Tuesday, April 8, 2008

whadda ya mean it's april already??

OK, so I've been slacking a bit in the blog department... I've been really tired since getting back from Korea - the kind of tired where I don't want to do anything all day but then I can't get to sleep at night. It's a vicious cycle. Also, I haven't done anything so interesting to even consider blogging it. I got very little knitting done in Korea (even on those 12-13 hour plane rides I mostly just tried to sleep). Since getting home I've finished the mate to this sock but they're pretty much identical... The striping patterns on both the leg and foot of the sock look almost exactly the same. I've also started another sock and gotten a package from Cookie A for whom I'm going to be doing some test knitting (secretive and "unbloggable" test knitting, of course).

But I actually, finally have something "bloggable"! I met the yarn harlot last night! A couple of knitterly-friends and I went to see her at the Borders in Annapolis. By the time we finally met her she was probably pretty tired (over 2 hours after she finished speaking) and her publicist had already left so I'm pretty sure that my picture won't be showing up on the blog (especially since mine is the only camera with proof positive of this meeting...) but it was lots of fun just the same.
Ok, on to the pictures:

Obligatory picture of harlot taking picture of us...

Harlot quizzing me on both my rocket-science abilities and my true Canadian-ness... more on that later.

Trading socks with the harlot!

And, finally, the obligatory hold-my-sock-while-you-hold-mine picture.

Thanks to my friend Terry (no blog, but she does have an etsy shop full of beautiful hand dyed sock yarns - including ones with real silver spun into them!) for all the pictures.

OK, so the rocket-science/canadian quiz: My latest sock is the entrelac sock by Eunny Jang from Interweave Spring 2007, as modeled above by the lovely yarn harlot. When she saw that she asked if afterwards I would be on my way to nasa to work on rocket science and sharing my brain with the world. I sheepishly told her that I do Spanish Literature and would probably in the end help, well, no one.
Then Terry yelled "she's CANADIAN" and I turned a little pink and said "Thanks, Terry" kind of flatly. The harlot looked at me and said "How long did you live in Canada?" And I said, well, technically I still "live" there, but I'm here for school. So she said "Do you think you can pass the Canadian test?" And I said "well, I would definitely hope so!" And she looked at me (somewhat suspiciously I think!) and said "Well, Americans can't get it, ever." And I said "ok...." (while thinking in my head "Oh. My. God. If I don't get this I'm going to look like the biggest dork, in front of the Yarn Harlot.) So she looked at me again and said "It's very easy, you just have to finish this sentence: "When you eat your smarties..."

Yes, I got the answer right, but no, I'm not going to tell you what it is. Otherwise we'd have to make you all Canadians... and you wouldn't get the joke anyway! She thought it would be a great question at the border to check everyone's "true" Canadian status... although you probably would have had to live through the 80's and 90's watching Canadian television to actually understand.


spacekitty said...

Hee! That you-hold-mine-I'll-hold-yours picture is cute. I had way too much fun last night.

Malia said...

I was there last night too! I was too shy to tell you how beautiful your sock is. Which it is.

Doug said...

You eat the red ones last! What do I win? More knitting instructions? I need them!

gradschoolknitter said...

Thanks Elinor and Malia... I had lots of fun and there were so many people knitting beautiful things!

And Doug, yes, you can always have more knitting instructions, whenever you want them!

PHD Knitter said...

Awesome Harlot story. I'm glad you passed the Canadian test :) Your entrelac sock is gorgeous too!

drlaura said...

Too kewl!
i'm drlaura and the CPY "sock guru". would love love to put your pics of the Panda Silk entrelac sock - which is smashing!! - on our blog at CPYsocksandmore
and of course link to you.
if it's ok, let me know drlauraAsirius@gmail.com.
also we have a yearlong color contest, and Blue is for April, with Lilac or Yellow for May and White for June. Anything you knit with Crystal Palace yarns in those colors is eligible for our yarn and books and magazine prizes!
blessings, :L, laura
[ps my phd is biophysics - i sure can emphasize w/ grad school ups & downs!]