Last night, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee‘s All Wound Up book tour finally reached Toronto! In a very uncharacteristic move I was Knitter No. 1 on the scene at the Chapters. And I saw that their powers that be are still in the dark about how much of a crowd the one & only Yarn Harlot is going to draw in her hometown. Yes, dudes – even on a cold Thursday night more than 40 chairs are required.
Teresa, Meg & the hugely popular Monkey (8 weeks old) soon arrived, and we nabbed front row seats. No zoom required, see:
Meg took our picture – very much knitting & happy.
I do have another knitting friend also called Teresa. This confused DH to no end, so I thought I should point out that the Teresa pictured here is not the same person who is getting my spindle-spun laceweight yarn. This Teresa is knitting a gorgeous Helix Scarf. I was knitting a new sock.
Monkey is a superbly happy baby! Meg chalked up his good behaviour to the sheer cushyness of his blanket but I think he’s just a good little fella.
Mom and baby will be totally featured in the Harlot’s next blog post… she took a pic of them after signing!
I was thrilled that Stephanie read from her book! It was hilarious to hear the stories in her own voice. Thanks to her earlier tweet, I can also tell you that she was wearing sparkly handknit socks.
Proof of the lovely meeting that happened afterwards:
Now, I was way too shy to speak in entire sentences. I tried gathering my thoughts but it was no use. If I had my wits about me I would have told Stephanie a huge Thank You. Her books and her blog got me out of my head knitting, and into the wild world of meeting other knitters. I was brand-new to Canada back then. Finding Knitting Rules changed everything, and then I had the good sense to get out to her Casts Off book launch to hear what she really thought.
Just for the record, Chapters: this is what the turnout for a Yarn Harlot event in Toronto is going to look like. Always. Even if it rains. Got it?