Running

I have 15 minutes to post a blog entry, so I have to tell you this may be short on both words and charm. Denver just about killed me. I’ve got a new respect for people who live there, mostly because I think that its an environment that kills off the weak. There’s no air in that state, and it’s so close to the burning ball of fire in the sky that I think that you could be incinerated in moments, were you to succumb to the lack of oxygen and happen to fall down somewhere the bright sunshine could get you. It’s the altitude, that place is just closer to the sun and farther out of the atmosphere. By the time that the signing rolled around last night I had a headache, swollen hands, swollen feet (probably a swollen face, but I’m trying not to dwell on that) and was exhausted and dizzy after executing demanding physical chores like carrying a coffee cup from one side of the hotel room to another. Sadly, sock pictures in Denver are sadly lacking as a result. I did get the most important ones though. The knitters.

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Good looking bunch, aren’t they?

Erynn was first in line with Isaac and Isaiah.

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I think there was nobody in the place who thought there was anybody with a better reason to be first. I didn’t ask her to hold the sock. Her arms were right full.

Then was Jackie, who’s sister wondered why on earth she was going to see someone called the “Yam Harlot”.

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Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin-Off magazine, and a friend.

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Ruth may be my new best friend,

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because she gives hand massages. (I entreated her to follow me from city to city.)

I met Marly,

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who does the great Yarn Thing podcast and gave a nice little knitted sock a chance to hang out with some crochet.

Jacob was back,

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This time wearing a great kilt and sporting kilt hose underway. (Do you all remember Jacob and his great shirt from last year?)

Stacey brought the mittens I knit and she won several years ago back for a visit.

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Penny came all the way from Wyoming. (I don’t know where that is, but it sounds far.)

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and this is Liz (the mum) Abigail (the wearer) and Hannah (the knitter.) Also sisters.

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Abigail is modelling the first pair of socks Hannah ever knit.

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(Ever get tired of these overachievers? Bloody brilliant knitters making the rest of us look bad.)

It was Lisa’s Birthday.

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And Pat loaned me a darning needle, so I could finish the Sock Ease socks (liked the yarn perfectly well still. Good stuff. I thought the aloe might be weird, but it’s not. It’s nice.)

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and so they’re done!

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(Which is extra good, because I didn’t pack enough socks. It’s good to be a knitter an solve these little problems independently. Slowly, but independently.) When I was taking these pictures this morning (rather early) I happened to look across the street and see this.

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A Jolly Roger, flapping in the wind on the building across the street. What building?

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The Chamber of Commerce. Dudes, you gotta love a city with a sense of humour.

Thanks for everything Denver. It was a blast. A breathless blast, but a blast.

115 thoughts on “Running

  1. Wyoming is next-door to Colorado. But it’s still very far away in other aspects. See you Monday in Annapolis!

  2. How can I not comment when there are less than 900 million comments so far?
    Looking forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor on the 13. Repeat after me: “NO FOG.”

  3. Wow, my jaw literally dropped on those amazing first socks..And tomorrow is ATL; I’m so stoked!

  4. Wow! It’s always so interesting when you are on the road. I love the Clessidra socks. I have knit them so I know just how hard they are and how long they take! Happy travels!

  5. um, i’m unclear how the doing-the-tour-in-one-go is a better option than the spaced out, time to regroup, go-home-in-between option.
    socks are great, though.

  6. That’s either a wonderful or a creepy place to have a Jolly Roger. I can’t quite decide.
    Did you ask how many non-sock things she’d knit before those Clessidras?

  7. OMG..I made it on the Yarn Harlot Blog!!!…and I didn’t look fat LOL!!!
    It was really nice to meet you again. Hope we can hang out the next time you come to town. We can go to an oxygen bar πŸ™‚
    Marly

  8. Key to traveling to Colorado…hydrate!!! Drink lots of water and you will feel much better. It’s very dry and very high. Yep…I’m a native…but now live in California. Whenever we go back we always pound down the water. At least you didn’t do anything foolish like friends of ours that flew into Colorado Springs from Dayton, Ohio and proceeded to jump into a rental car and drive up Pikes Peak…all 14,110 feet! That was dangerous!
    Sure wish I could have seen you last night. We’ll be in the Springs tomorrow…so close, yet so far.
    Love all your writings and I can’t wait to get your new book!

