When last we spoke, I was on my way over to fibre space™ to attend the Plucky Knitter Trunk Show. I arrived after the chaos at opening had resided (there was a line outside before the shop opened). The Plucky colorways are vibrant, and I indulged in a handful of skeins of Plucky Feet. I really liked knitting this yarn on my previous project. It has a generous yardage, and the 10% nylon should provide some sturdy reinforcement.
Sunday was the big day. I drove up to Howard County Fairgrounds to attend the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I met Susie and her friend Brigit after discovering that texting in the main exhibition hall leads to delays, and we wandered the barns. What you see to the left is the one and only photograph that I took. Look, sheep on a leash. I couldn’t actually see the screen on my phone, so I wasn’t motivated to take more photos. Susie has a couple of pictures on her blog should photographic evidence of my attendance be required. We also met Butterfly Knitter, who we’ve tweeted with on occasion.
As far as yarn acquisitions go, well, there were some. In no particular order, I picked up some Skinny Bugga!, Socks that Rock, wüllenstudio, Miss Babs, Persimmon Tree Farm, into the wirled, and Gnomespun. My friend Natalie tells me that now that I design socks, yarn acquisitions are a legitimate business expense, so I’m going with that when I look at these piles & then look at my stash. I don’t think my stash will outlast me, but it’s a little intimidating.
Speaking of sock designs, Whitegate is now available to the general public. I’ve updated the patterns page with the purchase button. The pattern is US $5.50 and should automagically appear in your ravelry library if you have a ravelry account. Do not be intimidated by the length of the pattern (13 pages). I was a bit thorough with this pattern, and have received feedback from the club members that they really appreciated it. There is a blog post about the pattern here which provides additional information.
Given the content of this week’s post, I should probably get working on more socks.