Houston Keynote for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Talk about airport projects, I had tons of knitting time getting to Houston and back.  Since there were no direct flights where the times worked for me, I had to go through Charlotte.  Throw in a little extra time there, both in the terminal and in the air, and I might have gone nuts if it hadn’t been for my knitting.

But Houston was great!  I love doing breast cancer events, and the timing of this one was perfect, what with the 10th Anniversary Edition of UPLIFT hot off the press.

The event was a luncheon on Friday, but since I was in town, the organizers scheduled a book signing Thursday night at the local Barnes and Noble. The store was gorgeous, the display of my books impressive, and the booksellers couldn’t have been more lovely.  That said, I set a new record.  Sold ZERO books.  And it isn’t just me, I’m told.  People will come out for a male writer, a celebrity, a politician, or a children’s book author before they’ll show up for someone who writes women’s fiction.  I’m not sure why.  But it is what it is, and I’ve learned not to get upset.

Besides, the event the next day more than made up for it.  We’re talking 1,100 beautiful women packed into a beautiful ballroom around beautifully dressed tables, each of which had an exquisite centerpiece.  Gracious?  These women were that and more.  Breast cancer survivors (and their friends) are a very special bunch.

So I didn’t mind about the signing.  Nor did I mind when, on the plane heading home, I ran out of yarn just shy of the toe in the lace tube socks I was knitting for Evie.

I didn’t even get upset when I ran into trouble with my fall-back project, the self-striping socks.  I had been converting the pattern into something that fit my smaller foot, and the math just got too much.

I’ve ordered more yarn for Evie’s socks, and, on the self-striping ones above, decided to rip back and use the conventional pattern that I’ve done before.  So much for trying a different heel.  Maybe another time.

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  1. Avatar Karen Carroll on November 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    No wonder you didn’t mind the added flight time – those pink lace socks are precious! Thanks so much, Barbara, for being with us here in The Woodlands, TX last month for “In the Pink of Health”. It was a beautiful day, beautiful event, beautiful cause. With your help, we set a new record for funds raised!

  2. Avatar Doris Doody on January 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Just love your knitting info! Going to crochet ‘Evie’s hats” for I know not who, but just LOVE them. You are so inspiring! Even showing us pictures of your basement, and all the ‘baby equipment’!!!! Regarding your SOCKS, could you post the pattern of your ‘conventional’ sock? The ones I make are all failures for a small adult foot! Many thanks!

    • Avatar Barbara Delinsky on January 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Doris, my feet are small adult, too, so I try not to cast on more than 60 sts per sock, when I’m knitting at a gauge of 8 sts per inch. I’ll post the conventional sock pattern as soon as I get a breather. Look for it on the BONUS PAGES to the right of my blog.

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