The best thing about birthdays is that you can celebrate them again and again. And on Friday, I got to celebrate mine in a great way... by meeting KRISTIE and her awesome husband Bob. They were in town for Stitches West, a big fiber workshop and festival (for those of you who don't know). (Note: Click on the photos to get an enlarged, higher-quality view!)
Bob was so sweet to accompany his beautiful wife... I have to tell you, you sure don't see a lot of men at these events! But he braved the hordes of knitters in good grace, offering opinions on yarn colors and staying unbelievably calm. I can just imagine the conversation that went on earlier.
Kristie: Honey, I want to drive to San Jose for the weekend.
K: Well, no, there's this knitting "thing."
B: What kind of "thing?"
K: Well, a bunch of knitters get together and take classes and buy more yarn.
B: Hmmm. I guess I'm free that weekend.
K: Oh, and we're going to meet up with my friend Lain.
B: Lain? Have I met her?
K: No. And technically, I haven't either.
B: What do you mean, you haven't met her?
K: Well, I haven't met her in REAL life. I e-mail with her all the time.
K: ...And I read her blog. She's really funny. She SEEMS fairly normal.
K: (in a small voice) I met her on the Internet.
Yet despite that (imaginary) conversation, he came. I originally thought he couldn't stand to be away from his wife for more than a day or so...but now that I think about it, he probably just wanted to make sure I wasn't a psycho freak! Well, Bob, whatcha think??? ;)
Sometimes when you "meet" someone on the Internet, you're not quite sure if you'll mesh in person as well as you do on the screen. But when I met Kristie IRL, it was like we'd known each other for a long time.
We had just a couple of hours to cruise the show floor and find some fibery fun... and YES I did purchase just a few items. (Bob made me do it!)
And one more photo for the road... Kristie and me. Boy, it was fun. We're already planning next year's trip!