A Harlot’s Tale

Hello Everyone! Well, hope you all had a marvelous weekend – mine sure ended on an up note. I traveled across this great state from Holland to Ann Arbor to see The Yarn Harlot – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee speak at the library there.

I headed out right after church, it would certainly be busy and I wanted a seat, so I arrived in Ann Arbor shortly before 1PM. This is great, I thought – AND – I found a parking spot less than a block from the library, even better!! On my way in, I met a wonderful woman from Kalamazoo (I am so sorry I do not remember her name!!), she was sitting outside in the glorious sunshine knitting a sock, of course!

Inside the library, down stairs in the conference room were dozens of knitters! It was truly a great experience! Shortly after my arrival (I had already purchased 3 books for The Harlot to sign – one for me, and one for Rose, and one for Ruby) we all learned that Stephanie was delayed – there was fog at the Detroit Airport – she could not land – they shipped her back to Chicago.

Now, imagine this picture – dozens and dozens of knitters all anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Yarn Harlot – and there is no uproar at all – we all simply pulled out our knitting and began to knit. It was the BEST SnB I have ever attended! The library was kind enough to offer us some substitute entertainment as we patiently knitted away on our socks, sweaters, lace work, etc. It was also April Fool’s Day and the library had the children all making the most amazing of hats – they paraded past us knitters’ in a lovely parade!

Finally, the word came that Stephanie had arrived (her cell phone had long since died – charger in Detroit, cell phone in Chicago). It was so worth the wait!! Please excuse my pitiful pictures – I was overcome with excitement to be seeing Stephanie (can you imagine this???!!!)

I was in the back row – but here she is! In a sea of knitting heads – our fearless leader appeared! She was breathless and thankful to some kind gentleman who drove her from the airport to Ann Arbor – his wife must be a knitter!!
She took our picture, we took hers, and we listened to her worries and concerns. And, while I was listening a thought popped into my head. We knitters do make a difference! And, in a very big way – to quote Stephanie “one small stitch at a time”. I read today that Caps for the Capital collected over 280,000 caps. Does that make a statement to all of you? I have a proposal for all of you – if we all took a stand and made our stand known – peace could happen! We could knit for peace! If there were more people knitting for peace – wars just might cease! After all, how many violent knitters do you know? I don’t know exactly how to go about it, but I believe that we can make a difference. What do you all think?
Okay – I apologize profusely Stephanie and I owe you a drink or two for posting this photo – this is operator error, not object error! But, here is The Harlot holding my “Bloomin’ Feet” sock! Woo Hoo! Pretty amazing, huh? And, don’t you just love Stephanie’s sweater – it glowed – seriously! I am sure that Stephanie will have a marvelous tale to tell about her travels to Michigan. Check out her blog and see!

Have a great day everyone – watch out – we have SNOW in the forcast Lynne!! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “A Harlot’s Tale

  1. You know, Harlott came to town in St. Paul last night! She’s quite an entertaining speaker, isn’t she? 🙂

    On dyeing: honestly, what you saw was my very first attemt– no classes, semi-exact measuring, etc. I don’t think I’m ready to share any (imperfect, sad) knowledge yet! 🙂

    Have you tried dyeing before?

  2. I’m glad you had such a good time, even with the setback of a delayed Harlot. What’s a little wait when you have knitting to do, right? 🙂 And I’m so glad to see a picture of Stephanie wearing her sweater. It’s so lovely.

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