I survived my first public speaking engagement. I was *SO* freaked out about it. I am amazed I made it there. I am just not the type to stand up in front of even a small crowd of 60 people and talk. No, not me. But I did it, and I survived. I wasn’t booed, nor hissed at, and not a soul fell asleep. All laughing was on cue with things that I meant to be funny. I even had a lady show up at “the shop”:http://yarnalong.com today (not a knitter, nor a crocheter or spinner, but just a very nice lady) who simply took the time to stop by and say “Thank you” and to say that she enjoyed my talk. Wow!!!

p=. Me - speak in public? Oh no!

Afterwards, last night, I finished decorating the little boy’s birthday cake hat.

p=. birthday cake boy hat fini

The little guy will most likely be picking up his birthday dud tomorrow. It’s cute – but I’m glad to be finished.

And tonight, on a whim, I picked up the remains of the red cotton leftover from the “Mick Mouse dishcloth”:http://www.ravelry.com/projects/starzabove/mouse-dishcloth and whipped up the current “Monthly Dishcloths Group”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MonthlyDishcloths/ pattern.

“Mine is here”:http://www.ravelry.com/projects/starzabove/football-dishcloth or “here.”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/starzabove/2187296890/

But don’t peek if you think you might like to knit the mystery yourself. They send out a clue (several rows) each day for a week or so, and you don’t know what it will be like until you knit it up. There is one at the beginning of the month and one mid-month. It was great fun. I’m looking forward to the mid-month pattern and hope to knit each days clue as they come out, instead of all in one evening like I did with this first one.

So my current focus is on the never-ending-pink-sleeves, that I am ever distracted from at the drop of a hat. I’d also really like to get some socks done. Two of my three personal pair have developed problems, and the third pair keeps showing up on the middle daughters feet. I guess I’ve been wearing them out. But they are so awesome to wear!

I’m looking forward to this next week. We have our Third Themed Thursday “Yarn Along”:http://yarnalong.com coming up this week, and then Saturday afternoon in a week will be our day for hosting local spinners as we do each third Saturday. I yearn to get some more spinning done.

I’ve really got to break this habit of falling asleep early, then waking up for several hours, and then going back to sleep so -late- early. Split-shift-sleeping is not the best sleep.