The Yarn Harlot

OK, this all happened a week ago today, so I better write already!

Last Thursday a knitting buddy joined me to go hear The Yarn Harlot a/k/a Stephanie Pearl-McPhee at a talk she was giving at St. Thomas University under the sponsorship of The Yarnery, a wonderful St. Paul yarn store.  It was a dreadful night, weather-wise that is.  She more than made up for that bit of nastiness though.  You can click here to read Stephanie’s take on the whole evening and to see some fun pictures of the event, especially the moms and babies that were present.  One of the highlights was her “warm up” act, which consisted of the Yarnery Family Singers doing their revised versions of some favorite Sound of Music tunes.  Shelly Kang, the Heathen Housewife, has posted her recollection of the evening and some YouTube videos of the singing performances.  Go watch it.  Now.  I’ll wait until you get back …..

To say it was a thorough enjoyable evening would be a severe understatement.  I had a blast.  So did my friend.  I was sorta actually relieved when Stephanie stopped talking, because I needed to stop laughing for a few minutes an absorb it all.  She had a good and serious message, but she wrapped it up in such a thoroughly humorous and good-natured package that it was a pleasure through and through.  And it was such a delight to be in a crowd of hundreds of knitters, most of whom were working away on one thing or another, many of them socks.  Of course, there were some spectacular knitted things in the room that various attendees were wearing.

I highly recommend that you go hear Stephanie talk if she is coming to your neck of the woods.  You can view her travel schedule here.  You won’t be sorry.  Trust me on this one.

What a piece of work … {{{ whew }}} …

[wipes forehead and puts down pitchfork]

Well, I am certainly glad that that is done.  I have finally finished tweaking, configuring, customizing and generally messing around with my new blog.  I’m running on the new WordPress 2.5 platform, and just for the benefit of you technogeek types, I am running the following plugins:

  • Akismet
  • AskApache Password Protect
  • Hello Dolly
  • Ozh’ Absolute Comments
  • Post Notification
  • TinyMCE Advanced
  • Stats
  • WordPress Database Backup
  • WP-phpMyAdmin
  • WP-SpamFree
  • WP Grins
  • WP Security Scan

All of them can be located at the WordPress Extend Plugins directory or through a simple Google search.

Two particular plugin developers deserve a shout out.  Scott Allen from Hybrib6, developer of the WP-SpamFree  plugin was really great at helping me track down and imcompatibility between his plugin and the AskApache Password Protect plugin.  And the developer of Post Notification did a wonderful job of helping me figure out how to make their software play nice with my cool new theme.

Between all these developers and the cool theme I’ve got, I’m gonna owe some money to some people.