7.30.2011

Sock Summit: Day Three

Greetings from Sock Summit! Day three of the convention proved to be another good one. The morning started up with a little Knitting Like Crazy meeetup:

It was so much to fun to meet people that I only previously knew online! At noon, I headed over to the Paradise Fibers booth to sign the Coffee Break Knits booklet with all the designers:


I can't believe my pattern was included in a booklet with all these amazing women. Irishgirlieknits, Thayer Preece, Sandi Rosner and Anne Hanson are all women I respect so much in this business, so it was awesome to meet them all and be included in a booklet with all of them. Hope I cross paths with these ladies again soon!

Finally, we went and watched the Sock Summit Flash Mob:



It was amazing. I nearly shed a tear at all those knitters dancing for the love of yarn!

Tonight, Jenni and I are just chilling out in the hotel room. We just ate a little Burgerville (Walla Walla Onion Rings....Yum!) and are now just watching a little tv and knitting the night away. Perfect relaxing evening to another perfect day at Sock Summit

Happy sock knitting! :)

Sock Summit Video Update: Day Two

I've been Skyping with Alex while at Sock Summit, and that gave me the idea that I should try to do a video for my blog update today. Hope you enjoy it!


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7.29.2011

Sock Summit: Day One

I had the most wonderful day at Sock Summit today. I had a full six hour class with Cookie A. I learned so much about sock construction and also moving lace panels around socks in crazy ways as Cookie likes to do. It was amazing. I was also happy to see Denise (who was in the class with me) and that we were able to chat for a bit. 

After the class was over and met up with Jenni and we headed to the marketplace. I bought kind of a lot of yarn (but more on that next week when I return home and can take good photos of it) and a couple other goodies, but the best part of  the marketplace was seeing my pattern in the Kollage Yarns booklet "Coffee Break Knits." I was a little ridiculous when I saw it:
 And then I had Jenni take a nice picture that didn't make me look crazy. :)
 Hopefully lots of people will be stopping by on Saturday in the Paradise Fibers booth to get their booklet signed! :)

After that, we headed up to the ballroom for the Opening Night Reception. We met some very awesome knitters while in line waiting to get in:

The Viking Hat ladies are all in the same knitting group. There were several of them. I seriously love their hats and the little variations each one added to them!

So that's it. Jenni and I are pretty wiped out from our first day at Sock Summit. Tomorrow I have another full day of classes and of course the Sock Hop. Tomorrow is shaping up to be another good one!

Are you at Sock Summit? How was your day? What did you learn? And, if you weren't at Sock Summit, hope you had a wonderful knit-filled day!

7.27.2011

Greetings from Portland!

Greetings from Portland! I landed this afternoon and was greeted with some perfect weather. I love that I was on a little plane (I flew to Seattle from Chicago and then made the quick flight from Seattle to Portland) and exited right out into the lovely weather!

 
After a quick train ride, I checked into the hotel and then went immediately to the convention center to pick up my stuff. It's official. I have the badge. It's Sock Summit time baby!


Now I'm back at the hotel room, just chillin' out, and plotting my plan of attack when the marketplace opens to students tomorrow afternoon.

 
Other than that, I plan to go to bed early (maybe have a beer with some buddies first) and gear up for tomorrow. Maybe I will cram a little knitting in too. :)

 
What's in the bags you ask? Well, in the black bag is the Mystery Sock for the Mystery Sock KAL. Certainly, I can't show you that. It would ruin the fun! The kitty bag has some Sockalicious, so I can work on a pair of my new River Run mitts!

If you are in Portland, what are you up to tonight? Anything fun I should know about? If you are not in town for Sock Summit, is there anything you would like to here about this weekend? I can try to get the scoop for ya!

Happy sock knitting!

River Run Mitt & Cowl

On Monday, I posted about being a part of a booklet signing for Kollage yarns at Sock Summit! Come see me in the Paradise Fibers booth on Saturday, 7/30 from 12-1:30pm (still pinching myself that I get to do this. Feeling so lucky and thankful!). I would love to meet some of my blog readers/Ravelry buddies!


 

My pattern in the booklet is River Run. It's the blue fingerless mitts you see in the bottom right corner of the booklet cover!


There is also a matching cowl to go along with it. And, the whole thing takes a skein of Sockalicious, so not only is it an easy project, but not too pricey!

Here are some of the pics from Kollage:

The patterns will be available on Patternfish on 8/1. So, if you won't be at Sock Summit this weekend, you can still get your hands on the pattern!

Well, I will be in Portland this afternoon and I can't wait for what is sure to be another amazing Sock Summit experience. I will be trying to post to the blog each night if I have time! And, if that's not enough Sock Summit talk for you, then you should follow me on Twitter. :)


Remember, not only will I be in the Paradise Fibers booth on Saturday, but I will also be having the Knitting Like Crazy meetup outside the ballroom Saturday morning at 8:30am. Details in this blog post.



