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Scarf Swapping or A Funny Thing Happened in Line at the Book Signing

March 6, 2013

I knit. A lot. I usually knit a majority of my Christmas presents and can be found knitting at almost every writing event I attend. I love to knit at writing conferences especially because then I remember the event every time I wear said knitted item. I remember the things I learned, the cool author(s) I met and my yarn is infused with invisible threads of inspiration and good feelings all around. I can wrap myself up in inspiration. How cool is that?

Valentine’s weekend was my usual trip to LTUE (see my guest post about it here) and I started to knit The GAP-tastic Cowl. I couldn’t find the yarn I wanted in stores so I had to order it online. I was waiting for that yarn for two weeks before I got it (beautiful silver grey). I also had to buy new needles to knit it on (size 13 circulars, something I thought I would never need). I was stoked to finish it and wear it before the weather got too warm.

I no longer have said scarf. I swapped it with Tahereh Mafi for her very yellow scarf. I love to give away my knitting. Usually I don’t get anything back so this was a bonus! And I think both of us are very pleased <3
I hadn’t even heard about the book signing until the day before. Not sure how that happened, as I’m usually the first to know. And I felt like such a fraud going to a book signing without having read any books by either author . Aware of them, yes but I haven’t gotten around to reading them. This happens all the time, as my To Read list is over 400 books now on (I am now reading Shatter Me and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and both are fab!)

But it is such a wonderful experience to fall in love with an author as a person before reading their work. That way you don’t have any pre-conceived image of them as a person. And I’m not yet intimidated by them because I haven’t read their books (again, reading them now and I would be so very intimidated if I met them again because they are both such great writers!)

Both Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs were completely charming and funny. At one point, Ransom asked me what I was knitting as I was sitting on the front row feverishly casting-off on my glorious scarf. I held it up for everyone to see which is a strange occurrence, even for me. And as I cast off the last stitch, I put my new scarf on so they both could see it in all its glory. Truth be told, anything you knit in the round looks better off the needles, trust me. Both were astounded that I had finished it before their very eyes. Really, it’s not that impressive one knitter to another but I enjoyed the spotlight anyway.

Tahereh loved it so I took it off and offered it to her. So she took off her scarf and gave it to me. Isn’t she the sweetest? We both get a new scarf, both infused with book lover energy. Enjoy it Tahereh. I have been enjoying your scarf very much. Speaking of which, I hope you don’t mind but I shortened it into an infinity scarf as well and made boot cuffs out of the left over yarn. Pictures to come <3 I’ve been known to buy sweaters at the local thrift store and tear them apart for the yarn so this doesn’t seem too sacrilegious to me

So I have decided this is my new thing. I will bring knitted items to book signings and offer them to authors, in hopes that they will remember me kindly when I get published (you know it’s gonna happen!). So far my knitting has been given to Libba Bray, Shannon Hale and now Tahereh Mafi. I wonder how widely I can distribute my knitted goods … I am going to need to knit more chunky items. They knit up quite a bit quicker :)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2013 5:34 pm

    I think this idea of your scarf giving is the coolest ever. Love it. I used to knit but then I forgot. Too tricky. Then I took up crochet. But now I’m just too busy and I’ve forgotten how to do that as well. But I always love the results.

    • March 14, 2013 9:39 am

      I crochet too but not often. I find it even trickier than knitting. You should check out for some wicked crochet/knitting patterns if you ever pick it back up. I’d love to give you a refresher in knitting if you’re ever in the Salt Lake City area.

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