Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Add'l. Fair Photos, and more Socks

Yes, more completed socks, and a sock pose that is a tribute to the Harlot's sock-on-the-go pictures. Though these socks did not go further than the fence in my back yard for their picture. They did do a fair amount of traveling in their infancy, though, as they were begun on the South America trip, put aside at a couple of inches each because it's hard to knit on dark navy in dim places, and were completed on my trip back from London last weekend. I guess that makes them officially 3-continent socks. Made for AZ, to go with his suits and other stuff, from Regia 4-ply on size one needles, they seemed to go on forever. I should mention that you might think that the legs look long, that's what he always wants so I pretty much just start toe-up and work until there's just a bit of yarn left. These are about 10 1/2 inches heel-to-cuff.
I somehow forgot a few pictures from the fair in my rush, so I'll add them here.

Please note the blue card on the oriental-style rug on the left, this was the Best-in-Show entry, and it was truly amazing. Hooked of 3/8" wool strips that had been dyed by the maker, it was really lovely. The other hooked rugs were great, too, I may have to try hooking at some point in the future, in all of my copious free time.
The fleece winners, lovely fleeces with great colors winning many of the top prizes. The grand champion was a black Corriedale X, and the blue ribbon on the top left was won by a beautiful moorit fleece entered by my friend Mary Pat. Her moorit corriedales are really great to spin, and I think I still have a bunch of Butterfinger or Buttercrunch's carded roving in the basement storage. Hmmm, I need to pull some of it out and start spinning.
This rug was made by Matthew, a friend who is not usually a knitter, so getting a ribbon will be a thrill for him, in fact it might be his only completed knitting project. Isn't it great? Garter stitch in superbulky Brown Sheep Burlyspun, I wish I had a rug like this - it might be a good project to dye up some of the zoo fleece for.
I'm off on the road again, taking tiny sample sock knitting with me. These will be for the KR Retreat class in November, and I'm have fun with them. It's amazing how just knitting and taking notes while I'm doing it is giving me good ideas to use in the class, and to send as pre-retreat preparation. I hope to have this all done in the next couple of weeks, so that I can relax and go back to WIP completion projects.