Well, Jan, I actually have to admit that Franklin Habit didn’t come all the way home with me, but I did give him a ride back to his hotel. He is just as charming one-on-one as he is as speaker, and just as erudite. His talk on historical knitting patterns for the MN Knitters’ Guild was amusing and full of good, below-the-surface stuff. I love me a knitting lecture with intellectual content AND laughs. I recommend reading his Knitty.com column (Stitches in Time) for a taste of it. Best line, in reference to his translation of some of the arcane patterns he features in his columns: “My eyes bleed so yours don’t have to.”
Here is who really came home with me – a brand, new Louet Victoria. Her name is Skylark. In a contest to celebrate her homecoming, I will send a small prize to the first commenter who can figure out why her name is Skylark. Hint: When I first considered this reason, the name Allie McWheel came to mind. I’m glad I realized Skylark fit the same mold, as I really don’t want to see those dancing babies every time I sit down to spin. Bygones.
I don’t know if my new pair of socks will make much progress, as enthralled as I am with spinning. But as even as Skylark packs, I suppose there are places where it just isn’t appropriate to set her up and spin, so maybe some knitting will continue to get done.
P.S. People continue to ask me to send greetings to you. You’ll have to get back here soon!