Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Sock Camp - Part I!

The first two (well, 2 1/2) days of sock camp have been fabulous!

I left home Monday morning, and caught the ferry to Bainbridge Island with a bunch of other sock campers to descend on Churchmouse Yarns. I didn't make it there on the yarn crawl last year, so I'm glad I got the chance this time. Of course, I left my camera in the car and didn't take any pictures. I'm sure some other ones will turn up, though. We had a lovely lunch at Nola and got ice cream at Mora, then we headed to camp.

Port Ludlow is gorgeous and I'm really enjoying it here. Monday night was just opening ceremonies, but yesterday we started the *real* sock camp.

My group's first class was dyeing with Tina! First we talked about our color homework, and then we were instructed to dye two skeins - one with our "comfort zone" colors, and one that was a little more scary.


That's my less comfortable skein before being smooshed. The smooshing was actually very different for me. I've dyed quite a few times before, but I've usually tried to keep the different colors separate. Tina's dyeing philosophy involves blending colors together.

Then we learned we actually got a third skein, after we went on a little walk. Since both of my first two skeins were pretty saturated, I decided to do something a little lighter for my third. I used some gunmetal grey and poured it in zigzags over my skein, smooshed it around, and then put green in the middle and blue on the ends and smooshed some more. Sadly it seemed to be missing something, so I asked Tina and got opinions from the class. With a little prodding I added some magenta and it turned out lovely!


And some smooshing action...


Then we had lunch and crafts, where we made this lovely no-sew crab project bag.


Then it was afternoon free time and our yarn was drying.


The bottom left is my "comfortable" skein.

In the evening we had antics and my team won Jeopardy. This is us posing with our "trophy" - chocolate covered peanuts called Crab Poop.


Today I had a very informative class with JC Briar about bind-offs, but I didn't take any pictures. I also started an iPhone sock and made some stitch markers at crafts, and we watched a crazy movie - The Lady From Sockholm. I love camp!

Listening to: My Gift of Silence ~ Blackfield, Criminals, Katatonia

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Blogger Cassandra said...

How do you make a project bag without sewing??

5:07 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Ditto Cassandra's question.

Also, I'd totally say that first skein of dyed yarn was your comfort zone. Isn't it blacks and blues??

7:48 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Yes, tell us more about the no sew project bag, please!

3:13 PM  

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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
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    Fearless Fibers
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    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
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    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
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    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
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    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

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    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
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    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
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    Done Roving
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    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
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    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
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    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
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    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
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    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
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    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
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    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
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