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Time has just quickly flown by this summer and I have so much to share!

HAIKU, aka the #LessThan2WeekSweater

Shortly after a fun and successful trip to TNNA, I decided to once again partner with my friends at Anzula to show at Sock Summit 2011. And why wouldn’t I? I love Anzula’s products and yarns — that’s why I have worked may of my Liberation hats in Anzula Squishy (superwash merino, cashmere, nylon) and in Anzula Sebastian (superwash merino, seacell).

For this second Sock Summit, I designed a very nicely fitted tank top out of a new yarn – Anzula Haiku. I named this pattern Haiku as well. With the timing, I really had to get this pattern written, designed, knitted, photographed and published within 2 weeks! (Yes, I know I’m not exactly sane in this respect — my friends remind me of this almost everyday.)  The result is a sexy fitted pattern written in 12 sizes with 8 separate bust fitting options for bust sizes C to GG (I used UK sizing references)!!  If you do the math, that’s 96 different fitting options!!  This is actually a top that will fit me and my 32G breasts! It’s a top that I’ve been wanting to design and write for some time. I have future plans to write additional garments in this style as well, because I really feel that having well-fitting garments is very important, and I want us to be able to knit garments that really fit our bodies.

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I brought  Haiku, individual  Liberation  patterns and limited print editions of my Liberation e-book to Sock Summit and for sale at the Anzula booth.  Several patterns, including  Haiku, sold out by the second day.  All and all, it was a great show.

Gino’s Restaurant & Pico Accuardi

One of the many events I attended in Portland while at Sock Summit was one of Pico Accuardi Dyeworks‘ fabulous sock club luncheon held at my good friend and fellow Visionary’s restaurant, Gino’s. I was a guest and featured designer and shared my Septima Clark pattern with the club. The company and food were spectacular. I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore.

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Being Deb’s friend and hanging out with her also meant that this city girl had other opportunities to eat at Gino’s and visit her farmhouse on Mt. Hood.

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Left: Playing with baby bunnies at Deb’s farm; Right: Her naughty goats that like to steal chicken and rabbit feed.

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Above: I also attended a cocktail party at the Pico Accuardi dye studio, where I was able to have a mini trunk show with the Liberation collection and my Weekend Shawl.

Sock Summit Flash Mob, Sock Hop & Fabulousness

There were many events at Sock Summit, including a flash mob dance. I recorded a rehearsal at the Opening Night reception, a spontaneous dance at the 1980s themed sock hop, and the “official” dance.

Above: Video of the official flash mob. For the other videos, go to my CraftyDiversions YouTube channel.

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One of the events was the Foot to Fleece challenge, in which teams spun freshly shorn fleece (in the grease) and attempted to knit a sock. I didn’t participate in any teams, but I was the official cheerleader for the Pico Accuardi Dyeworks‘ Spin U team. Above (clockwise from top left): Sheep being shorn; sheep pen; the PAD Spin U team; Shannon Okey took a photo of me in my cheerleading outfit when I went to visit the Cooperative Press booth.

My favorite event was the 80’s-themed Sock hop! If y’all know me, you know that my favorite genre of music is 80s alternative and new wave. Bands like Depeche Mode, OMD, New Order, The Cure, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Pet Shop Boys, Information Society and Erasure rock my world. So you can imagine my excitement for this sock hop. My friends and I decided to dress up in costume for it. The irony is that except for the big hair (c’mon, I’m from Texas!) and bright red lipstick (of course my parents didn’t know), I really didn’t dress too 80s during that time. Sure, I had my share of hideous outfits, but I refused to succumb to the trendy fashions of the time (aka I was not that cool) and never even owned a set of rubber bracelets, nor did I wear large crosses (I did wear an ankh though).

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Above Photos: 1. Party Banner; 2. Deb Accuardi, Me and Marisol Sanchez decked out a la Desperately Seeking Susan; 3. Me and Deb in our hideous but fabulous outfits. I even wore lots of blue eyeshadow; 4. Teri Sabah; 5. Crowd dancing; 6. & 7. Two ladies totally knew every single move to Thriller and led a group of people in the Thriller dance; 8. crowd dancing; 9. It got really hot, so I just had to get my hair into a side ponytail!; 10. Left to Right: Deb Accuardi, me, Teri Saba, Joely, Stevanie Pico, Misty, Marisol Sanchez.

