whew, the loopy ewe spring fling made for quite a weekend. sorry i didn’t blog—honestly there was great internet access in the convention center but absolutely no time. i was able to read a few emails late at night, but that’s about it for this jam-packed weekend. i brought home plenty of yarn (which i didn’t expect to do, don’t ask me what i was thinking), pictures, memories, and that adorable limited-edition loopy. she finds my garden a nice place to do yoga.
i was a little nervous about teaching but quickly relaxed with these fun (and funny) knitters
see what i mean? everyone made me feel comfortable right away and we had some great class time together (why oh why did i spend so much energy last week being so anxious??).
the lounge buzzed all weekend with the voices of 100+ knitters, all happy to be there. there were lots of gorgeous knits and yarns including this beautiful rivolo that lisa knit
from her own handspun (it’s that briar rose BFL again, doncha know . . .). wow. you can’t see it in this photo but on her ravelry project page, you can see the colors shift from one end of the scarf to the other in the most beautiful way.
i love it in pastels, don’t you?
but kathy didn’t stop there—she was rockin’ it with no less than three different shawls to show off. kathy told me i didn’t need to show the pictures on my blog but she sooo doesn’t know me . . .
which we all agree looks amazing in DIC Smooshy, colorway petal shower. you go, kathy.
sadly i was separated from my camera too much of the time, or i’d have more photos of knitspots in the wild. i’m really kicking myself that i didn’t get a picture of wendy, who it was my pleasure to meet for the first time; i have long admired wendy’s work and was thrilled to get to know her a little (oh look, she has her special loopy topping her blog today, too).
i was however, lucky enough to score this gem of a picture
that’s samantha—yes, that samantha, designer of the wildly popular shawl that jazz AND she’s wrapped together here with dye diva allen, whose numma numma yarns are all the rage (and always sold out, which is why i don’t have any). they are posing with the shawl that jazz which allen knit in her hand-dyed yarn.
one of the nicest aspects of the weekend was seeing cookie A. again and seeing everyone fawn over her aMAZing new book, sock innovation. we got to spend lots of time talking and laughing by staying up way too late for two nights. oh well, i really, really like her, so why not?
it was also a treat to meet long-time readers in person like ronni (on the left there with cookie), who some of you might recognize from comments and julie, below
who i know a little because they write to me periodically. it was great to spend time with the real women and get to know them better. julie is holding the project we worked on in the advanced lace knitting class, a doll-sized baby bee shawl.
in between classes, there was time to get plenty of sock knitting done, since that goes well with socializing and talking shop
that little bit of sock i showed you the other day in woolen rabbit bambino (colorway mama mia) grew quite a bit on the flight out and then back again—here it is first thing this morning
and i finished it off in class this afternoon. i just love the feel of this yarn—it’s fine and silky enough to be a great weight for warmer weather, but has plenty of heft to make for nice knitting—a real pleasure to work with.
it knits up so fast, too—i need to start thinking about a name. the motif looks a bit like tulips but there are so many items with tulip names that i might need to explore another avenue.
another sock i have nearly finished is the mate for my design that went out with the woolgirl sock club kits this month. i sent the first one winging off to jennifer a while back and have been working on the second one rather lazily since then.
knowing that the first one would be waiting when when i got home, i decided i needed to finish this one off, so i toted it along to the fling. i managed to get it all the way to the toe and just have a few more decrease rounds to go.
this sock is club-exclusive for six months but will eventually be offered in my shop. it is designed for fine sock yarn and knit on small needles for a nice, dense fabric that will still slide easily into shoes. i love the colorway—it will be elegant with dressier trousers. the yarn is curious creek wasonga and the colorway is head of kinsale.
and as long as i was catching up on sock knitting, of course i put some inches on the poor traveling sock that sits in my tote bag most days without receiving even a glance
holidazed has a complete leg now and i’m halfway through the heel flap. this one will see more activity this weekend when we head out for a short but exciting car trip that i’ll tell you about later in the week. i hope i have enough yarn to finish—right now my supply looks ok, though it’s probably going to be close.
because i really need to increase the number of man socks i get completed in the coming months, i started a new one for david in briar rose grandma’s blessing
for a change of pace, i put a deeper-than-usual cuff on this one with a little ridge to set off the top section. the pattern is a sort of tilted checkerboard with some holes—just enough for manLace. david is already eyeing it, so i think we’re good. i just love the colors—blue/greens and brown gold together??—mmmm.
of course there was a nice trip to loopy central in the mix of the weekend, too, when cookie, wendy, and i had the store to ourselves for roaming and dreaming on. i didn’t really think about what i’d buy ahead of time, just let the spirit guide me, so to speak. sheri has so many gorgeous indie yarns—it was a struggle to pass on some of them. i decided to narrow down my choices to yarns with adequate yardage for man socks and blends with strong fibers like nylon and bamboo. i purchased four skeins in all
this sheepaints silkbamboo is a luxurious blend of wool/silk/bamboo in an unusual straw/gold-and-gray mix—colorway berenjena—that completely captured my heart (i love grays and yellows together). this skein is so luxurious that i can only think it will become anniversary socks for david.
enchanted knoll farm yarns are new to me, but i can tell i will love them—for one thing, they were heartily endorsed by wendy and cookie, heh. i bought the skein of fresh greens (athenos) at sheri’s store for david and then was gifted the skein of lavenders and browns (hot mama) by the lovely josette herself, who attended the retreat (thank you josette; i was coveting this colorway but trying to be good). the lavender-brown skein signed by the artist will be mine, all mine.
a third skein that came home with me from the shop was this bright olive semi-solid artisan sock from hazel knits. wendee and i worked on a sock club project together last year with wonderful results and i very much enjoyed knitting with her yarn; i think david will love this color and it will work with almost any stitch pattern.
oh, too ba-a-ad, the yardage isn’t enough for man socks, shucks. sigh—i guess i’ll just have to make myself something with it (hum-de-dum-de-dum . . . sorry guys, i was helpless in the face of it). this will be great for a simple traveling sock—i don’t know if it will be too much coloring for a pattern, but if it is, i’ll just go with ribs or stockinette, or maybe apply of the interesting alternate sock architectures floating around out there.
another special person who i was honored to meet this weekend was claudia, the incomparable wollmeise herself. now, i have not knit with claudia’s yarns because truthfully, i have so little spare time that stalking the site for yarn releases is pretty much out of the question.
however, a new ravelry friend, dani, has doctored that situation right up for me (which i deeply appreciate dani, thank you!). recently, i saw her awesome green socks while browsing projects and commented that i thought the color was smashing. she replied that she had another skein of the yarn and would i like to trade for it? i said sure, not realizing right away that it was the famous wollmeise sock yarn.
it was even better in person—i do love me some greens. then dani suggested that i really did need to get some laceweight too for a shawl project and set about finding some of that for me to trade for as well. lo and behold, when i opened the mailbox this morning
there it was—a big fat skein of the most gorgeous spice market colorway. oh my.
(insert reverant pause)
isn’t that something?
in fact, i think we should end today’s post there.
so much happened around here since i was away—david totally reconfigured the vegetable plot and the yard positively came alive and got tall. there’s so much to show but plenty of time tomorrow—for now, let’s go knit.