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cristina61
05-29-2007, 07:54 PM
I'm planning to drive 1 1/2 to 2 hours to see her next week in Petaluma (and hopefully taking my mom with me!), but I'm just curious if anyone can give me an idea how much time to expect to spend at the event.

I'm guessing maybe a couple of hours -- and I'd love to get the chance to actually talk to Stephanie McPhee -- but don't want to be driving home after midnight.

Any info would be much appreciated!

Jan in CA
05-30-2007, 12:50 AM
I don't know since I haven't seen her, but I would love to! I read her blog every day!

kristinw
05-30-2007, 08:02 AM
I don't know either but make sure you come back and report all the details. She is coming to WEBS, but that is a bit of a drive for me. I'm bummed about that. But I did hear a rumor that she will be not too far south from me (maybe 20 minutes)! :cheering: It isn't posted on her tour dates yet though.

Have fun! I would say maybe a couple hours between the talk and signings.

HamburgKnitter
05-30-2007, 08:12 AM
I wish! But what are the chances of her coming to Germany? :cry:

From what I've read about her public appearances, she'll give a talk and then she'll sign books...and the line could be really long for that. So if you really want to say hi to her and/or have her sign a book and you don't manage to get close to the front of the line, then maybe you can ask the people in line whether you can cut in front of them because you have a long drive home. Knitters are known to be nice people! :rofling:

Jazzmatazz
05-30-2007, 08:36 AM
So if you really want to say hi to her and/or have her sign a book and you don't manage to get close to the front of the line, then maybe you can ask the people in line whether you can cut in front of them because you have a long drive home. Knitters are known to be nice people! :rofling:
Nice, yes. But we also carry sharp sticks!

CurlyBrunette
05-30-2007, 09:04 AM
I am driving 2 hours to go see her at the WEBS event and their website said that she will talk for an hour and then take questions from the audience then go back to WEBS to sign books. From what I hear its going to be a big event because they originally had it booked at the Clarion Hotel and Conference center which only held 350 or so people and now its at the Calvin Theater which hold (gasp):shock:1000 people!! If its anything like the event that she had in NYC which had over 700 people then its going to be a while before I get out of there! Thats why I reserved a room at the hotel because I dont want to be driving after all that plus I want to go shopping at WEBS and if there is to many people to do that on Wed night then I can do it on Thursday morning.

sheldon
05-30-2007, 01:38 PM
I am driving 2 hours to go see her at the WEBS event and their website said that she will talk for an hour and then take questions from the audience then go back to WEBS to sign books.


Amy and I will be there tonight. The event is free but remember to register at webs' website: http://yarn.com/s/events.html as seating is limited to about 1000 at the Calvin.

Hope to see some of you there!

kemp
05-30-2007, 04:43 PM
I saw her at the lexington festival of books and after the talk there was a knit along. For signing, talk, possible knit, I would plan about 3 hours there.

cristina61
05-30-2007, 11:44 PM
Thanks for the responses!

I'm waiting for more info to come up on the book store's web site. I'm not sure how big the place is, but I wonder how many knitters may drive up from San Francisco to see her -- it might be a pretty big turnout, which would naturally mean longer lines, more time, etc.

Either way, I'm excited but still not 100% sure I'm going to be able to go. If I do I'll post a report.

Thanks again, all.

Quiltlady
05-31-2007, 10:06 AM
I'd love to see her sometime. From everything I read it says GO EARLY to get a seat at all.

knitasha
05-31-2007, 10:41 AM
I saw her at the "Represent" event in New York. Yes, go early to get a seat and bring some knitting. She's a great and very funny speaker and very "human" -- if she's nervous she'll let you know it.

The whole thing was a lot of fun, but for me, the best part was the variety of knitters in the audience and their enthusiastic reaction. You'd have thought it was a rock concert. The content of the talk was secondary -- if you've read any of her books, you've heard it all. Frankly, I got tired of hearing for the 40th time about how the "Muggles" disrespect knitters. I mean, the people I love most in this life are Muggles: they don't give a hoot about knitting and don't understand my obsession with it. And they're still wonderful people.

All in all, though, if you have the chance, go.

orcoastknitter
05-31-2007, 12:43 PM
I am going next Friday to see her in Portland, OR. I can't wait. I think it's a good a way to spend your birthday, don't you think? :happydance:

aylaanne
05-31-2007, 01:50 PM
I saw her last night! I gave her a dishcloth and she touched my belly for good future-knitter mojo! I'm in the process of writing a blog entry about it, I'll let you know when I post it. (God she's cool!)

Wrennn
05-31-2007, 02:31 PM
I'm going to see her at Powell's in Portland :cheering::cheering::cheering:
Plan to be there early too & bringing my current pair of socks to work on while I wait :happydance:

See you Oregon Knitters there :thumbsup:

samm
05-31-2007, 04:31 PM
I saw Stephanie a week ago in Toronto and it was a blast! I've never been in a crowd of knitters, and there was a lot of yelling and laughing and acting not at all how knitters are perceived to act! You will enjoy her talk a lot. She did speak for an hour, but I had to leave then so didn't get my book signed. (sigh) Hope you get to go. samm

VictoiseC
05-31-2007, 06:09 PM
I saw her at the "Represent" event in New York. Yes, go early to get a seat and bring some knitting. She's a great and very funny speaker and very "human" -- if she's nervous she'll let you know it.

