after weeks of crafting ennui, inspiration had finally found me:
i was all set to cast on but for one thing: i couldn't find any of my us7 circular needles. not a single one... not anywhere... what's a poor knitter to do?
enter the hero of this tale, my friend blair!! she had not one, but two us7 circular needles she was happy to loan me. and to top it all off... they're color coordinated with my yarn!
now i can knit to my heart's content!
thank you blair! you saved the day!!