OFFF, socks, socks & more socks
As soon as we got there, we headed for the Blue Moon booth. It was total sensory overload, as usual, and as soon as I walked in Tina started handing me huge piles of yarn (she owes me a bunch for designs I'm doing for them). It is, of course, all fantastically gorgeous and is looking really good adorning the top of our piano:
After a trip to the car to unload our goods, Nicholette and I met up with Amanda at the Tigard Knitting Guild booth where we sat, knitted and chatted about all things fiber-related for the next two hours. It was SO much fun to sit and talk and knit, uninterrupted by children, with two people just as obsessed with knitting as I am.
Here's me & Amanda:
Amanda and Nicholette:
and me & Nicholette:
Gosh, it would've been a lot easier to just get someone to take one picture of the three of us together, wouldn't it?
After lunch (where Nic had lamb kabobs - how could she!), we went to the barns to check out the fiber-producing creatures. We got the chance to pet this angora bunny:
I was dying to pick it up and run away with it. I love how even the tops of their ears are super furry! And it was so unbelievably soft. We also saw plenty of cute little alpacas...
and the most adorable llamas:
What a great way to spend a morning! I spent the rest of the day working on my Socks of Doom in preparation for sending them off for assasination on Monday:
I made them out of Knit One Crochet Two Creme Brulee, which made really awesome socks. The gauge that Yarn Monkey specified for the Socks of Doom was a little bit looser than I would've made these for myself, but they were still a fun and super-fast knit. I hope Kentucky Quiltmaker (my target) likes them, even though they will be her Sock Wars downfall...
Sunday evening we celebrated my father-in-law's birthday, complete with pointy hats:
Cute little dunces, aren't they? We also had some a tricycle riding exhibition. First there was some high-speed trick riding by the Wicked Witch of the West:
And then, well, I really don't know what to say about this...
Right now, I am putting off two things in a big way. The first thing is (obviously) the sock update, which keeps growing and growing and gets worse every day that I delay posting it (which, in turn, makes me put it off even more). I was going to do it at the end of this post, but this is getting long enough already so I will post socks in my NEXT post. I swear!
I also am at the swatching stage again, having finised the Handpainted Yarn design apart from seaming and some attached i-cord. It turned out really nice, and the Lion & Lamb is a dream to knit with. I can't show you the whole thing, of course, but here's a little taste:
Isn't that Black Purl colorway to die for? I just love it. But finishing this means that it's time to go back to the drawing board and start working up my next projects. Once I get into swatching, I love it. Getting started, however, is not always so easy. I have a few different projects that are already swatched that I'm planning to add to the GYW line, and I can't even get those started. For some reason, I have this idea in the back of my head that I have other stuff that needs to get done first (although at this point, I'm not sure what that is since I don't have any hard publication deadlines coming up). I'm continuing to work on my 2nd Dublin Bay Sock while I try to make up my mind about what comes next. Wish me luck!