year's knitalong is new to the Mystery Stole KAL. Because there was such a huge swell in numbers this year (more than 6 times last year's number and close to 9 times the first year's membership), we've gotten the media's attention. Oh, and just in case you were wondering what paper the columnist writes for? It's USA Today. WooHoo!

I also need to take part of today's post and answer some questions that have been asked in previous blog comments because Blogger doesn't give me email addresses to reply to.

If you missed the cut off for sign ups on the MS3 KAL, I'm sorry. The group is closed to new members at this point. You haven't missed out on the design entirely however, because I always release the design in a traditional pattern format after the KAL is over. I'm shooting for late August/early September for the pattern release. I also always put extras into the traditional pattern that aren't part of the KAL. If you want to make sure you don't miss out on the next MS KAL, take a look at my group Pink Lemon Knits - there's a link in the sidebar with more information.

If you are being overwhelmed with mail and are thinking of leaving the group, you might consider going on Special Notice Only mails. This way you are still part of the group, you can read messages at the group's site, you can ask questions, but the only MS3 related mail you'll get will be Special Notices that I send out - mainly this will be announcements of the new clue being posted. To set this up, go into the group's site and at the top of the screen you'll see "Edit Membership." Click this and scroll down a bit. I think Mail Preferences are in #2. Change your settings to Special Notice Only and click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the screen. It can take Yahoo up to 48 hours to change your settings.

If you want to unsubscribe to the group, go into the group's site and click "Edit Membership." Somewhere on that screen is "Leave Group." If you need to leave the group for whatever reason, you can unsubscribe that way. Again, it can take up to 48 hours for Yahoo to take you out of the email loop.

Finally, for those of you who are wondering when MS4 will be, it will not be starting right after MS3 is over. Mystery Stole is a once a year thing. If I had to do it more than once a year, I wouldn't do it at all because of the huge amount of time it eats up. I'm spending 3-4 hours a day on the computer, just going through emails and answering questions. That doesn't include the designing and knitting time or the pattern writing time. We are making plans for MS4, but it won't be until next year. I love that you all love the idea of knitting a mystery, but I wouldn't enjoy it if it was more than once a year. If you want to make sure you are notified when MS4 has sign ups, please check out my Pink Lemon Knits group (link in the sidebar).


Anonymous Barbara-Kay said...

You are making this a truly delightful experience, and I thank you. Thanks, also, for sharing your wonderful knitting and designing talent. I look forward to knitting many of your designs.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the proportions this knit along has taken, I'm likening you to a world peace maker, showing us all how we can all find common ground :) Although not participating, I am very interested in various progress notes bloggers post and! how you've led this wonderful knit along. I think I will have to be very patient for the pattern :) Terry

8:51 AM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

I've always said that knitters promote World Peace and we need to take over the World one knitter at a time. You're doing it in one Summer, tho. LOL

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie, there aren't enough words to adequately express the appreciation of all these knitters for the HUGE amount of time and effort you put into this project. Your generosity and patience is overwhelming and I'll be expressing my thanks tangibly with a contribution to your favorite charity.

All the best - Elaine

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Cathy R. said...

I can't wait to read the article. And please, just let me add my thanks for all that you do to give us an extraordinary knitting project for the summer.

Scritches to Finn and Raimus (hope I spelled that correctly).

9:24 AM  
Blogger AuntyNin said...

Many thanks for all the hard work you put into this project. It's also nice to see at least one media outlet willing to write about a positive story of people all over the world working together.

9:56 AM  
Blogger KnitterBunny said...

If I had the time to knit along with the group I would have signed up weeks ago. Alas, it was not to be. As it is, I'm enjoying hearing about how it has taken off and seeing the progress that the members are making. :)

Lovely lace, as always.

11:56 AM  
Blogger clarabelle said...

I haven't signed up for MS3 because I'm so engrossed with your Hanami Stole. This pattern must be one of the most enjoyable-to-knit, wonderfully-aesthetic, knitting phenomenon. Gasp!

I'm not kidding!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Avice said...

Given your attention to detail and the thought that has gone into MS3, I'm frankly amazed that you are ONLY spending 3-4 hours a day on this! I'm saving up clues 2&3 for may vacation and am grateful for the Harry Potter-inspired break, particularly because the vacation involves three children, two adults & two copies of HP.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Cary said...

Melanie, I have said it before but will say it again ~ you are one pretty neat lady ;) Thank you again for all of this! I have only been along since MS2 and your mom's pretty Solace pattern, but have faithfully read your blog right along. You deserve all the blessings that come along with what you are doing, and I can only pray that the unfortunate things come along with this stay away ;)

And, I haven't forgotten your fiber, but am sure it is not much on your mind right now (grin)

8:06 PM  
Blogger Hattie said...

That's awesome! How cool for you and do you know when the article will be out or whatever, if it can be read online?

2:50 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

I'll add my voice to those thanking you for such a wonderful project! This is my first mystery stole and I'll be looking forward to next year's MS4. You caught my attention with your beautiful Siamese cat. My lovely Sasha is the twin to yours and I was wondering how she made the night journey from Massachusetts to be photographed with your beautiful designs! Thank you again for the gift you have given all of us knitters. Judy (judy_knits_fast)

9:36 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

Melanie - I'm one of your newbies, and loving the project. It's given me new skills, confidence in my ability to knit. Once a year is a fabulous gift - I can't believe you have the time to do that! Congratulations and hugs to you.
Claire in Newcastle, UK xoxox

12:26 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I'm really disappointed to see that there was a cut off date to join. I just found out about it today. :( When will the next one be? Is there some kind of mailing list I can get on to be notified?

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

I tried several times a few weeks ago to sign up. Yahoo would not let me it kept saying server error!!! This is Gina from the MS1 and MS2 group... I was giansavon. The email I was using was knittingsolo@yahoo.com


10:47 AM  

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