Posts Tagged ‘sock summit 09’

bored now!

not so much from Sock Summit letdown, but mostly now b/c work has hit a slow period and i haven’t figured out the best stealth knitting technique 🙂  also, i’m blogging while on the most boring meeting of my week.  thank god its a phone conference.

the knitting is going well.  i finally finished my Sock Summit 09 socks.  the pattern is Summer Swing from knitty, done up in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Hermosa.  great pattern, repetative without being boring, and really cute to look at.


Summer Swing Sock

and a pair of socks!

Summer Swing Pair

in other knitting, the damson shawl is going quite well.  i’m finally past the garter stitch (thank god) and it coming out lovely.

damson on desk

as you can see, i am taking a lot of these pictures at my desk.  partially b/c when you work on the 36th floor in Midtown Manhattan, you get really good light if you are lucky enough to sit by a window, which i am 🙂  plus, i don’t have to worry about a kitty taking a nap on the knitting just as i’m about to take the shot.

i’m still working on the Rhinbeck 09 sweater.  I’m making it out of the YUMMY YUMMY Briar Rose Legend that I got at SS09.  i’m doing it as a top down raglan, but i’m not in any way ,shape, or form at a place where it is interesting to take pictures of it.  hopefully, i’ll be able to work on it this weekend.  that is looking like it will happen since mother nature (and Tropical Storm Danny) are looking to rain on my three day weekend.  Its the last of my summer fridays, and i was hoping to go to the beach one day this weekend, but yeah, not looking like that’s going to happen.  so knitting it is!

now, i just have to decide which tv show i need to have a marathon of.  i’m thinking S6 of NCIS?  and maybe a few movie rentals?

sounds like a plan to me!

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because re-entry has not been easy and I need a weekend to sit on my ass and be a vegetable.  also, reorganize the stash.  thanks to SS09, the stash has grown to levels that have induced massive guilt (yet guilty pleasure as well).   ok, and maybe some sewing, since i need to stock the etsy store.

so this weekend, i think i’m off to IKEA at some point (maybe i’ll be totally lame and go tonight?) to get more organizers.  ok, just realized, maybe not tonight since i have to measure some stuff.  also, i need to get rid of some old stash that i bought efore i became a yarn snob.  nothing wrong with it, but i know i won’t use it, but i don’t want to throw it out, so donated it will be.  and hey, that frees up more room in the yarn closet.  did you ever see the last time i fixed the yarn closet? click the shots below to make them bigger.

can you guess what it looks like right now?  i think one of the things i need to better organize is the growing stash of spinning fiber, because that is starting to cause a problem.

but i just need to make it through today.  i’m truly exhausted and verging on grouchy.  being surrounded by advertising types rather than knitting friends is just not fun.

7 hours… i can make it.

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seriously, this whole “work” think is really taking time away from the yarnz.  waking up was not fun (totally surprised that i have a bit of jetlag) the subway was hideous (no seat!  i had to knit standing up!) and now i’m at work and no one is knitting and they expect me to think and oh, its just too awful!!!  also, i’m on the conference call from hell and the only thing that makes it bearable is the fact that i now have a headset, so i’m not torturing my neck while listening to enough drivel to make my brain leak out of my ears.

now SOMEONE (otherwise known as Martha) wanted a full accounting of the yarn purchases that were made at sock summit. I preface the rest of this post with the following explanations:

1) I knew going in that i was never going to see most of the yarns ever again, so i vowed to purchase only yarns that I couldn’t get at my LYS.  and for the most part, i succeeded.  there was that one skein of Dream in Color, but it was the last day and I plead exhaustion

2) I did not have a set spending limit, based on number one

3) the yarn fumes, the exhaustion, the excitement and “you can do it!” attitude all ganged up to make me think that i could reasonably knit all of the yarn in no time at all

4) I feel down and hit my head on something hard.  and when i woke up, i had 4 patterns, enough yarn to knit socks for the US Army,  2 shawls,  a sweater, and lots of other stuff.  and fiber.  and a few drop spindles.  and some tee-shirts and swag.  oh, and a set of Signature DPNs which are INCREDIBLE

please don’t judge me (too much).  also, please take my card away from me when i head up to Rhinebeck.

