I made mittens.
They have narwhals on them.
And they are lined to make them extra warm.
And they are made out of alpaca. For coziness. The pattern is by Ysolda Teague from her book Whimsical Little Knits 3. The yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas in a sport weight, I forget the colors. The lining is Spud and Chloe Fine.
And I made them for Victoria Schwab, author of The Near Witch. Because she loves narwhals. And she loves alpaca. And she is my friend. So she gets mittens. Friends get handknits.
Kelly and I went off to the Javits Center this morning, ran around the floor grabbing books, then ran into Victoria before her signing in the Disney-Hyperion booth. And we got to chat for a while. And I gave her mittens. I think she likes them.
Then we went over to the signing and Kelly and I got in line. We were given numbers, because V did not believe 50 people would show up for her signing! And from the look of the signing line, she was WRONG. There were LOTS of people.
So then I got a signed paperback of The Near Witch and got to squeal with childlike joy at the little narwhal V drew on the inside.
After that, I rushed over and joined the insane line for the Bitterblue signing. And although the line looked impossible, it moved rather quickly! So now I have a signed copy of Bitterblue. And I am a happy Laura.
And then there were other signings with other wonderful authors, including Maggie Stiefvater and David Levithan. I am completely spoiled.
We headed home early, since BEA winds down early on the last day. Later, we'll be off to Red Lobster for Kelly's birthday dinner, and then I'll sort through the books and update my spreadsheet, then decide which books are getting shipped back to Indiana and which will be lovingly packed into my luggage and flown home along with me. And I need to pick a plane book. But how can I choose which book to read on the plane when I have SO MANY great ones to choose from?
Have some pictures.