This is what came in the mail yesterday... I made an emergency needle order last week when I realized I didn't have the right needles (or anything close to them) to knit the Jamie Harmon inside-out hat. (Breaking news! Jamie has a website now!)
Jamie Harmon is a regular at MDSW, and we always stop by her booth. I don't think she spins her own fiber, but she plies it in interesting ways. And it's sooooo soft - I think it is a wool/angora blend (no skein labels, though). Every year I think about knitting the inside-out hat (oh, look! she calls it the reversible mystery hat), and this year I finally bought the yarn. I have a full skein of the many-colored stuff, and a half-skein of the blue mixture.
The hat is basically a tube that is closed like the crown of a hat at both ends. You fold one side inside the other, and you have a double thickness of knitted material and (if you use two different colorways) a constrasting brim. This should be a very quick knit on size 10.5 US needles.
And the handspinning book? Well.... Knit Picks was still having their 40% off summer book sale, and I succumbed. This book was recommended to me by several people. I will scan the chapter on plying tonight before playing another 2 bobbins of yarn. I hope to have it plied and set before my spinning lesson on Monday.