I know I've been remiss about not mentioning my previous post on asking people who don't comment often to pipe up and say a few words. I wanted to thank you for doing so; it's a lot of fun to know that there are people who I know through the blog that I've never met. Pretty cool. Mike mentioned that he had trouble commenting, and I wanted to say that I think that's a Blogger thing. I often have to resubmit a comment 2-3 times for it to stick, and that's what I would try here if your comment doesn't go through the first time. If I don't have the word verification on, then I open the comments up to spammers and we don't need to see those kinds of ads. I had comment moderation on for a while, but forgot to check it, and Blogger held the comments until I remembered to check for them, so I turned it off. Anyone who does the word verification thingy should be able to comment, so feel free to try. Or not, I'm glad you're here.
Having a kid-free weekend coming up, I've been looking for things to do, and found something for a couple of weeks from now. There's a group in town called Art Lab, dedicated to making art more accessible to everybody, a message I can certainly get behind. They have this cool idea, called Art Lab Supper Club, where they have something like 50 people buy a $15 ticket for dinner, which is donated. We'll listen to pitches made by local artists who need money to accomplish their projects, and at the end of the evening vote to determine who gets the ticket money from the night. My friend D and I will go. I love that kind of stuff. I actually have a bit of an idea that I would pitch, and will talk to someone that night to see if it might be a contender at a future Supper. It's not for me to make art, but to bring something in so others could sell their art.
Oh, and I've been knitting. I have a really neat scarf that I forgot to take a picture of, but will do that soon, and also have started another Leisl. This time I am making the next size up, as my last one was too small (a heartbreak, but I'm going to give it to someone instead of ripping it out). I'm also using two strands of yarn held together, on the big needles again, so it will have some heft to it, but be lacy, and also (this is a big part) use up yarn I've got on hand. You'd think that wouldn't be a big deal, but it's actually hard to match a pattern you really like to yarn you already have. It seems best to go the other way; see a pattern you like, then buy the yarn. But yarn is so seductive - pretty, soft, full of promise, and people buy it just knowing they'll be able to do something with it. Eventually. But, I like this so far. A lot. The yarn is better behaved than the last one, a lot less fuzzy, and this is machine washable yarn (although I probably won't actually do that for fear it'd come undone...).