Guess who's going to see the Harlot in L.A.? That would be me! Kathleen from Quail Hill Knits scored reservations for the two of us (750 spaces--all gone in minutes!), and we're going to meet--for the first time--for a day devoted to knitting. I'm unreasonably excited, not just because of the Harlot (although I'm embarrassed by my fondness for this woman I've never met), but also because I love Kathleen's blog and I'm really looking forward to meeting one of my imaginary friends in person.
Also, I've finally got my Ravelry page somewhat functional. At least I have some of my projects up and my profile filled out--although Ravelry refuses to recognize my blog and won't link here. I haven't figured out all of the functions, and I probably never will, because I'm just not that tech-savvy or interested. But so far, it's pretty cool. If you're already on Ravelry, you can check me out at YarnhogSV--because, believe it or not, there is another "Yarnhog", and she got there first. I'd be annoyed, but I've been emailing her, and she seems very nice. (Also, she's been Yarnhog longer than I have, so to be fair, I suppose she has a greater claim. Hmmph.)
And the Knitting Goddess has smiled upon me.
I found another skein of purple Malabrigo in the stash. I don't know why it was hanging out with the leftover alpaca--that stuff is a bad influence. I know it is, because every time I hang out with it, I end up spending money on--what else?--more alpaca. There is a pretty good chance I now have enough of the Malabrigo to finish Vino for real. I know you are all rejoicing with me.
Oh, and one more thing:
Golden Retriever singles from my beloved Molly. It was harder to spin her fur than it is to spin Sophie's fur or wool, I think because Molly's undercoat is soft and fluffy, but relatively short. I found that I had to spin it thicker than I would have liked, because when I tried to spin finer singles, the yarn just disappeared into little wisps of fluff. I think I'm going to try knitting this up as singles. I'm hoping it's strong enough to hold together. If not, well, I'll just try again. One great thing about spinning dog hair is, there's never a shortage of raw material!