Just a bit of fall for those of you needing it: here’s a look this year’s crop of ‘home-grown’ punkins. Didn’t they turn out great? It was a super-easy project–much easier than last year’s, which involved seeds and dirt and watering, and yielded half as many punkins!
Thursday night, Portland was graced with a visit by Crazy Aunt Purl herself, Laurie Perry!
This isn’t the greatest photo, but it’s the only one I got, because I forgot I had a camera with me until she was nearly done speaking (dork!). She was funny and warm and utterly charming; there were about 100 people in the audience, and as she talked, several people came over to see what all the laughter was about. I saw some of them pick up the book and settle in to listen, so perhaps she made a few new fans, too.
Naturally, most of the audience was knitting (check us out in the Portland set of Purl’s Flickr stream; you can see me right up front in a bright, shiny red jacket.) I was so glad to meet Laurie and get to tell her in person how proud of her I am (in an odd, I-only-know-you-from-the-Internet way) for the growth she’s shown over the past several years. She’s such a great person, I love seeing all this success coming to her.