Thursday, February 17, 2011

Madrona Fiber Arts

Today I went to my first fiber festival! It was a good time. I mostly went to get some Rainy Days Wooly Dogs gothsocks.  If you haven't seen it, it is beautiful self striping and variegated hand dyed yarn. I had fund shopping for myself and a few other people. When the show floor opened everyone walked briskly toward her booth and by the time I got around the corner I couldn't even fit in her booth. Sadly, that means I missed out on TARDIS which is the one color I really and truly wanted. I probably spent way more money than I ever should have. *sigh* Such is my problem. I did manage to net several lovely colors though. At least I get my tax return at the end of the month! I also got myself some Blue Moon Fiber Arts socks that rock medium weight in a rare gem colorway. It was actually funny when I went to check out Tina, the owner/dyer eyed my skein and threatened to keep it because she liked it so much. I also had a really great time hanging out with some lovely knitters and spinners. I learned a little bit about spinning, fiber and had a great time checking out everyone's projects.

This is the GothSocks booth after everyone emptied it out. It looks so sad and lonely. There were some pretty gothlings and sparklies whe I left though. You can also see the lovely Stephanie (the gothsocks creator) in front.

In other news, Joe and I just celebrated our 6th anniversary! He made a lovely dinner and we had a great night hanging out.

Sock knitting is also going well. I will write more on that when I finish it though.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Adventures in sock knitting

I have really been neglecting this blog since the start of the year. I am really going to try and post a least once a week. I think about it often and things I would write about, but then when I get home and can actually do it I can't motivate myself. Part of the reason I started this in the first place was I really like to write and want to get into the habit of writing so I can work on a book idea I have.

So I am working on my third pair of socks ever now. My second sock from my first pair is still on my needles. Yeah... I know, I am just still angry with it. My second pair which were done two at a time went pretty smoothly and the recipient of them still loves them a lot. This pair which I am also doing two at a time seemed to fly! Then we got to my Achilles well... heel. This is the reason that second sock is still languishing. I have serious heel issues. I love short row heels, but I don't love the holes that form when I make short row heels. I got through heel one of this pair and sure enough tiny little holes in a cute arch. Sadly, the KAL I am participating in had little advice. So I consulted the sock knitter group on Ravelry and found something awesome. I found a no wrap option for short rows. So I am giving that a try. I will let you know how it goes. Otherwise, I am happy with how these are coming out so far.