Saturday, September 22, 2007

Yarn Harlot's Visit to Houston 2007

The Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, made her appearance here at Twisted Yarns on Tuesday, September 18.

She is awesome! We had such a great time!

We picked Stephanie up at the hotel at 5:00. Her first question was about the weird lizards we have here in Houston. If you read her blog entry, you'll see her lizard photos. She tried to get a picture of the lizard (anole) and her traveling sock, but they weren't cooperative! When we arrived back at the shop, Stephanie had a scheduled podcast interview with Christine and another interview with the Houston Chronicle, which should be published soon!

Everyone went over to Carl Wunsche High School for the event by 6:15, which gave Stephanie some time to chill before her talk. We drove from the shop to the school and pulled into the back parking lot. Stephanie was a little concerned at that point since she saw only 6 cars in the back parking lot (the Twisted Yarns employees). Stephanie said she thought we had a problem because there weren't many people there. "If this is all that is coming, let’s ask them to join us for a beer instead of staying at the school!" We assured her that there was another parking lot full of cars on the other side of the building!

While we were giving Stephanie some time to chill and all of the guests were getting settled in the school, Lynn Anne and Yolanda handed out door prizes. We had over 55 door prizes from our generous vendors. A huge thank you to Vicki, for organizing all of the door prizes!

Then it was finally time for Stephanie to begin. She had the audience rolling with laughter. Her story about the cocktail party was priceless. If you were not able to attend, you will have to have someone share the story with you (although, Stephanie tells it sooo well). One of the things that impressed us about Stephanie’s talk was how she made knitters feel great about being knitters. We are a diverse community of individuals who have power as a group. The best example is her ability to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Doctors Without Borders when non-knitters told her it couldn’t be done!

The other thing that so impressed us during the book signing process, was her ability to relate to each individual knitter. We had a line of people weaving through the store waiting to get their books signed, and Stephanie stayed until they were all signed!

We had a wonderful evening, and were so happy that so many of you were able to share it with us. Thanks to all of our employees and our extra volunteers for helping that evening, we couldn’t have done it without you!

We still have openings for the retreat, so get signed up fast and join us!
Details are here. Call or email the shop if you have any questions.


Jami said...

Awesome job on bringing in the harlot!!! I was so tickled to see your photos on her blog. Wish I was closer so that I could see your wonderful shop in person.
Jami - Knitting Bee

Leslie said...

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event! Well-organized and fantastic all around. It had the added bonus of being the first book signing I've attended where you could fondle (and purchase!) yummy yarn while waiting in line. It was fun and worth the drive from League City. Again, thank you!