This post comes to you from La Guardia Airport in New York, as I leave Brooklyn behind and head for Boston. I’m sitting here pulling myself together after a taxi ride that reminded me that you don’t actually die in NYC cabs, you just think you will… and drinking a cup of "coffee" that is one of the biggest lies ever told to me. (I don’t know what is in this cup, but it is not coffee. I have no idea why I’m drinking it anyway. Makes me wonder about my self preservation instincts.) I had a lovely time in Brooklyn, though really brief. I got to walk to and from the bookstore, and walk around the area a little, and wondered why I always head for Manhattan. It turns out that Park Slope is charming and there is very good coffee, amazing vegetarian sandwiches (recommend the tempeh ruben) good company and pretty views.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of Brooklyn as pretty, but it really is, and I have a fondness for fire escapes that means that if you slap a bunch on your city, I’ll love it there.
The event was little, as it always is in Brooklyn – but as always, there was the best and the brightest – or strangest – or well. Meet Kitsa, and her subway project.
Apparently Kitsa had "a little trouble" with this skein, the way I had "a little trouble with a sweater, so now she’s untangling a full skein on the subway. Apparently the incident was something involving a wicker chair. I was too shocked to absorb the full lesson. Anyway, she’s a better person than I am. I’d have abandoned it.
Next up is Terri, who has a fantastic picture on her cell phone.
I don’t know if you can tell, but that’s Neil Gaiman holding her sock, which is a score of epic proportions in the sock holding game. Completely cool.
This is Ikumi and Anna, who came all the way from DC (which I didn’t know was near Baltimore, but I’ve got it now.)
And finally, Sally and David.
I can’t remember what prompted me to say so, but I happened to mention that after the coming Zombie apocalypse, when all the stores are closed, then knitters are going to be very valuable and popular people indeed. Just as soon as you can’t buy a pair of socks, we’re going to all have a million new best friends. David took that and ran with it, and the next thing I knew he was explaining that Zombies had actually been misheard all this time. They’re not saying "Brains" but "Skeins."
It would seem that in David’s particular Zombie apocalypse, there’s a lot of competition for yarn. Arm yourselves accordingly.
See (some of you) tonight in Boston.