Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Harlot Rocks!

Wow. I am completely overwhelmed by the number of responses to my little contest, and by the vast array of different knitting spots. I've checked out all the spots, and I think I've responded to everyone with a blog or email address. For those who may not know, Blogger does not provide me with your email address automatically, so I generally cannot respond via email. If you did not hear from me, please don't be offended--it is not personal, I just couldn't find a way to contact you. Thank you all for playing along. I've really enjoyed seeing all the different places we hang out and do this thing we do. I'm still getting responses, so I'm going to give the contest a few more days before I draw for the lucky winners.

But I'll bet you all want to hear about the Harlot.

Well, first, I got to meet Kathleen from Quail Hill Knits. We met through our blogs (what else?) but this was our first meeting in person. She lives in Fresno, about 4 hours north of L.A., and I live in San Diego, about 2 hours south of L.A., so we sort of met in the middle to see the Harlot. Kathleen is even more fun and interesting in person than she is in her blog. She's so talented and accomplished that she would be really intimidating, if she weren't such a warm and lovely person.

We had a bit of a wait to get into the auditorium, but as you can see in the background, that was no hardship. There was so much knitting and spinning and general crafty brilliance going on that watching everyone work was completely entertaining in itself. We did eventually get seated (front row--can you believe it?), and the Harlot Herself came out--and took pictures with The Sock.


She was hilarious. You know how you can't read her books without laughing out loud? She's better in person. I laughed so hard for so long that my stomach muscles hurt for two days. And even though I couldn't think of anything more clever to say to her than, "Oh, I just love you so much!" (yes, I'm really that much of a dork--it's amazing I got anything out), she still made me laugh like a fool when she signed my book. See?

Kathleen was far smoother than I was. She not only conversed with intelligence, but brought the Harlot a gorgeous shawl pin that she had made herself. I wish I had had the forethought to get a picture of the pin. I did get pictures of Kathleen giving it to Stephanie, but alas, on Kathleen's camera. You'll just have to imagine it.

14 comments:

Kate said...

She is a riot, isn't she? I heard her speak in Victoria in the spring.
As for your comment on the list of knitting on my blog - made me laugh out loud.

Quail Hill Knits said...

Thanks for such lovely compliments. I had a lot of fun and hope to get together with you and your boys in the future. Kenny thinks the idea is "tight".

MelissaKnits said...

I hate that blogger does not give you a respond option to comments. Bugs me. You can use haloscan, but it apparently eliminates all previous comments. Bummer.

Stephanie is hysterical. But it's not a job I'd want.

uberstrickenfrau said...

Some day some day......I, too, will step up to the yarn Pope and gush meaningless babble at her....
some day......and meet all the cool people who blog...some day...

Kim said...

I saw the Harlot when she was in NY last March. She is so funny. So glad you got to see her.

Tammy said...

I am so glad you got to see her and had such a great time! And how cool that you got to meet a blogging buddy to boot! Good times!

Kristin said...

I'm sure she didn't think you were a dork! You are her people.
She can sure draw a knitterly crowd and make 'em laugh.

Sarah said...

I have often found myself laughing out loud to your blog posts. Maybe a book is in your future?

Sharon said...

What Sarah said! Yarn Harlot... Yarn Hog...has a nice ring to it, no?

Great pics, BTW!

Gail said...

Wow you met a knitting celebrity! I wish I had gotten a chance to meet her. Oh well, maybe next time.

Viktoria said...

I'm jealous! I have yet to see Stephanie ''live''.... She is never on tour when I am in the States!
Thanks for your concern and equally gross story about '’cutting off’’ fingers! My thumb and I are doing much better now...

Knitman said...

is that you with the amazing hair?

Knitman said...

PS I linked your blog on mine now.

Romi said...

She *does* rock, doesn't she? She is totally hilarious!!