On the needles + Sock Summit prep


Posted on July 22, 2011

Happy Friday, everyone! After a week of grayness the sun has finally broken out in Seattle and I was able to enjoy lunch on the patio — yay! Sadly computer screens and sunshine don’t mix well, so I’m back inside to do some website work and to recap the week.

sock with princess sole

Last week was full of purling. Designing socks with a “princess sole” (a sole worked in reverse stockinette, so the knit side is touching your foot, which is supposedly more comfortable for delicate feet) sounds great when writing marketing copy, but requires oh so much purling. I knit continental but I still purl English, so it goes slower. Look at all those purls…

I swore that my next socks would use ONLY KNIT stitches, and indeed they’re chugging along quite nicely.

Once Canada Post stopped striking earlier this month, I got this adorable and long-awaited package in the mail:

Yummy Yarn Studio 80/20 sock yarn

Yes, it’s vacuum-packed yarn! Who’d’ve thought!? It’s from the lovely Sam at Yummy Yarn Studio, and (as with most of my photos) the color is much nicer in person. One of these days I’m gonna have to learn how to fix that. And yes, I did have a knitting emergency, and yes, I did break the seal.  🙂

In other news, I don’t have any “official” work-related business at Sock Summit, but I’m hoping to find some time to talk to some of the yarn vendors and establish some design contacts, so I’ve been doing a little prep of my own… ordered new business cards and put together a mini-portfolio of my patterns.

pattern portfolio & business cards

I had some vague notions about putting together an 8½ × 11″ 3-ring binder, but when I actually started browsing binders I realized I would never want to carry something that big around with me; I need something little that I can just keep in my bag at all times. You never know who you’re going to run into when! So I just bought a little two-dollar photo album and focused mainly on the pictures. I’m pretty pleased with it, if I do say so myself.

pattern portfolio & business cards

I’m heading down to Portland Wednesday evening, and (aside from the classes, of course!) am looking forward to watching the Fleece to Foot competition. Sheep! In the Convention Center! What fun! Speaking of, did you catch this tidbit from Ravelry?

“If someone wants a sheep, then that means that he exists.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Finally, in addition to socks, I’ve had a bunch of baby stuff on the needles. Over the 4th of July weekend I finished, and gifted, this baby cardigan for my cousin and his wife:

baby sweater

And I’m currently knitting a log cabin blanket for another cousin who’s pregnant (shhhh… don’t tell!).

Have you finished your Sock Summit homework? What’s on your needles?



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