Despite the fact that Portland and the Pacific Northwest apparently hate me and the allergy misery hell, I had a great time. (My allergies went into overdrive and went haywire by the end of Day 4 — Even though I take allergra on a daily basis and have been on immunotherapy for over a year, I’m still quite sensitive to allergens. I am very allergic to much of the flora in the region, like Alder, Birch and Cedar.)

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Above: Left – I finally was able to meet Franklin Habit in real life! He’s a doll! Right – Met Sharon Fletcher of Stitch Jones.

I was able to visit with some friends and meet some in real life for the first time. A few folks I was able to visit with Marly Bird, Jaala Spiro, Shannon Okey , Stephanie Tallent, Caro Sheridan, Stitchy McYarnpants, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, Carl and Eileen Koop, Erica Owens…I’m sure there are many more folks I missed and I hope they’ll forgive me for having a brain fart right now. I was also quite flattered and humbled when fans of my work and designs wanted to meet me.  Two people absolutely fabulous and talented people that that I was ridiculously ecstatic to finally meet in real life were Sivia Harding and Franklin Habit.

Post-Summit in PDX

After helping Anzula break down their booth on Sunday, Deb (who also has a fabulous podcast, At the Kitchen Table) and I headed for another fabulous dinner at Gino’s with Cat Bordhi and some fellow Visionaries, many of whom I also had not met in real life. We were celebrating the birth of Judy Becker‘s upcoming book, Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-On. Dinner was great, but the company was more wonderful. It’s always nice to be able to share experiences, thoughts and ideas with a group of creative, intelligent, like-minded people.

I spent a few more days in the PDX area, albeit a bit miserable due to my horrid allergies. I could not breathe or sleep well. The allergies dashed my short-lived fantasy of buying a small farm or a cute house gorgeous Oregon.  I stayed with Deb and her husband at their farmhouse on Mt. Hood. The beauty of the surroundings and a great hostess made my stay much less miserable. I spent the rest of my stay helping Deb with her 2012 Knitter’s Datebook (coming soon!!) and teaching her the basics of InDesign and Illustrator.

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Above: We went to the top of Mt. Hood, where there were still lots of snow. Deb’s dog obviously loved the snow, and we ended the day with drinks at the Timberline lodge: great view, great drinks, great company….ahh…

Unfortunately, it’s back to reality for me and I’m still playing catch-up. In the past month, I’ve had lots of pattern releases, but I haven’t really been able to post or blog about those. I just recovered from a major chest infection (in the end, I could not fend off the ill-effects of the allergies from Oregon) and am trying to get a project done for Vogue Knitting Live in LA.

I’ll be posting more details about some exciting news later, but here are some of them in a quick nutshell:

  • Roseling was published in Twist Collective Fall.
  • The Fall issue of Knitscene, for which I got the cover, finally hit the newsstands! My patterns Lepidoptera is the cover garment, and inside, I also have a sassy beret, Whittier Hat.
  • On Sept 15, I will be appearing and speaking on a BlogHer panel on Craft + Money at the BlogHer Handmade/ Creative Connection conference. 
  • I will be debuting 2 new designs for at Vogue Knitting Live in Los Angeles on Sept 23-25! The garments will be shown exclusively at the Knit Culture booth. Knit Culture will be posting about the designs on their blog and I will be discussing it and revealing sneak peaks on my Facebook page and on Twitter.


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Luminary Panel

I my last post, I signed off with a little talk about the wonderful luminaries of the Luminary Panel at the Sock Summit.  The Panel presentation was held in a very large ballroom. When I mean large, I mean large –  I tried to walk around the giant room to document it so that you can see all the people that were crammed into it!!

Happy Birthday EZ!

It just so happened that the Sunday was also the great Elizabeth Zimmerman’s birthday.  So after the luminary panel and as part of the closing ceremony, we celebrated her birthday. Of course, it was only fitting that Meg Swansen cut her mother’s cake.

After a the cake cutting, with the urging, behest and support of Kristie and Denise, I went over to talk to the great Barbara Walker.