  9. I’m in love with the idea of honest advertising by any level of government. We need a Jolly Roger for the White House!

  10. We were sad to have missed Colorado on our sabbatical trip a few years ago. . . I’d heard about the oxygen problem, though! Still piles of hard-frozen snow here in NNY, though the sun is shining and it hasn’t snowed since yesterday! You have some hectic trip going on there; hope you have some fun, at least! Your schedule is harrowing, though at least you will be on one side of the U.S. for a few days. Take care.

  11. Those twins are too adorable. They must come with cuteness so their parents don’t lose their minds trying to care for two babies simultaneously.

  12. I must admit that Denver is one of my least favorite places for exactly the reasons you describe – I live at sea level and the change in altitude plus my pale skin equals a very uncomfortable time. Love love love the wee twins – so very handsome! And love your socks – I think I’m finally going to bite the bullet and knit socks. Maybe. Can’t wait to see you in Northampton MA in a few weeks!

  13. All of the socks are amazing πŸ™‚
    I can’t believe that you get cables on a first sock ever!
    That’s insane in a jaw dropping jealous kind of way…
    (Considering that my current cable-knit socks are pretty much becoming hibernations due to my lack of time to focus on knitting with a rather large pattern in front of me…. And the fact that my dog ate my circular
    (seriously…. There are pictures)

  14. We made the hideous mistake of renting bicycles in Aspen, Colorado once. It’s even higher than Denver. I thought I would die and wished I would before we finished that benighted pedalfest.

  15. I’m a third generation Floridian who moved to Colorado Springs in 1972. It’s possible to survive but it does take time, a lot of water, sunscreen, deep breathing, and for some an oxygen tank. Upon arriving, you should avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours! My group and I really had fun last night-thank you for a very entertaining and informative speech!
    Irene, my birthday June 13, son Sean’s on June 16, but you win for number of June birthdays :-))

  16. Denver, my birth place. Did you get to see the Rockies? It is really weird to me that you can see them from the city.
    Denver rocks. If I were to move some place else I would move there.
    Wy- sort of far depending on where she came from. Or maybe I would move there. It’s hard.

  17. I had so much fun last night! I’m sorry the altitude got to you – I forgot how much that sucks when you first get here from sea level. Stay away from beer! So thanks for a great time!

  18. Thank YOU Steph, I had so much fun last night!!! (I’m even there, in the group first sock pic, on the left.)
    You are an amazing speaker!

  19. Well…where to start? Denver does take some time to get used to, altitude-wise, plus with your schedule…I hope you are feeling better! The twins…too cute! The kilt…cute too! (Looked back at the t-shirt and had a laugh) The amazing first socks – shut up! Just beautiful, don’t want to think about what my first pair looked like. And in the pictures of everyone, with the knitters fading off into the distance – amazing! Plus love the Jolly Roger. Again, just enjoy your stories so much – oh yeah, picked up your new book yesterday and am thoroughly enjoying it! Yea! Safe travels —-

  20. Laughed so hard I cried last night – you deserve your own HBO special or a spot on Letterman. Too funny! And it was a blast sitting among so many knitters – so many colors and types of yarn, different projects – I’m still swoooning! Thanks for enduring our thin air (the reason I feel so slow at sea level is coz the air is so thick!) and warm sunshine (the reason we can wear t-shirts without coats some days in January!). You are one of the best story-tellers ever!!!

  21. As long as you made it to Colorado, how about continuing on thru Kansas and hit the Missouri border? We’d loved to meet you in Kansas City. I still don’t do socks, but I’d bring my knitted teddy bear along!! How about a picture of PURL (my teddy bear) holding your sock?

