Progress on caps; publishing conference

I just got back from the annual conference put on by the Publishers Association of the West, also known as PubWest. It was in Denver this year, so I drove down—this was the first time I’d attended this particular gathering. Lots of traffic on I-25 and just far enough from home that I stayed over.

The highlight of the festive Saturday luncheon was presentation of the Jack D. Rittenhouse Award to Linda Ligon, founder of Interweave Press and my boss from 1986 to 2000. The award was established in 1990 "as a way to say ‘thank you’ and to honor those who have made a real contribution to the western community of the book." She certainly has.

If you haven’t encountered the collection of Linda’s essays called This Is How I Go When I Go Like This, treat yourself some time. The book was edited and taken all the way through production and up to pub date without Linda’s knowledge. There had been talk for years about what a good idea it would be to assemble a bunch of the pieces that Linda had written for the Interweave magazines over the years and publish them as a book. A group of people at the press finally just did it. They told Linda after it was a fait accompli.

I met lots of great people at the conference. During the final party and dance, two of us ended up sitting on the floor by the buffet table pointing to heels and toes. Yes, shoes off. Someone came up later to inquire what we’d been doing. . . . Discussing sock construction, of course.

Meetings provide lots of knitting time, as long as the knitting is simple enough to complement the information-sharing process. So I have more caps finished for Caps to the Capitol.

I count twenty-five completed head-warmers so far. One is still missing—the first one,
which I put somewhere safe before I’d come up with a regular stashing
spot. I’m not counting it until it shows up. None of the caps is a normal "baby" color!



Thanks to my daughter for the photo, which she took while I was running to the store before it closed. I needed more yarn. I owned just enough appropriate worsted-weight yarn to make it through the conference, and I don’t think I’m done with cap-knitting yet. I could shift to sportweight, but I’m on a roll here.

While I was knitting before meetings or as the group waited for lunch, people often asked what I was doing.

The answer they expected was certainly not "reducing infant mortality in developing countries." Discussion of simple (and fun) ways to make the world a better place ensued.

I only wished that I owned 5mm double-points in a quieter material than aluminum. I work most of each hat on 4mm (ribbing) and 5mm (body) short circulars, but have to change to double-points for the last five rounds. While knitting along, I can keep the steel circulars quiet and the double-points almost quiet. Perfect silence is the goal for meetings. I may need to invest in plastic, wood, or bamboo double-points before I’m done with this project (whenever that is).

But tonight I’ll be knitting while watching a video with friends and there’s enough general noise that needle clicks will not be an issue. I have three new colors of yarn to play with, too.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading my posts and/or leaving comments. How nice to come home to!

More soon. . . . Maybe even about the Norsk Strikkedesign-inspired sweater, which I have got to get back to. It’s so close to being done. . . .