Stalking in Austin!
If stalking is a sport, it was elevated to an art form yesterday, in Austin!
I arrived at about 8:30, after driving 3 1/2 hours from Dallas....to find two women sitting at the bus stop on S. Congress...the only signs of life. I parked my car and began walking to the church, when I noticed that both these women were armed....with pointy sticks and yarn! Eureka!
As we waited, and busses went by, we waved them off with our needles...."Not us! We're waiting for the Harlot!" (and stupid me didn't get my camera out!)
Gradually, more people arrived. They finally opened the church doors when the ambient temperature reached about 90 degrees. We filed in, in small packs, like wool-verines!
Imagine a couple of hundred knitters, pointy instruments in hand awaiting the arrival of their heroine!
My bus stop buddies and I got in the very front row (excellent stalking skills, that!)
Incredible amounts of public knitting going on with this group! Everyone was checking out each other's projects...like this Regia sock yarn that I so HAVE to have...
Not to mention our lovely Ken doll
Bermuda shorts! TOO HOT!
Someone even brought the size 7 Sheep that goes with my Half a Sheep!
Then it was time...
Cowboy hat in hand, with Giant Yak in foreground, we finally meet our Harlot, face to faces!
And, of course, THE SOCK! (Ee ees so veery hansom in de person, no?)
On a serious note, if you EVER have the opportunity to see Stephanie in person, break your neck to get there! I have rarely enjoyed listening to someone as much as I did our Harlot! Her humor is even more evident in person, if possible. Kind of a cross between Elizabeth Zimmerman and Rita Rudner! And if she ever tries to tell you that she's shy....I have pictoral evidence to the contrary!
We laughed 'till tears streamed! We hooted and ye-hawed! And loved every minute!
The book signing was held in the small garage behind Hill Country Weavers, so we had to wait our turns (and shop) in the relative coolness of the store! But, you've got to hand it to the Hill Country ladies, they supplied us with Shiner Bock, Corona, Brownies and some of the best Pecan Pralines I've ever had! Can you even bend your brain around a couple of hundred knitters in a small yarn store where they serve beer and chocolate? It was mayhem! Many firm resloves not to increase stash were broken yesterday, including my own!
(Please note the LACEWEIGHT yarn...I have succumbed!)
And I got to meet a few of my fellow bloggers!
This is Diane S. who I've been chatting with IN PERSON! Yea Texas Bloggers!
We finally got our turn at the "Signing Shed" at about 2 P.M. Please note our heroine is diligently WORKING at this...
(Also note that bottle of Corona as well as the Shiner Bock in the background!) I believe that it was the influence of all that beer that caused our dear Harlot to take a potty break...and to leave the SOCK UNATTENDED!
What happens when you leave a half knit sock ALONE in a WOOL-verine pack?
THEY FONDLE IT!
Now, for the point of this entire blog!
I GOT TO MEET THE HARLOT!
And, as promised, pictures of my camera-wielding new friend, Cindy