Friday, August 28, 2009


I suddenly realized that I haven't posted about the socks that I finished up just in time for Sock Summit.

First these are the Nautilus Socks. They are knit toe-up. I like these socks a lot. The second sock is a bit bigger than the first sock, because on the second sock I actually followed the directions where it says to go up a needle size for the cabling. That little detail makes the sock just perfect for fitting my foot. I can technically get the first sock on my foot, it just takes a little maneuvering. I probably won't fix it, because it is all done and I don't want to rip it. However, if you are going to make these socks, take the advice of the pattern and knit the cables on a bigger needle! The yarn I used was my LavenderSheep Superwash Sport yarn in color Mountain Sunset!

The other pair of socks I finished are my all-time favorite socks! They are the Autumn in Oregon Socks. I love the pattern and I love the yarn! This is the first time I really have knit with the Tencel Sock yarn in a textured pattern and I simply love it. It shows off the pattern in crisp detail.

Here is the side view. I can say it is very difficult to take pictures of socks on one's own feet. It is a very awkward balancing act to say the least. The yarn I used was my LavenderSheep Tencel Sock Yarn in color Smokey Rose. Mmm...I just love these socks so much!

I was able to get both pairs done in time for Sock Summit. I wore them both during the show and got many compliments on them!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


So, one of the things I have been working on lately is getting together photos of things that have inspired me to create a particular colorway. I am really inspired by the things around me, so I thought I would share what I have come up with so far:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sock Summit - Now with Photos!

Finally I got my photos together! I didn't take a lot of photos because so much was going on all the time. It was totally crazy, but so much fun!

Here is our booth while we were setting up. I'm always amazed how chaotic it all looks before it is all setup and put together.

See! This is the finished left side. I really like the setup this time. It's so pretty!

Next, the finished right side! pretty. It makes me happy when it is all up and organized!

One of the cool things at Sock Summit was we got name badges! Name badges that we could decorate with swag. I made sure to fill mine with Toe-Up buttons for Chrissy's new Toe-Up book and Ravelry buttons. I finally got a Ravelry button from Jess and Casey in person! It was so cool. I put my sheep sticker on it, but Blair thought that I should have one with my username so he got me another one at the Ravelry meetup.

I didn't buy a lot of things in the marketplace. It was just so overwhelming I couldn't decide. However, I did have my heart set on a couple of mugs from Jennie the Potter. She also had awesome buttons! She was right across from us, so I knew I was in trouble. I limited myself just to these things so Blair and I can drink tea this winter out of them. I just love them!

On Sunday all of our group went to see the Luminary Panel. It was simply extraordinary. These wise women shared their lifetime of information and advice to all of us who would listen. I could listen to them all day.

Oh, and I did get a little knitting in. I thought maybe I could knit some baby socks out of some leftover sock yarn to use it up. I managed this one itty bitty cuff throughout the entire weekend. The booth was hopping the whole time, which meant very little knitting time. I guess I'll just have to finish them sometime at home!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sock Summit Highlights!

I thought I would post a few highlights from the weekend before I get my photos together. It was such an incredible show. I feel very lucky that I got to be a part of it and here is why:

-I met Jess, Casey, and Mary Heather from Ravelry and received a Ravelry button directly from them!

-Our booth was directly across from Jennie the Potter, so I scored 2 of her special edition Sock Summit mugs, before they all sold out, and some pretty buttons. I will picture them later. So very awesome!

-Saw baby Hazel from Twisted in Portland. So cute!

-Got to spend a very awesome weekend with Donna and her sister Colleen. Both are simply hilarious and a lot of fun to be around!

-Got to see Chrissy Gardiner. She is turning into a regular celebrity with people lining up to have her sign her new book. They are all super excited to meet her in person.

-I got hugged by a serious LavenderSheep fan, who couldn't believe she was meeting me in person. First time that has ever happened.

-I shook hands with Ann Budd. I didn't realize who she was at first, until I read her tag, then went a little fan girl. I hope I didn't scare her too much.

-Saw Amy Singer of Knitty walking around the market.

-Cat Bordhi came into the booth to make sure we were promoting Chrissy's book properly. From the amount of people that were buying it I think we were doing alright.

-Had a class with Anna Zilboorg. Her life is so amazing I could listen to her all day. I am definitely in awe. I got up the nerve to ask her to sign my book. Now I need to track down the rest of her books, especially her ones on socks and mittens.

-Barbara Walker came into the booth and looked at a couple of shawls. Both Donna and I froze, which is definitely a first for Donna, but really we didn't want to gush over her as we are sure she was getting from all over.

- Went to the Ravelry meetup where I met many more wonderful and creative people that are doing many wonderful and creative things.

-Went to the Luminary Panel. It was simply amazing. It was an incredible, dynamic group of ladies that I would love to hear more from. They were so inspirational. I definitely would love to take a class with just about any one of them just to hear what they would have to say.

It was just a wonderful and incredible weekend. I can't emphasize that enough. I definitely would do it all over again. I think my brain is still trying to process it all. I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say once I get my photos together.