Sock Summit: it followed me home

For someone who doesn’t stash, I seem to have suddenly acquired a lot of yarn. (And yes, there’s a bag under there.)


I really only bought two yarns this weekend. One was a skein of Lorna’s Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies, colorway Cat Bordhi Ah Ha! This is a great yarn for teaching; the short color runs mean that the color of the stitch on the next row will probably be a different color than the one below it. It makes it easy to describe what’s happening with either stitch. It’s a worsted weight single ply yarn, nice and sticky so it doesn’t ladder when you drop a stitch. It’s perfect for investigating techniques, too.

cat bordhi aha 2

cat bordhi aha

The other yarn I bought is Noro Silk Garden Lite, which is DK weight. I know exactly what I want to do with it; there’s a design idea rolling around in my mind.

noro 2

I bought a bag of 10 balls at Webs because I don’t know how much I’ll need, and the price was absurdly low.

Most of the rest of the yarn was from Deb Accuardi’s pre-summit luncheon at Gino’s. And it’s all fingering weight. I guess I’m going to start knitting with yarn that’s lighter than sport, because I have a lot of it! I love that it’s all from independent dyers. Here’s a recap of those yarns, starting with the one that was left behind. Deb brought it to me the next day. It’s from Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks, colorway Accuardi Insalata by Stevanie Pico.

accuardi insalata 2

Ladies that Lunch colorway by Knitted Wit (Lorajean Kelley). Candace, who sat at our table, stopped by the Knitted Wit booth with the sock she was making from this yarn, and it was knitting up beautifully. I love the colors.

ladies that lunch

Jules Verne, by Larissa Brown for Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks. You know I love blues!

jules verne

Pheasant by Abstract Fibers (Susan Stambaugh).


Cherry Mallow by Craft’s Meow.

cherry mallow

What else followed me home? The swag bag from the Ravelry party!

swag bag

How cute is that? here’s the back. I love that it’s labeled like the keepsake that it is.

swag bag 2

What’s inside? More yarn! This is Berroco Vintage Wool, in a color that I love. (And the stash keeps growing…)

vintage wool

A tote bag from Namaste.


A note pad from Lantern Moon.


And a very cool sock pattern, Odenwald, by Stephanie van der Linden.


Oh, I have two other fiber items, but they’re not yarn.


Why in the world would I need roving?


I have succumbed to the temptation. All those spinners. All those wheels and spindles. I’ve resisted for years. But when they showed me the cute center pull ball you get when you take the spindle apart, it completely stole my fiber geeky heart.

turkish sploded

Now I need to figure out how to use it. Fortunately, Portland Spinnerati meets this Saturday at the Central Library, and the temptresses who egged me on will be there.

I’m still pondering some of the questions from the Luminary Panel. More on that later. Good night!

27 responses to “Sock Summit: it followed me home

  1. Not only did you have a great time but you got yarn too??? I’m bright green with envy but grateful to you for sharing the bounty with us.

  2. Halfway Crafter

    Wow, that’s a pretty good haul. I think Pheasant is my favourite.

  3. Wow, great yarns!! It sounds like such a fun time, too!

    I got a Turkish spindle like that one just this summer, and it was a little hard to get the hang of it at first, but now I love it.

  4. You’ll have quite a sock wardrobe with those yarns. Isn’t it interesting that even though you didn’t choose the colors, they are all such individuals…no repeats there!

  5. Oooh so pretty, but I think I like the Ravelry Bag the best. And spinning!

  6. Fun! Lots of SS followed me home too. I arrived at the Rav party late, so no goody bag for me – bummer! So glad I was able to meet you in person! Have fun knitting socks & spinning with your new toy.

  7. All those yarns look gorgeous. I love the spindle; I’ve never seen that kind before, but it looks really neat! You’ll have lots of fun learning how to spin.

  8. Oh why, oh why, did I have to leave Saturday morning and miss the Ravelry party!?

  9. It’s hard keyboarding when your hands are stuffed deep in imaginary pockets to keep them away from the credit card. 🙂

    Have fun with it! It all looks so lush.

  10. Sweet! Another Michele at Spineratti! Now I’m really motivated to make it to the next meeting. 🙂

    And how re-bummed out I am that I missed the Rav party. Stupid stupid work…

  11. Wow! What a haul. I am so happy that you were able to experience this event. I’ve been able to get a taste of it through my fellow bloggers. Your new yarn is just inspirational, so many different colors. Do tell about your spinning experience. Center pull ball – hmmmm – might be worth investigating.

  12. Ha! You end up with way more yarn then me. Maybe I’ve transfered my stash obsession to you 🙂

  13. What gorgeous yarn! Have fun learning how to spin…

  14. For someone who doesn’t stash yarn, well those sure are some pretties!

  15. Oooh, what beautiful yarn and roving! And that Turkish spindle is to die for! Sounds like you had one heck of a time.

  16. Thanks for taking us on the journey!

  17. Rebecca Kugele

    Hey Michelle…this is Rebecca, Norbert Kugele’s wife! Norbert gave me the link to your blog and I am so ENVIOUS that you got to go to the Sock Summit! I am hearing rumors that the next one may be in two years in Toronto…have you heard anything? Lovely blog you have! I am off to Fiber Fest which is the Michigan Fiber festival this week so that will be fun. I have a beautiful Shacht spinning wheel that is begging for new fiber. –Rebecca

  18. I stumbled upon your blog while looking for SS09 reports… I was sitting next to you (on your left) at the luminary panel!

    Nice picture of you and Barbara Walker!

    Anne (annec on Ravelry)

  19. Can you explain the wooden spinning thingy to the non-knitter? Please? It looks really cool, but I’m not sure I get it.

    • Have you ever seen someone spin with a drop spindle? You take wool roving, thin it out (draft?), and spin it to put some twist in it to make it stronger. That’s how you make yarn. Every so often you stop and wind the new yarn onto the bottom there, because your arms are only so long. Then continue spinning more. The really cool thing about this one is that you don’t unwind it from the spindle; instead you take the the pointy stick out, pull out the crossbars, and you end up with a cute little ball. Now I have to learn to actually spin with it!

      This is my rudimentary understanding of how it works; I’m not a spinner. Yet…

      • I used to love dying fabric. Especially for quilting because I could do anything I wanted and let happy accidents happen. I wonder if spinning and dying fibres would entertain me? Especially since it’s smaller amounts of fibre – dying even 5 yards of fabric takes up a ridiculous amount of space!

        I might have to look into this. I need a new hobby! 🙂

  20. what wooly wonderness! I’m loving it. Keep us posted on that drop spindle thingie….I’ve already noted the maker……(not that I would CONSIDER it or anything) Very cool

  21. oh my such riches! I defy anyone who says they don’t stash to come home empty handed from something like sock summit. I’ll enjoy very much seeing what you come up with!

    And that looks like one of the most attractive looking spindles I’ve ever seen. How adorable – and it comes apart!

  22. Nice! I didn’t get to the Rav party in time for a swag bag. Ah well. But you got a great haul! As for the Luminary Panel, I thought it was a “best of the Big 6” for a minute there. Can I get a “Thank you for the babies” and a “copyright issues” for $100, Alex?

  23. what, no photo of your clogs? 🙂



  24. Look at all the pretties you brought home with you! Yum! Hope you enjoy the spinning…I still don’t love using a spindle, but I do love my wheel. And indeed spinning is a slippery slope, complete with its own stash. :}