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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sock Summit part two

Did anyone else freak out trying to get their reservations at the 2009 Sock Summit? It was at least as much fun as I was expecting and I was glad it was over my lunch break.

It reminded me of the Friday after Thanksgiving with a 90% off everything in the store starting at midnight for 2 hours kind of thing. No casualties that I'm aware of, but it was a close thing. Well, I'm not sure that the Sock Summit Team has actually slept yet, but I hope that they've at least had a meal or two and a beer or three by now.

I was only close to tears once - after trying for 35 minutes to get in to the shopping cart (and stay there long enough to actually select my classes) I had entered my payment information and hit the send button. And waited, .... and waited. And then it timed out on me again. Their server was totally overwhelmed by the rabid sock knitters.

I freaked out. Did it accept my stuff? Did I actually reserve my spot? If it didn't I was out of luck because everything I wanted (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choices) was sold out almost immediately.

Fortunately, sanity returned after a few minutes and I checked my email. Yes! Confirmation numbers for all three classes!

It would have really stunk if after already paying for airline tickets and reserving a hotel room and rental car I hadn't been able to actually go to the Sock Summit. It's my primary reason to be in Portland, after all.

So after all that I'll be spending one day with Melissa Morgan-Oakes learning how to knit two socks at one time on one circular needle. Then I get to spend a day with Nancy Bush learning all about Estonian socks.

And to round it out, I'll be spending half a day learning about knitting ergonomics with Carson Demers, a knitter and physical therapist. I'll probably really need this one by Sunday morning of the Summit.

Those were my first choices, too!

Hubby will be exploring the pleasures of the local zoo, gardens and parks on the days I'm in class.

Thank you, Sock Summit Team! Hope you have a chance to breathe soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Yarn containment and the fine print

My sewing/knitting/music/craft room has been a disaster area for quite some time. I literally can't get to parts of it.

In an attempt to control the chaos I purchased some baker's racks from the local craft store. They're pretty wicker shelves with ornate metal sides. It took me a while just to clear enough junk out of the way to set the dang shelves up on the designated wall. Of course it was the wall furthest from the door.

Now to actually corral my stuff and get it on the shelves. The quilting and costuming material isn't a real problem. At least it lies flat and I can stack it fairly easily.

The yarn is another matter. I have a bit of yarn. OK, I have a lot of yarn. I've been knitting for four or five years now and crocheted before that and have managed to accumulate an impressive stash. Impressive even after I've donated yarn to the women's prison a couple of times.

These are open shelves and yarn has a tendency to not lie flat like material. It will roll around, snag on the pretty wicker, and manage to make a bigger mess than its already in. I looked at pretty little baskets and bins and thought they weren't really practical for the creature that is the stash. (Besides, I'm cheap and those dang baskets were expensive.)

Then there's that so-called stroke of genius I had. I'll just go buy some of that decorative fisherman's netting from the craft store and wrap it all the way around some of the shelves, making the whole shelf a bin. A few s-hooks to keep it in place and I'll be good to go, right?

So we dashed off to the store and bought three packages of 3 x 5 foot 'decorative fisherman's netting'. Got it home and opened it up.

Here's that fine print that I missed in my rush to get things organized... 'genuine used fisherman's netting'. Make that WELL USED. This stuff smelled like it just came off the docks after lying in fish entrails for a year or so.

Not to be dismayed I grabbed a bucket and various forms of liquid soap. Lots of soaking and hot water later I was still smelling fish and still getting really skanky looking rinse water in the bucket. I finally gave up last night and let it dry out.

Yep, still stinky this morning. The three nets went into the washing machine tonight with lots of Tide and lots of liquid fabric softener. They're hanging over a rod drying out now and (fingers crossed) smell ok. Can you imagine what that would have done to my yarn?

Granted I have a few raw, unwashed fleeces waiting for some attention, but that just smells like.... well, OK, some of it is kind of strong, too. After all, unwashed sheep can be kind of fragrant. But at least I expected raw wool to smell. And I don't think fishy and sheepy yarn is really what I want to cuddle up to at night.

After all this work I still don't have anything on the shelves. Hopefully, I'll be able to make some headway this weekend. Oops, forgot that I haven't bought any s-hooks yet. Guess that means a trip to the hardware store, too.

Maybe I should have opted for those cute little baskets after all.

Friday, May 01, 2009

what a waste of a Friday night - Wrinkle Treatment

Sitting around on a Friday night, playing with my new laptop, don't feel too great (got the crud that's going around). So what am I doing? Taking silly online tests and watching The Witches of Eastwicke. Playing Bedazzled, MahJong, Solitaire. I think its time for bed...