Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sock Summit pictures

Such as they are, here you go!

First, a short video of the crowd waiting for the marketplace to open on Thursday afternoon. Tina, Stephanie, and Rachel H led folks in singing, "99 skeins of yarn on the wall."

I really didn't take many pictures and the ones I got weren't too interesting. They're on my Flickr page if you really want to see them all.

These two, though, are worth posting here:

Meg Swanson cutting Elizabeth Zimmerman BD cake1
Meg Swanson cutting Elizabeth Zimmerman BD cake2
That's Meg Swanson cutting birthday cake in honor of her mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman. This is at the closing ceremonies, after the wondeful Luminary Panel session on Sunday. Elizabeth would have been 99 on that day.

And here are my stash enhancements, courtesy of the marvelous marketplace. I spent way too much, but not nearly what I could have or wanted to!

purchases Starting at the top left, here's what I got.

From Susan's Kitchen, a one-of-a-kind, 3.8-ounce batt of merino, hemp, bamboo, angelina, and tencel.

Just below it is a small packet from Material Whirled containing 0.5 ounces of angelina in crystal amethyst.

Next to the batt is 2.8 ounces of Firestar in a lovely gold color from Carolina Homespun. I also got a cool bumper sticker (not pictured) from Morgaine that says "I went to the Sumit and got HEELED." Lower in the picture is a spinner's control card and a cool rubber stamp with a picture of a dragon at a spinning wheel, also purchased at Morgaine's booth.

Just to the right of the gold Firestar is a 4-ounce braid of superwash merino from Yarn Pirate in the color Choqua. I purchased this from the Loopy Ewe booth because I just had to have the colors!

Next are three lovely skeins of sportweight sock yarn (255 yards each) from Miss Babs. This was on sale, so I dove in and got Blue Teal, Light Turquoise, and Blackbird to stash for some future colorwork.

Below that is a skein of MightySock from Abstract Fiber in the Black Opal colorway. This is 50/50 superwash merino and tencel. Susan gave me this skein to replace one I used from my stash to make a sample of the Come Sail Away sock (Ravelry link) to go with the patterns she's selling. Free is a very good price, especially for this lovely yarn!

Next to that is a lovely skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Lace in their brand new superwash merino base. The color is called Thunderstorm. It's mostly black with some blue. Purchased from WEBS.

Then we come to the Happy Hands yarns. I had a really hard time not buying more from Kim. First, she's super nice and fun, and second, she has beautiful, super-saturated colors of yarns! I helped out in her booth on Saturday, then purchased a skein of her Toe Jamz sock yarn in the Parrot Head colorway (450 yards of 75/25 superwash merino/nylon) and she gifted me with the gorgeous Turquoise 50/50 silk & superwash merino (665 yards). It's soooo soft!

I guess I like that 50/50 silk/merino blend, 'cause the next item is a skein of Silk & Ivory (675 yards) in pink and silver, purchased from Tess Yarns.

The final row starts on the right with a skein of Apogee from Serendipitous Ewe. This is a Dye for Glory winner and sold out quickly, so I feel happy to have some. It's dyed in such a way that it stripes beautifully. I almost bought a skein of Bobby Sox from Ang, too, but held off since I knew we were getting some for the shop (if you're in Portland and want that color, we have it now).

I tried to resist the lure of the Blue Moon booth, but it was a fruitless effort. I did manage to control myself, though, and only purchased two skeins -- Silkie in Sockgate, and a medium weight rare gems.

The final yarn purchase was also at WEBS. I've been lusting after this yarn in this color for a while and with the 25% discount level, I could no longer resist. It's Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in the Fjord colorway. I bought 10 skeins at 225 yards each. Plenty for any sweater pattern I want to make.

At the Shelridge Farms booth, I saw a sample sweater and fell in love. They were selling it in kits, but since I clearly didn't need yarn, just a pattern, they pointed me to the Cabin Fever booth. There, I purchased a copy of Button Up Your Top Down, the book containing the pattern for the lovely Sarah (Ravelry link) sweater. The knitting you see in the picture is the beginning of the collar for the sweater. I can't wait to have it wrapped around me this fall!

The monkey bag you see in the right-hand corner is from Good to be Girl. I won that as a doorprize on the first day of the marketplace and I love it! It already has a sock inside, which is in progress on a new set of Signature US1 DPNs (yeah, that was a big splurge) which I also love.

Just above the bag is a Multi-Loom from Hazel Rose Looms, which reminds me of a loom I had as a kid, but this one is more evolved. It's made from recycled cherry wood and with just a small amount of leftover sock yarn or some handspun, I can make pretty woven squares that can serve on their own as coasters or be incorporated into other projects. I already have a few ideas for this baby.

Not pictured are. . .

A size 16 mini crochet hook for adding beads to projects. Purchased from Carolina Homespun.

A Lucy Neatby pattern for the Fishtail Scarf (Ravelry link).

A sweater pattern from Jil Vosburg of Just One More Row called Heartbeat (Ravelry link). Very versatile and stylish, it can be made with any weight of yarn. I saw several different versions in the Tess Yarn booth and knew I needed a copy.

A pattern for a lovely sweater called Kiyo (Ravelry link) by Kim Smith of Knitting Matters. There was a sample at the SWTC booth and it was love at first sight.

A DellaQ interchangeable needle case, which now holds my Harmony Options and Denise sets perfectly.

Two Meg Swanson books -- Handknitting and Armenian Knitting (with Joyce Williams). These will be on the bookshelf next to my Elizabeth Zimmerman books.

Two new crochet hooks from Laurel Hill, rounding out my set of wooden hooks.

Whew! I think that wraps up my Sock Summit stash enhancements and reporting. Still waiting on work of ext-nay ime-tay!


Sharon said...

Thanks for posting that video! I couldn't hear the singing from where I was in the marketplace, but they told us several times over the PA that "there are a lot of people out there". They weren't kidding!

pdxknitterati said...

Nice new stash!

The singing sounds fun; I was at the top of the escalator taking pictures, and it wasn't very loud from up there!