Reports from the Field

1. Although I’m pretty pleased that I haven’t had to use my Pattern Notes and Errata page in a while, the wee errors do sometimes slip through there occasionally, and I’ve begun an entry for Rendezvous. They are small errata, but there none the less. In the interim, I am going to try to work harder at the whole “being perfect all the time” thing, but I’ve heard that this might take a while. Further bulletins as events occur.

(Incidentally if you are a person who has downloaded my patterns through Ravelry, you’d get any updates automatically anyway. This is when it pays to keep your email address in Ravelry up to date.)

2. Yea verily I did what the internet told me and after starting my new socks yesterday morning, I am pulling the kid mohair strand from the outside, contained within a plastic baggie next to the merino sock yarn within my travel knitting bag, and it’s all going very well so far. The socks are actually working up pretty neat and I’ll be sure to post about this later.

3. At the Kitchener-Waterloo fair yesterday I ran into a couple of knitters who found this same Fleece Artist sock kit and bought it as a direct result of my enabling. I regret nothing.

4. The Kitchener-Waterloo fair was great. It was pretty hopping, too, more so than I remember it last year. Apparently there was a line-up waiting to get in right at opening. Inside the two vendor rooms was lots and lots of good stuff, and good people too.

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I believe the final count was around 80 Vendors participating, and they did not disappoint. It was wall-to-wall knitting and spinning supplies and lots of happy people with happy bags and armloads of things, in varying quantities. I ran into several friendly faces, including Lisa, Michelle, Theresa, Rochelle, blogless Elizabeth who I met in Ottawa in the spring, and probably several others who I am likely forgetting. I like that even though it’s a big event, it’s still pretty easy to find people you know and stop to chat at the edge of a corridor somewhere.

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5. I bought some yarn. I bought more than I thought I would, which I realize in and of itself is not unusual for me, but I suppose I was felled by two things: First, the K-W fair and the Rhinebeck trip in October are the sanctioned yarn-buying times that I am allowing myself for the forseeable future. Second, I was, as of the beginning of the day, on a complete blank slate. I woke up and had no projects on the needles, for the first time in I don’t know how long. I think as a result, my brain reached for things I didn’t expect it to.

The fact that, after I got home, I cast on a (blue) sweater with yarn not purchased yesterday, is not important. What IS important, is that I managed to not buy blue yarn. Having prepared myself beforehand, I gave myself rules to branch out of my current colour tendencies and get other things. And my knitting brain said, “you want ‘not-blue’? Hah! I’ll give you so much ‘not-blue’ you won’t know what do DO with yourself.” Exhibit A, three skeins of the awesomest bright colours you’ve ever seen:

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From left to right, these are Van der Rock yarns, Lorna’s Laces, and Tanis Fiber Arts. Van der Rock yarns are a relatively new Canadian outfit, run by two extremely adorable people. I encountered their booth at Sock Summit for the first time and was happy to encounter them again. I walked away with the pink skein above in “Neon” (all their colourways are named after elements from the Periodic Table, or molecules…you can have Arsenic green, Lead purple…good geeky knitterly fun), and really enjoyed chatting with them.

The Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (this one here is the ‘Satsuma’ colourway) was an (unsurprising) addition to my quest to have as many Lorna’s Laces Jaywalkers as I can knit (we’ve moved well beyond the goal of ‘a week’s worth’ now), in a variety of colours, and the Tanis skein is her new colourway called “Lemongrass.” It’s so bright it had to come home with me.

Also, I bought Noro sock yarn. I have no explanation for the fact that I brought home 6 skeins of it (2 silk garden, 4 Kureyon), other than that it was on my list for sock knitting this winter, there were lots of sales, and I am helpless. Also, even when there is blue, it’s not just blue, so that totally is allowed in the not-blue rules.

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I may have also bought a few bits of spinning fibre. Maybe. I’ll save that for later. Today I’m going to continue knitting my new sweater, and ponder what I’m going to do with my new acquisitions. Fun times ahead for Sunday. I hope you have a good one!

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15 responses to “Reports from the Field

  1. What a huge fair! You must show your spinning stuff too, I am totally obsessed with spinning at the moment!

  2. “Dr. Glenna: Roving Reporter” does excellent recounting once again! I was hoping someone (:cough, cough:) was going to cover the event. ;-)

    LOVE your new yarn! I might have followed you down the same colour pathway. Those are colours I definitely can’t buy enough of!

  3. Glad to see you took control over the blue yarn and branched out. Lovely haul!

  4. Lauren

    Love that neon pink yarn! How totally fabulous will it be to have that color on your feet in the middle of winter?

    BTW, what colorway is that Lorna’s? It’s really lovely, and I might have to find some of that myself. . .f

  5. I started reading your blog recently after finding it as an excellent source of stories about the sock summit and yesterday I saw you (a few times) at the fair and told my husband: oh I recently starting reading her blog…

    Next time, I may even say Hi :)

  6. looks like it was an amazing time!! Excellent not-blue yarn purchases. :)

  7. you bought Noro Silk garden to make socks with…..where do I find a pattern I can use? I have 5 balls of the stuff and didn’t know what to do with it but now I think I know….

  8. Wow. All great.

    But I want to stand right up and say that I wholeheartedly object to anyone aiming for perfection.

    It is overrated and leads to spending too much time fiddling with things, not putting perfectly good ideas out there (as knitting patterns or anything else), and means that you are always in danger of judging yourself as coming up short instead of enjoying your undeniable talents and the compliments they earn you.

    Here’s to more wonderful knitting patterns for which we have to check the errata pages for a few minor things!

    (steps down from soapbox and resumes quietly drinking beer in the corner)

  9. All so pretty! I really really love the Tanis yarn. Fan-bloody-tastic colour!!

  10. ladyoctavia

    It looks like so much fun! And lovely haul as always.

    (I look forward to seeing the fiber report…)

  11. Thanks for the shout-out Glenna. And if you need any help deciding what to do with that Noro, drop me a line. I recently discovered rigid heddle looms – it turns out that while they will eat any yarn, their preferred diet is Noro sock.

    Steph.

  12. Zing! I love those bright skeins. You could probably light a room with them and save electricity :-)

  13. Regan

    As one of the enabled knitters I’m not sorry either!! I’m actually starting to regret getting only one colourway of the lovely smooshy socks!!

    Looking forward to the fibre report as well!

  14. Elizabeth

    I feel so famous to have merited a blog mention! It was so nice to run into you on Saturday.

    I seriously contemplated buying one of those kits, and all because of you. You should probably count that as well.

  15. kelene

    Hi there.. just found your blog.. its great.. I even spotted myself at KW fair in your photo… so cool