That is the only photographic proof I have for you that I went to the Yarn Harlot's book launch tonight, because I forgot my camera at home!
It was a lot of fun and a bit intimidating to see SO MANY knitters in one room. I've met Stephanie a bunch of times at knitting events like Stitches and NY Sheep & Wool, but this is the first time I saw her speak. She's as funny live as she is in print, and it was great to be part of the audience as we laughed and yelled and knit together.
Each person received a bag that had a ball of yarn and needles in it, and before Stephanie started her talk we were asked to knit a square for charity using the yarn, which was Paton's SWS, a blend of soy and wool. I luckily had the right size Turbos in my bag so I didn't have to use the straights they provided, or I wouldn't have been able to knit the square at all since I can't use straights (well, I am able to, I just go so slowly I can't take it!). Before the night was over I had finished my square and handed it in to be sewn together with everyone else's into blankets for charity. I forget the number they told us, but if everyone that went knits a square there will be lots of blankets to give away to those who need it.
Speaking of which, I also got a Knitters Without Borders pin by donating money to Doctors Without Borders (which you can do, too, even if you weren't there, by going to Stephanie's TSF info page). So many people donated that they ran out of pins to give out!
One of the best things about tonight was seeing people and watching everyone interact and have fun. I sat down behind someone who turned out to be Lisbon of Girlwich, who by the way DID remember her camera so you might want to head over to her blog to see pictures, she took a ton so I expect they'll be up when she posts about tonight. We had a good time talking and watching people, and it's always great to meet people IRL that you kind of know online.
And on my way home the funniest thing happened: I had pinned my Knytters Unite button to my bag and was happily knitting away on my project in the subway when I noticed a woman STARING at my bag. When I looked up and made eye contact, she grinned and asked, "Did you go to that event? My friend just told me about it!"
Which just goes to show, knitters are everywhere!