…Because I do not wish to explain ‘harlot‘ to my ever-curious 4 year-old.
Last evening I decided last minute to go see Yarn Harlot at Powell’s in Portland. I had a hard time explaining to the Muggles why on earth I would drive 4+ hours to listen to a knitter. Nikolai and I piled in the car at 5pm for the 2+ hour trip to see her at 7:30. A somewhat crazy scheme, but that’s why it was fun.
We were late, and there were no signs in the store about where she might be speaking… eventually we followed her voice and the laughter to the over-crowded space provided. Again, it seems like the knitters were grossly underestimated. We ended up standing 2 bookshelves back to listen, I actually didn’t see her until we got our book signed. Another note about the folks at Powell’s…. they ran out of books. I grabbed the 3rd to last.
Nikolai met a little girl and they amused themselves (quite admirably actually) by tossing around a spare ball of wool while her mother and I knitted and listened. Every time they heard clapping and laughing they both popped up asking eagerly “Is it over? Can we go now?” They both bragged to each other about how they are learning to knit, and pretended they were kittens chasing the ball of wool between the books.
Stephanie was, of course, hilarious. Had we planned this a bit better I might have drug along some non-knitting friends. They would have either been comepletely overwhelmed or become the newest knitters. It’s hard to say how these things will go…
We tried to wait patiently in the signing line, but at this point Nikolai was over an hour past bedtime. All those heavenly kind knitters graciously let us cut to the front. Whoever you are, Thank You.
Not wanting to be left out, Nikolai asked for his new Magic School Bus books to be signed. Stephanie seemed genuinely concerned that she was being asked to sign a book she didn’t write. She signed his Post-it instead. Then Nikolai got to hold the sock and she took a picture of him and his new book.
My very tired little boy and I got home at 11:15pm. But it was totally worth it.
Thank you Stephanie, it was a wonderful evening.
edited to add: Yarn Harlot posted a pic of us on her blog!!! and no, normally I don’t have a vein bulging on my forehead. By that point I was beyond dehydrated and rather loopy. You’ll forgive the crazed look.