Well, I think we're packed, barring a few last-minute things. Rick is helping me save my presentation from a PC, rather than a Mac (which turns out to be a good thing, as his PC balked at reading a few images, but we've fixed that). It's going on a thumb drive and a CD, just to be sure. And I need to copy my handouts, but other than that, we're good to go.
I finished the hat. Pictures aren't so good, as the camera is packed, but for what it's worth, here it is.
Yes, it's blocking on a pot. I keep rotating it so it won't have funny sticky-out bits where the handles are.
You can see the top better there, I think. I wasn't so happy with the pattern qua pattern, although I do like the hat enough that I would even knit it again. The brim is knitted in the remnants of alpaca yarn from Rick's Paris-Roubaix mitts, and the top is the BMFA geisha yarn from Simurgh. The pattern is Keara (I think I linked to it in my last post).
It should be dry before we head out. This is the part of getting ready that kills me: the puttering. Once we're on the road, with passports, tickets, and money, anything else can be done without or, if we're desperate, bought. But while I'm still here, it seems like I should keep thinking of things (so I ask myself questions like, "Should I bring a couple of extra articles to read on the way? What if I sound like an idiot, and reading those articles would have helped?"; I'll probably go put a few in my bag after I'm done posting, just in case -- as if a couple of articles will save me from idiothood at this stage. If I'm going to sound like an idiot, I'm going to sound like an idiot.).
I'm not sure how much I'll be able to post once I'm there, but I'll see what I can do. Take care!