Saturday, April 12, 2008

I had a Harlot-y time

I've done oodles of knitting since my last post, but I have to skip right to last night. I went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the Yarn Harlot) in Ann Arbor. So incredible! I met some really nice knitting folks and saw some breathtaking projects (both finished and in-progress).
Stephanie was so funny. The comraderie in the room was like nothing I've experienced before. I have participated in groups that gather to knit and/or spin, but she has this ability to make folks feel "together."

If she comes anywhere near you, run, don't walk, to the event. Bring knitting and food and a camera. That's really all you need (well, the food and camera are optional).

I only took one photo myself since I was mesmerized by most everything (Stephanie speaking, others' works of art, friendly knitters, etc.).

Here's the photo I like the most:

That's me holding the current infamous travelling sock and Stephanie holding my finished Mother Earth Stole (formerly "Spring Shawl Surprise"). I had planned on having her hold my in-progess Secret of Bad Nauheim, but once she had the Mother Earth in hand, that was time (there was a super long line behind me and I didn't want to shorten others' time with her). I also have a very short video clip on my camera, since the very kind woman (who is not Rams) who was taking photos accidentally hit the video button while taking the picture. I would post it as a video link from YouTube, but it's boring and very short (lots of shots of the floor).

I plan on doing this again for the next book tour. She's funny and charming and worth every minute of driving and waiting one might have to endure.

Plus, she hugged me because I'm a doula. Should I wash the sweater vest I was wearing? Frame it? Send it on its own tour? I still can't bring myself to take the nametag off of it with my Ravelry ID (KnittinDoula) since that is how she recognized me as a doula. I'm an official groupie now, aren't I?


Opal said...

How exciting! A hug from the Harlot! The whole night sounds magical. I am insanely jealous. :)

Kari said...

I was there too! It was a lot of fun.

Joy Linn said...

I'm so jealous!! I had to work :(
Your pictures are worth a thousand knit stitches and I wouldn't wash the vest at least for a couple of months, just get it out once in a while and remember the magic!!

Sheri said...

Hmmm, a frame for the sweater would be good...but then again, it looked so good on you that it would be a shame not to wear it again!!

Thanks for the link to my blog! :) It was definitely a fun time!

Peggy said...

Yep, I think that qualifies you as a groupie. :) Glad you had a great time. Your stole looks awesome and she has made some progress on that sock since my photo from a couple weeks ago. :)
I vote for framing the name tag but wear the gorgeous sweater vest.

marianne lundholm said...

ooh its lovely, and i vould like to byu the pattern on the west

Scarlett said...

Oh lovely you got to meet the Harlot!!

I love the shawls, they are great! Maybe one day I might make one for me, like after the hot flashes end.

N. Maria said...

Hot flashes. Yup, can't enjoy wearing any of my sweaters or shawls/stoles....for awhile.
You do beautiful work and have a great blog!