You see, I’m working on a hat collection that will be released in late October/early November. All the hats in the collection will be named after notable women who lived in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. So, since Barbara Walker has made great contributions not only to the knitting world with her Treasury series and Knitting from the Top, she has also made great contributions to women and society through her feminist and religious writings.  (Did you know that she was named “Humanist Heroine” in 1993 by The American Humanist Association and received the “Women Making Herstory” award from the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women in 1995?

Anyway, I talked to the honorable Ms. Walker and told her about my project. I explained that I would love to name one of the hats after her, through my beating heart and bumbling words, I managed to convey that I would like her to pick out “her” hat.  And she did!! Squeeee!

After talking to Barbara, Denise suggested that I name one of the other hats after Elizabeth Zimmerman. Good Idea Denise!! How do I select which hat to name after EZ?  Ask Meg Swansen of course!! So I did!

With Meg Swansen and my presentation sheet for my hat collection. The hat in the orange is the one that Meg chose and signed for Elizabeth Zimmerman. Woohoo!

Sunday was the best Sock Summit day evah!! I was sad to see it end.


Later in the evening, my friend Sherri and her beau took me out to eat at a really cool local hideaway (was it called Maverick? I don’t remeber), where they’re known not only for their good food, but also for their aluminum foil doggie bag sculptures.  I ordered a fantastic tiger shrimp jambalya downed a awesomely spicy bloody Mary, and left with a little foil squirrel. While there I spotted some other foil sculptures: crab, fat man, 5 foot tall bird of paradise and a swan.

After dinner, we went to a really cool dessert and wine bar called Pix.  Every single dessert looked so scrumptious and decadent – it took me about 30 minutes to decide!  I forgot the name of my dessert, but it was a chocolate lover’s heaven: hazelnuts, a little orange, dark chocolate mousse and a lovely shell.  I got so excited by its beauty and taste that I forgot to photograph it.

Before we left, I bought 3 yummy desserts to bring back to Denise and Kristie, who were too pooped to join use for dinner and dessert.  They got a little bruised during transport, but they still tasted so yummy. nom nom nom.  Left to right: A creme brulee chocolate tart; A dark chocolate shell with gold dust filled with chocolate mousse on a hazelnut base; a lime and citrus cake with lime and raspberry mousse.

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Celebrity Lookalike

Photo from IMDB.

Naoko Mori, Official photo from IMDB.

Photo from Ewen and Donnabels Flickr

Naoko Mori at Comic-Con, photo from Ewen and Donnabel's Flickr

Two weeks ago, while at the Portland Airport, waiting for my return flight home from Sock Summit, a woman plopped herself next to me and insisted that I looked exactly like the Asian actress from the BBC show Torchwood. She then said, at the least, I look like her sister.

I wasn’t sure if I really did resemble the actress since I’ve never seen the show, or if it was one of those things where some non-Asians think that most Asians look alike. I totally forgot about it until now. After a quite internet search, I assume the airport woman meant Naoki Mori.

I don’t think I look like her at all. Do I?

This incident reminds me of a couple of other incidents where people thought I looked like actress Ming-Na Wen of ER , the Joy Luck Club (great movie and book, btw), and now apparently Stargate Universe.

The first occurred when The Joy Luck Club was released.  Some family friends kep saying that they think I looked like the talented Ms. Wen, who played lead character Jing-Mei/June. I disagreed.

The second incident happened nearly 8.5 years ago, on my honeymoon in Kaua’i.  Mr. CD slept in while I went to the free lei-making class sponsored by the resort hotel.  Also there were a young girl and her grandmother, who would not stop staring at me.  I was beggining to think if I had something on my face. After about 15 minutes of staring, the grandmother finally asked me, “Has anyone told you that you look like that actress on ER, you know, the Asian one? I can’t remember her name.”  Huh? ermm… Before I could really answer, she asked, “ARE you that actress from ER? Hehe, no, no. Thank you though. Three minutes later, “Are you sure?”  Oh, yes, I am quite sure. The lady looked at me funny some more. After I made my leis, I took the long stroll back to the tower where our room was located (which required passing through a very lovely garden and pond with swans).  The lady and her granddaughter trailed behind and didn’t turn around until I was about to get onto the tower’s elevator.  It was weird, flattering and a little scary.

