It has been explained to me several times that IHSW is International Hermit Stitch Weekend and the premise is to spend some time, ANY time, over the weekend stitching. Like "me" time with stitching.
For those of you who don't know why this gets explained to me, I will explain to you: Because my girlfriends and I have an IHSW Hangout where we chat in Google Hangout, have show and tell, discuss important topics of the day and all that.
All of us ARE enjoying our "me" time by stitching together in our own homes, but with a twist. It's how we roll. If we could, we would just go to one of our houses (or rather: INVADE) and stitch together, drink tea and be annoyed at the world together. It's hard to do when the six of us live so far apart. Two in Europe, one in Canada, two in the lower 48 of the US and myself in the Country of Alaska. The other obstacle is none of us are independently wealthy and cannot fly everyone to a beautiful destination to be together for a week of glorious stitching and talking and cooking. The last huge reason...and this is so terribly important...we do not have in our possession a teleporter.
Granted, every single one of us is incredibly brilliant in our own way, not one of us knows how to build a teleporter. It's such a shame.
One would think that with my alien technology I would have something like that laying around my space ship. Sadly, I came to Earth in the compact, economy model of space ship. Kind of like a Smart car but not as smart. In every society there has to be someone higher up who makes the final decision on what the budget will be and in my case I was lucky to have what I had! Heavy sigh.
So, there we were...ALL six of us...in the Hangout. It was a first. Sometimes people pop in to say hi and go do whatever they are doing, sometimes two of us will blab all day long. I'm pretty proud to say that ALL of us were present at the same time. It was wonderful.
I still wasn't feeling very well and poor Leonore was coughing and sniffling, but a good time was had by all.
We were alone, but not alone. We did our Hermit thing together, apart. Some of you more A-types will continue to argue this defeats the purpose, but we all disagree. It is our designated time for we.
So there is the explanation, the rationalization, and the reason we do it this way. We've been doing it this way for a few years now. Give it a try sometime with your friends who are far away. It's really fun!
Until next time.....Keep On Stitchin'!