Tuesday, August 08, 2006

New Blog Awards Contest

Lucia, the Knitting Fiend, provided an amazing amount of help during the 2006 Knibbies when I was fumbling my way through it.

Nominate Early, Nominate Often
She's got a site up taking nominations for blog awards in various categories. Go check it out and nominate a blog or two.

My personal experience in putting together a blog awards was surprise at finding so many good knitting blogs that I had never heard of before. I can't imagine Lucia will be quite as surprised.

Current Knitting
I'm moving right along with the baby blanket knitting.

Finished the seventh ball and started the eighth. Projects always seem to go a lot faster when I work on mostly only one.

Other Fiber-Related Activity
Mostly one, except for spinning. I've been working more on trying to finish the spinning of the big bag 'o Romney-like fiber. I finished spinning two more big bobbins of singles.

And then I plied two big bobbins of double-ply. Here are my latest two hanks of yarn, weighing in at a whopping 10.5 ounces.

The bag has about two more hanks of fiber, maybe three left in it (I hope).

Readers' Comments/Questions
Regarding the bat attack, Ann says, "My lingering question is this: How did it get in?"

Thaddeus and I are pretty certain there are no ways for bats to enter the house except through the doorways. Our theory is that the bat entered our garage at one point, and when we had a recent repair done to our oven vent, which vents out to the garage, the bat entered unnoticed through the garage-to-house doorway while we left the door open for a while.

Also regarding the bat, Kathy asks, "Joe, how in the hell did you end up with pediatricians, epidemiologists and other health professionals reading your blog???? It seems like a very clinical crowd!"

It never ceases to amaze me that whenever I have a legal issue come up, a lawyer-lurker pops up, or if I have a strange bug on my screen, an accomplished entomologist will emerge. I have no doubt that if I ever found some ancient Aramaic transcript in my attic, that an archeological theologist would announce themselves, and translate/identify the document. How that happened, I have no idea, but I'm always amazed nonetheless.

All that being said, I do appreciate the concerns for our health. Given how nervous/sleepless I was the night the bat was in the house, I'm certain that neither Thaddeus nor I was bitten. We were most concerned about Gage, so I checked him as carefully as I could, and then made sure his last appointment with the vetinarian back in May included his rabies vaccine.