Ming-Na on ER, photo from TVGuide.com

Ming-Na on ER, photo from TVGuide.com

The third incident occurred about 6 years ago, at Mr. CD’s company party. An overly exuberant and slightly odd and touchy-feely coworker came up to me to tell me,”Oh my God, you totally look like Ming-Na from ER! Do you know who she is? Has anyone told you that you look like her?” I made polite quick conversation and tried to avoid her the rest of the night. Apparently, she also told Mr. CD and some other coworkers about the resemblance later that night.

(Speaking of her, ironically, I have met and dined with her husband before. He is a writer/actor (at least he was at the time), and part of an Asian acting troupe.  My college’s Asian Culture organization invited him and his group to perform.  Because we had assisted, after the event, this girl and I had the took him to a local hangout to chat and dine. He was very nice and down-to-earth, and was well-composed, though I think that girl totally hitting on him.)

Anyway, I don’t think I really look like Ming-Na, but after 3 incidents, maybe others are seeing something I’m not. I don’t really have a lot of photos from that far back scanned and digitized, but I have a few from close to  those time periods:


Left: Taken in ’91 or ’92, dorky me in my HS dance team uniform; Center: My wedding day with my dad in 2001; Right: With my friend Linh on a trip back to Austin in 2003 (click photos to enlarge)

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It should be no surprise that my friends and I were all a little tired and pooped out Sunday morning.  I was especially tired, since I only had 2.5 hours of sleep prior to boarding my early morning flight on Saturday, and I didn’t go to bed until about 2am Saturday night.

Stumptown & Knit/Purl

Because Aubrey and I had been to Portland before, and Kristie had no classes Sunday morning, we played mini tour guides and took her to Stumptown for a cup o’ joe. And even after our incessant talking-up about Stumptown’s coffee, Kristie was not at all disappointed. Duh! It’s hands down, the. best. coffee. ever.

After coffee, we walked over to Knit/Purl to say hello to the wonderful ladies there.  I have met and usually talk to Sandi, who is also the main “face” of ShiBui at events and trade shows, but she wasn’t there since she was working the Knit/Purl booth at the SS market. I did, however, finally meet Darcy, the proprietor of Knit/Purl and the owner of ShiBui yarns.  I wore Amelia Earhart (a design due to be released in November) and was quite flattered by Darcy’s admiration and interest in it.  Of course I pointed out that Amelia Earhart was knit out of their yarn.

Anyway, Knit/Purl is a cute store that is very well lit and organized, with plenty of yummies to drool over.  Sunday morning, there wa some else extra to drool over: yummy sock-shaped donuts from Voodoo Doughnut!  Apparently, Knit/Purl gave Voodoo a sock-shaped cookie cutter and they custom ordered the yummies.

And of course we have to take goofy sock-donut-eating photos!

Sock Summit Shopping and Luminary Panel

After are mini field trip, we headed back to the SS market to do some more shopping and perusing.  I purchased some delicious bag of yak and tussah silk roving from Crown Mountain Farms for Zona.  It was SOOOOO hard not to get some for myself.  I restricted myself to purchasing the fiber for myself until I (a) resume spinning again, (b) get a little better and (c) use up the pounds of fiber that I already have.  The yak/silk was so petworthy that I almost did not give it to Zona, and aside from some extra fondling, I showed some restraint and did gift it to her.

Later in the afternoon, Aubrey, Kristie and I met up with Denise and attended the awesome Luminary Panel. The living legends of knitting were all present:

Except for one person, who I found to be a little attention-seeking and annoying, everyone on the panel was engaging, eloquent and just a joy to have the opportunity to hear what they have to say.  Meg Swansen was  quite funny and personable; Nancy Bush exuded this calm Zen quality and you just could not help but be captivated by every word she uttered; Oh, and Barabara Walker! The great and very accomplished Ms. Walker (wiki on her) also had a nice funny bone, was very humble, adorable and just superb. I could go on and on about all these very notable and wonderful women.  I am so very glad that I made the decision to go if just based on this experience alone.

The luminary panel, above, from L to R: Lucy Neatby, Cat Bordhi, Deborah Robson, Anna Zilboorg, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Tina of BMFA (moderator), Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (moderator), Meg Swansen, Barbara Walker, Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, and Nancy Bush. (click photos to enlarge)

Next Post: More about the Luminary Panel, Closing Ceremonies, some swag, and some yummy desserts.

