Yarn Harlot in St. Louis

Back in 2006, Rachel was working at Knitorious & decided to start a knit night there. I was living with Mindy at the time and we spent a lot of time hanging out at the house and knitting (and eating a lot of macaroni & cheese. I’m pretty sure we could have single handedly kept Kraft in business during those 2 years). I had also just gone through a breakup, so I needed to get out of the house & I wasn’t really going willingly. Mindy had to practically drag me out of the house (I hate meeting new people on account of being socially awkward and an introvert) and she did the legwork to find knitting groups for us to test out & one fateful Wednesday we walked over to Knitorious (which was close enough to her old house to walk to) and went to knit night. I’m not sure what it was about that first knit night, but we kept going back. And now it’s been 8 years of knit nights and friends I never would have known otherwise.

Which explains how I found myself on Tuesday night hanging out with the knitters of St. Louis at Left Bank Books for Stephanie Pearl-McPhee‘s book reading and the Knitorious pre-event reception. Of course, we talked to Stephanie for like 2 minutes & I said “we started our blogs on the same day!” and we chatted ever so briefly about that before I ran out of things to say and went all introvert and ran away.

Before I get to the reading, I have to show you Ann‘s awesome sweater. We kept joking that you could see her from space, but OMG it was bright. Awesome, but SO VERY BRIGHT.
Ann
This is essentially her own design – she took a crocheted sweater that she had started, but that just wasn’t working and transformed it into this neon work of art by knitting the sides & arms.

Anyway, after sitting for a bit and knitting, the room filled up and Stephanie came out to talk.

Yarn Harlot - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

People, she was funny. I was crying from the laughing. She told us why she can’t go back to Memphis (which is a hilarious story that involves baking soda that sounded like bacon soda). She told us about preparing for the tour and the readings, about talking to her publicist and saying that she had no idea what she’d talk about. When her publicist suggested that she READ something, Stephanie said that she spent at least 30 seconds figuring out what she should read. “Neil Gaiman? He’s pretty good. Or David Sedaris, he’s a little rough but I can make it work…” until she realized that, of course, she should read from HER book. And then she read us a story about a persistent porch dwelling skunk.

Thanks to the pre-event reception, I had my book signed early & didn’t need to wait in line for it, so no photos of me with her. But I like to think I now collect signed editions of books (I have a few from various people because I love books).

Just hanging out with the Yarn Harlot.

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So I enabled the 2-step authentication for the blog a couple weeks ago, then got annoyed every time I came to do a quick post & couldn’t just log in with one step. Ridiculous, I know, but that’s one reason I’ve not been posting.

The other reason is that things have been crazy busy. Work has been project after project – seems like as soon as I send one thing out for review, there are 3 more to take it’s place. It’s good to be busy, I just come home more tired than I would if it wasn’t quite so busy. And school has been, well, crazy. I took on too much this semester (I fully admit this) and spend most of my evenings in front of the computer doing homework or reading or, thanks to also being a TA this semester, grading. I thought it was going to be easier after my exams, but it turns out it’s just a different kind of work.

Knitting has been slow lately, even. I have finished all of 2 projects so far this year & they were both small (I am nearly done with a third, but it’s also small).

On the plus side, Spring Break is next week and even though I’m not taking time off work, I do get a break from going to classes AND I finally get to see the Yarn Harlot when she makes a stop in St. Louis. So yay.

Now that you’ve read to the end, enjoy this photo of Ziggy stealing all the warm from my space heater. Tonight I actually had to move the space heater because he had smooshed himself up against it.
Ziggy gets so close to the space heater that I think he's going to singe his fur.

Just a quick note

Today was the earliest we would hear if we passed the big hairy written exams.

At 5:01pm we got the email. EVERYBODY LIVES! Er, I mean passes.

WOOOO! Now I need to focus on finishing up all the loose ends before I take the last of my written exams (this one in my concentration) in October.

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

If you follow me on twitter, you know that I drew winners earlier today & tagged nearly all the winners. Yay! I also discovered in this process that my wordpress theme does not number the comments, so I’m glad I didn’t have to count very high when I was scrolling through to identify the winners. :)

I also decided at the last minute to add a special bonus prize, which is this great skein of Dyeabolical Strong Arm in Serenity:

Dyeabolical

The skein of Yarntini in Concord Grape & stitch markers goes to comment #3, written by Bibliogrrl.

The skein of Dyeabolical in Seymour Krelborn & stitch markers goes to comment #7, written by TempestTea.

The skein of STR in Rooky & stitch markers goes to comment #14, written by Donna.

The monster notions bag & stitch markers goes to comment #4, written by Monica.

The wee owls go to comment #2, written by Selena.

And the bonus prize, the previously mentioned Dyeabolical goes to comment #5, written by TheBon.

Congrats to all the winners! Yay! (And don’t be surprised if your prize shows up with a little extra something in the package.) :)

If you are a winner, you should hear from me via email soon.

Thanks to everyone who participated! TEN YEARS!!!

TENTH BLOGIVERSARY!!!

Thursday (January 23) marks 10 years since I started blogging. I would love to do some wrap up of the last 10 years, but I don’t have time right now with my exams coming up on February 5th. (Short version – 2nd Masters degree, started a PhD program, started knitting, life, friends, family, and birthdays.)

So, let’s do a little 10 years of blogging giveaway instead – this is mostly for the yarny folks, but there’s a little something for the non-crafters, too.

These prizes all come from my personal stash of yarn and stuff, so let’s take a gander at them below.

Yarntini Concord
1 skein Yarntini Merino/Nylon Fingering in Concord (2009 Summer Sock Club) + random selection of 5 (or more) stitch markers from my collection

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1 skein Dyeabolical Strong Arm Skinny – Seymour Krelborn (Showtunes Sock Club 2011) + random selection of 5 (or more) stitch markers from my collection

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1 skein Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Rooky + random selection of 5 (or more) stitch markers from my collection (there are 2 skeins pictured, but only one of them is part of the giveaway).

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Monster Notions case & stitch markers with British curse words

Owls
Your choice of 2 of these 4 little owl guys I crocheted last year.

Comment below and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner for each prize. Make sure you mention if you are NOT a knitter or crocheter – don’t want to send you yarn if you can’t use it, but you’ll be in the running for the notions case (can also be used as a pencil case) & owls.

You have until Midnight Central Time on Thursday, January 23 to get your entries in. I’ll choose the winners on Friday sometime. Be sure to leave your email address in the comment field so I can contact you if you are a winner. Good luck!