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The Yarn Harlot posted a blog entry  last month about the Sock Summit 2009, an amazing sock knitting event that will take place August  6-9, 2009, in Portland, Oregon.  Sort of an intensive weekend institute on socks, with workshops, lectures, exhibits, and,  of course,  vendors. I sent a note via the comments that I hoped they would have discounted table rates for small dyers like me, and I actually got a reply!  Now for those of you who don’t follow her blog, Stephanie, AKA The Yarn Harlot, typically gets two hundred to five hundred comments on each post, so a reply is something to treasure.  And she said that they are working hard to make it possible for indie dyers to be there  and they really want us. Whee!

If a Sock Summit is of any possible interest to you, do sign up to get more information as it becomes available.  I think it’ll be pretty amazing, and I really, really hope to be there.

Very buzzzzy

Very buzzzzy

My mother was visiting recently and we went to the Bellevue Botanical Garden on what was, I think , the last purely warm and sunny day of the year.  The dahlia bed in front was quite astonishing in its wild colors and flower forms, and the bees were making the most of it.  Cathy has almost the same picture in her blog — bees clearly have the same agendas no matter where they live.

We also stopped by Olsen’s Scandinavian Foods in Ballard, where I saw bags of Lapskaus in the freezer,

But no Spotted Dog

But no Spotted Dog

showing the Scandinavian connection to the British dish lobscouse, as detailed in the excellent tome Lobscouse and Spotted Dog, by the multi-talented Lisa Grossman and Anne Chotzinoff Grossman.  If you don’t have a copy yet, you should!

The Baby Surprise Jacket is coming along well. I’m past the half-way point, and eagerly await turning this amorphous blob into a charming sweater.

Blobby knitting

Blobby knitting

Close-up of blobby knitting
Close-up of blobby knitting

I really love the way the yarn looks!