Barely at all, really. I only went over my budget by $10.
Yesterday (and today, actually) was the 2008 Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival. Every year I’ve been – this is my 4th? – it’s been larger than the last. This year was no different.
Opus and I planned to meet up with Leslie around midday and drive down to Canby. Before we got going, Opus and I grabbed coffee (& tea) at Peet’s. Opus was working on a pair of socks that make my current WIPs look pitiful by comparison:
Well, not all of them. I CO Sarah Pope‘s Andamento Socks, the September Sock Club pattern at Peet’s and eventually noticed something was off…
Sigh. I had grabbed the wrong size needles from the Sox Stix display. These 5’s were in the 2’s section. Yeah, I’m quick on the draw.
Just before meeting Leslie, we dashed over to Knit Purl and I got a set of 2’s. At least the cuff of the sock will be loose! I guess I’ll have to do the same with the other, so they’ll match. Otherwise, one’ll look funny.
Okay. One already looks funny. But at least they’ll look funny together. Anyway. I transferred the sock to the correct needles and we got on our way. Canby is pretty close to Portland, so we managed to get there right quick.
All around were tons of familiar faces. I was really evil and made several friends hold the traveling sock for… uh… posterity?
Maybe not. They didn’t argue this time (much), though. First were Kaaren and Dallas, friends from “No Mean Feet!” (Knit Purl’s sock knitting group), who we sat and chatted with for some time:
They were much more graceful about having a sock shoved at them than, say, Opus or Leslie – who wouldn’t hold the sock for a photo at all.
Next was Terrisa, former coworker, who we ran into at Carolina Homespun’s booth whilst looking for a spindle for Opus. She wasn’t too difficult, once I cornered her between a wall of lace yarn and baskets of spinning fiber:
Mwahahaha. I was so glad to see her, but we didn’t get to kibitz much, as she was dragged off by her traveling companions. Maybe next time.
And, oh, did you catch that little slice of victory? Yes, indeedy, I finally brought Opus over to the Dark Side…
Using the usual bribery: exquisite roving. Mmn mmn mmm. 70% Superfine Merino superwash/ 30% Alpaca. One of the strangest, yet most wonderful, blends I have ever found. Opus was staring longingly at it while I debated over color – the vendor had 4 solids, each $13 for ONE POUND of roving. I nearly fainted when she told me the price. Apparently a mill went out of business or something, and she bought up their wares.
Well. Opus waaanted some. Bad. I told her it would be perfect to learn to spin on (no lie) and she caved. One pound of yumminess followed her home. Along with a spindle and the beginnings of a true addiction. She started spinning lace-weight from the beginning and even the car trip back to Portland didn’t stop her.
Mwa. Ha. Ha.
Totally worth going over budget. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of the goodies, but I daresay we’ll be seeing them soon enough once they’re spun.
And, I’ve decided to be a bit more disciplined. A blogging schedule might be just the thing to keep myself on track. Whether I feel like it or not, whether I have pictures or not, there will be posts every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Though, the picture thing might become easier once I buy myself a new camera. I’m dreadfully overdue (my stalwart Olympus is from 2004) and could use something a bit more conveniently-sized for carrying around. But, that’s neither here nor there at the moment.
Until Wednesday, happy knitting!