I've added a fun new button to my blog, "Socktoberfest!" Thanks to Loribird for finding that one. It's a celebration of socks, the way October is a celebration of beer (and I'd MUCH rather spend my time knitting socks than drinking beer -- it's an acquired taste that I never seem to have acquired). I think I'm going to order the Victorian Diamond pattern from Knit Picks. These socks just seem so elegant (which means I'll never have a place to wear them).
There hasn't been much knitting or spinning time lately, work has intruded as things have been very busy this week. I'm thick in the middle of planning two conferences, one in a week and a half, the other in early December. They are essentially the same event, planned for two different places and times, but still twice the work. Especially since the venue for the December conference fell through last week. The South Dakota event should be fun, though, as I will get to hear President Bill Clinton speak. That should be such a refreshing change over the stunted, illogical, uneducated ramblings of our current president. Oh, did I mention that I don't care much for George Bush? Lest you be terribly impressed that I'm planning a conference at which the keynote speaker is Bill Clinton, let me say that I'm not involved in planning THAT event. I'm working on a sort of parallel/mini-conference on hunger issues that will hopefully draw some of the attenders of the BIG event. The BIG event is the dedication of the George McGovern Library on the campus of Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. If you're curious, you can find out more here.
Interestingly enough, Bob Dole IS speaking. I heard him speak (at another McGovern event) about six years ago and was grudgingly impressed. He tells really great Viagra jokes. He and McGovern have been good buddies since they worked on the school lunch legislation back in the sixties. Dole has often co-sponsored legislation having to do with hunger, nutrition, AIDS, debt relief. I wouldn't (and didn't) vote for him for President but he's not a bad guy overall. Of course, if I had to choose between him and Bush, Dole would win, hands down. At least the man can put two coherent sentences together.
Lastly, here is a photo of the manchild's first attempt at spinning. Pretty darn good for a first attempt don't you think?
Ok, really lastly, GO TWINS!