Happiness is Friday

And sunshine doesn’t hurt either!

These are the things I am happy about on this Friday:

1. Friends. Here is one of my favorite pictures from sock camp. Carrie (Irishgirlieknits), Debbi (cockeyed) and I all made the same infinity scarf out of one honkin’ skein of yarn and called it our BFF Traveling Scarf.  It’s a great pattern: Kollage’s Pont Neuf, designed by Irishgirlieknits (of course) and knit in BMFA BFL Sport in True Blood Red.

And here’s a close up of the stitch detail:

2.  Today the final clue of my Spring Blooms Mystery Sock KAL was released.  Over 60 knitters are currently knitting the sock!

As a thank you to all those who have made my first KAL a great experience, I decided to put my patterns on sale…call it a Spring Sale.  Head over here and enjoy 20% of my patterns for the next 2 weeks.

3.  I am REALLY excited about my next design,  a one-skein shawl.  The swatching is done, the design is done, and soon the prototype will be too!  I am using Socks that Rock lightweight and Valley Yarns Charlemont and can’t wait to finish.  (I’ll be looking for test knitters soon.  Let me know if you are interested!)

4.  Reflecting on my week, I am still glowing over my “me time”.  I actually carved out time twice this week to have lunch with women whose lives are running parallel to mine.  You are an inspiration to me!  You know who you are!!!

Stitches East 2010

I know, I know, Stitches East 2010 was weeks ago.  Well, to be honest it took me about that long to recover!  And life got in the way…but it was GREAT!  It was about friends and fiber and laughter…lots of each.

I had looked forward to the weekend for months knowing that Debbi  aka Cockeyed (R) and Carrie  aka IrishgirlieKnits (L) were comng all the way from the West Coast.  We’ve been long distance friends for years, having met through Sock Club and met at Sock Camp.   (Skype is ok but, it’s so much better to be together in person.)

I’d seen Erica  aka kzooerica (far L) (Kollage Yarns wondergirl) last year and couldn’t wait to see her and the Kollage pretties this year!

 Carrie was working with Erica at Kollage.  I waited to purchase my Irishgirlieknits patterns from Carrie in person.

(Yes, that’s the vest I whipped up quickly the week before Stitches. More on that next catchup-mustard post!)

 I spent most of my time with Debbi (the wonderful friend that she is) at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth (which was part of the WEBS setup.)

Debbi changed the world, one skein at a time.

Debbi posed with Debbie.  Yes, author Debbie Macomber walked away with a great skein of Socks That Rock.  Retroid, I think. (Debbie is really sweet and so is her great team too!)

THE Hot Item of the show for Blue Moon Fiber Arts was The Traveling Sweater, both pattern and yarn, oh the Woobu! It’s really a magic sweater because it looked great on everybody who tried it on, and there were hundreds who tried it on! Me included.  Some were happy that the small size fit or that the drape was sassy. I loved that it made me feel tall.

The last Traveling Sweater pattern and yarn of the show walked out the door at 10 am on Sunday with its proud new owner! 

The very late nights were too much to even try to explain.  Glee sing alongs, Barry Manilow cameos, salt n peppa, tweet alongs, faulty knitting, and not as much wine as you’d think…but let me give you this piece of advice, should you ever see these cookie/crackers, BUY them! They were the best BUTTA crackas evah!

It was a soul rejuvinating weekend with girlfriends.  I am blessed with wonderful friends.  Actual purchases were made.  I’ll have those for you tomorrow!

An Unexpected Visitor

File this one under fringe benefits of Rocking Sock Club or “knitting makes good friends”.

 We’ve been internet friends about 4 years and met in person a year ago at Sock Camp.  But about two weeks ago, I was talking to my friend Tapmouse, who lives clear across the country in San Fransisco, when she indicated whe might be coming East to visit family.  Then I heard nothing for about four days.  A quick text and lo and behold, she was entering Massachusetts after a quick drive across the country!

We managed two awesome visits during her stay and created friendships between her Lil Emperor and my 4 kids.  The first visit took place at Kimball Farm, where (after we played show and tell with the knitting we’d brought along) we rode bumper boats…

played mini golf…

and ate ridiculously large and delicious ice creams!

We finished up at my All Star baseball player’s game and dined on pizza.  We played with fiber and I showed her my stash.  Our men each delared that they housed the largest yarn collections and were confident that we never needed any more yarn!!  Being deep in the Tour de Fleece, we gifted each other with a little fibery presents!

Here’s mine, 2 ounces of 100% Targhee, which I’d never spun before, dyed by A Verb for Keeping Warm in the granite colorway.

I had spinning plans but just couldn’t wait to spin this one up!

It’s about 160 yards of light worsted yarn and has a wonderful future as probably a hat for my boy.

We managed one last visit over boxes of whoopie pies and pasteries…

where she gifted me this cool necklace she got during her travels from darkflowerbeads.   Tapmouse smartly packed light on knitting, sensing souvenier yarn in her future, but came without any spinning supplies.  It only took me a few days to remember to send her to nearby Journey Wheels, the home of Bosworth spindles.  So she did some shopping for me too!  It’s a mini Purpleheart, 22 gm/.77 oz.

 We had a wonderful morning chatting and spinning (what a spindle spinner she is!) on my deck over coffee…

…before we said “so long, see you at Sock Camp”. 

Last I heard, Lil Emp was on his way to see the Statue of Liberty and Leslie was half way to a pair of socks with some souvenier yarn!

It was a great visit!  Hey, Leslie…drop in anytime!!