(click to make bigger- if you dare)

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it was as if the knitting gods did not want me to leave Portland (fine by me!).  my flight was 2 hours late, not getting me into NYC until well after midnight.  I didn’t get home and to sleep until almost 2 am and woke up at 9 am, which is the latest i’ve woken up without the influence of alcohol since, well, ever.  even in university, if i slept in after 8 am, there had been booze the night before.

it will probably take me the rest of the week to get over the physical effects of SS09.  the mental effects will hopefully last forever.  i’ve already started using some of the techniques i learned while there (no pointy ears on my toe tips!!!), and can’t wait to do the other ones (I’m starting on Queen of Beads, soon-ish).  i went to ravelry and friended a whole bunch of new people b/c they were amazing and fun and smart and lovely and funny and snarky and everything i love in friends and can’t believe i was lucky enough to meet them.

so now i’m just going to start adding all of the pictures i didn’t get a chance to add when i was still figuring out the whole “posting with a iPhone”

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Day 3

So it seems I have a lot to still figure out with blogging from the iPhone app.  It works fine.  I just seem to not know what the hell I’m doing.

The summit has been INCREDIBLE so far.  The classes I’ve taken (people, I can SPIN YARN!!!  From a drop spindle!!  Without cursing (too much)!!!), the yarns I purchased (I need to upload my pictures so you can see the true damage and BE VERY AFRAID).

But its the people that I’ve met.  The women from ST-1 and ST-2.  The amazing volunteers. The dyers and the shop owners who have been so amazing and kind.  And the teachers and presenters.

What can I say about the teachers and presenters?  Mind blowing.  Passionate about their crafts.  Funny as hell (seriously, were they all stand up comics in a former life?).  And generous enough to share their knowledge.

When I get my pictures up (having some issues with my Eye-Fi card), you’ll see some of the amazing people I’ve met.  But for right now, I’ll send you over to Glenna C, my partner in crime here in Portland, and you can look at her pretty pictures.

And yes, I do have a picture of me standing with Barbara Walker.  Mind-blowing.

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This was originally posted as a “page” on August 6, 2009.  Not sure what my excuse is for that.  Can I blame it on the yarn fumes?

After a late arrival to the airport (the flight was fine, the airport van had some issues), I passed like a drunk at Mardi Gras and slept like a baby. Woke up refreshed and excited and ready to start.

Now it’s off to the Convention Center to register and get a cup of coffee before I DIE!!!! Plus, there is only so much I can learn before coffee.

More later…

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Originally posted as a “page” on August 5, 2009.  Further proof that I’m an idiot after flying.


I begin writing this 36,000 feet in the air as I, the most nervous flyer ever, put aside my fear, swallow a bunch of tranquilizers, and travel to Portland, Oregon for Sock Summit ’09!! I planned long and hard for this trip, got lucky a couple of times ( class registration was a battle in itself) and then waited (im)patiently for today to come.

I am currently knitting brooklyntweed’s Noro Striped Scarf as it requires none of the higher brain function of say, turning the heel on a sock. Seriously people, 1 large glass of wine and a Klonazepam. Brain will hopefully start working again about the time we land.

There are a few summiteers on the flight with me, at least 2 across from me and possibly one on front. I can only imagine how many Glenna C had on her flights particularly the one from Vancouver to Portland.

In the days ahead, I’ll be updating the blog, but even more, I’ll be all over Twitter b/c I’m addicted to instant gratification. Check me out there, also as girlunravelled.

The flight so far is smooth and they are predicting arrival to be a little early. Since I did’t check baggage, I can scoot right to the exit, calling the airport shuttle on the way to the doors.

Tomorrow, the real adventure begins…

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Almost There

there is a light at the end of this tunnel. while my brain is fried from work, in 5 days, i will be sprinting to the airport, downing a G&T and then boarding a plane to Portland, OR.

i will be taking this:

1/2 of the Gatsby Dress

1/2 of a Gatsby Dress

1/2 of a Gatsby Dress

it’s totally done, but i will need to wait for a friend willing to photograph me, b/c you cannot fully appreciate this dress while its laying on a messy bed.

i will also be taking my homework (which is already on its way to Portland, sans photo.  oops).  as well as quite a large number of sock DPNs.  I actually sent a bunch of stuff ahead in an effort to not have problems at the airport.  I really don’t want to have to explain all of those metal needles to the TSA at a New York City airport.

as for what i come back with, i’m terrified.  i’m actually packing 2 extra bags that can be checked on the way back if the yarn purchasing gets out of hand (as i fully expect it to).  Glenna and i have very little self control when it comes to yarn.  the fumes, well, they cause temporary (or not so temporary) loss of control.  i’m rationalizing it by saying that a lot of the yarns i see there are going to be one-of-a-kind, never to be seen again, etc etc.

but i fully expect to be semi-bankrupt when i get back.  🙂  sounds like the perfect vacation to me!!!

i realized that i have all my “must-do” knitting for SS09 done, and now i can get back to my regularly scheduled knitting.

what’s next on the needles?  yeah, socks.

and i will probably be updating more since i found the lovely little app for my iPhone 🙂

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