The whole thing was a lot of fun, but for me, the best part was the variety of knitters in the audience and their enthusiastic reaction. You'd have thought it was a rock concert. The content of the talk was secondary -- if you've read any of her books, you've heard it all. Frankly, I got tired of hearing for the 40th time about how the "Muggles" disrespect knitters. I mean, the people I love most in this life are Muggles: they don't give a hoot about knitting and don't understand my obsession with it. And they're still wonderful people.

All in all, though, if you have the chance, go.
Hmmmm, somebody after my own heart. I was there in NY also. I certainly don't want to rain on everyone's parade but it was just ok for me. Since I had read some of the stuff in her books (at BN) it was listening to the same stories again.

Being a curmudgeonly new yorker, I felt a lot of PR presence. But, hey, more power to her if she brings knitters together.

amy
06-01-2007, 12:30 PM
Here's pics from Wed. Jeremy and Rosie (Rosmarinus) both asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be going to see the Yarn Harlot, and we got together to see her. Sheldon came too! (He took the great pics, so he's not in the pictures.) It was great fun, they handed out gift bags with a set of needles and ball of (Yuuuummmmy Debbie Bliss) yarn, so that all 500ish attendees could knit a 7" square during the performance, which will go towards charity projects. That alone was worth going for, I thought that was great fun.

There was a book-signing at Webs afterwards. Here's pictures! Rosie's the one with the baby-on-the-outside, and we saw Aylaanne there as well (with the baby-on-the-inside, and a GORGEOUS :inlove: knit top on, I LUVVV it Aylaanne).

BTW, Rosie's beautiful baby Marian is wearing an adorable sewn top and hand-knit pants/soakers, both made by Rosie.

Of course, in all of the excitement, I forgot to hand in my 7" square that I knit! :doh:

Jeremy
06-01-2007, 12:54 PM
We had a really great time. Some of the members of the audience were a riot. It was really funny when we went back to see Aylaanne. People were saying "Thats Amy from Knitting Help" and kind of gathering around. For a minute there I thought Amy could have set up her own table for autographs. I could imagine other people around us thinking "I know I've heard that voice before...."
:lol:

VictoiseC
06-01-2007, 01:10 PM
beautiful pics! glad you guys had a great time.

aylaanne
06-01-2007, 01:12 PM
Hee, thanks you guys. It was a great time by all. I've posted the pictures I took in my blog. The girl who was in front of me in line got a phone call while I was meeting with Amy and Jeremy and she told the person on the other line, "guess who I'm standing here with? Amy from Knitting Help!!!" I thought it was pretty amusing. (http://aylaanne.blogspot.com)

Even without the Harlot, I think we have to get together more often and knit. Seriously.

amy
06-01-2007, 01:50 PM
Definitely Aylaanne, we should all get together again and knit :thumbsup:...maybe in late August?

OMG, it was so funny in the back of the store. Aylaanne said "Knittinghelp.com" when introducing me to her friend, and EVERY head in hearing distance turned (it was like a Wave at a baseball game, one after another!) and little flutters of "oh, Knittinghelp!" :mrgreen: It was pretty excellent. I ate it up. I probably would have gotten right back in line after getting my book signed, if Sheldon hadn't been ready to go home. :teehee:

Aylaanne, OMG, your guinea pigs wearing knit dresses, that's so awesome! :roflhard: (And their names are just as adorable.)

cristina61
06-08-2007, 06:01 PM
Well, I promised to report back, so . . .

I rented a car (my cars are all too old to take out of town) and along with my mom made the trek to Petaluma to Copperfield's Books. I'm SO GLAD we went! There were probably about 150 people there, both men and women (most of them knitting and/or wearing stuff they'd knitted), and the bookstore did a good job of seating everyone and keeping things organized (lining up for autographs at the end). No refreshments, though -- but, hey, you can't have everything. :rollseyes:

Stephanie was hilarious, of course. My mom didn't know anything about her, but she was laughing the entire time, and even though we ended up staying a little later than we originally planned to, my mom didn't mind at all. I got my book autographed and my mom shook Stephanie's hand and thanked her and then even bragged a little bit on me for catching the knitting bug.

Stephanie is just so gracious and sweet. She must have been exhausted from her long trip but she thanked everybody for waiting in line to talk to her and of course she posed for hundreds of pictures! :notworthy:

The craziest part of the whole thing was how hard it was for us to actually get there. I allowed two hours for the drive, and we left my mom's house at 3:10 so we'd have tons of time to stop for dinner. We hadn't even got out of town when one of our tires exploded! We had to wait around for two hours before we finally got a new rental car and got back on the road. I wasn't sure how late we'd get into Petaluma but darn it, I wasn't going to give up and just go home!! We skipped dinner and went straight to the bookstore and only missed about 15 minutes of her talk.

It was all worth it -- I'd do it again, and again, and again . . .

Knitting_Guy
06-08-2007, 06:42 PM
Sounds like you had a good time. Her site shows so much humor that I'm sure I'd enjoy meeting her. Maybe I'll get the chance some time.

Jeremy
06-08-2007, 07:10 PM
You would have a great time Mason. She actually had a lot of funny stuff in her talk about male knitters (not in a derogatory sense). In retrosepect her talk was very gender neutral-more about the divide between knitters and non knitters. Hope you're feeling better.

Knitting_Guy
06-08-2007, 07:26 PM
You would have a great time Mason. She actually had a lot of funny stuff in her talk about male knitters (not in a derogatory sense). In retrosepect her talk was very gender neutral-more about the divide between knitters and non knitters. Hope you're feeling better.


Judging by what I've read on her site I'm sure she did. :rofling:

Thanks, I'm starting to feel a bit better.