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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Back in the days of yore, before those wedding bells broke up that ole-gang-oh-mine, we used to gather at a place on the avenue. Every Sunday night (to this day), there was a Poetry Slam. Here you would find writers, new and old, upfront and sometimes in your face, reading their work, giving their unique mental morsels a turn on the micwaves. Adding a Voice to their page gave us a new dimension, and most always a wonderful peek into the real deal behind the words. It was MAGIC…

Hearing Stephanie Pearl-McPhee read Saturday at Arcadia Knitting brought me right back to that place – where the Words come alive and Speak to the listener, touching them personally, tickling them with meaning and delight!


I got to the shop after it was LOADED with folks.


Wall-to-wall knitters bright with smiles,
(that’s the lovely Melody, middle front),


spellbound by the wickedly funny stories and
jokes that were buzzing all around.

WE, a whole Building FULL of Knitters just soaked it up
and wanted more.


Those of us with Muggle (non-knitting) friends can appreciate the opportunity to mingle and bond with those that share the Fever! I had a great time catching up with Emily or catching a buzz, enjoying ALL the hand knits (especially Melissa’s Clapotis – see the 30th, WOW!), talking to friends old and new – charmed by Franklin and awed by Karen…


Check out Karen’s tres cool Shrug – so Pretty!


Stephanie signed my book and referenced CHIC but I ask you, on the Left, the Harlot, in hand-knit socks with International Rock Star BOOTS or Moi, on the Right (picture snapped by the wonderful Laura) in loafers and tighty whities (eeek!)…


And these, on another Harlot fan, could sum it up:
the whole day just knocked my Boots OFF!
Magique, Magique!!!

A HUGE shout-out and thanks to Marcy Neth (from Stitch’n’Bitch Nation fame) for later taking us all to the restaurant – and Franklin for sharing the El on the way home – Merci Beaucoup!!!

20 responses to “Tuesday, October 4, 2005”

  1. Terry says:

    Bonne M – that’s cool, you don’t like just any ol’ boots, you like cooooool boots! Sounds like it was a really fun night – thanks for sharing. ps – you didn’t show any of YOUR knitting :)

  2. stephanie says:

    I assure you ma cherie, that there was none there that could hold a candle to you. Charmed my dear. I was simply charmed.

  3. Karen B. says:

    Wowsa! What a treat to meet you in person and reconnect with some of the folks I met at Stitches.

    All of this wrapped up in the pretty, witty bow that is The Harlot. With her, it’s OK to laugh out loud in public. A girl can’t help it!

  4. Jacque says:

    Ugh! I am in that first photo! She was a hoot and the drive from Michigan was worth it! I loved how she was knitting on that sock while doing Q&A and never looked down-and she is a “thrower”! I was a little sorry that she didn’t mention the “Waffle Man” in her blog- that story has had me craving them since.

  5. Franklin says:

    I considered sharing a train with you to be the icing on the cake of the evening. I knew you’d be fun from reading the blog, but until I met you in person I didn’t know the half of it.

  6. Becky says:

    It all sounds and looks like a blast was had by all. I wish I could have been there! (And how about those red boots?!)

  7. kelly says:

    I’m the person in the picture next to the baby on the part you can’t see : )

  8. Emily says:

    Love your post, you have really captured it! It was great to talk to you!

  9. Dee says:

    Bonne Marie, you are so descriptive I feel like I was almost sharing the afternoon with all of you.

    BTW I am a big penny loafer fan, I can’t wait for cooler weather so I can wear some too.

  10. Laura says:

    Yessiree, I was in that first shot — right behind the blue yarn! Oh, and I am the proud art-eest behind the boot/loafer shot. Such angle! Such framing! Heehee.

    Dinner was lovely. It was great to chat up the Harlot and meet Franklin, the Arcadia ladies, and you!

    Such a hoot. Love your rendering of the afternoon!

  11. Karen B. says:

    Bonne Marie – thank you so much for the compliments. I am awed by your prolific and talented self!

  12. Mindy says:

    There I am on the couch in the green shirt. What a great time it was and you described it wonderfully.

  13. Rob says:

    How hilarious! Two of our local Lansing-ites were there with you! In your pictures there’s a woman with large classes and another behind her in black with shorter/spiky hair…that’s our Louise and Cheanne!


  14. Bonne Marie says:

    That is too funny! All the way from Lansing! WOW! I wanted to talk with everyone there – too bad we couldn’t had a potluck – I read one place did that…

  15. Sahara says:

    Wow! Looks like you all had a blast! I’m always down for a good laugh, so I’ma pick up her book.

    Those boots are FAB. I wanna pair!

  16. Kathy says:

    Such a wonderful time–your pictures really bring it together! I was the girl who asked how to integrate her fiance with her yarn habit (a joke–he’s really very supportive). It was lovely to meet you!

  17. roggey says:

    O my… of all the photos taken, you managed to capture me on film (fourth one, behind the gal in pink). I believe I appear somber as I think I’m realizing of how far behind I am in my stash acquisition at that moment.

    Great post of the event!

  18. marcy says:

    Ms. Bonne Marie,

    I LOVE your loafers!

  19. Ruth says:

    Oh, my … the Harlot AND the Green Mill, all in one post! Love the (very apt) comparison. I saw Ms. Harlot when she came to my town last Spring, and am hoping to see her again when she returns later this month.

    ahhhh, the Green Mill. Brings back many, many memories of my single and almost-married days. sigh.

  20. Bonnie says:

    I want those boots!! i have been looking for a pair of red patent leather boots since last fall.

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