Since this is supposed to be a knitting-related blog, I thought I would add some knitting content (you relatives --- MDP -- who don't care can just skip this one!)
I've been in a sock knitting mood lately, and have several pairs in various stages of 'done-ness'. The pair I'm working on right this minute is pictured, and I like the way it's knitting up! I'm using the sock pattern from Ann Budd's "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns" and Berroco's new "Sox" yarn in the Liverpool colorway (Yeah Yeah Yeah, Beatles 4Ever!)
I've decided I really prefer to knit plain old socks, letting the yarn do the work. I've tried several of the popular sock patterns and really don't like them all that well (Jaywalkers were so tight I could hardly get them over my foot. What's the point of socks that don't stretch?)
I'm nearly done with #1, and I've gotten pretty good at Kitchener stitch (finally!) though I still have to refer to the 'how-to's' every single time. I found a brand new copy of "The Knitter's Handbook" at the thrift store for $1.99 (Score!) and I really like this book as a handy guide to keep in my knitting bag.
I'm off to pack the really important stuff (the knitting projects I am taking on my trip), and maybe throw a toothbrush and change of undies in there too.