Saturday, December 24, 2011

DH's Ingvold is done!

DH's Ingvold is done! by BlueDragon2
DH's Ingvold is done!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
Last yarn end darned in, now he will wash, block, and sew on buttons of his choice.

So we're coming down to the end of the year pretty quickly now, today is Christmas Eve and I had some free time so thought I would do a bit of housekeeping here. As you can see above, I finished DH's Ingvold Aran cardigan tonight and gifted it to him. He loves it and can't wait to find just the perfect buttons for it.

My present from him is Virtual Yarns' Zauberflote and the kit arrived today! I picked it up at the Post Office and dutifully waited until after dinner to open it. Unfortunately, it is totally missing the Capercaille color so I need to email VY and ask them to ship it to me. I took all the yarns out of the box and carefully checked each label, then got my colorcards I bought from a member on Ravelry to see what color Capercaille is. It's definitely not in the kit, poot! At least I hadn't planned to start it right away, so waiting for the rest of the yarn to arrive won't be a problem for me. I've got plenty of other projects already on the needles to work on. I also will be starting Na Craga for MIL. She asked me to knit her a cardigan when we were down visiting in October and I was going to knit FLAK. But I've knit that three times already and just couldn't face a fourth. Na Craga was being discussed in one of my groups on Ravelry and it's on my to-knit list, so I'm going to hit two goals with one sweater this way. I'll convert it to a top down cardigan and knit it long enough to cover her artificial hip, which gets painful when it gets cold. The commercial sweater she's been wearing is beginning to show it's age and she likes my knitting. 

We had friends over today for a family style Christmas dinner, as we had done last year, and it was wonderful - good food, good friends, good times. I want to wish everyone reading this a very blessed Christmas and a good holiday!

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

War and Peace socks

War and Peace socks by BlueDragon2
War and Peace socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Side by side to show how the gauges differ, the colors worked differently, and the sizes are different.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Inside of heel flaps

Inside of heel flaps by BlueDragon2
Inside of heel flaps, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Progress picture of Ingvold Aran

Halfway down DH's back.

Monday, November 14, 2011

War and Peace sock heels

War and Peace sock heels by BlueDragon2
War and Peace sock heels, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Showing inside of first row with skipped stitches on inside. Both socks are being worked right side out.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Good morning, everyone!

Time to bring some of the last few pictures I've posted together and tie up some loose ends in the process.

The latest picture is my Winterland mittens, which I finished the embroidery on Wednesday night at knitting group. I've drooled over that pattern for quite a while, but kept putting them on the back burner to do other stuff. I finally decided it was time to knit them so I could wear them this winter and enjoy them. When it came to colors, I pulled out my stash of Shetland yarns and started poring over them. I really wanted to use the Royal Blue Scottish Campion, but part of me wanted to keep hoarding it. Suddenly the thought came to me - who am I hoarding this yarn for - me or the moths? At that point it was an easy decision to choose the blue to go with natural for these mittens. As I started knitting on them, I knew I had made the right decision, because the blue just glows against the natural. I wore them to breakfast this morning with my red and white Sirdal sweater (Veteran's Day colors) and loved them. I still have almost one full skein left of the blue, so I can use it in a tam or another pair of mittens later.

I finished DH's STR Earth Rare Gems socks while we were at the coast on vacation. He's worn them and really likes how thick and cushy the Lightweight version of the yarn is. Lol, he wouldn't mind a bunch of socks using that yarn, but, since there are only 360 yards per skein and he has size 10-1/2 feet, not going to happen. I have to use part of a second skein to make a pair of socks for him.

Before that, I finished my Kilt by Association hose. I took a kilt hose class from Mary Scott Huff at Sock Summit 2011 and this is her pattern she gave out in class. Apparently I'm the first to post a finished project on Ravelry! Now just to find an occasion to wear them, lol. 

