Four of us Treadlers have had a plan on for the past month or so. We were lucky enough to score tickets to hear the Yarn Harlot talk at an old elementary school in Rockland on Saturday night. So our whole afternoon and evening was set up on a pretty tight timetable and it was more fun than we even expected!
A lot of us follow Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s blog, Yarn Harlot, and most of us have read all her books to date as well. She is a very hard-working knitter and knit designer who also happens to write amazingly wonderful essays on life in general, life with her family, and knitting, knitting and more knitting. It sounds lame to say that she is a knitting humorist, but I guess that’s really what she does. Her visit in Rockland was a talk about “Your Brain on Knitting.” A lot of research and good things about knitting, how it engages your brain, how can help put you into the Theta brain wave center (which is the brain wave zone that helps your brain be more creative, and doesn’t happen unless you are in a more relaxed but focused state, like when you are knitting!). But all of the talk was punctuated with seriously hysterical anecdotes from her life. We laughed for hours, but I almost felt bad because I knew from her blog that she has been doing a lot of traveling, and she did look pretty bone-tired.
Part of our Saturday plan involved getting up to Rockland early and invading the Over the Rainbow yarn shop there. This is the shop that set up the talk, and they also sponsored two classes with Stephanie at the shop the next day. (I did not sign up for either of those). So the four of us toodled over, fondled a lot of beautiful yarn, and then walked back to Cafe Miranda and had an amazing dinner. Just in time to get us over to the Lincoln Street School (and did that school conjure up memories of one of my elementary schools!). It’s lovely fun to be in the company of a hundred or so knitters, most of us knitting during the talk as well. Stephanie was also extremely gracious about signing books and having photos taken with her fans as well.
And then our friend Chris stayed over at our house so as not to have to drive back to Brunswick that late, and we had a blast doing morning chores together and then we made soap from some of the lard that I rendered last weekend. That story is for another post! The rest of the day I spent fixing up fencing as our pigs left on Friday for the butcher. That is another post as well! It really was one of the most fun weekends I have spent in a very long time.