I had a fantastic time a the the Sock Summit in Portland. I don't have near the numbert of pictures that Peggy had, but I did take some fun and instructive classes.
The first was Be Bi-Craftual with Denny McMillan - we learned to combine knitting and crocheting in a sock. Crocheted toes and heels to reinforce them, and even learned to knit and crochet IN THE SAME ROW to make a knitted instep and a crocheted sole. Most of the socks were done in heavier weight yarn to demonstrate, but she passed around a few socks she had made, and the one made from Yak and Silk in a very light fingering weight were absolutely scrumptious, and the crocheted part was as light and comfy as the knitted part. I plan to try doing a pair like that.
Then I went to a lecture called Chroma Zone by Tina Newton. It was mostly about how her company gets the yarn and the process of dying it in large quantities.
Next was Spinning a Painted Sock with Janel Laidman. That was fun and very interesting. She showed how to spin and ply yarns to get different effects in the knitted fabric, from tonals to striping. She showed us some combs that she had for processing fleece, and I found the same combs in the market place for what I thought was quite reasonable. These combs can be used individually or with a base to use as a hackle. The price was just a few dollars more than the cheapest plain combs, and lots less than some of the others. Needless to say I bought them. I look forward to combing some of the fleece she gave me and the alpaca that I bought at SAFF last year. They were somewhat bulky, so I shipped them home together with a jumbo yarn winder that I bought (so I can wind the jumbo balls of yarn that don't fit on the regular winder).
On Sunday, I took a class called Seismic Socks with Lorilee Beltman. Here we learned to add colorwork patterns to socks without having floats or double thickness of yarn. Quite interesting!
And last, I took a class called Don't Knock Knee Socks with Joan Schrouder. We learned about increasing and decreasing for the calf area, and different ways to do it. Neat!
Well, I was going to add photos, but it seems someone walked off with my camera before I was able to download my pictures. Boo Hoo! I had lots of pictures of the rest of the trip - visits with my DH's friends from when he lived in the area and his old Navy buddies. And tons of pictures of the Portland Rose Garden. I've got to stop writing. I'm getting depressed. SIGH!