Wednesday night was the much anticipated visit of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee to Cambridge, Massachusetts for the Boston-based Common Cod Guild founded by Guido Stein. Sponsored by Mind’s Eye Yarns and Porter Square Books, the speaking event was held in a church. Yes, I stated correctly, The Harlot was going to present her latest speech to us as we sat in a gorgeous setting of the classically built Saint Jamesâ€™ Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA. 🙂
Before the 7 o’clock hand hit, a few of us decided to meet at Pizzaria Uno to grab a bite, drink, and/or knit. In attendence was Patience, Dina (dinajill on Ravelry), Melissa (Meliabella on Ravelry) of Keegan Lane Yarns, and Suzanne (OwlKnits on Ravelry) of Knit-A-Yarn and the “Owl Knits” blog. Funny story about seeing Suzanne — while driving to Uno’s, I saw her sitting on the church steps as the first person in line. I convinced her to come join us for food/drink and that she need not worry about sitting in the front. She warily walked over, and I do hope she enjoyed hanging out with us!
There were a few minutes of fussing around as Guido made sure all was working in order. He offered a short introduction, and we noisily may have ignored it. However, as Stephanie began to speak, a hush fell about the entire church like a congregation readying its ears for the sermon. She proudly shared with us her latest finished object, her “Proud as a Peacock” shawl of Fiddlesticks “Peacock Feathers” pattern. For this visit, Stephanie had a treat for us. Instead of talking about her book, she read a snippet from it. Except for Stephanie’s soft voice, a pin could be heard if dropped on the floor.
After her reading, there was a question and answer session, then the book signing began. During that time, I patiently waited by chatting with folks and photographing a couple of Clapotis.
Finally, I was able to see Stephanie and offer up my humble gift, a veggie pizza from Pizzaria Uno just for her.
And as the story ends on her blog, she was so excited, she leaped out from behind the table and hugged me. I must have done well with my gift! As I like to say, “Ut prosim” which means, “That I may serve.” =:8