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Saturday evening was the big Ravelry party. Aubrey and I met up with Denise and Kristie at the MAX station and made our way to the forestry center. It was huge and the surrounding Oregonian trees were gorgeous.

Upon entering, we all got a goody bag made of organic cotton (awesome) filled with a skein of yarn from Berroco, a notepad from Lantern Moon, a bag from Namaste, some coupons and other promo items.

The large crowd was a little intimidating, and it only grew as the night progressed, but everyone was full of smiles if not a little weary.  I mainly people watched, mingled a little, and spent some time talking to the girls of Gardiner Yarn Works – Chrissy and Donna, who were understandably exhausting from exhibiting, book signing and being a sponsor of the party.

Photos from the party (click to see enlarged photo):


And of course, being that I have a small bladder and always need to pee, I really appreciated this sign:

Below Left: The cash bar ran out of cold beers, so Kristie iced her beer and was trying to drink it all before it got watered down.  Right: Aubrey took a self portrait of us. My hat received lots of compliments, which of course, made me happy, especially when one of the compliments came from Cirilia Rose (aka skrillaknits on Ravelry). 🙂

On the way back  from the party, I decided to get a little artsy-fartsy with my photos and attempted to capture our reflection on the train.  We also ran into Christine (aka JazzDiva on Ravelry).

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I brought my portfolio along with me to Sock Summit and I kept it in my tote bag along with my water bottle, which contained a tiny bit of tea in it. Of course I am brilliant and did not screw the bottle cap tightly enough. Thus, the tea leaked into the bottom of my bag. 😦

These got a little wet and stained in the top left corner.

Several of the hardcopy printed patterns in the portfolio got a little damp and tea-stained at either the top right or the top left corner. Some are barely noticeable, some a little moreso, and some have a little bit of color transfer in the area where it was wet because I backed the patterns with black cardstock inside the portfolio,  but they are otherwise in great condition. Nonetheless, I can no longer use them as portfolio samples. I could sell them at a little discount for being “hurt,” but I think I’d rather give them away!

People always like giveaways right?  The giveaway includes 14 patterns – one each of Arrrgyle Skullcap, Buccaneer’s Booty, Audra, Carmen Bolero, Fu Lantern, Liana, Lillian Cardigan, Mermaid, Orinoco, Pacifica, Pfeiffer Falls, Rio Dances in the Sand, Threesome, and Twister. And, I will throw in a second bonus non-klutzified perfect condition pattern for the 5 of the lucky 14, which will also be selected and drawn at random. That’s giving away over $80 worth of patterns! You can find more details about each pattern here.

The black cardstock transferred a little bit of color to the backs of the ones that got a little wetter.

How to Get the Patterns: talk about the patterns! You can talk about it on your blog, make a comment on mine, or talk about it on Ravelry (of course don’t violate any Ravelry or group posting rules). You can do a review, say what you’d do to modify it for yourself, suggest it to someone who might be looking for a specific type of pattern, or whatever strikes your fancy, etc. If you talk about any of the patterns on your blog, do a trackback blog post link or link my blog/site. I am able to see referral site statistics from my blog/site, and if a pattern is hotlinked in the Rav forums, I see those stats too. Earburning me works too. And if you’re not sure that I’ll see it, you can add a comment to a blog post letting me know that you posted.  If you choose to post on Ravelry, because it appears there are more than 3-4 patterns named Carmen and Lillian, the hotlink works better if you type “Carmen Bolero” and “Lillian Cardigan.” I *heart* modern technology.

These got a little wet and stained in the top right corner.

How Winners Will Be Selected: The contest period commenced on Aug. 11, 2009 and will end on Sept. 30, 2009. To make selecting and tracking easier, I’m checking the Rav and my stats everyday. I copy the username and/or referrer’s blog onto a running list organized chronologically and by date and source. I’ll then select the winners using a random number generator/picker. 🙂 Multiple mentions and posts count separately. The first selected will have top pick as to which pattern she wants, then the 2nd person, then the 3rd, and so forth. I’ll snail mail the patterns to the winners. The 14 winners’ names will go into another random drawing for the additional 5 bonus patterns.

