Today several knitbloggers met at KnitWits in Westerly, RI, for a few fun hours of knitting, chatting, and yarn browsing. The group included Debby, Kristen, Lorraine, Rachel, and Sarah, and me, plus store owner Sarah C (when time permitted).
Bloggers and staff at KnitWits
I liked the store's yarn stock; they had several lines and kits that I don't remember seeing elsewhere, as well as a nice selection of needles and other accessories. I picked up a big ball of sock yarn and the holiday issue of Interweave Knits.
I had packed an extra pair of camera batteries in my purse, but forgot about them until the return trip. Rachel (who drove) and I were about 20 minutes out of Westerly when I thought, "Hm, something in my purse seems awfully warm." I quickly opened the outer pocket of my purse, rummaged about, and discovered that one of the batteries was far hotter than it had any right to be. Rachel and I looked at each other horrified, as images of headlines like "DEATH BY AA BATTERY...TWO WOMEN DOOMED TO BLOGGING FROM THE AFTERLIFE" flashed through our minds. We finally dropped the battery into a bag and tucked it under a coat on the back seat for the rest of the trip. Fortunately, by the time we reached Providence it was back to normal.
Several coins in the same pocket were also very warm, and we think that contact between the battery and coins had created a closed circuit, right there in my purse. Under other circumstances (in a lab, for example, rather than in a car on a highway) it would have been fascinating. I'm just glad nothing really bad happened.