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May 01, 2005


Harlotize (v.) - to meet in person and gain admiration for one Ms. Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

I was Harlotized on Friday when I went to see the Yarn Harlot at Circles! No big surprise because Stephanie is one of my absolute favorite knit bloggers. Because I like to pretend that I know what you, my readers, want to know, I won't bore you with details of the occasion but rather will share these interesting Yarn Harlot facts:

  • Stephanie is as funny, witty, quick, and sharp in real life as she is on her blog.
  • Stephanie was wearing handknit socks and a handknit cardigan.
  • Stephanie was knitting a sock, on four double-pointed needles (3 in the sock, 1 in the hand). She holds her yarn in her right hand and knits in the most unusual way I've ever seen! Her hand is on top of the working needle so you hardly see it; instead you just see her wrist and the yarn flicker, very very quickly.
  • Stephanie wanted the title of her bookicon to be At Knit's End: Meditations for those who knit too much. The people in charge objected, so instead Stephanie used "he" and "she" to refer to knitters throughout the book.
  • Stephanie's thebook2thebook2thebook2 (I don't know if that's how she's going to refer to it, so don't quote me) will be coming out in September.
  • Stephanie signs the books with "Knit On!", which the Elizabeth Zimmermann fan in me absolutely loves!

In addition to meeting Stephanie, which was fabulous enough, I met many knitters. First, I ran into the president of my University's Alumni Club (had not idea that she knit). Then, I finally met everyone's favorite subway knitter, Colleen - we've been reading each other's blogs and exchanging e-mails for a while now. She was wearing her Spring Fling Tank - pretty and a very unique texture. Many other bloggers were there, and I will just point you to this entry on Colleen's blog for links and pictures.

If the Yarn Harlot is coming to your neck of the woods, I urge you to go to the event. She is funny, knitters are great, and you will have a fantastic time. I promise :).

Posted by Kathy on May 1, 2005 01:03 AM


I love her book. I keep folding down pages and rereading funny bits. I can't believe I missed her! Was it crowded?

I am so jealous! I just bought the book last night! LOVE IT! It was the first night I spend most of the time reading (and laughing) instead of mostly knitting!
Thank you for your cabling w/o cable needles! I lost mine this morning and decided to sit down and look at your tutorial...thank you! It is much easiser than one would have though.

The more Harlot recaps I read, the more I wish I could have jumped in a van and followed her around the country and met all the knitters and bloggers too...

Oooh ... though she is friends with Tara Jon Manning, a friend here in Boulder, which gives me the "friend of a friend" status, I so wish I could meet her in person, too. You've got the "actually met her and admired her worn handknits" status. Yea for you!

PS -- I just noticed your "knit on" buttons for the first time! I'm stealing one. And thanks for the iPod cozy, I just bought one (actually GOT one) myself. :)

I'm soo jealous. It doesn't look like she's coming to our area so I'll just have to be jelous of you. Glad you had a good time and met some great knitters.

So jealous! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Harlot will pop up in Pittsburgh somewhere.

By the way, I LOVE your new shoes!

Ooooh, I loved reading your recap, and I'm so happy you got to meet her, I'm crossing my fingers that I too get the chance to meet her, I'm in awe! I mean serious awe... I'll probably just stammer a lot and say "um" the whole time, LOL.

Plus, how much do I love your title? You were HARLOTIZED!!!!! LOL

#&*$^#% Bloglines! I hadn't seen any updates for you in a long time, was beginning to wonder the deal...then clicked on a comment you made elsewhere, and here I've been MISSING posts! GAH!

Glad to see that you had a good time meeting Stephanie - she really is just as one might imagine her to be from reading her blog and the bookbookbook. :)

Green with envy over here in the SF Bay Area. We don't get to see her until AUGUST.

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