At Austin Renegade I bought Vicki Howell's book and got a skein of yarn from Caron. I finally am using it to create a scarf for my best friend. It is acrylic/merino wool blend and so super soft. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but she understands that with the last weeks of school and certification testing that I ran our of time. She loves the color and can't wait for me to finally finish it. I will try to remember to post a picture when I'm done.
I borrowed a copy of Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair. It is better than I expected. I don't knit but I can relate to trying to reinvent your life over and over again. It is an easy read and I have trouble putting it down each time. I can't wait to read her other book.