So no pity - it's 70 degrees there. It's also where the digital camera is, so I can't upload pictures from our weekend adventures yet.
I can say a couple things.
1. Hillcreek Yarn Shop in Columbia is a way cool place, where we ogled some yarn and ultimately walked out without spending a cent. I'm not sure how that happened. Especially as the owner saw us walk in with instrument cases (too cold to leave them in the car) and offered to cut us a deal if we played for her. We've played for spare change and dinner - I think yarn is definitely worthwhile.
2. So that cabling-without-a-cable-needle thing that Annie Modesitt showed off at Arcadia? Definitely faster than the way I was doing it. I'm a convert.
3. That being said, this sweater I'm working on has two rows of nothing but 2 x 2 cables in that honeycomb pattern and wow, is that ever slow. Luckily, there's only six inches of it. I think it took me nearly two sitcoms to get through Row 7 tonight. It's a 322-stitch row, but still....
4. Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! - while I was using the ladies' room at the yarn shop, I was studying the promotional flyers posted on the walls, announcing upcoming knitting book titles - Charlene Schurch wrote a sequel to Sensational Knitted Socks and it's coming out in March! Hooray! If that doesn't banish all thoughts of freezing to death, nothing will.