  22. Just finished “Things I Learned”. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks for writing it.

  23. Love the Jolly Roger flag. It being on the Chamber of Commerce reminds me of the opening bit of Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.
    You know, the Quality Assurance corporate raiders?
    Now, if madam would just give her room number?
    (hug)

  24. I’m glad to hear that new sock yarn is decent. Great colours in it! Your socks look great. :O) Hope you get a wee bit of rest before you are swamped by excited knitters again. I love seeing the photos, even if I can’t be there in person. Specially the babies! Those two little fellows are gorgeous. Knit on, Stephanie. And get some rest.

  25. i am so bummed that i couldn’t be there last night. i had intended to bring my 7 month old daughter to meet you, but sadly, if I stray at all from her nighttime routine, i am severely punished. if only you had come during the day…….sniff…….sniff…….

  26. Whirlwind travel. You’re gonna need more than a Guiness when you get home. Maybe you can go back to the woods and, taking enough TP and wine, relax in peace and quiet.
    The twins are keepers. How could you not want to give them a hug?
    Any idea when the Sock-Ease will make it’s way onto the open market? I’m ready to try it. Especially if you give it the seal of approval.

  27. The twins are so adorable.
    When you get home, you can lose the socks in your Birks. It’s warm (ish) again….

  28. glad you foound a darning needle — but I still say you could have gotten away with a three needle bindoff. Nice socks.

  29. If you don’t like Denver, stay away from Park City, Utah. It’s about 2000 feet farther up! They have nice brew pubs, though.

  30. My one and only trip to Denver was a dizzy, oxygen-deprived haze. I’m certain I looked like a drunkard trying to drag myself up and down the stairs and holding onto shelves for balance at The Tattered Cover. I’m totally impressed that you were able to get clear photos AND match names to them later. From the other comments it sounds like you were still funny, too. Rock on! Thankfully the rest of your stops should have real air. πŸ™‚

  31. Okay, I must have missed the Denver post from last year, since this is the first time I’ve seen Jacob’s shirt. I sincerely cannot stop giggling at it!

  32. On my first full day in Colorado I hopped on the back of a Harley and went to the top of Pike’s Peak. The altitude made my head swell up so much that I had trouble getting the helmet off and my eyes were swollen shut. It made for a very unpleasant trip back to Denver and took a week to get totally back to normal. Thank goodness I wasn’t the driver. After a while, you don’t notice the altitude and thin air.
    I’ll let you know how the Noro socks hold up. I swear it on Stompin’ Tom’s foot!!
    Come back soon.

  33. Missed you in NYC Wednesday night. The socks look really good. Hope you feel better once you get some rest.

  34. Too awesome to see the skull and crossbones on a big-wig building! I LOVE the First-Sock-Knitter Hannah; they came out SO great! But I have to ask: where did her sister (Abigail) get those clogs?! I want a pair! Please share!

  35. Yes, here in Denver we take your breath away…literally. But you do get used to it and then when you go to the flat lands you are a god with all that oxygen. Come back and see us when you can stay longer and get acclimated.

  36. I’m so glad you were here last night. Sorry our altitude took its toll on you. πŸ™ I had the most enjoyable day and I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. Ruth is in my SnB and she does indeed give the most awesome hand rubs!

  37. What a great evening last night! Stephanie, it was a pleasure and a hoot to enjoy your presentation, meet you, and provide a darning needle for your use! Not to mention the additional bonus of coming early and hanging with knitters. Just like last year, I met some wonderful folks and wonderful yarn. And I left with a smile on my face and your fun book in my bag.
    BTW, I was sitting on the far side of the front row, looking across to you, and could see a muggle off to the side checking out books and you during the presentation. He was definitely smiling and looking somewhat bemused.
    Thanks for the laughs you give us all, and all the best on your tour.
    Pat in Denver

  38. Oh hurry and hurry up to Minneapolis/St. Paul! We are very far from the sun and have plenty of oxygen. It will be very refreshing as we have all our air imported from Canada, so you’ll feel right at home. Can’t wait to share in the fun.

