In lieu of

I am not packed. This is a problem, considering that my flight leaves in a few hours. (I had to go into the stash for some yarn for a class…I thought it would only take a minute, but…well. I had to go deep.) In lieu of a blog today, I give you a podcast.

When I was at SOAR at the beginning of November, I recorded this very giggly interview with Amy Clarke Moore. (It is very giggly. In our defence, it was the last night and we were both a little overcome by fun and wool fumes.)

The interview is here. Enjoy, and remember that you don’t need an ipod to listen to podcasts. It will play right on your computer. When you get done listening to me, there’s one with Amy Singer here.

I’m going to go pack. I’ve made the very virtuous decision to only take unfinished objects with me. Maybe if I have nothing else to knit I’ll make some progress.

See you at Madrona!

78 thoughts on “In lieu of

  1. Stephanie, travel safely! Um. . . bet you’ll be able to buy yarn there. Worse yet, bet someone will try to give you some. . .

  2. Sure, it’s virtuous to take UFOs, but we all know you’re going to buy more yarn and cast on new projects.

  3. Madrona. *Sigh*
    I’m jealous. I wish someone would throw a fiber fest in Alabama!
    Have a wonderful time Stephanie. I can’t wait to see what you show us from your trip.

  4. I just got done with the pod cast. I couldn’t help up giggle along with you! Good thing there is no one around to see it, or they would think I was/am nuts!

  5. Looking forward to seeing you! If you don’t have time to pack you can always buy plenty of yarn and cast on something new when you arrive!

  6. I can see in your packing haste you incorrectly spelled the name of the place you need to travel to:
    I-O-W-A
    Specifically, Q-U-A-D C-I-T-I-E-S

  7. You know that you are always welcome to raid my stash? I am not leaving until tomorrow night so call if you need anything πŸ™‚

  8. Have a safe trip. I’ll be at Madrona too. I’m hoping I will see you at the Thursday night event but right now it looks like I won’t get there until Friday morning. If you like I could bring some of my stash for you to “play” with. Goodness knows I have enough to share.

  9. I love it!! Man, I wish my office didn’t have glass walls, because I couldn’t help laughing out loud (so basically, everyone just gets the weird facial contortions without the benefit of sound…) Well worth the public embarrassment, though.
    I had no idea you were so into spinning. Oh yes, I can imagine what a big gaping rabbit hole that must be. I’m not a spinner, and not even that great of a knitter, but I’ve already had visions of having my own sheep farm. If I learned to spin, well, then…I might actually be able to justify the fantasy. And oh…this also means you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY need to plan a pilgrimage to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

  10. Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, actually right after you visited Texas and I started knitting. It’s great to put a voice to the face to the blog. . .!

  11. I was just in Maine and my mother saved a knitting article from the Portland Press Herald for me. In it, you are (of course) mentioned for this blog – but I had to think how clueless the muggles are that they think your blog just became “famous” for the Knitting Olympics!

  12. Safe journeys. Wish you were coming here. But it is what it is, and I shall have to be as one with the realities of life.
    …and other lies… πŸ˜‰

  13. Yay! Yarn Harlot podcast! Thanks for the link!
    Do you know yet when your episode of KNitty Gritty is supposed to air?

  14. Enjoy Madrona! (Said with a great deal of envy which I shall swallow painfully) Remember, if you get held up by a bushel of agressive but pretty, pretty yarn, and the only way to save yourself is to buy them all, you can hardly be held responsible. It will be considered self-defence, after all. At least to anyone whose opinion matters (aka non-muggles.)

  15. I’m quite concerned about how much thought you appeared to have put into that toilet flushing issue. But that big honkin’ spinning wheel Alden Amos built you guys were talking about? The latest in my collection of spinning books from the 70’s has instructions on how to make one just like it. Tempting, no?

  16. I haven’t packed for Madrona yet, either. And I’m still knitting my shawl for the banquet. I’m going to go take my lunch break, knit-knit-knit, and listen to that podcast. See you there!
    Oh – don’t forget to pack stuff for the teacher’s gallery.

  17. I have to admit that I’m not interested in spinning (a horrible admission I know) but I still enjoyed the interview, because you’re so funny. You said arse! Awesome!

