Last night, the York Region Knitting Guild was happy to host Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka (for those of you living under a rock) The Yarn Harlot.
Even better, I was happy to host her, Rachel H, and assorted Guild members at my house for dinner. It's the second or third time Steph and Rachel have come by, and I tell ya, they are always welcome in my house! Great company, great food, and a terrifc drive to the meeting!
I had a degree of camnesia, but I did get a few shots...
Stephanie in my bathroom (seriously!) I don't know where you read her books, but that's my favourite place for them. We are a family of bathroom readers - out of camera range is the stack of Archie Comic Digests, and fishing and trivia books. Go ahead and judge us if you like - I make no excuses...
Dinner was a pot luck (thanks to all who brought food - so yummy!!) with lots of laughter and general merriment. (My husband and son were hiding in the living room before they left for dinner away from THE KNITTERS!
The drive to the meeting was fun - since parking at the shop is limited, we decided to carpool. And once Steph, Rachel and I saw Linda's convertible, with the top down, well, that was an easy choice. We stopped short of jumping in, and demurely used the doors, but we were constantly talking about being in a CONVERTIBLE! (typing cannot convey the silly tone of voice we were all using. I think Lindy was regretting having us in her car...) I was in the back and got Steph's hair blowing all over as she was taking her own picture.
We shan't discuss the drive BACK to my house, after the dew fell on the open car, and the sun went down. Fun ride TO the meeting, slightly damp and chilly ride BACK. Thankfully, I only live about 5 minutes from the shop, so it wasn't TOO bad...
Steph read from her new book, then did a Q and A that could have lasted well into the night, had we let it go on, but there was an opportunity for us to get our copies of her new book signed, so we regretfully ended the talk. Oh, did I mention Tove of Needles and Knits got copies of the new book? Before ANYONE else? I don't know what she did to get them (and probably DON'T want to know...) but she did, and Steph graciously signed copies for all. And get this - if you get to Tove's soon - there are still a dozen copies of the book available, and Steph signed them all!
All in all, a great night, and one I wish we could repeat often. Steph and Rachel are truly nice and genuine people. As she appears on her blog - that's what you get. And Rachel - well, I read her Twitter feed, and can identify with her - we're both Moms of similar aged boys, and have parents with similar issues. I really must get down to Lettuce Knit's Knit Night more often. One night is not enough time to spend with these two incredible women.
Best of all, in lieu of a speaker's fee, our Guild gave a donation to MSF in Steph's name. It meant a lot to her, which means it meant a lot to us.
Steph - good luck on the upcoming yarn crawl/book tour. And you are welcome to drop by my place any time.