  39. I went down to Denver from Fort Collins with two of my good friends for the evening. It was a blast!!!!! I’m a transplanted flat-lander (from St. Louis), but I must admit, I love the mountains, and the altitude rarely bothers me.
    And Stephanie – don’t feel too bad about being short! It makes it possible for us bite the knees of knitting muggles. (Thanks for taking your shoes off anyway. πŸ™‚ )

  40. Two words to help you survive Denver, or any other place at a high elevation: Drink Water. I travel to Denver for business twice a year and have found that if I don’t drink about 8 ounces of non-caffeinated beverage for every hour I’m awake I end up with headaches and swollen hands and feet. Drink enough water to float the Titanic and you’ll be fine. You’ll know every loo in Denver, but you’ll be fine. πŸ™‚

  41. Things to know about Denver. It is out on the flat, but a very high up flat. Lots of water. Move slowly. The mountians are that way, that way is west. drinking beer the first few days you are here will give you a hangover like you wouldn’t want to imagine. If you go towards the mountians, you go farther up.
    I grew up at 8,000 feet. when I go down to sea level I breathe once every five minutes. if I am exercising I speed up to once a minute. You know the felted wool cowboy hat you have? It was designed for the mountians where you can simultaniously get a blistering sunburn and frostbite on your nose and ears.
    I am sorry I missed you, it sounds like a grand time. have a more restfull rest of your tour, at least at the next stop you can breathe.

  42. I remembered your comments about the lack of oxygen from last year, and I have to tell you, you didn’t show the physicaly stress at all! I know drinking that much water can add a lot of unexpected pit stops to your schedule, but it really does help. Some.
    I was nearly at the end of the line (after birthday girl Lisa, with my Australian friend Simone), and I was impressed with your poise–you must have been totally exhausted by that time! Thanks so much for your book (which I just finished!) and your willingness to tour like this.
    Hm, maybe next time, you can make Denver your first stop. And get here several days ahead, to acclimate. Yeah, that’s why. And get a really thorough tour of our yarn shops and microbreweries–there are lots of both, and they’re really excellent!

  43. Have to say… THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for your “pre-boarding” policy. Not only did I have those twins there last night, but their three-year-old brother was hiding in the kids’ section with Daddy. We were headed back to Oklahoma (about a 12 hour drive if you’re not counting kids into the mix) last night. We came into town for my grandpa’s funeral Monday and I was really thrilled to have something so fun to top off the week. I’m not sure what kind of insanity led me to believe it was a good idea to travel so far with three young ‘uns in tow, or to stay late enough to see you, but it was great fun.
    –Erynn, mother of the twins
    P.S. As a former doula, you might appreciate…they were born without drugs via Bradley method (indispensible doula helping out).

  44. I made it into 3 of the photos! (The girl on crutches with the red tank top.) Having knee surgery finally did some good for me.
    I had a blast last night and I really hope you got to see Battlestar Galatica. It was very good.

  45. Greetings from Denver! I’m so sorry I missed your visit. Ain’t the Tattered Cover grand?
    Just be glad you’re not a singer or a wind-instrument player. Every concert I’ve ever been to has featured at least one gasping exclamation: “How the hell do you people breathe here?!?”
    You do get used to it. And naps help.

  46. My altitude limit is 12,000 feet. Or should I say, my limit is a few thousand feet short of that… altitude sickness is NOT FUN!

  47. That you felt somewhat yucky and still managed to be so funny (and sign so many books!) is truly amazing. I was the woman with the shaved head who was instructing you how to pose for the picture; chalk it up to being dazzled by your stardom (or just plain ol’ silliness). I’m so glad I was able to see you this year, and hope you have a chance to spend a little more time in these here parts next time – it really does get easier to breathe after a few days!

  48. I didn’t know it was Lisa’s birthday! (actually, I didn’t even know her name. We talked in the line together for like… a long time, along with Australian Lady, whose name I also do not know/remember. I am a sad little dork. But if you guys are reading this, I have indeed signed up for Ravlery)
    Also, I didn’t notice any swelling of the face– or of the hands. You looked good!