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So after I said good-bye to Pompous A-hole forever, I made my way to the MAX, Portland’s very convenient, cheap and easy-to-use light rail.  The MAX took me to the Convention Center, where Sock Summit was held. I quickly walked the 2 blocks to my hotel and dumped my stuff at the luggage check and headed back to the Convention Center.

I didnt get it together to order some in time, so I made my own. They turned out great for the most part, and were much cheaper!

I didn't get it together to order some in time, so I made my own. They turned out great for the most part, and were much cheaper! I also made me some buttons.

The thought of wool and seeing other knitters walking around before I even entered the venue made me salivate. All my frustrations with Pompous Man and the screaming babies started to melt away.  I headed straight to the Marketplace, with my portfolio, business cards, DIY moo cards and pinback buttons. The only things I forgot to bring were some buttons I used to make and sell on etsy with “Make Socks not War” on them. Darn!

This booth has a tiny antique spinning wheel. Even more impressive is that its a fully functioning and working wheel! Kristies hand is in the photo for a size reference.

This booth has a tiny antique spinning wheel. Even more impressive is that it's a fully functioning and working wheel! Kristie's hand is in the photo for a size reference.

I roamed the Marketplace by myself first to find the booth where I was supposed to pick up my Luminary Panel ticket, secondly to do a cusory perusal of all the booths, and thirdly to kill some time before Aubrey (drove down from Seattle) was due to arrive.

The first major booth that I stopped at was the one where SWTC had set up.  I talked to Jonelle (President) and Kat (Gen. Mgr.) for a little while, and I gave them some of the moo cards printed with photos of Lillian, Carmen, Audra and Pacifica to display and give away.  Jonelle like them so much that I’m going to make a bunch more for her to give away as my garments make the rounds at their trunk shows.  🙂

While I was stalking the main entrance of the Market as I waited for Aubrey, I ran into Kristie and then also Denise.  Yay!  We ended up having lunch together and walking around the Market floor.  (Denise was supposed to be in a class with a certain Designer, but she found the class so disappointing that she opted to skip the afternoon session and walk the Market instead. Poor Denise, at least she had us for good company, right? :D)

On the Market floor. Left: Aubrey & Denise; Right: Kristie and Aubrey

We all made sure to stop by Chrissy Gardiner’s booth to say hi, and to congratulate her on the success of her1st book, Toe-Up! Aubrey and I really like Chrissy and have gotten to know her from TNNA, just because she’s a very nice person. She was pretty helpful when I had questions about the knitting design industry when I was starting out. Another very important reason for us stopping by the booth is that Kristie not only is my sample knitter, but she sample knits for Chrissy, and sample knitted 3 pairs of socks in Toe-Up!

After all that walking, we got a little pooped and plopped our butts down at Kimber Baldwin’s (wearing blue shawl in photo above), aka Fiber Optic, demo table to rest, chat and knit.  Kimber really liked Denise’s lampwork bead and fine silver stitch markers.  Really, who doesn’t?  (I’m so lucky to be Denise’s friend because I have several of her fabulous creations!)

Kimber demonstrated that her yarn does not bleed by soaking them in a tub of water.  At the end of the day, she held a drawing to give away the wet demo skeins.  I won a lovely teal skein!

A few posts ago, I posted a video of Brian of Skacel knitting 14 pairs of socks at once.  He was doing it at SS! Apparently, the needles he is using were a special order.  It’s extra extra long and Brian is working the socks using the magic loop method. Even having seen his mad genius at work, I still cannot understand how he has avoided yarn barf.

There were so many great booths at SS, it’s impossible to highlight them all. One of the booths that caught my attention was that of Tactile Fiber Arts. The yarns are beautifully dyed using natural dyes, and partners Maia and Brooke are just wonderul women with a great passion for their art. Above photo, L to R: Aubrey, Maia, me, Brooke and her new baby

As if the hanging skeins were not enough eye candy, the base yarns they use are of a high quality and the colors are just gorgeous.  Since I totally just loved their yarns and their personality, I did my little Designer pitch to see if they’d be interested in working with me. They seemed as excited at the prospect of a new symbiotic relationship as I did, so to start, I selected a Merino/Tencel yarn in a lovely silver gray to feature in one of my upcoming projects..  I cannot wait to swatch and play with the yarn.  😀

Stayed tuned for Part 3 of the rest of Sock Summit Saturday, including updates on the Ravelry meet-up and party.

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