I'm also working on my DH's Ingvold Aran cardigan, which I'm designing as I knit. It's a top down sweater, using Cascade 220 in Hunter Green, and the color comes off on my  hands as I knit with it because the color is so saturated. I'm teaching a class for it as I work also and the student has chosen a pretty yellow color of Cascade 220 Superwash for hers. At this point I've done the shoulder straps, both sleeves, both fronts and back down to the armholes, and am now working my way down the body. I'm doing the buttonhole and button bands at the same time and it's looking very good. DH is looking forward to wearing it when I get it done, hopefully sometime this month. 

I'm also working on a Faery Ring cardigan, using Black Water Abbey yarn in Old Purple, but it's on the back burner until I get Ingvold done now. I had started using the yarn in my first version of Ingvold, but just didn't like how it was turning out. After fighting with it for several months, trying to force myself to work on it and failing miserably, I admitted to myself that I just didn't like the yarn in the Ingvold pattern and ripped it out. I found the Faery Ring pattern and discovered that the designer is also Mary Scott Huff, and there is a group on Ravelry that had a KAL for this pattern two years ago. I've joined the group, read through the back posts, and discovered that there have been three versions of the pattern, none have dates or version numbers on them. So I'm working my way through this sweater, making decisions as I go whether to follow the pattern or do it my way. I'm trying to post good notes on changes I make, so anyone else who makes it later will have access to options. 

And last, but definitely not least, I'm doing the Soctober challenge on the 3 Fates Yarn group on Ravelry. One of the options was the War and Peace socks, where you knit one sock inside its mate. Being up for a good challenge, that was the option I picked and I'm approaching the heels now. The instructions from Knitty call for short row heels, but that style doesn't fit me so I'm doing heel flaps. I've been giving some thought to how to do it and will actually have to just work my way through the process one step at a time when I get there. There are probably instructions someplace online, but I prefer to work out what works for me myself. I'm using 64 sts with a skein of Mediumweight STR Rare Gem that I got at Black Sheep Gathering in 2010. Here are some pics for you.

First, the skein I'm using is the one on the right in this photo. I've used the Dicentra yarn on the left in a pair of socks earlier this year. The Rare Gem knit into socks at the bottom is a version of Cattywampus and I love the bright colors.

This is the very beginning of the socks, showing the instructions and the center pull ball I wound, as is my habit. Funny thing is, it turns out that doing this works really well for my socks. I'm using the strand from the outside of the ball for the outside sock, and the inside strand for the inside sock, so it's easy for me to keep the strands identified and separated. Most folks use two separate balls and that can contribute to crossing the strands and tieing the socks together. The only problem I'm having, and it's not really that big of a problem, is that the yarn is a little twisty so I stop every so often and unwind the ball to unwind the center strand. 

And this is where I'm at now, got a little knitting done this morning while waiting for breakfast, which I took my Marine DH out for today, since I'm off work. I've got the outside sock lifted up so you can see that there really is an inside sock being knit at the same time. I hold both strands in my left hand, the same way I do when knitting stranded work, and it's working very comfortably. I do have to stop and tighten up the outside strand from time to time (being a bit compulsive about tension so the outside sock isn't a lot larger than the inside one, which is normal for this technique). And can you see that I'm using my Tardis knitting bag? I heard about these at SS11 but they were sold out before I could get one. So after I got home I emailed the vendor and she sewed one up for me. I got it for two reasons, 1. so I could walk and knit easily outside without having to cram a ball in my pants pocket and fight to get the yarn out again to knit with, and 2. because it has the Tardis on the fabric!

Now I'm going to run to Office Depot and get some printing paper, then come home and start printing patterns out for my knitting projects for next year. I'm declaring next year will be 'many small projects and four sweaters' year. That's my goal, anyway, whether I achieve it or not will be seen as the year goes on, because no one knows what the future may bring in life. But I like having a plan set up ahead of time as a road map. I know where I want to go, how I want to get there, and I just deal with the roadblocks and detours as they come up. I don't have as many finished items so far this year as I did last year, because I've been working on more sweaters, teaching more classes, and of course, dealing with issues with my Mom and her Alzheimers disease. But it's still nice to look back at that list from this year and previous years and remember working on the various projects, who I might have gifted them to or what class I used them for, and dream about the projects to come. 

Oh, and the 'four sweaters'? A couple of them are already on the needles and simply need to be finished, so it's not four from absolute start to finish. Let's see, WIPs - Ingvold cardigan, Faery Ring cardigan, Erin cardigan, white Aran cardigan (yarn still to finish spinning for this so it's a long way out), Allover cardigan, Rosemarkie vest, Fulmar cardigan, MIL's Na Craga cardigan (oh, I haven't written about this one yet), and assorted small projects.

The MIL's Na Craga is a cardigan she asked me to kit for her to replace a commercial one she's been wearing that is wearing out. She has an artificial hip and it gets very painful if it gets cold. So when we were down south last month she took me aside and asked if I would knit her a wool cardigan to replace her store bought one. Of course, I agreed and had thought to knit a FLAK. But I've done three of those so far and the thought of a fourth just pained me. There is a thread on the Starmore Junkies group on Ravelry about Na Craga and I had wanted to make it, so, boom, I put the two goals together. I'll knit Na Craga for MIL, change it to a top down cardigan and custom fit it for her. One Starmore off my to-knit list and one happy warm MIL! 

And a last piece of good news to share with you all!

This is the letter in a folder and my 25 year service pin from the USPS. His last official act as Salem, OR Postmaster and a USPS employee for almost 39 years for Brad Bender was to present this to me on October 31, at his retirement party. Kind of scary to think of spending this much time with one company, but my Dad spent 45 years with Southern Pacific Railroad before retiring, so it's just a smaller achievement. But nowadays it's a large achievement, with the way companies come and go and folks move around. 

Happy knitting everyone!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winterland mittens ready to wear!

Embroidery all done!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Winterland mitten done!

Winterland mitten done! by BlueDragon2
Winterland mitten done!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Well, except for washing, blocking, and a bit of embroidery!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Winterland mitten palms

Winterland mitten palms by BlueDragon2
Winterland mitten palms, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Just need to knit thumbs and they will be done!

Winterland mitten bodies done

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ingvold left sleeve done!

Ingvold left sleeve done! by BlueDragon2
Ingvold left sleeve done!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Left sleeve cast off, ready to pick up for right sleeve.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

First Winterland mitten, except for the thumb.

Grafted the top together, will do both thumbs after second mitten is knit.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Side view of DH's Earth Rare Gem socks

Shows main Rare Gem colorway and Stumptown Brown used for cuffs and heel flaps.

DH's Earth Rare Gem socks

DH's Earth Rare Gem socks by BlueDragon2
DH's Earth Rare Gem socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Earth Rare Gem from SS11

Friday, October 07, 2011

Casting off bottom hem on Faery Ring

DH's Earth Rare Gem socks

DH's Earth Rare Gem socks by BlueDragon2
DH's Earth Rare Gem socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

First sock done, second on heel gusset

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Second ball knit up!

Second ball knit up! by BlueDragon2
Second ball knit up!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Kilt by Association

Kilt by Association by BlueDragon2
Kilt by Association, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

DH's Ingvold Aran

DH's Ingvold Aran by BlueDragon2
DH's Ingvold Aran, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Left front showing buttonhole band started.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

2011 World Wide Spin in Public Day

Today was the annual World Wide Spin in Public Day around the world and we held a small event here in Salem, OR, at the Ike Box downtown. It wasn't as large as past years' but we still had a good time and lots of wonderful items for the raffle. The proceeds from the raffle were donated to the Isaac's Room charity, which runs the Ike Box cafe and helps at-risk teens with things like the Ike Quest, high school completion classes, work experience, internship at the Ike Box, among other things. While the proceeds were smaller, most folks still bought food and drinks, so that helped a little bit, too.

My personal haul from the raffle was sweet - two baby gifts for a coworker who is due in December, 8 ounces of roving and a skein of Silkie Sock Yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The roving I originally won was from Pacific Wool in Newberg, but a friend won the Blue Moon roving and asked if I would switch with her because she wanted to try spinning the other breed. Since I had actually wanted the BMFA roving, but had wanted to give others a chance at winning it this year so hadn't put any tickets in, I was happy to do so. Here are some pics to share my luck!

I also took advantage of Stephania being there with her Three Fates Yarns to pick up a skein of sock yarn to stash for socks for DH later. The colorway is Maize and when I showed it to him at home he likes it a lot. 

This morning I spent some time catching up on posts on groups on Ravelry that I had let slide over the summer while I was involved in Sock Summit stuff. Now that the weather has cooled off here a bit (high 60's today) my thoughts are going back to sweater knitting. I've started teaching two classes at Tangled Purls Fine Yarn Studio - my Twelve Months of Christmas vest pattern and my Ingvold Aran cardigan pattern. Next Saturday we'll hold both classes at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, so none of us miss it. My Aran student is from Wisconsin and has never been to it, so I'm eager to show her around the grounds and introduce her to some new vendors. I'm also ripping my first Ingvold Aran using Black Water Abbey yarn and reknitting the yarn into Mary Scott Huff's Faery Ring cardigan. She calls for that yarn in her pattern and so far it looks better in it than it did in my pattern. For a thin 2-ply, it really wants to be knit on larger needles such as size 7's. I think it's because the wool breed is stiffer than most of the yarns I've knit with lately, such as Merino, Corriedale, and Blue Faced Leicester. I'm also changing out the Railroad Tracks pattern for a double ribbon cable and like it a lot better. In just a week I've gotten both shoulder straps knitted and the back done about 6 inches already! I'm probably going to redo the sleeve number as well, as I finally admitted to myself that they were coming out way too big. I have that knitter's stubborn streak about not seeing a problem in front of my face, lol.

On other knitting, I've gotten the first of my Kilt by Association kilt hose knit and am on the top third of the leg on the second one. After the lace top is done, the leg is a simple wide rib with decreases and the foot continues the rib so it's easy and quick car knitting (or TV knitting!). My project is the first one up on Ravelry, although I noticed this morning another one, without a picture was listed, but I couldn't get it to come up so it might be a ghost of mine. 

Last night I wound two skeins of STR yarn for a pair of socks for DH - one is an Earth Rare Gem I got at Sock Summit and the other is Stumptown Brown. I ordered the brown to go with the Rare Gem for the cuff, heel and toe of the socks to make the Rare Gem last for the pair. DH wears a size 10-1/2 shoe, so his feet are longer than mine and need more than one skein of yarn for a pair of socks. He likes the leg of his socks to be 7 inches, so I'm planning to use at least 2 inches of the brown for the cuff. The whole sock is a K2 P2 rib, so I'll measure 2 inches on the first sock and count how many rounds for the second sock. This will be my walking knitting and I started the ribbing, then put both balls and the needles in my new Tardis knitting bag so it's ready when I'm ready to go walking. 

As I wrote above, next weekend is OFFF in Canby and I'm looking forward to it. I've checked out the new colorways on Blue Moon's site and there are a couple I wouldn't mind adding to my stash. But that will have to be the end of stash acquisition for a few months - my stash is beginning to feel uncomfortably full so I need to get some WIPs finished before I can add more yarns. I will still buy yarns at my LYS and donate them to the charity knitting group at Tangled Purls. That way I support the shops and the charities at the same time. 

Time to close here and head over to Ravelry for a bit - 'night!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ingvold Aran cardigan

Ingvold Aran cardigan by BlueDragon2
Ingvold Aran cardigan, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Restarting this project using Cascade 220.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

DH's summer socks

DH's summer socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
First skein of SS11 yarn used!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday sunshine

Morning, friends!

I'm finally getting settled down after the last three weeks of whirl wind activity. A brief summary of the past three weeks, including some fun pics.

First, on Tuesday, July 19th, my Postmaster asked me to set up the event for the first day of sale for the Oregon Flag stamp - on August 11th! Now, usually three weeks and two days would be a comfortable lead time for an event. But factor in that the next week I would be on vacation, at Sock Summit in Portland, the following week I would be training a new windowline clerk, and Headquarters was inviting people without letting me know until a day or two before the event! Get a picture of how my stress level jacked way up?

The first two days I spent dashing between the windowline and the back desk, making phone calls, gathering info and contact names and numbers, and figuring out the best way to set up the event. I'm very fortunate that most of the folks I contacted were very generous of their time and resources and happy to help me with the event. Before I left for vacation that Friday, I had the skeleton of the event set up - date, time, place, guests of honor (or so I thought, see the comment above about HQ and their invites), and brief entertainment. 

I literally ate, slept, and worked this event, dreaming about different things that needed to be done, waking up thinking of things, making notes where ever I went about thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and comments. While on vacation I had a meeting with the Communications person from Portland District HQ to share info and ideas. He really was quite surprised at how fast I was able to get things set up and offered his assistance in any way I needed. He coordinated getting the two framed pieces of art to present to the Oregon Governor (who couldn't attend so the Secretary of State stood in for him and received the other framed art), and the framed print for the unveiling. He also got a nice wooden easel and a drape. I also made and received phone calls on my own phone to keep things moving along.

The person on the left with the pink skein in her hand is me, by the way. My friend LaVelle took this shot but I didn't know until she posted about taking it later.

When I got back from Sock Summit (awesome conference and if you didn't go to it, be sure to put it on your schedule for 2013!), I jumped into training the new windowline clerk. It has been several years since I worked with this clerk, but I was so thankful he understood when I needed to take him off the windowline while I made calls and did work for the event. Fortunately, I have a notebook I keep at my station with info in it and he read parts of that and made copies of info he wanted to have with him, so his time off the line was productive. He's also a very calm person, so I think he'll be able to handle the nasty, rude, selfish customers we get from time to time. He's got the late shift at the station his bid job is at, so he'll be dealing with the last in the door customers and closing the office with the Consolidation clerk. 

His last day with me was this past Monday morning, to make up for missing the first Monday morning while he was in Portland taking his test. Now he's on his own but can call me with any questions or email me.

So down to the stamp event itself - we made the front page of the local paper the next morning! Ah, job well done! The event was scheduled to start at 11 so I got to the Capitol at 9 to help with set up, greet guests and dignitaries, and hand out the programs I had designed. Oh, yes, the husband of one of the women in my knitting group is a fantastic amateur photographer and I had asked him to get a picture of the state flag flying over the Capitol if possible. Turns out that, since our flag is the only state flag with two different sides, when my friend tried to get pictures, the back side design of the state animal the beaver, would show through. So he went on search for a flag hanging in the Capitol building, but all of them were on flag poles, not stretched out for display. A gracious staffer held the flag in the Governor's office out for him to get a picture of the whole flag. He then replaced the background so the flag was shown to best advantage. I used his picture on the front of the program and gave him credit on the back of the program. Lots of positive comments on the picture. 

In addition to the Secretary of State Kate Brown standing in for the Governor, and three aides from US Senators and Representatives, we were greatly honored to have an Elder from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde attend with his daughter. He is also a member of the Kalapuya tribe, the First People in the Willamette Valley, so it was truly special for me. I wasn't sure if there were any descendants left in the area who would be able to attend. Of course the Salem Postmaster was present to lead the program and introduce the honored guests. 

The local Costco Store donated four beautiful cakes and about 10 large bottles of juice, along with the plates, cups, forks, and napkins, and served the cake. I always am very grateful for their participation in our public events, even more so because their cakes are so delicious and the decorations beautiful. 

You can see the photo on the front of the program taken by my friend.

Friday it took me until after lunch before I really woke up, I was so exhausted after the last three weeks and it took me a few days to rest up. Today, Sunday, I actually feel good again, and am planning to go to spinning at the Ike Box. This coming weekend we're heading south for DH's high school reunion, he's been spending a lot of time on Facebook reconnecting with his classmates and telling me stories about his high school years (usually when I'm writing on the computer, lol). 

