28 February 2009

Recognize These?

All the entries in the Think Outside the Sox contest are online. Here's number 119. I think my photograph looked better. And with them folded flat, you can't really see how the lines move across the instep. Nonetheless, there they are, in the contest and on display at Stitches West. Hurray!

And for another Georgia connection, I'll out Betty Salpekar right now, with entry number 3. Just when I think I've done something clever, I attend a North Georgia Knitting Guild meeting and realize that Betty, who is very humble, is just totally, quietly, brilliant beyond all good measure.

Update: Here's the link to the winners. I did not realize that Betty also entered number 47, the Grand Prize Winner.

04 February 2009

Thanks, Joe!

Joe from SWTC (makers of TOFUtsies and Karaoke) was at the shop last night for knit night. Credit to Debi for attending the west coast TNNA convention a few weeks ago. As far as I know, she was the only shop owner from this area to make the trek out to California, but it paid off. Joe brought us lots of goodies including samples! Woo-hoo! Big alpaca thank-you hugs to Joe and all the other nice folks at SWTC who make things we love!

Not included in this sample group is Karaoke, which has long-print color changes. Of course, I don't need a sample of that because I already have some in my stash. Joe did bring some sample garments made in this yarn. Karen, on left, is modeling a sweater knit in just one colorway. BJ is modeling a mitered jacket knit with both multi-colored Karaoke and a coordinating plain color of Karaoke.

Also not included in the samples at top is Therapy, their new yarn that is 30% jade. I have no clue how you get jade into a spin-able state nor what sort of twisted mind would look at a rock and think, "Wow! This would make great yarn." Joe pointed out that the Therapy yarn mixes jade with wool so that you get some of the springiness of wool but without the warmth, as the jade stays cool. Thus, a wool yarn for warm climates like Atlanta.

Joe has a passion for spinning strange fibers. He did mention that the US Government has confiscated one of his projects -- spider silk. I am very disappointed about this. (Hello, new Obama administration? Some change we can believe in, er knit with, please?) Spider silk is stronger than steel. Or Kevlar. I guess there is some concern that we would be knitting bulletproof vests and then committing acts of violence? (Very strange robbery. The suspect left the wallets behind but took all the cashmere scarves and burned all the acrylic. No good description, as the suspect was wearing a hand-knitted Chthuluclava. ) Does this mean that my second amendment rights cover owning guns but not bulletproof socks? I think someone does not understand. We knitters just want garments that won't wear out. Or with spider silk, I would love to knit a true cobweb shawl that is strong enough not to tear if it catches on something. I must go write my Congressional representatives.

03 February 2009

Back in the Game

I wanted January to go slowly. I just wanted time to slow down so I could enjoy. January did slow down for a bit, but not always in a good way. And then it all sped back up again into the usual madness. Hence, no blogging.

There has, however, been some knitting going on in the background. Not as much as I would prefer, but hey, some is good. I did manage to get a pair of socks into the Think Outside the SOX contest. Winners will be announced at Stitches West later this month. I don't expect to win a prize, since as someone who is paid to teach knitting, I was required by the rules to enter in the "Pro" division. But at least I entered something. After the socks come back I'll post more about the unusual construction technique and some of the interesting variations that can be done on this pattern.

For now, this is TOFUtsies color 799 and the socks were worked bottom up in the knit one below pattern from XRX's recent book by Elise Duvekot.

(Oh, and is this XRX's contest and SWTC is one of the sponsors? And Elise Duvekot is going to be at Stitches South in April here in Atlanta? And Joe from SWTC is going to be at The Whole Nine Yarns in Woodstock tonight and his wife is going to be there later in the spring signing her new sock book? How coincidental! Synchronicity!)