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Friday, July 06, 2007

Yesterday

Yesterday something big happened in the world of Mystery Stole 3. When I woke up, we had 4300+ members and everything was looking pretty normal around here. (By normal, I refer to the 150 or so emails in my inbox, you know - normal.) After deleting the spam and blogging about my new red yarn, I started wandering through my daily blog list.

When I went to Chic Knits, what should I find? The wonderfully talented Bonne Marie is part of Mystery Stole 3! I have been reading Chic Knits for several years now, but I had no idea that for the last few months Bonne Marie had been lurking here at Pink Lemon Twist. This was certainly a wonderful surprise to start the day off with.

After lunch, I sat down to begin knitting on the stealth red yarn project (just because you can see it from outer space doesn't mean it can't be a stealth project.) Then I got a phone call. From Christine. Four little words: "We have The Harlot!" After much squealing and jumping around on my part, she told me to go read Stephanie's blog entry. Not only do we have The Harlot, she's already started knitting!

Of course, the combined powers of two such major knit bloggers have changed the situation a bit around MS3. As of 6:08 AM EDT, we had 5752 members and I had 339 emails. I'm now up to 360 so I've got to go!

43 Comments:

Blogger Angie said...

Ok, I squeeked in at the very end, now, do you have a good suggestion for an online shop where I can purchase beads AND laceweight?

6:13 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Wow! What a treat not only for you but the whole MS3 group! I cannot even begin to imagine when and if MS4 ever comes about that we will hit 10,000???
Possibilities!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Soo said...

Wahey! Those of us who signed up on day 1 are feeling smug -- so sure we were of your talent that we didn't resist at all.

I've got Clue 2 printed out and ready to go.

(Unrelated to MS3 - I just took delivery of some gorgeous Duet Sock Yarn I ordered after seeing a photo of some on your blog. Happy to report it's even nicer in real life when you get to fondle it!)

6:18 AM  
Blogger Maryann said...

Congrats...what an amazing project! I have never done anything like MS3 before and must say I think you are pretty brilliant for bringing the concept to fruition.

I can see how having Stephanie post would cause a huge jump in members. Kudos to you for a great draw of attention. WOW

Looking forward to the whole event!

7:04 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

AMAZING!!

7:31 AM  
Blogger Angelika said...

As of right now it was 5856!!!! Did you close the door yet? They might come knocking, trying to still get in. What a success. Congratulations, you are a celebrity now.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

YAY!!! Congrats Melanie - you deserve every bit of squealing you can muster!!!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Your designs are just beautiful and speak for themselves :) As soon as I saw them, I was IN! Now I'm trying to convince several people down in Blacksburg, VA to join in...

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Avice said...

...And it would appear that the knitters may have grought down Yahoo itself as best I can tell at 9:31 a.m. No star in the knitting world, I have been following this blog and knitting away on MS3. Thanks for all the thought that you put into your designs.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Wow. You are Harlotized! It's amazing the power of one woman's blog.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Debora Bass said...

Thanks SOOOO Much for all of your hard work! I joined the MS3 a few weeks ago and just down loaded clue 2- will knit it up this morning in my knitting group! I am going to order the patterns for 1 & 2! Keep up the good work and looking forward to MS4!! (Kudos on the number getting close to 6,000! I saw Stephanie's blog yesterday and I just grinned and watched the membership number rise!!)

9:02 AM  
Blogger Abby Franquemont said...

I absolutely agree, you deserve TONS of attention for Mystery Stole. My one regret is that I just do not have the time for any purely recreational knitting right now -- so, so sad! Words cannot describe how tempted I've been over MS3.

I've got a designated knitter in on it for me, though, so I can live vicariously. ;-)

9:20 AM  
Blogger Sue J. said...

I'm so happy for you, Melanie. You are, indeed, in excellent company. The whole MS3 thing has to be absolutely unprecedented. Well deserved, I might add. I feel privileged to be a part of it. BTW, your charts are some of the best I have ever seen.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous grumperina said...

The control freak in me is resisting big time, but seeing some progress photos is tempting me to start knitting, too! I even have some gray/navy blue yarn... I'll try to resist casting on until the next clue is up (then watch me try to catch up in a frantic pace, uhm).

9:57 AM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Amazing how this has grown! The Yarn Harlot, Bonnie Marie, and little ole Sheri in GA! :o) Thank you for a wonderful, fun summertime project.
Sheri in GA

10:07 AM  
Anonymous BJRonningen said...

Is there anyway to NOT get all these MS3 messages. I had more than 375 this morning, and I can't deal with all of these - doubt anyone can. Could they just be posted and not sent to members of the group?

BJRonningen

10:15 AM  
Blogger pacalaga said...

Excellent! I'd read the Harlot's post and wondered what it would do to your numbers. You design beautiful things, so it was only a matter of time that one or both of those ladies discovered you!
BTW, thanks for making a fun lace project even more entertaining - the mystery bit is a great idea.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Stupid question for you or reading commenters....Am I joined up by just joining the yahoo group or do I need to send an additional email?
Thanks! SO SO SO excited, I'm going stash diving right now!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Ah, never mind on the comment. I'm in and have got all my notes and clues printed and ready to roll. You are SO VERY ORGANIZED! I guess 3 times around teaches all kinds of lessons. LOVING your blog, your patterns and am very excited. Thanks!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Has the shock worn off yet?? Has the world returned to semi normal? See, I told you that you would be rubbing elbows with the Harlot herself and well....
yep!
So proud of you and have always known what a talented designer you are!!! Congrats Lemmy!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Norine said...