Friday night I finished my Harvest Dew socks and am looking forward to wearing them this coming weekend. 

Oh, and some pics of my stash from Sock Summit - yumm! I'm looking forward to knitting up the yarns and spinning the fibers I bought, just need to find the perfect project for each of them. 

I set up the photo so you can see the labels in the picture, just click on it and enlarge it. The blue skein second from the left and the Rare Gems skein fourth from the left are for socks for DH. I asked him before I left for SS11 what colors he needed socks in (he matches his socks to his shirt and pants - obsessively!) and he told me brown and medium blue. Last night I wound the blue yarn from Huckleberry Knits and will knit on his socks during our trip next weekend. The yarn and needles are in a bag already, sitting on the dining table ready to go. The other two skeins of STR are collectible colorways for Sock Summit 2011 - Sock Hoppin' and Flash Mobbin', I snagged them right away Thursday night, as they were flying off the racks. The Sanguine Griffin and Three Irish Girls were trophy skeins, brands with lots of chatter in lots of stashes so I wanted to try them out. The little skein with the butterfly on it I gave to a friend who had to leave early and she was thrilled to get it. The roving is my touch of luxury, a 50/50 blend of Merino/Yak for something special for me. I was happily surprised by the price so snagged the hank right away. The skein of Sophie's Toes is Roses and Rain, a special colorway for SS11, and I had pm'd the dyer two weeks before the summit to have her hold a skein for me, which was a great thing because she sold them out in fifteen minutes on Thursday night! The yarn is soft and the colors just draw me in. I also got two books that aren't in the pic - JC Briar's book on charts and Terri Shea's reprint of Annichen Sibbern Bohn on Norwegian knitting designs. I got them both autographed, along with several other books I brought with me. 

Here's a shot just for fun - there was talk on the Sock Summit group on Ravelry about yarnbombing around Portland (for those who are worried, that means attaching pieces of knitting to public objects, like statues, to decorate them and share our love of knitting). As I was heading back to my hotel one afternoon, I caught sight of this pigeon sporting a cowl and couldn't resist catching a shot. Some of my friends who went didn't see this one until I told them about it. I wonder how many I missed around the Convention Center?

So, time to jump in the shower and get dressed, hope everyone has a great weekend!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Harvest Dew socks finished!

Will wear these next weekend at DH's high school reunion.

Monday, August 01, 2011

SS2011 stash

SS2011 stash by BlueDragon2
SS2011 stash, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Ramblings

I decided to cover some pics I've been posting over the last couple of weeks, especially during Tour de Fleece, which ends tonight at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. My goal for TdF was to spin for an hour a day, trying to make some good progress on my white Border Leicester x Corriedale fleece I bought at Black Sheep Gathering two summers ago. So far, I've finished one skein of 574 yards, filling three bobbins and then plying them on my Louet wheel with the 8 ounce bobbins. I much prefer to knit with fewer joins in my yarns, so the larger skeins suit me. So all those pics of my spinning wheel and the bobbins are chronicling my progress. I almost filled a second bobbin yesterday and am hoping to fill it today. It dawned on me at breakfast yesterday that I was still using the slowest whorl on my Hitchhiker, so I changed to the fastest whorl and it made a big difference in my progress yesterday. 

I've also been spinning on two of my spindles - my Woodland Woolworks black walnut Turkish spindle and my Schacht Hi-Lo spindle. The Turkish has Three Fates Yarns hand dyed BFL roving on it and the Hi-Lo has Blue Moon Truly, Madly, Deeply roving on it. I'm using the Schacht in its top whorl mode and trying a different way of winding the cop on, to see how stable the spindle is and how much singles I can wind on. By the way, even though it's a singular object, the plural form of the word is used, being as it came from Old English. 

Needless to say, with the heavy emphasis on spinning, I haven't been getting much knitting done lately. I've been doing a round or two here and there on my Harvest Dew socks, the second quarter free pattern KAL on the Socks That Rock group on Ravelry. Here's my progress so far on the first sock. 

