Sunday, August 28, 2011

At last!

Well, I have been slacking on my promised post with more about Sock Summit. The problem, you see (other than all the secret knitting keeping me busy) is that I have camnesia. It's a horrible disease where I bring my camera to Sock Summit yet take pretty much no pictures. It's true, I have a couple of pictures of my socks in progress and a few more of food. That's it.

So I borrowed some from Shannon Okey.

Here's Shannon's picture of me in the Cooperative Press booth. It's not a great picture of me, but I spent lots of time in the booth, and I helped hang up all those socks. :) Plus, it proves I was actually at Sock Summit.


The Monday after Sock Summit, Shannon and I headed to Knit Picks where we got to hang out, see pretty yarn, and make some videos. Here's me about to be interviewed by Stacey:


Of course, my eyes are closed. Maybe there's a reason there aren't more pictures of me at Sock Summit!

And further proof... my friend noticed that I am visible in Harry's (Franklin's ball of sock yarn) Sock Summit adventure video. I'm trying to squeeze out of the Goth Socks booth at about 2:14 in the video.

So now that you believe that I was there, here's what I got...


Just in case you were wondering, I still like blue.

L to R
Canon Hand Dyes Charles Sock Yarn
2 skeins of Three Fates Yarns Tethys Sock
superwash fiber from MacKintosh Yarns
a Magic Ball from Sophie's Toes
Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes
Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga

And the Goth Socks:


The two on the right are the same, I'm hoping to knit some gothy knee socks.

While I was photographing yarn, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek of some of the yarns that are going to be in my book - some of them are from Sock Summit, some aren't.


It's not a complete list, since some (strangely the warmer colors!) are currently being knit. But the ones pictured here are (L to R):

ms. gusset
MacKintosh Yarns
more Swoonish
kitchen sink dyeworks

Now back to knitting!

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Friday, August 05, 2011


Last week was a whirlwind of socks!

Thursday morning I woke bright (ok, actually dark) and early to get on a train to Portland and Sock Summit. To be truthful, I was waking at 5am after a 2 hour "nap", since I stayed up til 3am packing and wondering where my summer clothes were once I heard it was going to be in the 80s in Portland. We haven't had much summer this year.

After a train trip of knitting and dozing, I arrived and sat down for a bit of knitting:

Then I met up with the lovely Stephania of Three Fates yarns to hand over my sock samples. I totally should have gotten a picture of them hanging in her booth, but alas I did not.

I helped Shannon set up at the Cooperative Press booth and had my first Voodoo Donut, scored a bit of Goth Socks when the market opened, and then went and sold CP grab bags until it closed again and we went to get dinner.

Friday morning I had a class, then headed to the market place where I alternated between helping at the CP booth and wandering the marketplace while knitting the socks above. I bought a few more skeins of yarn too. Just before leaving, Cookie A took a picture of my Twisted Flower socks!

I was lucky enough to have dinner with some fun and fabulously knitty people, including Kate Atherley who designed the My Vampire Boyfriend socks which I am currently neglecting - but they're awesome socks, and I'm totally going to finish them! - and Sarah from Sanguine Gryphon.

Saturday was more marketplacing and booth-sitting, and dinner with a friend who was down for just the day, then early to bed.

Sunday morning we could barely get out of bed - sometimes all the socky excitement is just too much! But we managed and headed into Sock Summit for one last fun-filled day. I skipped out for lunch and took the Max downtown with Lacey, where we knit socks... of course.

Socks around Portland

Afterwards I had a low key dinner with Shannon and then she got a tattoo! I love accompanying people on their tattoo appointments!

Then it was up even more early on Monday to head over to Knit Picks. I saw fabulous new yarns, met Stacey who I had only corresponded with by email, and filmed some video.

On the train home, I finished some socks:

Yarn: Jarbo Mini Raggi
Started: 4/29/11
Finished: 8/1/11

And the rest (including the yarn) will have to wait for later. Too much fun!

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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
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    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
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    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
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs