Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fort Worth

I know this was totally long awaited and anticipated.  You all desperately wanted to know about my week at the convention in Fort Worth.  Let me just start by saying the convention center is next to the beautiful and relaxing Fort Worth water gardens and it was lovely to stroll through them everyday and to take a few minutes here and there to knit beside the different pools.  My main project for the week was the spiral eyelet socks for me that I had just started on the plane ride back from DC.

The socks had a lovely time by what they call the Active Pool.  The constant flowing water sound is soothing and completely drowns out the traffic noises from the street.
The socks also quite liked the Aerated Pool.  On hot days this was definitely the one to be at because the spray helped to cool you off for a bit.
The socks and I had some quality time out there. But then.........
the socks were waaaaaaaaaaay too big.  i got gauge when i swatched, but who knows what happened and suddenly the lie I had been telling myself about blocking the out and maybe shrinking them a bit in the wash just couldn't sustain itself any longer and I had to face the fact that size 2s just weren't doing it here.  Luckily I still had my size 1s packed from that trip to DC, so I took some size comparison pictures (look how the sock is bigger than my shoe) and frogged the whole dam thing.  The spiral pattern was too girly to just say, well, I'll give them to a guy and make myself another pair.  So on day 2 of the convention I started all over.  :-(  Oh well.
The size 1s are actually much better.  The sock is closer to the right size and a lot tighter, so maybe it will wear better.  I got most of the way finished with the leg of the sock between classes over the last 2 days of the convention and the car ride home.  Now I am turning the heel but I started yesterday at WWKIP day on my clapotis and got completely distracted.  I do have to say, my gauge on the size 1 needles is so tight, I think I would really like some metal ones because the yarn is not sliding on the bamboo needles AT ALL and that makes it hard to work on for long periods of time just because my fingers get tired.  Well, more about yesterday's WWKIP events later.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Going to the WWKIP day event in Tulsa and the Day of Yarny Goodness with the Tulsa Knitters Rav group.  Starts at 8am at the Farmer's Market on cherry street.  We will be knitting over on the patio of the grey snail until 11ish, I think.  Then those continuing on the day of yarny goodness will go upstairs to Jason's Deli for lunch and a yarn swap.  Then there is a yarn crawl around the city.  First we hit Lopps, then Stitchworks, then Stitches of Tulsa.  For our final event we will have our usual K1D2 (knit 1, drink 2) at Cosmos and giggle about our day.  It should be awesome!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I keep putting off updating

Because I want to add pictures.  So there will be a post soon (I swear, really) about knitting in Fort Worth with pretty pictures, for now you just get a random post.

Been working on a lot of projects.  My current carry-around-in-my-purse type project is a super soft cloth for a potter at the farmers market (who happens to be a friend of Ben's) who gave me some adorable little cups one day.  And then I want to whip up another for this farmer (who also happens to be a friend of Ben's) because last week he stuffed a giant bunch of the yummiest smelling dill into my bag while we were over talking to the potter.  They shared their craft with me, so I want to share mine with them.  And hopefully it will make them smile.  

The wedding went off without a hitch, for those of you who wondered how my brother's wedding went.  A good weekend, lots of fun.  I am impatiently awaiting the posting of the pictures on the photographer's website.  And from some other people who I know took some throughout the day.  

I'm going to go pick blueberries this morning at a local farm before work, so I better take off now.  More later.  Really for reals.