Just found this website when looking for pattern reading help
I found the thread on VA knitters and wanted to jump in. I am in Blacksburg, VA, home of Mosaic Yarn Shop, friendliest little shop on the planet. She also sells very great yarn and has plenty of it. She is having a knitting retreat with very famous teachers in June. Check it out by visiting the website for Mosaic Yarn Shop and clicking on Purl Jam.