Yes, I know, Sock Summit was nearly a month ago, I just haven't had a chance to get this post out. The weekend following Sock Summit I went to Chicago for a lovely bridal shower/bachelorette party. My family did such an amazing job and I had so much fun, but it has also contributed to my not being motivated to post. But finally, I'm back! Sock Summit 2011, was my very first knitting or fiber related conference and it was completely amazing! I have never been in one place with so many knitters before which was exciting in itself. Throw in the Marketplace and the classes on top of that and it was mind-blowing.
The Marketplace was fabulous. I have never seen so much beautiful yarn in one place and I definitely maxed out my budget! I prefer to look at as I bought a future sweater, three potential pairs of socks and a possible shawlette! The booth I kept going back to and ultimately bought the most yarn from was Miss Babs. Her color ways are gorgeous and the yarn is soft and luxurious. I got a sweaters worth of worsted and two skeins of sock yarns from there. I also was interested in trying the Sanguine Gryphon yarn so I picked up a skein of Skinny Bugga. The final item (not pictured) was an impulse buy on the last day. It is a GORGEOUS skein of lace weight yarn from Jill Draper. I can't wait to make a small shawl from it!
I also picked up several things that I had heard about but wanted to purchase in person rather than online. The first is Soak, a soap specifically for washing hand knits and other delicate items. I also picked up some Heel, a foot lotion made by the same company in the cucumber scent which smells wonderful. The second thing I had heard about is the Lo-Lo Bar from the Bar-Maids Company. As soon as I touched it I knew I had to have one! I leaves your skin moisturized, but not greasy, unlike other lotion bars I have tried. Finally I bought a much-needed small project bag that will be perfect for traveling. It is from Slipped Stitch Studios and is absolutely adorable! I was in desperate need of a cable needle for my current project so I decided to try the Lantern Moon style. It's probably no surprise that I love these too! All in all, if all I had done was attend the marketplace I would have felt the trip was worth it.
But, that is not all I did! I also signed up for three classes. Lately, I have been very interested in learning how to design my own knitting patterns. I have so many ideas floating around in my head but I am not always sure how to execute them. All of my classes were geared toward learning how to do just that. The first class, Choosing Among Choices with Laurel Coombs, turned out to be way below my skill level, but I still learned a few new techniques, which is always good! The second, Story Socks with Deb Accuardi, was a very free flowing class that takes your personal experiences and turns them into a sock pattern. It was very inspiring and I love the personal touch Deb brings to all her designs. The third, Designing off the Cuff with Anne Hanson, was the most informative class that I took. She focused on designing socks with stitch patterns that you personally like for yourself. With her input I feel ready to begin a pair of socks using a lacy stitch pattern that I have completely fallen in love with. I can’t wait to get started!
In knitting news, I signed up for another test knit and have since finished it. The Viridescent fingerless mitts grabbed my attention because the have a very interesting cable pattern up the center and that is really appealing to me right now. I am using Madelinetosh Sport in a subtly variegated green colorway that is gorgeous! The only problem is the yarn is a little heavy for the gauge the pattern calls for. Next time I will go for fingering weight yarn! Definitely watch for this pattern though. It is really a great knit!
Now that those are done, I have completely refocused all of my energy on wedding knitting. The big day is fast approaching (September 17th). I made progress on both my wedding shawl and the secret project that I am working on. I know this is the first I have mentioned of the secret project, and I promise full disclosure after the wedding since they are gifts. There that's all I am saying! My Wedding Aeolian is coming along slowly but surely. I have a feeling it is going to be blocking the night before the wedding, if I finish at all....fingers crossed!