  49. I’m kinda jealous that the same cities get to see you over and over again and we in Missoula, MT never get a chance to see you in person. πŸ™

  50. Correction… just checked again, and that trip we were actually at 10,000. I don’t think I’d want to go much higher than Denver!

  51. Dang it, I missed you, but my 3 boys’ soccer games were fantastic, if also a little exhausting. It was almost worth it to stay home in KS instead of driving out to Denver. I forgot to ask though, did you get a chance to stop in and see my sister-in-laws? They all live a little north of Denver, and there’s a lot of them. My Hubby’s mother, bless her heart, was a widow when she met my hubby’s dad, and already had 5 daughters, and now they ALL live in Denver. Now that I think about it, that may be why she, the mom, lives in FL. Hmmmmm.
    Glad to hear you had such a fun time, though. Sorry I missed you. I have such way better socks than last year. Some of them even won at my fair!

  52. These posts of this book launch and tour have been such fun! PLEASE come to Northern California!!

  53. Looks like a great time! Love all the first socks, and hurray for Pat so you could finish yours. I’m happy to hear the yarn you left on the plane wasn’t what was needed for the *second* sock. Whew. I was worried yesterday, thinking of the poor little sockie, permanently a singleton. The pair look very happy together.
    I found my copy of the book in the mailbox yesterday, and enjoyed devouring it immensely! Lots of giggling ensued; it’s great!
    And I have no professional training, but give great neck rubs; Mom and I used to trade off on each other since I was big enough to do so. If you’re willing to trust your hand to an amateur, just ask when you’re in Portland. πŸ˜‰ Although knowing our city, I’m betting there’ll be at least one pro in the audience!

  54. Thank you for a wonderful evening. You didn’t show your stress – very impressive. The breathing thing is tricky but very helpful during the third period/fourth quarter for the hometown teams.
    I so glad you got to a darning needle. I had no doubt that someone in that huge crowd would come through.
    I’m the one in the armchair about six rows back with the husband who napped through much of the presentation – but he really liked the part about the dangerous deer.
    Ain’t Jacob a dear. His Mom is one of dearest friends and we all love him (and his t-shirts).
    Carol (who lives at 6,900 feet where the crocus have only just come out).

  55. Isaac and Isaiah may be the 2 cutest babies ever! You have altitude sickness – we mere mortals who dwell at or near sea level seem to be prone to it. I personally have never gotten it but my daughter had a serious case of it when we went to Glacier National Park & spent much of the vacation sleeping or with a headache. And, even though I don’t get altitude sickness, I was gasping for breath after a short hike up a not very rugged, only slightly inclined path. The mountain people must have bigger lungs or something.

  56. I had a blast at your Denver appearance. Had I been able to move past my giant deformed sock-in-progress, I would have been able to tell you how much I enjoy your writing, and the fact that you are a mom/wife/knitter/writer/doula/lactation consultant gives me a great deal of inspiration! But instead of all that, I just talked about socks. I hope you come back here and brave the altitude another time, because I loved hearing you speak.

  57. I’m jealous that I missed you in Colorado! Looked liked lots o’ high altitude fun.

  58. Overheard whilst paying for my copy of the book last night: “I thought it must have been Obama speaking or something…”
    And another thought, your self-imposed death march through the frozen north must have been training for your crazy tour schedule since it looks like you’re going to need some serious endurance. I’d be wiped after the first two days!

  59. I can’t wait to meet you at sock camp! I used to live in New Mexico and was used to the altitude back then. Now I live in Calif closer to sea level, so, when I go back to visit, the altitude kills me.

  60. It is fun to read about your travels. Love the Jolly Roger and on the Chamber of Commerce no less. Can’t wait to see you in Portland. Gotta go graft my most recent sock and start the second one.

  61. I grew up in Denver, and you really have me missing it! I used to spend hours in the Tattered Cover while mom listened to boring authors speak. How I wish I could have been there last night, though.

  62. Wish I could have made it. Next time you travel to high altitude land remember the water, but also start taking Vit. E a couple of weeks before. Locals here in the Four Corners (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and ARizona) swear by it.

