Posted in Fiber Events

Spring Fling 2010

I’ve been contemplating which I want to do first: FO’s or a Spring Fling wrap up. I decided I should write about the Fling while it’s still fresh in my mind. 🙂 (Warning – photo heavy post!)

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Spring Fling hosted by The Loopy Ewe. From the time I arrived, to the time I left, I had a fantastic time! It was so much fun to meet the folks I’d been chatting with and getting to know on Ravelry through the Spring Fling group (or elsewhere on Ravelry), Plurk, and Twitter.

I posted pictures on Flickr, here, but here are a few of my favorites with the recap.

I left the house at about 8 am and on the way to St. Louis, I picked up Lana. It was nice to not have do do the whole drive solo. I met her at a local yarn shop, then we had lunch and headed on our way. We made it to St. Louis around 3:30 pm (EST, so really 2:30 pm St. Louis time) and got settled in. At check in we got our Swag Bag.

Swag Bag!
Swag Bag

The Swag Bag included: a messenger bag, Little Loopy, TLE mug, Wollmeise in a special Fling colorway, TLE stitch marker, sample of Baby Boom, a Wendy sock pattern, a scarf pattern, and a little book of various sized sticky notes.

The first night a large group of us enjoyed dinner at Casa Gallardo, which was organized by the fabulous Jen. As I expected, the service was a bit slow with such a large group, but it wasn’t a problem since I was in the company of fellow fiber folks!

First Night Dinner
First Night Dinner

After the dinner was the desert reception. I did take a few pictures, but they all ended up quite blurry. I got to meet my roomie, Lauren (who was great to room and hang out with!) at the desert reception since she got in a little later in the day. Friday I had the morning free to hang out and knit. I got to meet Stacy (of Tempted Yarns) and the Gray Ladies during my morning free. They are so fun to hang out with! In the afternoon I had Jared Flood’s sweater class. The class was fantastic and gave me a whole new love and desire to knit sweaters. I’m already planning on what to make next!

Jared's Sweater Class
Jared’s Sweater Class

On Friday night I had dinner at The Drunken Fish with Lauren and I can’t for the life of me remember who else. Typically sushi isn’t my first pick, but the last few times I’ve gone to sushi restaurants, I’ve really enjoyed it, so I gave it a chance. I had a Fried Philly Roll, which was really, really tasty. So good that we (Lauren and I) went again on Saturday night! (It helped that the second time we had coupons and got some happy hour specials.) Friday evening was pretty relaxing and it was great hanging out, knitting and chatting with people. At 9 pm there was a breakout session on photographing yarn with Sheri’s husband. I thought there were a lot of helpful tips, but personally they were mostly things I already knew (however it did seem that many people got a lot out of it and I’m aware that I know more then most).

Photography break out session
Sheri introducing her husband
for the photography session.

Saturday I had the morning free. I sat and knit with Leslie and Laura of The Knit Girllls in the morning and they are as much fun as they are in their videocast. The afternoon was spent at…. LOOPY CENTRAL!!

Me at The Loopy Ewe
Me at Loopy Central

Many previous Flingers warned that it’s a bit overwhelming and when I arrived, it definitely was. So much pretty yarn I didn’t know where to start!

Wall of Cascade 220
Wall of Cascade 220

There was even some Bugga and sock kits from last years club (and the first shipment of this years sock club). I decided not to get any of the kits or Bugga, but I didn’t come away empty handed by any means.

The Loot
The Loot

I bought five skeins of Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock in Turkey Hill (for a sweater), one skein of DIC Starry in Happy Forrest and one in Punky Fuchsia (for the Daybreak shawl), a sock blocker peacock, DPN sushi holders from Wants & Kneeds, and TLE red sweatshirt. The mug was a gift you received when you went to TLE.