  18. So envious of folks getting to travel to fiber-related fesitvals. I’m looking forward to them when I move up north, and I will gloat endlessly when I do. In a nice way. Really.
    I do not have a stash room, but my stash bins will still suck an hour away in the blink of an eye. I can imagine never leaving if I had a whole room full. You are strong.

  19. Although we deliberately made no “official” plans to get together wit’ cha’ because we know how insanely busy you will be, that doesn’t mean we won’t try our damndest to trip you up in the hallway, the breakability of your bones be damned.
    Just thought you’d like to know.
    P.S. TMK will still be bringing her laptop in case…well…you know.
    -Ryan and TMK

  20. I think your voice is a bit different than I expected, I don’t know why. BTW, you and I have very similar hair. So we aren’t alone.

  21. I think your voice is a bit different than I expected, I don’t know why. BTW, you and I have very similar hair. So we aren’t alone.

  22. I love podcasts… will listen tonight when all is quiet here. I wish you were seeing me at Modrona. Oh well, have fun for all of us who cannot attend! And, don’t forget your passport :~P

  23. Have a nice trip! I’m looking forward to hearing the pod cast. Oh, and *THIS IS IMPORTANT* aren’t those wrist warmers both for the right hand? I hope I’m wrong…

  24. Nothing else to knit…? That’s quite funny. I’m heading to Madrona too, hope to see you there, of course all your sessions were already full by the time I realized the festival was happening but maybe, just maybe, I’ll run into you at the vendors market…
    This is my first fibre arts festival and I’m pretty darned excited.

  25. Thanks for the links to the podcasts, loved them both. Glad to be able to hear your voice and your giggle. Would love to see you in person sometime but, it doesn’t seem likely, as the chances of your showing up in northern Minnesota seem very slim. Was just waiting for you to say arse, and you did it twice! I giggled along, which is not the same as laughing at what happened with the thumb yesterday.

  26. I listened to your podcast. I must say, you have a lovely, melodious voice. You are so petite that I imagined your voice higher, perkier and a bit squeaky. (okay, ducking now….)

  27. So jealous about the fiber arts festival…is this something you get to do when your kids get a little older?
    Loved listening to you about the spinning…someday for me too!

  28. Ah! The melodious voice of Ms. Harlot is the best way to listen to my very first pod-cast (yes, I know, welcome to 2007!) You sounded like you had a lot of fun!

  29. Marry skinny men?! NOW you tell me — I’m assuming the same rule applies to dating men. Sorry, that line was hysterical to me . . . travel safely, buy yarn and roving restrainedly, and we’ll look forward to more reports of your adventures! Now I have to go finish a sweater by Saturday for the aforementioned non-skinny man.

  30. “Madrona. *Sigh*
    I’m jealous.”
    Good lord, me TOOOO!!!!!
    πŸ™ I need to pay better attention to what’s happening in the world.

  31. To me, you sound very sophisticated, polished and ‘together’. Like someone who would wear black cocktail dresses, red glossy lipstick and never ever gets runs in her stockings.

  32. I’m not sure what I thought you sounded like, but you surprise me. ^_^ I like your vowels. And you say “aboot” but it’s not that bad, don’t worry. Could you somehow manage to say “huge” or “wonderful” in the next one?

  33. I’m so excited for Madrona and to see you again. I’ll stand in line, whatever to maybe get a photo with you. When I saw you in Seattle at Weaving Works a couple years back I was being *shy* and regretted not getting a photo with you. No more shyness here. I won’t be that fan running up to you with that crazed look in her eyes, promise! πŸ™‚

  34. I hope you have time to hit the market. Two of my favorites vendors will be there — Toots LeBlanc (dontcha love the name) selling her yarns and Sheila Ernst with her buttons and stuff. Maybe I’ll see you there on Friday.

  35. Progress on WIPs is highly over rated. Once everything is finished, there is time to start a gazillion new projects that will languish on needles as WIPs. Thus, there is a never-ending cycle of WIPs and FOs and newly started projects. Okay, I am off to start something new.

  36. So glad you’re coming for a visit! I’m not able to take any classes this year, but I’ll be one of, oh, any number of folks running around the market tomorrow and fighting my way to the yarns/patterns.