Save travels to everyone and I hope to see some of you this weekend! Happy sock knitting everyone! :)


7.26.2011

Yarn for Mystery Sock KAL

What yarn does everyone plan to use for the upcoming Mystery Sock KAL?

I loved the Sanguine Gryphon Bugga that I used for the Mystery Shawl KAL in May that I have decided to use my precious skein of Skinny Bugga for the Mystery Socks.


The colorway is Polyphemus Moth. It looks brown but as I have been working on the pattern, I realize there is almost a little bit of this murky green in there. It is gorgeous!

As I am prepping to leave for Sock Summit tomorrow, I have been making detailed lists of the booths I want to shop in at the marketplace. I have a feeling I am going to be doing some serious damage in the Sanguine Gryphon booth. I am officially addicted to this yarn.

7.25.2011

Sock Summit: Booklet Signing at Paradise Fibers Booth

This morning I have some very, very exciting news to share...

I will be doing a booklet signing while at Sock Summit this week! I will be joining Anne Hanson, Sandi Rosner, Carrie Sullivan (aka irishgirlieknits), and Thayer Preece in the Paradise Fibers Booth on 7/30 from 12-1:30pm to sign the booklet.

I can't believe my patterns get to share pages with these amazing designers. I am so excited to meet them all, and I am already trying to mentally prepare myself not to be all groupy/stalkerish/creepy when I meet them!
 

If you are at Sock Summit this weekend, please stop on by and say hello! Paradise Fibers will be located in Booths 623, 625, 627, 722, 724, 726.


Again, we will be there from 12-1:30pm on 7/30. Can't wait to see everyone. Happy knitting!

7.21.2011

August KAL - Mystery Socks

Well, I promised you Mystery Socks, and Mystery Socks you shall get!

Each Friday in August, I will be releasing a piece of the pattern.

 
Clues will be released as follows:

 
8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26

 
Everyone will have until Friday, 9/2 to post a pic of their sock. I will be creating a thread in the Ravelry group especially for that.

 
Only one sock needs to be complete to be entered into a drawing for valuable prizes (prizes are TBD, but will be about the same as the Mystery Shawl KAL!)

 
What do you need for this KAL?

  •  US Size 1 needles (whatever you prefer for sock knitting)
  • 1 skein of fingering weight yarn  
  • Stitch Markers  
  • Tapestry Needle

 What can you expect from the pattern?

 

 Pattern will be cuff down. That’s what I like to knit and those are the patterns I like to write. :)

 

 Pattern will have charts and written directions. I will be writing out the charts, so if you are scared of charts, you can still sign up!
 
Want to sign up? Just reply to this thread on Ravelry. The Mystery Shawl in May was a whole lot of fun, and I think the same will be true for the mystery socks!

Happy Knitting and I look forward to knitting socks with everyone. :)

7.20.2011

Knitting Like Crazy Meetup

With Sock Summit quickly approaching, I thought it was time to reveal the details of the Knitting Like Crazy meetup!



My meetup will be taking place on Saturday, 7/30 at 8:30am. We will be meeting in the lobby area outside the Oregon Ballroom!

It's a little early, but I wanted to make sure that people could stop by before classes and shopping if they want.

And, why should you come? How about a little goodie bag incentive, hmm??? :)

The first 25 people to show up wearing one of my patterns gets a goodie bag. This can be one of my free patterns (including the Mystery Medallion Shawl) or one of the patterns from my Ravelry shop, or one that you got through Kollage Yarns/Patternfish. If less than 25 people come wearing a Jen Hansen design, then the bags will go first come, first serve. I only have 25 bags, so if you really want one, I recommend arriving with your item on at 8:30! :)

So, what's in the bag? Well, that wouldn't make it any fun now would it? :) Let's just say there will be something EXCLUSIVE (through October) in there for those with a bag. And there might be coupon codes for really REALLY good things.

I look forward to meeting everyone! Happy sock knitting!

7.19.2011

Sock Summit Sale!

I don't know if any of you are going to Sock Summit next week. I am and, let me tell you, I am so very excited!



So excited, in fact, that I have decided to have a pattern sale!

All individual patterns in my Ravelry shop are 20% off when you use the coupon code "portland"

Coupon code is good now through 8/2, which is when I will be returning from Sock Summit.



If you are going to be at Sock Summit, check back here tomorrow, where I will post some details about the Knitting Like Crazy meetup I have planned.

Also this week I will be revealing a thing or two about the upcoming Mystery Sock KAL.

Lots of exciting things going on around here lately. How about you?

Happy knitting!

7.04.2011

Giveaway Winner

Thanks everyone for the comments. They general concensus? We hate seaming!

So, the winner of the book as determined by the random number generator is....greyowl! Please check your Ravelry messages!

Thanks everyone for checking in with the blog and entering the giveaway. I have lots more to review in the next few weeks and have some more giveaways already planned. So, stay tuned. :)

Happy knitting!


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