Sunday, September 10, 2006

Obsession is normal

And so wrote Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) in my copy of Knitting Rules at her talk and book-signing at Full Thread Ahead yesterday. Contrary to what she says, she is cool. And definitely hysterically funny. I stopped knitting during her talk cause goodness knows I would screw up or drop a stitch even if it was the Elsebeth Lavold silky tweed for my Not-So-Shrunken Cardigan (Wendy Bernard).

I'm so glad I went. DH and the kids, not so much as monkey2 decided to torture her dad for 4 of the 8 hours I was gone hanging out in Los Altos. Heh.

So here's the obligatory shot of me w/my Clapotis (I think there were at least 3 other Clapotis wearers in the crowd) and Stephanie. She even took a pic of me(!) w/the Daisy cardigan I brought to show her since her pattern was my first sweater/non-scarf item I ever knitted. Apparently not too many knitters knit the hoodie. I think that was too funny as I figured she'd take pics of other knitters w/cool socks or massive amounts of lace stitches on their needles. Never me.

And props to Hollis, the store owner, who did an awesome job of organizing and running the event. I totally enjoyed my first actual visit to her store. I've bought from her at the TKGA show in Oakland and cruised her booth at Stitches West, so it was nice to actually see her spacious and lovely store.

I suppose it's a good thing for my wallet that her store's a bit of drive for me. She's got online buying access too, but she and her staff are so nice it would be worth going in each time in person instead.

I have a bunch of random thoughts running through my head about the event so I'll just leave off w/a pic of my view of Stephanie during the talk:

- Namaste bag in pink - I want one! Well, maybe not in pink, but seeing it person makes their price tag worth it.
- Met some nice ladies and the owner of Fiber Elements of Fairfield while waiting in line. I will definitely need to stop here whenever I head in that direction.
- Saw the light green LBT owner and wearer (August 30 post on the LBT KAL) from afar. Too bad I didn't get a chance to talk to her.
- Hollis pointed out our own local knitting celeb, Cookie of Knitters Anonymous and Pomatomus designer up near the front.
- Saw 1 knitter w/Jaywalkers on her needle.


Tamami said...

Hi! I may be the LBT owner and wearer you mentioned in your post (and thank you -- I'm honored!)
Please visit our blog Wasn't that a fun afternoon?

Kel said...

Wow! Soooooo Jealous! What an awesome time! Can't we convince the Harlot to come to Hawaii? Can't we convice all of you to come to Hawaii!?!?!

Betty said...

You look so cute!

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

Tamami - I tried to leave a comment your group's blog but had problems. Probably user error :P

Kel - Hee, I gave the Harlot some chocolate covered macadamia nuts w/a note that she needs to tour HI. Not sure if it'll work, but I tried!

Thanks Betty! If the Harlot visits Texas (again?), I hope you get a chance to see her.