That's not the Harlot herself up there, but the publisher who introduced her. I wouldn't have wanted to be distracted when she was speaking! I can't wait to hear what the actual numbers were, but the 750-seat auditorium was pretty nearly full. I would guess that 600-650 knitters were present.
And how did I know that everyone there was a knitter? First, a quick scan of the seats showed that everyone's fingers were getting busy. Second... there wasn't much applause. That's not to say that everyone wasn't completely engaged in the talk, but no one really wanted to put down their needles to clap for five seconds. It's really wasting time, you know?
The Craft Yarn Council swag was very nice, indeed: Patons SWS and Boye needles in fabulous fun colors. I didn't make the square that was mentioned, because I'm quite enamoured of my second rib and cable sock. (I got so much done that I'm ready to do the heel now! The pair could finish in April!) The book (they had enough people so as to out of autographed copies) is very entertaining, as expected. Bohus was beautiful, albeit blurry from where I was sitting. Joe's surprise appearance was fantastic. And a marvelous time was had by all!
(I'll try to record some of my highlights from Stephanie's talk this weekend, but I'm fried right now.)