  63. There is, indeed, no air in Denver. We moved there about 14 years ago and the first thing I did? Get pregnant. Almost killed me, that no air thing, holy cow.
    Hannah’s socks are AMAZING. I’ve probably knit 50 pairs of socks, and none have them are that spectacular.

  64. Oops, that’s Ann Arbor on the 11TH. I don’t think even your patented 3-alarm system could save me from being TWO DAYS late! (Still… NO FOG.)

  65. You’re right about Denver. I go there once a year to visit my mother and I sleep for the first two days. Too bad you go through so fast, though. Once you get your “altitude legs” under you it’s a great town.

  66. you were great at the tattered cover! I am glad I went you were so funny. thank you
    peace

  67. You would think that those of us who bare nicely with blizzards,below zero temps and wind chills that freeze penquins would find high altitudes a piece of cake. But no, Denver and those other beautiful places in the Rockies kick our butts! It is a great place to live, they say, but I’ll stick with Michigan/Canadian weather-at least we can breathe.

  68. Stephanie – really Wyoming is not that far. It took us 2 hours to get there and 3 to get home (LOTS of accidents on the highway). We are a bit higher though – I’ve been here so long I forget about the altitude. We had a great time and you were wonderful as always. I’m glad I was able to add to your collection. See you in June!

  69. OMIGOSH! Cutest babies ever. Hmmmm….so they were born without the use of drugs? But how many drugs (or bottles of wine) does Mom have stashed at home now? I’ll bet she would have traded them for a couple pairs of really nice socks. Then we would have some really hysterical posts from the Harlot trying to knit & cope with twins at the same time!
    LOVE Denver–last time I was there my nose bled every time I blew it because if the dryness. It’s used to Dayton, OH humidity. But my hair was gorgeous….
    Please, please, please come to Dayton. Or Cincinnati. Columbus would do as well. Great yarn shops everywhere!!

  70. Oregon and Washington have lots of moist oxygen and a nice protective cloud cover to shield you and your knitting from those harmful uv rays! Get lots of sleep when you’re able and by all means, bring Ruth on the rest of your tour.

  71. What lack of air? πŸ˜‰ *native* hee hee! You really were fantastic you didn’t show it if you were feeling yucky and your face was not puffy at all. I did notice you felt well enough to show off some sweet spinning moves though! Thanks for making us part of your tour, even if it did nearly kill ya!

  72. I’m thrilled to have been at your Denver event! The lady next to me said she hadn’t spent that much time in line since the Springsteen concert, and I wouldn’t have done it for anyone but you. I’ll send you “li’l pink sock shtuff” when I get back home so you’ll have the context for my need to photograph you with the pink sock. The story I didn’t have time to tell you, having digressed into Stephen King-ness, is that I know that knitters are smart. This was brought home to me after I taught my masseur to purl. He is a fine actor, fine singer, excellent masseur, good friend, taught math in Africa through the Peace Corps….and yet, it wasn’t until he produced two complimacated washcloths (one of which I’d struggled with) and a scarf within a few days of learning how to purl that I KNEW he was SMART.

  73. Denver really is a lovely place, once you get used to the altitude. My grandparents lived just north of Denver, and I always loved visiting them.
    I realize there are so many pressures in a book tour. Take care of YOURSELF, Stephanie! We do appreciate whenever you have time to post, though.

  74. You were brilliant, Stefanie! Thanks for braving the thin air, tornadoes, and pirates to come out to Denver and make us laugh so very hard. I hope you survive the rest of the tour–I really don’t know how you do it. I’m trying not to read your book too quickly so that I can savor it. I love the small size.
    Hannah picked out a pirate book after your talk–how funny to read about the jolly roger you saw on the Chamber of Commerce. She’s been running around singing, “yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum.”

  75. You’re so right about Denver! I always feel breathless and sun burned after a visit. I think you will find Annapolis much more comfortable! I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night as this will be my first time seeing you. (But I am a long-time lurker on your blog.)

