Thank you, thank you to all of you who voted for my friend, Tracy. Unfortunately, she had to withdraw her project due to a mix up. As I understand it, once you posted your project there wasn't supposed to be any "chatting" until after the voting. The time was based on Irish time. Tracy updated her post to include more information and the moderator said it qualified as "chatting". I don't get that, but here's the kicker, based on Irish time, she was still before the deadline! Despite pointing it out, she still had to withdraw. In any event, both Tracy and I are grateful for those of you who tried to help her out!
On another subject, Knit Picks and I are on the outs. They gave me a really hard time about an order I placed before Christmas. I'll spare you the details, but it did take them six weeks to credit my account. Then, of course, there was the fiasco with the stolen credit card information. I didn't want to wait and see if I was one of the unfortunate ones, so I cancelled my credit card. While I didn't have any suspicious activity, I did place an order during the time period. Better to be safe than sorry. If all this wasn't bad enough, I'm thoroughly disappointed with some socks I knit with their Stroll yarn. There's a neat hat pattern on Ravelry called Dustland Hat . I haven't knit the hat yet, but I thought it would also make nice socks.
I'm not anxious to use this yarn again anytime soon. I have a ton of it too. I guess it's true that you get what you pay for. I know I won't be paying for this again any time soon!