Time to respond to comments and follow up on some posts.
Diane is a fellow Louisvillian and asked where I went to high school, as she is a Durrett graduate. I went to Iroquois HS, located in the South End.
Carolyn and Faye Lewis: thank you for your comments on my sewing room. It's a pleasant place to spend time. I can't find the comment right now, but somebody asked me how large the room is. Not that big, really. According to the house's floor plan, the room is 11 feet 4 inches by 10 feet 8 inches.
Also be sure to take a look at Annika's shelves for fabric storage. I'm quite impressed!
The day after I posted my rant about the postal service, I received a call from one of the supervisors on the day shift. She was also helpful and she promised that it would be corrected that day. And it was! Since it was resolved so well, I thought I should give a compliment.
The Calvin Hunt is Officially Over: a couple of days after I wrote that post, the Size 10 I ordered from eBay arrived. I also got a different Calvin pattern yesterday, a circa 1990 anorak:
I had planned on using it to make this J.Jill jacket:
However, I noticed it was on sale for a good price on the website yesterday so I went ahead and bought it. But I definitely see myself making the anorak at some point.
Carolyn and Marji: I don't see either one of you advocating not having a stash! I hope I didn't give that impression. Personally, I think having a minimal stash is vastly overrated, especially if you live in a fabric wasteland like I do. True, there's the internet. But that involves a slight wait, doesn't it? (wink wink nod nod)