After the shopping trip there was the group photo. While everyone was coming in to the area we would be taking the picture in, Wendy came up to me and said “I’ve been looking for you!” It was a “OMG you, Famous Knitting Designer were looking for me?!” moment for me! I’d left my copy of Toe-Up Socks for Every Body at home and hadn’t been brave enough to go up to her up to that point (I’m rather shy in person). It was great to meet Wendy and chat with her for a bit. 🙂

After the group photo, there was the Vesper photo. A thread was started on the Spring Fling board about Vesper and suggested that we get as many people going to the fling as possible to knit a pair of Vesper socks and then take a picture of all of them together.

Vesper Socks!
Circle of Vesper

Lina was kind enough to take a group photo with all of us and our socks, which you can see here. (I’m in the front row in my February Lady Sweater.)

Saturday evening was the door prize drawing with Sheri and one of the Loopy Elves. I didn’t win anything, but it was fun! We also got to hear some upcoming things happening at The Loopy Ewe (which Sheri has email about, but we got to hear it first).

Sheri and one of the Elves
Sheri and one of the Elves

Once the drawings and announcements were done, a group of Flingers got up to sing the Spring Fling song, which was written by Tammy. You can see and hear the whole song here.

Sunday morning it was breakfast then back on the road to head home. As always, wonderful events like this end too soon and seem too short! I had such an amazing and wonderful time. I’m so very glad I got to go this year and meet such fantastic people. I hope I can attend next year!

Posted in Current Projects

Camber Cardigan, Skew Socks, and Spring Fling

Wow, I could have sworn I blogged last week, but apparently I didn’t! I’ve been spending more time offline recently, but I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. I think I just needed a bit of a break from computers outside of work for a while.

Over the weekend, I was able to finish the Camber Cardigan and wash/block it. I haven’t sewn the buttons on yet because I’m contemplating the length of the sweater still. Gauge swatches? I think they lie. According to my gauge swatch, this sweater should have shrunk in length after washing, but it didn’t. Not even a little. Since I was trusting my gauge swatch, I added more length to it then I would have if I wasn’t trusting it. The sleeves are longer then planned, however I’m okay with that. The length of the body, though? Not so keen on it. It’s a bit too long for me because I have a rather short torso and it completely covers my butt. I did try to shrink it in the dryer, but the sweater wasn’t wet or damp at all, so it didn’t do anything. I figured the heat of the dryer would be enough to shrink it. Apparently not. I may retry it after spritzing the sweater with water first. Since that failed attempt, the length doesn’t seem so awful. Still longer then I’d really like, but not so bad I wouldn’t wear it. The fit is great around me and I don’t want to ruin the whole thing just because I’d like the sweater to be about an inch shorter. I’ll give it until the end of the week to decide what to do.

Camber - Front
Camber Cardigan – Front

Camber - Side 2
Camber Cardigan – Side

Camber - Yoke, Front
Camber Cardigan – Front Yoke

Camber - Yoke, Back
Camber Cardigan – Back Yoke

What’s your experience with gauge swatches? How often are they spot on vs. not being correct in the end? Do you trust your gauge swatches all the time? Are there other factors in gauge that I’m just not considering (weight of the finished garment or something)? I’d love to get other people’s thoughts on this – so leave a comment! 🙂

Since Camber is now done (I’m going to call it done even though it doesn’t have buttons!), I’ve started the second Skew sock. I think I mentioned finishing the first sock, but never got around to posting photos of it, so here’s the first sock and the start of the second one.

Skew Socks

Skew - Inside
Skew Socks – Inside

Skew - Outside
Skew Socks – Outside

Skew - Heel
Skew Socks – Back

It’s been the only thing I’ve been working on this week and I’m already about an inch from starting the heel. Hoping that by the time the weekend is over they’ll be done!

The Spring Fling is about a week away now. I had an email from Sheri this morning about it and got really excited! I can’t believe it’s almost time! I’ll be taking the Seamless Sweater class with Jared Flood while there and I’m sure there will be plenty of other fun to be had as well. I’ve been getting to know people through the Ravelry board, which is how I found a roommate and found a ride partner. Eee! I’m so excited! Since I can post to my blog from my iPhone (and I’ll have the netbook), I may do a few quick updates while away.

I feel like there’s more I’m meaning to post, but forgetting. More for another day if I remember! 🙂