Go here. This explains it all. As a former member and probably future member of MLA, I encourage you to help this researcher out. Because, as we all know, knitbloggers rock, and world domination is soon to be ours. I heard about this via Norma's blog where I lurk on a regular basis.
Honestly, this graduate student has such a sad paragraph in his post. He's afraid he's going to have this party and no one will come. So go visit, ping, and help a guy out. Show him what we're made of, friends!
Big news coming soon, for reals!