  76. I’m looking at those adorable smiling babies, and thinking of the team of doctors and nurses it must have been, along with their parents, that got to see them taking their first Denver breaths together.

  77. Yes the Wyoming Love your SLC appearance is closer for me so I’ll be there with bells on, glad she did the WYO cloth, our state is mostly big and square.

  78. I came from Los Angeles, California to come see you, and it was totally worth the 2 1/2 hour flight, and the 3 hour wait in line for a seat! My cousin and I came into the Tattered Cover the day before to figure out when I should show up. We got there at 4:45, and there were six people in line to hear author Jodi Picoult speak and sign her new book at 7:30. The next day, I showed up at 4:20, and I ended up being the 42nd person in line! But it was amazing! You are just as hilarious in person as you are in your books, and I had a great time meeting all the knitters in Denver. And I even made it onto the blog – well, kinda – I’m right above Stacey’s right shoulder looking down at the egregious error I made in my sock – I figured out later that I did a short row in the middle of my ribbing because I turned it inside out – I’m dumb. No, no I’m not! Knitters are smart!

  79. Whoa, looks like everyone had a fine time up there in Denver. Y’no, work really gets in the way of some good times in life. So glad my sister (who posted above as “Ellanie’s Sister) got to go–you rock, Mindy!
    Stephanie, you get used to the altitude once you’ve been there a while–come to Albuquerque–we’d love to have you speak here. I think you were here a few years ago, but I wasn’t knitting then, and I am now (even if only on my lunch breaks).

  80. Have you ever seen Monty Python?? In ‘The Meaning of Life’, in the first sequence, there are a bunch of accountants doing tax and other boring paperly things…When all of a sudden the buildings begin to break apart and become ships, the accountants rebel overtaking their tyrannical bosses (becoming “accounting pirates of The Crimson Permanent Assurance” Monty python does nothing better then name things) – they use filing cabinets and ledgers and other lethal tools of the accounting trade to ravage various buildings of the great city while singing…
    Go Here http://www.videosift.com/video/Monty-Pythons-Meaning-Of-Life-Crimson-Permanent-Assurance
    If you’d like to see it…
    I’m not saying this is WHY there was a jolly roger on the Chamber of Commerce – but I sure hope so…
    PS – I’m an accountant in my non-knitting time!

  81. Jacob really knows how to stop traffic! That shirt, and now a kilt! Good man.
    And a jolly roger on the chamber of commerce? Either they have a wicked sense of humor — or Denver is out to take over the world!

  82. Wyoming is north, and trust me, if you found Denver a bit low on oxygen, Laramie would completely floor you – we are at 7200 feet here, instead of Denver’s measly 5280. It was good to see part of the Wyoming contingent in your photos…still wish I could have made it…maybe next time.

  83. Those are the Clessidra socks from knitty!! I knit them as my first cabling project and they are darn good fun! (couldn’t resist) And I second the plea for you to come to Nor Cal, especially right by the Bay, please?

  84. Glad to see you got to put your feet up for a spell after you finished the socks (even if only long enough to shoot the picture).
    I love Jacob. I saw a man on the subway last month wearing a kilt. I almost asked him to marry me, just so I would have an excuse to knit kilt hose.

  85. If you can stand one more piece of advice on traveling to high altitudes, from someone who spends every other weekend at 8000ft: Arrive at night. Sleep. In the morning, you’ll have acclimated a little and it won’t affect you as much. Just remember, if you’re not used to high altitudes, move *slooowwwly* until you’ve acclimated. Don’t rush around unpacking right away.

  86. I’m sorry Denver almost killed you, but it did make for a great blog post, and it is all about *us*, now isn’t it?
    OK, OK, it is about you, too. Sunscreen and a bit of whiskey for you. And then back at it, eh?

