Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is even funnier and cuter and more clever in person than she is in her books and on her blog. She's not only funny and cute and clever in her prepared talk (which actually sounds as if she's making it up on the spot) but also in the Q&A, where questions have to be fielded on the fly, which means that you definitely cannot fake it. I don't say this often, but I'm saying it here and now: this gal has a gift. A big, big gift. Next thing we know, we'll be cheering her on her own syndicated TV show. Move over, Martha Stewart. Here comes The Harlot!
All that enchanted listening for an hour, and then my handspun green sock got to meet her blue sock (actually, as you can see in the photo, they got to lie side-by-side in something approaching woolly intimacy), while I gave her a copy of Indigo Dying (China's spinning-and-dyeing mystery, the one that started me down the slippery slope to full-scale fiber addiction) and she signed my copy of Knitting Rules. There was a great crowd of happy knitters in the church, and a long line of sweaty but devoted fans waiting for her signature. And for her next book, which she says will be out in the spring. When asked what it was about, she'd only say "Knitting." Yeah! Can't wait.
Reading notes. "You know you knit too much when you are at the video store renting a movie and reject a film with subtitles because the project you are knitting has a chart. Evrybody knows that you can't read subtitles if you are already reading a chart."--Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much