I have not visited these forums in about a year. Now that I am back I wonder why did I stay away. I love this place! I hope to become a regular again. Meanwhile, my main news is that I had a baby girl almost two months ago. She is my fifth girl, and baby number 8. So I was mainly knitting pink, until Sandy hit. For the past week I have put aside all of my own knitting and have been making hats for the victims of hurricane Sandy and working on a special pattern for them. My other accomplishment since the last time I have visited this forum is that I have learned to knit totally seamless slippers on two needles flat. That was neat! I learned it from a Mom of one of my friends, who lives in Siberia. Very warm and easy to knit.