Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot, has published a new book called The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes: Stories of Tidiness, Self-Esteem and Other Things I Gave Up On and her latest book tour brought her through San Francisco. Marissa and I ventured out last Thursday to see her read.
While the latest book is not about knitting, Stephanie’s fan based is most certainly full of knitters. We got to Books Inc about an hour before the reading and there were already several rows of knitters working away on their WIPs. Of course knitters are a friendly sort, so people were chatting about projects and Joss Whedon shows. Someone even recognized Marissa’s sock yarn as the “Serenity” colorway!
I wore my Daybreak shawl knit with Madelinetosh in tart and charcoal. A woman sitting in the front row was wearing her Daybreak also knit with Madelinetosh in tart and a grey colorway!
The actual talk part of the evening was great. Apparently Stephanie is not fond of reading from or talking about her books once they are written. But after a lengthy and entertaining description of her dislike of reading, she did actually share two essays from the book. At this point I must admit that I haven’t read much of the Yarn Harlot blog and I thought the book was going to be primarily about being a parent. While the two pieces she read mention her children, they were much more than that. One essay was an open letter to advertisers about unrealistic expectations of the happy families in their ads. The other was a letter to a man who had hurled insults at her when she was a teenager. Both were very poignant, funny, and relatable. Not surprisingly, the Q & A that followed was full of questions about knitting and blog posts.
If you want to hear about the reading from Stephanie’s perspective, you can read about it on her blog:
And if you look very closely, you can see Marissa and me in the third row! Hint: I am the one with the iPhone camera in front of my face.
Reported by Elizabeth who broke her own rule and ended up buying 3 books from Books Inc.