  37. Stephanie,
    I think that taking UFO’s is the way to go. That way, when you get bored you will simply HAVE to puchase more yarn/fiber to make yourself feel better. In a way, it is a total win win!
    Have a safe trip and I hope you have a lot of fun!
    Marly
    http://www.knitthing.blogspot.com
    P.S. Thnx for the very nice email! It really meant a lot to me to hear from you. πŸ™‚
    P.P.S When are you coming to Colorado?

  38. I will listen to the podcast soon – maybe later this weekend. I also have to get ready for Madrona (but I only live ~80 miles away!)

  39. Aren’t all projects that we knit unfinished objects until we finish them? And then we don’t knit them anymore. Of course you’re only bringing unfinished objects to knit, it would be pretty silly to bring finished objects to knit.
    Just sayin’

  40. We have a new LYS…two days ago the words “Do you carry drop spindles?” fell from my lips. The answer was no so I’m still only “wondering” if I could do that!
    Loved your voice (surprised by it at first as well, but not sure why) and giggliness was probably only noticable at first because you mentioned it up front and it was the first thing both of you did. Never seemed over the top…wonderful interview to listen to! πŸ™‚

  41. We have a new LYS…two days ago the words “Do you carry drop spindles?” fell from my lips. The answer was no so I’m still only “wondering” if I could do that!
    Loved your voice (surprised by it at first as well, but not sure why) and giggliness was probably only noticable at first because you mentioned it up front and it was the first thing both of you did. Never seemed over the top…wonderful interview to listen to! πŸ™‚

  42. What a fun interview. And what a lovely warm voice you have!(I am very stupid. I was a bit surprised you sounded Canadian – but when reading the blog I always hear you say “arse” with a Scottish accent)
    Have a good trip.

  43. i’ve met jim in person! i used to work in the kitchen at mutual of omaha (and yes, it’s here in omaha!), and he came through the salad bar i was manning. he was very nice, and likes caesar salad.

  44. Hi, Stephanie,
    so nice to hear you. Far, far away from Canada and the US I think this is the only possibility. Thanks a lot!
    btw, my husband IS skinny, but he’s not that fond of handknits. He’s to blame ;-). Have a good time at Madrona.

  45. Hi, Stephanie,
    so nice to hear you. Far, far away from Canada and the US I think this is the only possibility. Thanks a lot!
    btw, my husband IS skinny, but he’s not that fond of handknits. He’s to blame ;-). Have a good time at Madrona.

  46. So I’ve never heard you speak before and I don’t mean to sound like a weirdo (I am… just not *that* kind of weirdo) you have a really lovely voice. I’d say sexy… but that’s weird right?

  47. Lucy Neatby has no stonger powers than the power of the Harlot. I was re-reading your first book today and came to the chapter about steeking. You cast on 278 stitches—-gee, that sounds like what I just cast on for the sweater I’m going to steek. So, I sit down this evening to get going on it and wouldn’t ya know I had twisted the stitches when joining!!!I make enough of my own screw ups whilst knitting without having to be influenced by the power of suggestion in a book!!The Knitting sprites laugh at our vain attempts to achieve perfection.Steeking is cool when you find out that it really does work and people who are so afraid of it are enormously impressed. Every time I cut my knitting my friend Kathy makes me take it to the spinning and knitting group to show them.Sorry I somehow posted the first part of this entry before I was thru. The only “F” I got in high school was in typing.

  48. Enjoyed the podcast, especially the toilet tutorials; I’ll stand by my previous post suggesting Harlot audiobooks. Must be read by the author, however, in that voice which is much taller than its owner.
    Enough of that. I’m getting impatient for a new Yarn Harlot blog post. If I don’t read one every day, there’s just something missing–like a day without chocolate.
    Don’t know if I’m addicted, or if your life is just more interesting than my own. Nope, that’s not it. I must be an addict!

  49. Theories:
    She has collapsed into a coma from yarn overload
    She had to use her laptop as a weapon to keep creepy guys from hitting on her
    She has forsworn technology and has become a Luddite
    Her laptop has exploded into a firey mess
    Or…maybe she’s just busy.
    Whatever the reason, I’m jonesing for a post!
    Hey, Steph, if you can read this, find a coffeeshop with internet access and leave us a comment that you’re still around, we miss you!
    Celebrity is a demanding mistress!

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