Karin

Sock Summit

KarinSock Summit -there was so much going on that I could write for days, but due to a lack of time, I won’t. Rather, I’ll give you my highlights in pictures and sum it up with a little story.

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Beth and Bonnie from Burien Yarn Stash proudly wear their hard-earned T-shirts on the final day of the Summit. skacel gave away T-shirts to all that brought in a printed copy of Brian’s blog entry, as well as those who could prove they were big fans of the addi needles. We gave away over a hundred T-Shirts at the show. Several other proud recipients are featured below as well.

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I haven’t knit on two individual needles since I don’t know when, however, it was mandatory in order to participate in the Guinness Book of World Records attempt. So, I actually did it. Hopefully no one got a picture of me, as I had to use a set competitor’s needles since I forgot to bring addi’s along.

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Brian, of course, was at the Summit, knitting away on his 14 socks on one needle. Many folks stopped to check it out. I give Brian credit, he repeated himself on what he was doing and why (Because I can), at least 50 times a day, and never complained or got “short” with anyone!

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Brian was also photographed over and over and over again. There were times when 4 or 5 people would be standing in front of him with their cameras flashing. It sort of gave our booth the feel as if paparazzi were hounding us. Above, Brian checks out a photo of himself on the I-phone of one of his many admirers.

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My little summation story.

On the last day of the Summit, on the elevator ride down at my hotel, I met a mother and daughter with over-stuffed fabric bags in their hands. I asked them if they had fun at the Summit. Their enthusiastic answer was “Yes, and we learned so much in class.” They had flown out from the Midwest and had feared it may not be worth the money, but they agreed it was worth every dime and they would do it again. Only thing was, they had spent more money than anticipated on new yarns and did not have room in their luggage to get it home. Thus, they had to send a package from the UPS station inside the show. When I asked them if it was newly purchased yarns in their bags they were sending, one responded, “Heck no! This is our dirty laundry we’re sending! The yarns come with us on the plane.”

~Karin

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“Because I can” pt 6. Back from Sock Summit.

BrianHello Fellow Fiber Enthusiasts (or the mildly curious),

It was great to meet so many of you at Sock Summit. As you can see from the photo, progress was made on the socks.

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Lots of people stopped by and asked questions, which I was more than happy to answer. While meeting some of the “icons” of the industry was a treat, I’d have to say the highlight for me was getting the chance to talk with other sock knitting enthusiasts.

Most people think this is a crazy project, and I think I’d agree with them to some extent, but it is enjoyable. I had hoped to reach the heels before the end of the weekend, but didn’t quite make it. I’ll keep plugging along!

Prince Entrelac MCMXC

Rob

I like fast cars and even faster needles!

robWe all have our addictions. My addiction happens to be sports cars. I have been infatuated with fast cars for as long as I can remember. Thus, I modify any vehicle that makes its way into my garage. If there is a widget or gizmo available that will somehow better my car’s performance or handling, chances are I have it (or want it really, really badly).

I have adopted this philosophy with many of my hobbies and pastimes, and I know I’m not the only person who feels this way.  For instance, you walk into your LYS and notice that your favorite needle company *cough* addi *cough* has just released an addition to your favorite interchangeable needle kit *cough* Click *cough*.  Your eyes widen and your heart begins to race, as your hand slowly liberates the item from its location on the display rack.  You’ve found the gizmo.  You’ve located the widget.  Yes, you have single handedly uncovered the piece de resistance that will complete your set and ultimately align the planets and alter the course of your knitting forever.  Life is good.

In an attempt to align the planets on your behalf, we are happy to announce the arrival of the elusive US 5 Click tips and addi Click cord/connector packs.

The supplemental US 5 tip packs contain (2) 3.75mm Click tips.  Add these nickel plated necessities to your set to complete the highest quality interchangeable needle kit available!

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The cord/connector packs feature three extra 100% nylon addi Click cords (brilliant blue of course), in 24”, 32” and 40” lengths.  The pack also includes an extra connector piece, which can be used to create longer cords, or to hold your stitches in place by locking both ends of your cable to the connector.clickcords

Look to your LYS or nearest addi Turbo® stockist, to pick up your addi Click additions today!

Now, while you sit perched at your computer, planning the quickest route to your LYS, I am going to hop in my car and make vroom-vroom noises in the parking lot!

Happy Knitting,

Rob

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“Because I can” pt 5. The Road to Sock Summit.

BrianHello friends.  I’m sitting here at my desk with a huge stack of sample socks getting ready to bag them up and take them to Sock Summit.

The Skacel booth will be loaded with all kinds of samples of finished socks and garments made from sock yarns.  For those of you going, I’m sure you’ll enjoy having the opportunity to have a hands on look at the many yarns and colorways in the collection.  I can’t imagine how long a needle I’d need to make a pair of socks out of every sock yarn we have in stock. (NO…I’m not planning to do that.)  I am looking forward to meeting many of you and hope to see what you are doing with your skacel yarns and addi needles!

Last night Candice and I were invited to bring our projects to a local yarn shop in Federal Way, Washington.  Unraveled Yarn & Artful Gifts is a lovely new shop in the greater Seattle area.  They have a weekly drop in knit and crochet night on Tuesdays from 6 – 8 pm.  There must have been close to 20 fiber enthusiasts there with knitting and crochet projects in tow.  It’s always so much fun to go and see what people are doing.  They asked me to share a bit about the sock project and how it came to be.

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They also really got a kick out of seeing the fabulous crochet creations that Candice is working on.  I really do enjoy the social aspect of knitting and encourage you to find a group to meet up with regularly.   It’s a great motivator to stick with a project, and provides lots of inspiration for new projects.

If you are at the Sock Summit marketplace, be sure to stop by the skacel booth (#512).  Remember, if you bring a printed copy of the blog with you we’ll have a special gift for you.  Come early, supplies are limited!

Prince Entrelac MCMXC