Finally Recovered

This is the first time in a week I don’t feel exhausted. I’m tempted to blame my incessant sleepiness on all the walking we did in Portland, and the fact that I went to bed late and woke up early each day. But it could also be because, since we returned home I’ve been knitting on these

and all those tight little stitches are kind of hypnotic.

This sock – from Nancy Bush’s class on Two Ended Knitting – will be heading to Wisconsin as soon as its mate is completed to grace the tootsies of my nephew, Devon. The heel isn’t tall enough to accommodate my large feet. But the next ones will be mine. I’ll just have to make some adjustments first. Like casting on a few more stitches and decreasing the heel more gradually.

This style of knitting is great, although hard for me because the yarn is held in the right hand. I was painfully slow during class last Saturday, and still am not very good at it. But I have gotten a bit quicker, and somehow my fingers figured out, seemingly on their own, how best to hold and throw the yarn so my stitches are (mostly) even and firm.

Now that I’ve finished the first of these socks, I have a tough decision to make: immediately start on the second one, or return to one of my many “resting” projects, which were put on hold in order to have socks to wear for Sock Summit. Or, dare I even suggest it, casting on something totally different, just for fun?

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Post Sock Summit Post

There are times when I read a blog and the person says, “I was so exhausted after ____, I couldn’t even write.” My reaction to this has usually been, “What a wuss! What a copout! LAME!” How can you not have the time or energy to type out a post after – hell, even during! – an exciting event?

Well, now I know.

Sock Summit was a whirlwind of knitting and learning, and meeting new knitters and old knitters. I didn’t do 90% of the things I wanted to do (watch the Fastest Sock Knitter contest, get my picture taken with a bunch of famous knitters, take photos for my Sock Summit Alphabet project, go to the book signings) but I did attend four great classes, and I learned a new skill (twined or two ended knitting), and I knit on cables without a pattern (which was surprisingly intimidating at first, then rather refreshing).

I stood in line for the Marketplace with knitters from Oregon, Alaska, Washington DC, and Arkansas. We compared projects, techniques, and the classes we’d taken and were going to take over then next few days. I met a woman from Ohio who’d travelled all the way to Portland with her daughter – an agoraphobic – so she (the daughter) could attend the convention and try to get some hard to find yarn (I’m guessing GothSock). I hope she made it to her classes, and that she got some loot from the marketplace, even though the GothSock yarn booth was CRAZY!

I was impressed by how nice everyone was. Everyone, that is, except for the grouchy woman in the Sanguine Gryphon line who wouldn’t move to let me through. She was, happily, the exception, and significantly less lovely than the yarn she was buying.

Anyway, here is my experience at Sock Summit, in pictures…

The sign outside the OCC

A Dragon Boat floats overhead

Franklin Habit, sporting a Utilikilt

Playing with different lighting techniques after Franklin’s class

Aunt Letty’s mitten takes a turn in the light tent

Standing in line, waiting for the marketplace to open

People waiting to purchase Signature needles (I already had mine, so I just giggled as I passed)

The Opening Night reception (Tina and Stephanie are the two little heads WAY up in front, behind the podium)

Yarns for the Twined (or Two Ended) knitting class, taught by Nancy Bush Herself (she is pure charm)

After six hours of alternately knitting and swearing, here is my sock

All the knitters, preparing either to watch or participate in the Flash Mob
(click picture to see YouTube video)

I’m already wondering what SS13 will look like…