Let me very quickly offer a kind of ad for Candace Eisner-Strick's incredible class, Strick-ly Shawls. It's offered at the Third Coast Fiber Arts Festival, and if you don't know Candace, you really ought to fix that. This course permits you to create a gorgeous -- really gorgeous -- shawl that will FIT in the shoulders and elsewhere, beginning with a magical 9-stitch tab. The tab grows into a shawl with your own choice of stitch, trim, and weight of yarn. If you love shawls and get tired of looking for patterns, go have a look at the course description. Remember that these workshops are about HALF of what you'd pay for the same course by the same brilliant instructor at any of the Stitches expos. I'll say more about other people in the next day or two. For now, I'm pushin' Candace. She's one of the smartest, funniest, and best informed artisans I've ever met. So there.