What looks like a dark blue is actually a dark forest green, my iPhone tends to change colors sometimes, a software issue. The colorway is Sigur Ros, STR in lightweight. I bought it at Twisted in Portland on the Knittin' the Rails yarn crawl on Memorial Day weekend. I definitely plan to go back to that shop and explore more of their wall of sock yarns - yumm!

This is the last weekend before Sock Summit 2011 starts on Thursday and I'm sure lots of folks are scrambling to get things ready in time. I delivered 10 copies of my Fates Summit sock pattern to Steph yesterday for her to sell in her Three Fates Yarns booth and will take my memory stick with me in case she sells out and needs more. I'll be helping Steph in her booth each day except Sunday, when I have classes all day. I've got two of her yarns in hand to knit Pisqu, a stranded sock pattern that I'm really looking forward to. I just need to wind the skeins into center pull balls and set up a bag for the project. I'm also spinning some of her roving on my Turkish spindle, so I can demo both products for customers. 

I've also volunteered to help at the Summit and will be in the Sock Museum Friday afternoon from 3-6 pm, so I have Harvest Dew on my needles in STR yarn and BMFA roving on my Hi-Lo spindle, so I can demo those products while I'm a docent in the Museum. 

The Dim Sum luncheon on Saturday has really taken off, from the posts I've read we might have as many as 100 people coming for it! I've volunteered to be a guide to help folks get from the Convention Center to the restaurant, Fong Chong, on NW 4th Ave. We're going in groups of about 25 at a time so we don't overload MAX on any one run. Sure hope folks are wearing their SS11 badges or mini socks, so we can show Portland just how popular sock knitting is!

As to work, last Tuesday afternoon the Postmaster asked me to set up an unveiling ceremony for the Oregon State flag stamps that go on sale August 11. So for the next three days I was frantically calling and emailing folks to get a representative for the Governor, since he will be out of his office that week, a location and time set up. Now I can announce that it will be at 11 am, on Thursday, August 11th, in the Capitol Galleria on the south side of the Capitol. The Secretary of State, Kate Brown, will stand in for the Governor, there will be very short historical vignettes illustrating the history of the flag, and Costco will be donating and serving cake and punch. We'll have a collectible cancellation available at the Salem Main Office that day, so stamp collectors are very happy. I basically worked on this project 24 hours a day, since my brain was working on it while I was trying to sleep, so by Friday I came home totally exhausted. But I still spun until I filled the first bobbin, and it actually came out looking pretty good. 

Okay, now a bit of eye candy to share. 

This is my Fates Summit sock pattern, which has been running as a free pattern for a KAL on the Three Fates Yarn group on Ravelry. On Wednesday, when I leave for SS11, it will come down as a free pattern and go up as a for-sale pattern. So if you're interested in a free copy, go to Ravelry and download it right away!

This is the skein I finished last weekend, dripping in the shower before I laid it out on the plastic drying rack.

So, I've been a bit busy in the last couple of weeks, now to kick back a bit and enjoy my week off work. Happy knitting to all!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fates Summit Socks

Fates Summit Socks by BlueDragon2
Fates Summit Socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

My Fates Summit sock pattern, creates to celebrate my friend Stephania vending at Sock Summit 2011! Come see her beautiful yarns and rovings in booth 1025!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 21 - Challenge of filling the bobbin met!

I challenged myself to finish filling this bobbin tonight after work, and I succeeded! Tour de Fleece is over on Sunday, not sure what time yet, so I'm going to see how far I can get on the next bobbin this weekend. Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Emptied one bobbin so finished for the day!

When I empty one of three bobbins being plied together, I'm done for the day.

Spinning progress Day 15

Spinning progress Day 15 by BlueDragon2
Spinning progress Day 15, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Spun until the treadle connection broke. Got over half the bobbin filled!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday morning progress

Thursday morning progress by BlueDragon2
Thursday morning progress, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Didn't get last night's progress posted, got up and spun another handful of locks. Now the bobbin is definitely full!