This Little Ziggy

After a recent trunk show at Stash, I was smitten with the Ziggy hat from PDXKnitterati. Lorajean of Knitted Wit had some small skeins of her polwarth silk blend wound up, and we got to pick and choose colors, which is always fun. I went with my standard color combo of purple and green, with a little blue thrown in.

This was a fast, fun, and addictive knit. I knit the pattern as written until the top when I opted for a short icord.  All the while I could be heard muttering “one more repeat…must get to the next color…”
This was intended for PB, but given her last reaction to something I knit, I decided to keep it at the shop for a bit. Which means that when little friends drop in for a visit, I make them try it on and pose for me. Can you say “future knitter”?



Now that I’ve got this toddler knitting out of my system, I’m moving forward with some selfish knitting for a bit.  On the needles right now? A sweater and a hat, and it feels great!


Good Company

Going to a yarn event is so much more than the sum of its parts.  Sure there’s yarn, classes, events, and a whole lot of knitters.  And those are all wonderful elements, but what I’m talking about is that intangible feeling, the collective excitement of its attendees, the electric frisson that happens when you’re in a room full of people who just get it.  We all love yarn and making thing with it, and there’s no need to explain why we do what we do. There is both a thrill and a peacefulness brought about by being with your people.

Marketplace line, day 1

Blog/swap friend Carmen!

PDXKnitterati, soon to be featured designer at Stash!

Sock Summit was just this sort of place, made even more exciting for me when I kept running into people I know, either in real life or through blogging.  These connections are very real to me, and I always enjoy filling up my knitterly cup, so to speak.  In addition to getting to spend gobs of time with Stripedsocks who flew out from Connecticut for the event, I got to connect with Michelle, Carmen, a few blog readers (hi again!), and of course Cookie A. and Stephanie.  Yeah, we’re like this.  Especially after Stephanie accidentally stepped on my foot and said “Sorry, sweetie.” I mean, we’re practically best friends now.

And then there was the yarn.  Goodness, there was so much lovely yarn it was difficult to know where to go first.  Fortunately, I had a list of dyers for the shop that I wanted to talk to face to face, so that’s how I stayed focused.  Mostly.  After conducting the yarn business, I was a little stunted as to what yarn to buy for personal use.   I needed to pick out three colors for the Westknits mystery knit along. Then I saw the Catkin shawl on a knitter and knew I had to make one, which led to a handful of skeins from Hazel Knits.  Everyone was wearing beautiful hand knit shawls, by the way.  If I didn’t know better, I would have thought it was Shawl Summit. There were the odd moments when a certain someone dared me into buying a wee turkish spindle.  Guess I’ll just have to keep practicing my drop spindling, eh?  Fairly restrained purchasing for me, but I also know there is about to be a whole lot of yarn coming in to the shop, so I didn’t want to go too crazy.

A Verb for Keeping Warm booth

Hazel Knits swatch towers

All in all, Sock Summit 2011 was a wonderful experience.  Soaking up all that knitterly energy, taking classes and hearing industry legends like Tina Newton and Clara Parkes speak, eating good food and knitting as much as I wanted; all were wonderful ways to spend a weekend.  Now it’s back to life, back to reality, which I am all the more ready to embrace after a delicious retreat like this.


Fun at the Fiber Fest

I wasn’t sure what to expect as we drove up to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival this weekend.  My only other festival experience has been attending Rhinebeck the past two years.  I know that is one of the shows held in high regard, and its size and scope was always a bit intimidating to me.  Would OFFF be as big/diverse/interesting?  Either way, it was a gorgeous day, I had knitting time in the car, and plans to meet up with 2 friends, so even if the festival was a bust I planned on having a great time.

Abstract Fibers

Good news: the festival was fantastic!  First of all, let me tell you this, Rhinebeck: FREE parking and FREE admission.  That meant more money to spend on yarn and notions!  I tend to go one of two ways at these sorts of things; either I get really overwhelmed by all the choices and end up paralyzed, unable to make up my mind about purchasing anything, or I go into a free fall of fiber purchasing, buying up everything I like.  On Saturday, I think I experienced both phenomena alternately.  The morning was a total spending spree.  We took a break to eat lunch and let the baby play, then spent a couple more hours wandering around the booths and animal exhibits.  I didn’t buy a thing during this time!  I found myself wanting to buy a certain type of yarn but was ultimately unable to decide on a skein.  Sigh.  Oh well, I did get some gorgeous stuff that I will have to photograph properly before sharing.

In all my excitement over yarn, fiber beasts, and knitting-related treats, I made sure to coordinate a meetup with a blogging friend, PDX Knitterati.  It was wonderful to meet someone face to face who has been such fun getting to know through blogging.  Here we are in our hand-knits despite the heat; she’s wearing her newly released shawl, Pacific.  Hey, a knitter’s got to wear something she knit to these events, whatever the cost!

Sweetie was even wearing wool socks I made her.  Peaceful Baby did very well all day, enjoying the sights atop her other mother’s shoulders.  We also met up with a dear friend from college, Unlce Burk.  This was his first time meeting little PB, and I think it was mutual love at first sight.  I think Burk also may have fallen in love with some yarn from Abstract Fibers and, after a long love affair with yarn, has taken up the needles.  I love men who knit!

The yarn selection was fantastic, and there seemed to be so many other things there to look at!  Plus, if you’re a spinner this was probably even more heavenly as there was no shortage of fleeces, fiber, and spinning accessories to peruse.  Overall, I am so happy I got to enjoy a fantastic fiber fest in my new state.  Thanks again to PDXKnitterati for telling me about it before I even moved; it was so nice to have this to look forward to as I packed up all of my yarn and cancelled hotel reservations with my friends for Rhinebeck.  And you know what else happens in Oregon?  Sock Summit.  Just saying. ; )