Sock Summit is a memory, well a collection of memories…and a pile of loot. I took the formidable mountain of yarn, fiber and knitting related tools and gadgets that I acquired in Portland up to the farm this weekend. Once there I had a wonderful time reliving the great times we had up there as I went through it all. Not a single regret in the pile. Here it all is — from several angles.
I loved the stitch marker swap you so brilliantly conceived and executed. Unfortunately one cellie’s marker (the green acorn) is missing from this first picture. I was quite alarmed. But I found it when I went through the larger collection — can you spot it? And don’t you just grin whenever you see the cellie in her tiara??
Classes were so FABU!!! Cat Bordhi, Amy Singer, Kate Atherley, Gayle Roehm,…FRANKLIN HABIT!! He really helped me up my game in the photo department. Just take a look at how my Lingonberry Scarf photographed using my “normal” settings…and then look at how rich the chocolate color appears after adopting his advice. And getting the color right on my Hugs and Kisses Socks previously thwarted me. Not any more! Also, he taught us that when photographing socks, you really need to have the camera at an angle that is flattering, the most flattering of which captures a side view of and arched foot like on a mannequin. Much nicer than the many “self portraits” of socks on the knitters’ foot from above. A sure recipe for cankles!
And I have to admit that I’ve succumbed to the spinning bug…18 grams of the BFL that I bought at Fiber Optic is now plied into a lovely fingering weight yarn…and about 9 more grams are a single ply. The photo here is the one you took of my first mini-mini-skein spun from that sample I picked up in the market place. There will be more photos of my spinning in the future, I’m sure. The zen quality of the repetitive motion with no patterns or variety of manipulation allow me to empty my mind — something I surely need these days. (No comments from the peanut gallery regards how easy you might imagine that to be!)
VCC and VCP and I had a great time being treated like royalty at the nail salon. There are many other great memories too…meeting Carin of The Knit Wits during the podcaster meetup — and Paula from The Knitting Pipeline too. (Darn! I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture!)
You laughed so hard it looked like you would choke (yourself)… the other cellies laughed a lot too! And we saw sheep, yarn bombing and lots of young knitters…enough to make your heart sing!
Of course the very best part was spending a week with you and our cellies. So very much fun, so very much laughter, so very much love. It was like we went through a magical portal into another dimension.