In the meantime, I finished the hat I was knitting at the turn of the year:
Sadly, it is too big for me. I do have quite a bit of yarn left, hopefully enough to make the mittens and a new hat. A friend tried it on and said it fits her so she wants it, but I don't know if she will buy it or just wants it gifted. The hat might go into my Etsy shop.
I donated a reflective yarn hat to the silent auction at a friend's weeklong storytelling and arts event. As you can see, it's neon yellow and has threads that reflect. The hat can be less pointy if pulled down, and the bottom edge can roll up into double thickness if wanted.
I went to Dallas to see "The Cupcake Conspiracy" and "The Attack of the Killer Mutant Leeches" (one of the Pocket Sandwich Theater's infamous popcorn-tossing melodramas), and while there stopped by the Crochet Texas! monthly meeting and learned how to make flowers from buttons. These are the ones from the class; the two circled ones are mine:
So yummy, we said, that people come from Connecticut to eat them!