Wednesday, September 06, 2006
My friend Harriet and I went down to the Powell's Home & Garden store in Portland this evening to hear Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) speak. She was every bit as hilarious in person as she is on her blog.
Harriet and I got there just in time to snag a couple of seats before the place rapidly filled to standing room only and beyond. I can't imagine why they didn't have this event at the main Powell's or some other larger venue because it was crazy packing so many people into such a small space. As the Yarn Harlot would say, the muggles just don't get it.
The knitting vibe was tremendous. What a kick to see so many people in one place happily knitting along! Everyone was turning to look at what their neighbors were knitting or check out their yarn. Harriet wore a lovely top she knit for herself this past summer and I wore a pair of knitted socks.
We had a great time, despite the fact that the Powell's people wouldn't let Stephanie take any questions from the audience because the store was CLOSING AT NINE and they were trying to get everyone lined up for the book signing. Once again, I ask, what were they thinking?
No matter. The Harlot triumphed over all with a fantastically funny talk. If you get the chance to see her in person, don't miss it!
P.S. I'm the one on the left in the photo