  87. Sigh. So sorry to have missed you, I was one of the saps who had to order a signed copy πŸ™
    I picked it up on saturday and evidence of your visit was everywhere. #203 didn’t stay to have their book signed and left it on a chair in the religion section. Somebody dropped a blue DPN probably a size two, I returned it to the front desk in case the manic knitter minus one needle lived nearby or frequented the store. There were a couple of yarn snippetts vacuumed into the carpet in various areas…..signs of the party were everywhere πŸ™‚ Please come back next time!!
    PS. I loved the book πŸ™‚

  88. Great meeting you at last!
    The problem with dehydration at altitude is that you must inundate yourself with water while *on the plane*. By the time you land it’s too late. No booze either πŸ™ at least until you acclimate. Sounds like you had altitude sickness. A day to do adjust and *lots* of sleep will help.
    You were fabulous regardless. I’m waiting for your HBO comedy special πŸ™‚

  89. Great to hear you speak again! Here’s hoping Denver remains on your book tours. I was just wondering if you post your speaches after the tour? I have friends who are teaches who would like the ammunition (research) to support the addition of knitting to math and art classes.

  90. Hello Stephanie! It was so great to see you on Friday night; I absolutely had a blast. Hopefully you gave me some good sock knitting mojo so I can finish my first pair successfully. Looking forward to the next time I’ll get to go to a signing.

  91. Count me in as one who loves Hannah’s socks! But I’d really love to know what kind of clogs Abigail is wearing with them. Can anyone help?

  92. You are not alone in the altitude kicking your ass. Really.
    No one warns you about the altitude. Not sufficiently at least. Someone may mention it offhand, like ‘oh, the altitude may take some getting used to.’
    That is a ridiculous understatement.
    The first time I went to Denver I spent a week to visit my friend, and half the time we were in the mountains (up into the big mountain ridge to Golden and further in to Vail. Another mile or 2 up, I kid you not.)
    I had spent my entire 25 years of life previous at sea level, and every second I was in Colorado I was woozy, breathing heavy, I had to take naps every few hours, and I basically thought I was going to die when my friend suggested (and made us) walk up to the top of a “Fourteener”. That’s 14 THOUSAND feet high (Almost 5 thousand metres).
    Also? 1 beer made me embarrasingly loopy. No one tells you what altitude does to tolerance either.
    Which is a shame, because Denver (and most of Colorado) is an absolutely beautiful place.

  93. I’m late to comment, but wanted to say thank you for making it up here. I have to admit being a native it makes it very, very easy when we vacation at lower elevations. You guys have so very much oxygen down there. Also I tan not burn, it is amazing, just not amazing enough to get me to give up the mountains. πŸ˜‰

  94. Cath, the reason for the yam is that in some fonts or typefaces, “Yarn Harlot” looks a lot like “Yam Harlot”. My sister saw the announcement of Stephanie’s appearance in the bookstore newsletter, and thought it said “Yam Harlot.” I told Stephanie and she thought it was funny (or was polite enough to pretend she did) so I brought her a yam to symbolize her “new identity.”

  95. thank you for coming to our neck of the woods. i came from wyoming too and it’s really not far… 2 1/2 hours in the car. not far for these parts. i really appreciated your thoughts on the recent monk study and i may need some help on some research i’m doing a little later this year. you know, since you have so much time to help people with research!
    but really, thank you for coming and so articulely telling us what we already knew.

  96. The day after your signing at Tattered Cover one of the gentlemen who works there said the event was a real hoot! (not my words, that what HE said!) Also, he would like to know how you wound up in the hall of the hotel in Calgary in your skivvies. I suggested that it was none of his business.
    Thanks for coming to Colorado!

  97. I had a friend who attended this; she’s the one who had the darning needle – Pat. =) I am a new knitter – started learning how this week, actually. When I meet Pat for coffee once a month she’s always working on some knitting project. =) Anyway, now I’m hooked on knitting. I crocheted before but have always liked the way knitting looks when it’s done.

  98. I was so happy that you made it back to Denver this year. You’re always funny. But not just funny, the event allowed me to meet more Denver-area knitters and feel connected to my people, knitters. I hope you make it back again next year for the next tour. Denver really isn’t so bad and of course, we’re not trying to kill you!

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