Is this something that could happen again? Do you have other patterns that you might put forward? If you do, could offer up those projects to your willing volunteers? Then they could ready when you submit them?
Is that any option?
I submit patterns on a very regular basis to a wide variety of magazines. Honestly, most of them get rejected.
I think what I will do is try out a new vounteer on a pattern that hasn't been submitted yet to see what her speed and skill is like in identifying and correcting mistakes, how she works on a deadline, and if the pattern is acceptable for photography.
This is the
second time I've ever hired out *sample* knitting. I've never had more than one pattern accepted before, so I always prefer to knit the photography samples myself to make sure the pattern is absolutely correct.
My first thought was to let all the friends knit the projects, but pay the ones that you hired. But then I realized what a calamity that could/would turn out to be. I agree with pp's and also that the less this is discussed the better. If they want to congratulate you great, but after that their offers to help can be side stepped. Congratulations by the way!!
See, I had the same first thought: "why not let everyone knit samples?" What is the calamity that might ensue? What if a volunteer gets theirs done on time, and it looks nicer than the paid one? Not arguing, just a question.
There is a difference between photography samples and test knitting samples. First, I do need to keep the patterns under wraps as much as possible until the magazine comes out, as per my contract. This means no posting of the project or pictures on facebook or Ravelry. I can talk about it in general terms, but no specifics.
Second, the yarn is provided by the publishing company and the size in multisized garments is chosen by them to fit their model. So I can't have lots of people trying to knit the same sample.
CONGRATULATIONS! That's a real achievement- well done.
I agree with PPs that the less said the better. I'd stick to "It's so kind of you to offer, but I'm all set, thank you"
If they do push, then perhaps something like "I'm lucky to have so many knitting friends ready to help out"
This is a good phrase. It underscores that they are my friend, too, but I only needed one person to do it.