Daily Archives: April 11, 2008

Hither and Thither

Some things have traveled a long way to come hither….

This is a Wee Tiny Sock for Emily’s Wee Tiny Sock Swap, that was lovingly made in South Africa by Ruth (a mother of an adorable but teething at the time baby, no less!), and which made it halfway across the world in a week.

Isn’t it wonderful! I love it! And I had just bought a tiny sock blocker keychain. I needed a new keychain; I used to have a red pointe shoe on my keychain to prevent accidental key exchange between me and my husband (he’s taken mine, I’ve taken his, until the pointe shoe went on), but the shoe just recently disintegrated. So now I have a hand-knit Wee Tiny Sock instead of a shoe! Awesome.

Some other things are still traveling Hither that were supposed to be here by now, through no fault of the senders. Heidi Kim, my partner in the Hand-Dyed Yarn Swap, sent the yarn that she had dyed, even before I mailed hers, and she received her package over a week ago in Norway. Dang! I wonder if it’s held up in Customs? You know how suspicious yarn can look.

And I ordered more Mini-Moo cards, to be able to give people at Sock Camp, which were mailed first class from London over two weeks ago. The last set arrived exactly a week after mailing. This time, no dice. Sigh.

Well, as things wend their way Hither to my house from across the Atlantic, I’m flying Thither, away from them, towards the Pacific!

As I told you before, I am going to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Camp!  And as I put this post up, I have just arrived in Seattle, where it is a gorgeous late afternoon. 

So much fun is planned for the next 48 hours that I can hardly stand it myself.  I’m not sure it’s legal.  And that’s before Sock Camp even begins….

Tomorrow, a yarn crawl on a shorty schoolbus, with a passel of Notorious Sock Knitters, through some of Seattle’s finest yarn shops (and they have a number), ending up with dinner at Café Nola on Bainbridge Island.  Insanity on wheels, in all the best ways.

Sunday, a wonderful gift from a generous fellow knitblogger, Astrid; the gift of her time to show me around her hometown.  Wow.  I’m blown away.  I was thinking we’d meet for coffee (it is Seattle, after all!) and Astrid offers to take me around to whatever I want to see.   Knitters are an amazing bunch. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this.

Then Monday, up to Sock Camp on Orcas Island.  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Cat Bordhi, and Tina of Blue Moon Fiber Arts; and more fun than one island can hold, from the sounds of it.  I have a good start on my homework, but I’m not done yet. 

I’m on the hotel computer, and no way to upload pictures; you may or may not hear from me over the next week.  But rest assured, I’m having fun! 

Wish you were here.  Tell you all about it when I get back.