My older son (17 yrs old) and I went to see Debbie Stoller at Powells' Books on Wednesday. It was really fun. There weren't as many people as I thought there would be (from comments about other recent visiting knitting authors) but there were around 40 people in attendance.
The designs in the book, Son of Stitch 'n Bitch, are diverse as was the audience on Wednesday. From grey haired ladies to aging hippies, to young, trendy, and punk, everyone was represented. My son was most impressed by the tall man who came in his suit, sat down in the next row and promptly started knitting.
Debbie has a great sense of humor and is to be commended for making it down to Portland from Seattle in time, depsite a closed I-5 and no trains due to the recent flooding. My son was constantly amused and entertained, and actually came away wanting me to knit him the Cetic double-knit hat (although when we got the book signed, he told Debbie he woould want the "Deady Bear". He liked a lot of the projects better when he got to see them passed around the room.
Overall I think his reaction is a good sign for the book's success, and I'm glad he needed to attend a book reading/lecture for extra credit in English. I think I just may take a break from designing to do a bit of holiday knitting, there are several quick projects that are doable.