This is Kate and Emily at 5 pm sitting in the chairs that Borders provided. They are very close together without a lot of room to move your arms (you know, like, to knit?). That didn't stop our intrepid group as more and more people showed up until the place looked like this. At 7 pm all the chairs were filled with knitters. There were more knitters in that one room than I have ever seen, all knitting. It was so cool to see what they were knitting and to meet Donna (knittgal) and her friend who came up from Salem County for the day. Stephanie arrived a little late, (you have to read her blog to hear her reasons), and looked great. She was even wearing her Kauni sweater which she had finished. She was working on her sock and her hands move so fast, they are almost a blur. Wow. The sweater is seriously beautiful and now I want one. This photo here on the right is Stephanie knitting. She was funny and thoughtful and so enjoyable that the hour went by so quickly. We bought books and were not really interested in getting them autographed so we thought we'd wait around until she was done and take a photo with her. We sat and chatted with the other women and were generally having a good time until Atilla the Borders Mkting Mgr came along. She was clearly displeased that we were "just sitting there" (we overheard her tell a staff person that "there are people just standing and sitting and talking, do something about it"). We ignored her for about half an hour but her sighs and looking at watch frequently really got to be too much. So, much as we didn't want to, we left around 9:30. I guess Atilla didn't understand how wonderful it was to be with people who "get" you and with whom you don't have to apologize to for your "hobby". We couldn't figure out if they were in a hurry to get us out or just didn't want us to sit in the chairs or what it was. THEY SOLD A LOT OF BOOKS!! I don't think they were prepared for the turnout and how everyone would want to talk to Stephanie. They really seemed to rush the line along. All that being said, it was a great evening. We laughed and laughed and had a great time. I was so glad we went 2 hrs early and were able to sit in the second row so we were able to see and hear her without any problems. And she really is as nice as she seems....
Well, it did rain yesterday and was as humid as it can be so naturally we were all looking our lovely best when we went to see The Yarn Harlot.
So, what was I working on while we sat there? I chose not to bring my snowflake sock, too much concentration involved. I finished up my monkey socks in my skein of Starry Night and I really love them. The colors are so pretty and really reminiscent of the painting. We had dinner at the diner and while we were sitting there, Em'sboyfriend called to tell her that his friend had gotten stuck in a mud puddle in the woods. She offered to bring my car (a 4 wheel drive rodeo which we take in the woods often) and see if they could pull the car out of the mud. She and Peter Kevin started out at 10:30.Around about 11:30 we lost power for 2 hours due to an accident taking out a transformer. I sat in the dark with my book light attached to my nightgown and knit away waiting to hear that everything was ok. The cell phone reception is really terrible there so I was not surprised we didn't hear anything for a long time. They got home at 3, exhausted and without the car. It was still stuck. The men are going to try again tonight. Em, very thoughtfully, took my car and had it cleaned and detailed. I didn't see all the mud but she said it was bad.
Today, we have done almost nothing. We did go to the beer store for some brewing supplies so Peter Kevin can try again (he killed the yeast last time) to brew some beer. Tomorrow, we have to do the cleaning and laundry and I guess get the winter clothes out. This warm weather won't last forever. I hope eveyone is having a good weekend.