Yesterday I made the three hour trek to see Wichita to see my new girl crush, the Yarn Harlot. By girl crush I mean the girl that you just know that if you lived in the same place you would be best friends and call each other just to say "Did you see the new STR colorway? Let's go get some right now!"
I had a great time and if you haven't seen it, got a bad picture of me posted on the Yarn Harlot's blog. I feel so special!!! (I'm right below Ingrid, the kniting soldier.)
So what does a whole lot of knitters in Wichita KS look like?
I met some nice women. Most people I met had trekked there like me from MO, OK, or other parts of KS.
When I got into town I stopped at the new LYS, Twist. It was a cool store. I bought my first skein of Tofutsies and this cool t-shirt.
Then I made my way over to Wichita East HS for the Yarn Harlot. I was early so I got in very close to the front of the line and had 2nd row seating. Great views of Stephanie.
She was hilarious!! Funnier than I even imagined and I've read all of her books. She even showed us how she knits and man does she knit fast.
There were, of course, the requisite sock pics. I cast on for my first pair of Jaywalkers in Trekking XXL and knitted almost an inch on them. (I had a hard time knitting because I was focusing on everything Stephanie said. Told ya, total girl crush!)
I got her to sign all 3 of my books and gave her the MO dishcloth I made for her. See the pretty picture! We had to explain to the Canadian a bit about where MO was in regards to KS. It's hard to imagine someone doesn't know where all of the states are (I'm a geographer by trade) but then again I don't know if I could name all of the Canadian provinces right now. (Actually I just tried and came up three short off of the top of my head. Now try naming the 50 states, tough huh? I can do it if I can write them down.)
I also knitted a hat that I got a really bad pic of at the hats table. It's the green and orange London Beanie third from the right. (I'm sure we ended up with more than this but I was at the front of the line.)
Overall I had an awesome time and would definately drive the distance again to hear Stephanie speak. If you get a chance, go see her. She's the coolest Canadian I know.