Please sign me up for the mystery stole 3. Several of my friends are doing it and I just bought the yarn but can't find where to officially sign up. Please help. Thanks. Norine
norine@comcast.net

1:27 PM  
Blogger Norine said...

Please sign me up for the mystery stole 3. Several of my friends are doing it and I just bought t he yarn but can't find where to officially sign up. Please help. Thanks. Norine
norine@comcast.net

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Jenni said...

I just joined yesterday. I couldn't resist anymore after seeing all the lovely Clue 1s around the blog land. But I must be really dense, because I've been to your blog most of this week and it wasn't until today that I realized you live maybe twenty minutes from me!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Yarn Thing said...

I just joined too after reading the Harlot's entry. This will be my first lace project so I am very excited...I am going out this weekend to find the perfect yarn!

Marly aka Yarn Thing
knitthing.blogspot.com
summerkalcal.blogspot.com
knitthing.mypodcast.com

6:00 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I am so happy for you!
This really is an amazing KAL and I am so loving this pattern.
Another reason to look forward to Fridays and the weekends ;-)

9:27 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I've been lurking at your blog since I signed up. This is so much fun and my frist lace knitted with real lace.

It must be an amazing feeling to know that there will be 5700+ versions of your design out there!

11:18 PM  
Blogger jody said...

Hi commenter Laura! I'm in B'burg, VA!! Do I count as "some people"? :)
Melanie-I still love knitting this even after my dog tried to eat it, I had to re-do the same row like eleven thousand times to repair said problem of dog eating, and an encounter with benadryl-that says this is some great knitting-thanks for sharing your talent with so many!

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Aida Costa said...

Woo Hoo!!! Melanie, that's so fantastic! I think we will break the internet one of these days, lol

2:13 AM  
Blogger indigo warrior said...

It's very cool that you have famous knitters on board. What you should really be jumping up and down about is that ordinary knitters like me (you know, with a couple of jobs and a family and not much in the way of disposable income or time) have not only joined the kal again this year, but have even paid for one of your patterns in the recent (or not so recent past). (c:

I'm tag-teaming MS3 *and* Hanami. I haven't knit lace before (unless a washcloth counts). I think your patterns are beautiful and easy to follow. It's about time these late-comers got on board.

If you haven't been approached by a publisher yet, you should be.

11:55 AM  
Blogger lillysmuul said...

Wow!!!
Congratulations! You got the world in your hands...!
How can you manage all these e-mails? Can you? ;)
Lovely pattern!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

You realize you are becoming a phenomena in your own right with the MS3. Great job!

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Dana Jones said...

I've started the mystery shawl, and I'm loving it. I wish I'd found it for Leda's Dream.
I also wish I'd found this one sooner, so I wouldn't feel the insane need to catch up in one day. That's stupid of me to try.:)

I just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying it, and and I'm glad Harlot posted it, otherwise I might never have found your site, and I love it.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Marcia said...

I'm one of your 4300+. This is my first year and I'm very excited. I didn't start it till yesterday and am really enjoying it so far. I checked back at the 2005 and 2006 shawls...beautiful! I didn't see the pattern listed for purchase on the 2005 shawl. Had the yarnharlot not blogged about it, I would have missed out of this year! Thanks to you both.

8:51 AM  
Blogger KnittySue said...

I missed it..I was at work and realized I didn't sign up before heading out.. :( I'll look forward to #4 if you have one.
Have fun it's an amazing project.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no, I've come too late.... Is there any way that I could still join in on the mysteriously lovely knitting? Please? Pretty please? -Jessica funpots@hotmail.com

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your response. I look forward to next time. It was worth a try...... -Jessica

2:44 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

did you know that there was a thread posted on Ravelry as well? :-)

5:47 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

Woohoooo! :)

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Bonnie J. Cocuzza said...

Did you close the MS4! I'd love to join and when I go to the Yahoo GroupsMS4, it says I'm not a member and gives no option to join.

Please don't close it!

Bonnie
http://bonjeanmag.typepad.com/bonnies_passions/

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please remove my email address from this website. 900 emails was too much this morning when I walked in.

casy.catalano@providence.org

10:00 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

Waaaahhhhhhhhhhh, I'm too late! I wanted to join but didn't get to Yarn Harlot's blog until late Sunday evening. Mystery Stole sounds like a fun KAL. I just fell in love with knitting lace and am dying to try a stole/shawl. Maybe next time.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Hello- I just found your blog- don't know why I haven't before! You have such beautiful designs!!! I just ordered your Hanami Stole (my sister is just this month moving away from DC and back to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada-her hubby is military) So this will be a great gidft for her. I do wish I had been able to get into the mystery stole-is there any way to squeak in, or can you tell me whn you might run another? Thanks!(deb.sean@sympatico.ca)

1:00 PM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

I can see a book being published next. Yup, you're a celebrity now!

BTW, I have lace knit books and have never attempted lace. It took MS3 to encourage me to "go for it".

1:20 PM  

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