Friday, September 29, 2006

OFFF and so many other things....

The girls (or, a few of, as two of us were MIA) of We Heart Yarn enjoyed the festivities and getting together at OFFF (Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival) last Saturday. It was a gorgeous day, filled with luscious yarn, lots & lots and lots & lots of fiber, and great conversation. Clockwise from left to right (starting at the back): Michelle from Another Knitting Blog, Jen (Woolgirl), Gail (NK), Shannon, and right in the front is our wonderful friend and knitting buddy, Iris. As I said before, Emily and Julie were MIA, but both for good reasons, so we forgive them this time!

I, myself, didn't go overboard this year, as I have tended to do in the past and like I did at Black Sheep. Although it was only a few months ago, it seems like years, an eternity even, so it justified me spending some money at OFFF, but I did seem to keep it somewhat under control. I can't say the same for others (and you know who you are!), however. But we won't go into that here. Here are a few of the STR colors I acquired:

From bottom to top: Fire on the Mountain, Lucy, and In the Navy.

We (meaning all We Heart Yarners + Iris) also purchased Rocktober in STR medium weight, and have decided to do our own KAL on this very blog, starting October 1st, of course. The goal: First and foremost, to participate in Socktoberfest, this month long "celebration of socks". Secondly, of course, to get the socks done by the end of the month! :) Check out this gorgeous colorway (the blues, yellows, oranges, reds, greens, purples, etc etc etc!) This yarn is just popping with color and asking to be knitted during this glorious month we call October.

What does October mean, after all? Here in the NW part of the country, it means that the days begin to cool and the nights start getting nice and crisp. Trees begin to turn into these brilliant golds, reds, and somewhat mystical shades of orange. October means pumpkins and Halloween and candy. Ghosts and goblins, witches and princesses. It means the sound of leaves rustling in the wind, counting acorns, birds beginning to travel south for the winter. October means football games, the sound of the band playing your school song, and the familiar smile that brings to your face. October means that it's time to finally pull out the winter jackets, that it might rain a little more than it did in September, and that Thanksgiving is around the corner. Crisp honey apples, the smell of burning brush, and pumpkin spice each fill the air. And if you look closely, very very closely, you will see each of these things represented in Rocktober (and so much more!)

Stay posted for more on these lovely October socks. We are not officially supossed to start the socks until October 1st, but rumor has it, one of us has cast on. Hmmmm.........

A couple of updates on finished projects also ~

I finally decided to follow the masses and started to knit with Sweet Georgia Speed Demon. The only thing that comes to mind is "I think I'm in LOVE!!!!!!" The socks knitted up so fast (or I knitted them so fast, not sure which), but either way, they were fast and done before my eyes, it seemed. So this:

Quickly became this:

and this:

and this:

Of course, I had to drive straight away to Dublin Bay in Portland (as they started carrying Sweet Georgia yarn) and purchase some more of this speedy stuff! I am now also the proud owner of Black Orchid and Kissed Speed Demon. NK, shame on you for getting me addicted to this stuff! :)

I will leave you with these two final thoughts....

Isn't Kissed Lovely?


Lady, you are crazy for buying so much yarn! :)


gray la gran said...

pretty yarn! very pretty pink socks, ... with matching eyemasks ?
i hope to pick up some of the elusive STR at rhinebeck. it looks to me like there's just not a bad colorway of that stuff!
i also hope the weather then is as lovely as you had for the fiber festival in oregon.

knitfriendly said...

Those are beautiful socks! I love the lucy colorway. It looks like you all had a lot of fun!

shannon said...

oh, rocktoberfest - this is gonna be FUNNNNN!

oh, and i cannot wait to see your speed demons

Marsha said...

I liked the way your hippie crunchy STR socks turned out! They were waaaaaay too complicated to me, hurt my hands/fingers and broke my needles. I gave up and frogged back to the lovely picot hemmed edge and am doing a checkerboard - which looking at yours is similar - sort of. Maybe I'll finish them before I totally frog them. LOVE STR yarn but have to say - I'm not loving the patterns. I got the next skein and it's just sitting there. HC kicked my butt and my good karma...

NeuroKnitter said...

Hi WG!! Your Honey Figs turned out bee-you-tifully!!! Good job!! Can't wait to see the Rocktobers!! Happy knitting!!!

Sheryl said...

I'm a sucker for a schnauzer puppy face! I miss my 2. I like your blog and you all sound like you are having fun. Too bad I'm in WA.