My trip to Nashville to meet Laurie was so amazing that I really don't know how to say what I want to say. For me, that's a big deal.
I rode over with Allie, who I had never met. We started chatting on Ravelry and decided to go together. I was a bit worried about awkward silences, but I am happy to report that there were none. We chattered all the way there and back, except when we listened to the new episode of Lime & Violet on the way home.
We had talked beforehand and decided to make a pit stop in Huntsville to go here..
This is the store where I met the Mason Dixon girls a year or so ago. It is still stocked with all kinds of yummy yarns and goodies. It is such a fun store!
Want to know what impressed me the most? Meg, the owner. She remembered me. I talked to her briefly when we got there, but do not think I gave her my name. When it was time to check out, she had my name and information already on the computer screen. Last name and all. I do not know how she remembered, but she impressed the hell out of me.
It is shop owners like that who make me happy to be a knitter.
As great as the service was, I was good and only came home with a magazine and this yarn...
The yarn is a wonderful colorway called English Roses that was dyed by my buddy, Mama E.
It was a wonderful surprise to find in the store. Isn't it gorgeous?
We left Huntsville and made it to the mall in Nashville, where we met up with my pal Ashley. She is one of my closest friends and it was so great to see her! We had a nice dinner and did some shopping in the mall. I used to work in that mall, so it was fun to see what new shops had been added.
Laurie was reading from her book when we arrived at the store.
To give you a feel of what it was like, here is a little clip that I took of the reading.
She was reading from the first chapter of her book, so you will have to get it to find out what happens next!
After she finished her reading, we got into a line to have our books signed.
Meeting her was awesome. I have been with her pretty much since the beginning. She was so much fun and so gracious when we met. She signed my book and talked for a second.
The girls and I had some coffee and a decadent dessert, so that the long ride home would be well caffeinated. (I actually took a picture of the dessert, but decided that posting it was too goofy.. it was really good, though!)
Allie and Ashley, who had bonded by this point, went off to look at some books and I was kind of lagging behind. I guess I saw a shiny object or something.. who knows. Anyway, I noticed that Laurie was sitting by herself signing some books for the store.
Me being me, I had to go over.
I plopped down and started talking.
Words cannot say how amazing it was to have some one on one time with her. It was just so easy to talk to her. She probably thinks I am a crazy person because a major case of diarrhea of the mouth hit me. We talked for a few minutes and just had a great chat. We talked about everything and nothing. I think I heard my life story slip out. It was odd.
Dang her and her living in Los Angeles (pronounced Angeleeeese) with me being in the South! I could totally hang with her and solve the world's problems over wine.
Before she left, we took a group picture.
(Me, Laurie, Allie and Ashley)
I heart Crazy Aunt Purl.