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These small socks are quite addictive to make!  Since one was clearly not enough I made another one, in some test yarn from when I was developing my Pink Tulip Tree colorway.

Best picked in the morning hours

Best picked in the morning hours

This is the Wee Tiny Sock  pattern by Emily Ivey, and features a wee ribbed cuff, and a wee heel flap.  I added the wee cables.

The rose is either Fernand Pichard or Honorine de Brabant — there has been discussion in the comments about this.

Someone 0n Ravelry suggested that folks traveling to Sock Summit make little knitted socks to wear as lapel pins on the journey, so we can identify each other and also spread the word about the delights of sock knitting.

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So here is my teeny tiny sock, out of Blue Faced Leicester yarn on my It’s Easy Being Green colorway,  another skein available in my Etsy shop.  Adorable, no?  It has a teeny tiny short row heel

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and a teeny tiny kitchenered toe.  The ankle area was not so teeny tiny, so I took a couple of stitches in it, which give it a charming quasi-medieval look, I think.

Sock Summit is going to be grand!  I’ll be a vendor there, and am dyeing (for me) vast quantities of yarn to take.  See you there?

Clearing out the odds and ends of unwritten blog posts from this month.  Here, in no particular order, are the things I intended to write  at greater length about but didn’t.  And I’m all about the moving on, looking forward etc., so this probably all you are going to get.

Limoncello

Steeping

Steeping

My dear friend Jurate went to Capri and brought me a back a lovely tea towel with a recipe for Limoncello on it. I love Limoncello, and decided to give it a try, using Meyer lemons, which just happened to be on special at the grocery. After four days of steeping, the infused vodka gets strained and mixed with simple syrup. So good!  The Meyer lemon flavor definitely came through, a more perfumed sort of lemon.

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Cathy had most of a day to spare after Sock Camp, and we had made plans to go to EMP/SFM, then drop her off at the train station so she could catch the Empire Builder  back to Wisconsin.

The EMP part worked fine:

Best purple/pink ever!

Best purple/pink ever!

The “show off  handknitted” socks part worked fine:

Where elite feet meet

Where elite feet meet

Cathy’s dainty foot is in the sock she made from one of the yarns from my yarn club. My less dainty foot is in the sock I made from the Socks That Rock yarn that she gave me last year.

The find some lunch part worked fine:

What's coming next?

What's coming next?

Here Cathy is looking (in vain) for tamago at Marinepolis Sushiland.

The get Cathy to the train station part seemed to work fine . . . until we got a call on the cell phone as we were heading to the freeway. She had misremembered the departure time, and missed the train. Oh no! We circled back, picked her up, and hoped we could make it to Everett in time to catch the train at the next stop. Zooming into the freeway, deftly moving through traffic, things were looking pretty good until the freeway came to a screeching halt. They were repaving large portions of the roadbed and three lanes were blocked for several miles. So we took her to our house, poured her a glass of wine, and let her settle in with some knitting.

At rest

At rest

Cathy managed to get a ticket for the next day’s Empire Builder, we had a spare bed for her, so it was all good.

Onwards to May!

If you’ve been hankering after a skein of yarn similar to the one featured in this entry on The Yarn Harlot’s   blog, I just happen to have one up in my Etsy shop.  I didn’t rush out and dye it after seeing her post,  but I am rushing over to the computer to get it in the shop!

When Evening Comes
When Evening Comes

This is lighter and more even in tone than the featured skein, yet with some variations in the shades of blue to keep things interesting. 

I bit the bullet and made the $500 minimum purchase from Kraemer Yarns to be able to carry this yarn base.  This is 63% superwash merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon, and 2% real silver, which has been treated so that it won’t tarnish.  It’s really lovely, soft and luxurious.  You might think the silver fibers would make it scratchy, but it’s not.

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We pulled into New York right on time. Here is Greg contemplating The Big City — someone out there must know the name of that bridge, right?  A quick stop at our hotel, then off to a late power lunch with Greg’s agent, Richard Curtis, and Greg’s new editor, DongWan Song  of Orbit.

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That stylish chalkboard is at Five Napkin Burger, which has very good burgers indeed, even if the meat hooks hanging from the ceiling are a little alarming. I actually didn’t have a burger, but a plate of the cutest tiny tacos ever, since I knew dinner was coming pretty soon. 

And what a dinner it was!  Lisa, AKA Tsock Tsarina was kind enough to come in  to mid-town Manhattan from the wilds of Long Island with her sweetie,  TheBoy ™ in tow.  We decided that since  Pigalle , the restaurant in the hotel, offered Cassoulet with Duck Confit for a very reasonable price, it was worth a try as well as an easy transition from meeting in the lobby.  Then, upstairs for Show and Tell with better light.  Lisa did some spindling

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while I fondled the sample socks from last year’s Flock Sock Club. I also got a preview of the first sock for this year’s club, the magnificent Fearful Symmetry, which is burning brightly on the far right.

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The next day,  a trip to the Morgan Library, then another power lunch that I didn’t get pictures of, with Roger Cooper , publisher of Vanguard Press.  Following that, a stroll down to the Flatiron Building, home of Tor Books.  The Flatiron Building, by the way, really does look just the version brilliantly done in Legos  here (scroll down a bit).

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We chatted with publisher Tom Doherty, who has what must be one of the coolest office in NYC, in the very tip of the Flatiron Building.

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Then we whisked our back uptown via subway to rest up for our evening get-together with members of The Gunroom.  John, Katherine, and Hugh joined us for a peripatetic evening that included beer at the Blind Tiger Alehouse, dinner at Excellent Dumpling, take-away cannoli from an Italian place that I can’t find the name of, and a brisk walk out onto the Brooklyn Bridge, where Hugh pointed out various sites associated with George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  We do like a little history with our food.

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Katherine is another knitter extraordinaire, and brought along the socks she has knitted from my yarn.  I do love seeing how the yarns knit up!

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The next day we had time for a quick trip to MOMA, which had this interesting installation of braided roving in the window.

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All too soon it was time to dash back to the hotel in the light snow to pick up our bags and head to the airport.

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New York has theaters!  Note to self: next visit, make time to take in a show.