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  • Maybe Ole Miss lost, but Auburn whupped up on Florida and that’s got to be worth something. How do you like the light up needles? Just a novelty, or are they actually useful? I’ve been eyeing those for bar knitting….

  • Any chance either of you will be back in the mid-Atlantic states for this book…or for your next one?
    I missed you when you were in DC and have been kicking myself ever since. It’s starting to hurt.

  • Does this mean we have to address all your emails with KAnn?

  • But, did you chat at all with the erotica crew? Show them the thrill of turning a heel, talk about the kinky ones who love intarsia… Swap books?

  • Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to hang out with such fantastic people? (Um, I mean, ANN SHAYNE?!) Just killing me to have missed the opportunity to pass myself off as Southern. I mean, didn’t Faulkner used to hang out at Sleep Out Louie’s–back in The Day? Or am I getting him mixed up with Eudora Welty again (I hate when that happens)?
    xoxo Kay

  • Dear KAnn,
    You said it so well… knitting creates a common ground where people from different locations, different ages, and different backgrounds can meet and share with one another. The knitting community, whether at the LYS or in blogland, is a very special community and one that I am glad to belong to.

  • We went to Memphis a few years back – stayed at Peabodys, the place where the ducks walk from the elevator into their ornamental pond in the lobby. Spent the evenings in various bars listening to the blues……unfortunately I didn’t have any light-up needles at that time, could have done with them, those bars are very dark!

  • Well, of course it’s novelty-ies — you were at a book festival, right?

  • Of course I’m heading to Memphis just one week after you were there! Le sigh. The important question is this: WHERE did you eat? Huey’s? Harry’s? Rendezvous? I plan my Memphis trips in close consultation with my stomach.

  • Hey, that Noveltyies place was just on Oprah! It’s Tuesday which means Gayle and Oprah Road Trip footage, y’know. What are the odds, tho? And I didn’t know her dad and stepmom live in Nashvegas. They showed them eating at some restaurant in the Hillsboro area. Just so’s you know.
    I’m glad you had a great time in Memphis. I love Sun Records. I wonder if you and Kay could do your book on CD here. That would be very poetic. As well as very Cash-y. And that has to be a good thing.

  • Oh, goody, I’ll be watching my mailbox for my noveltyies! And I totally feel deprived for not having ever had a PoBoy Sandwich. Dayum.

  • My family thought I was a little odd when I told them one of the first things I did for my move to Pasadena was look for a knitting group. When I explained to them that locating a knitting group meant that I would have an instant community of friends, it made a little more sense to them.

  • Adrienne Martini used to write for Metro Pulse in Knoxville! Which means nothing to you, BUT, as a displaced Knoxvillian, is brilliant to me! It’s one of those weird six-degrees moments because I saw that name (not easy to forget) and thought “huh” and then thought “huuuuhhh” and then- “Metro Pulse! Knoxville! Home! Meeting M-D!” Life is so weirdly and deliciously small (even though I don’t actually know either of you, of course, but it feels like I do) I think it’s important to acknowledge these moments when they come along.
    I realize this is a bit of a waste of time post, in the sense it is of absolutely NO interest to anyone else, but now I’ve written it so I’m certainly not going to delete it. Anyway.
    Adrienne meets Ann- gaaaw.

  • Ok, enough of this going right up to the edge of the Mississippi River. When are you going to *cross* the Mississippi and come see us Left Coast folks? Specifically, Seattle. We have lots of beer and wine up here. Come see!

  • Sounds like the friendliest book fair ever. Sorry I missed it, and I rilly want to see the light up needles.

  • But KAnn…you forgot to mention the m&m’s and Andrei’s phone #!!! The Purdy girls had a blast with you and Adrienne. Thanks for entertaining us and letting us entertain you for a bit!

  • Man, I wished I had knitting to take the edge off that Ole Miss-Bama game! Happily for me, the Tide won out in the end, and I started a log cabin afghan for my niece who has been known to shriek, “I want Big Al!”

  • Mary Heather, now that’s a first. Being a Mary person myself I love all the variations. I once was in a new mothers group with a Mary Rose, Maryanne, Mary Lou and Mary Liz. Our friend Debbie took to referring to herself as Mary Deb. Ok back to my knitting…

  • I’m glad I had some socks on the needles to help me survive the auditory onslaught of the play-by-play recap of the bama/ole miss game Sunday afternoon by some of the tide’s self-appointed, extended coaching staff. Please fill us in on your experiences with the light-up knitting needles.

  • yep–ROLL TIDE!!!!

  • ‘how Ole Miss was doing’– some elderly lady was doing something important? (kidding! i am kidding you! obviously there was some sports event that i was blissfully unaware of…) thanks, ann, for the info. about adrienne’s book. probably required reading for anybody who’s had any experience w depression, from near or far.

  • Thanks for the rec of the Hillbilly Gothic book — I just requested it from the library. The PPD after my second nearly killed me; I’m delighted to say the treatment has improved my life one gazillion percent.
    Glow in the dark yarn? I’m knitting with it right now. Yowza — so cool. I blogged about it in my “dream” post. Not the most pleasant fiber to knit with, but the final effect is definitely worth the effort.

  • yay memphis! i’m impressed you got any knitting done, though. the last time i was there, my friend and i tried to knit in a restaurant for about two minutes before we got distracted by the ribs, and the bbq nachos (definitely new to this northern palate) and the memphis sausage and cheese plate and the oysters and … drool. looks like you had a great weekend!

  • I was heart-broken to find out from a friend that I had missed your visit – dang it!! Seems you had a great visit though – come back ya’ll now ya hear!!

  • So funny – so much fun. Thanks for the tour.

  • Oh, yay, Mary Heather! It makes me so happy that there are TWO Mary-Heather knitbloggers. Thank goodness for the hyphen/no hyphen, eh? Ann, I think you’re the only person that’s met us both! I hope to meet her someday! Looks like a great time in Memphis.

  • Ahem.
    In no particular order:
    1. Roll Tide.
    2. I am knitting a sock. A Sock. One sock!
    3. There are 4 copies of your book at the local Barnes & N. I checked.
    4. I love this entry.

  • Frankly, I don’t think you would have been lonely even without the knitters. Then again I didn’t have any sibs so doing things by myself isn’t lonely. Also I think NYers do more things solo regardless of partnership status.

    Great post, glad I saw it this many years later.

  • I know this is post is 10+ yrs… But I need a Mary Heather in my life!!