Nothing to see here but some stripey socks

June already. Is anyone else wondering how 2014 so far has just been moving along so quickly?

Rachel and I have the planning for this year's Great London Yarn Crawl well underway (click the link to read all about it). In fact, the excitement has gotten to be a bit too much for me so I felt the need to cast on this week for a pair of socks to wear to this year's event. 

Just look at that delicious rainbow of colours!

Just look at that delicious rainbow of colours!

The yarn is the Mind the Gap colourway by Trailing Clouds and each one of those stripes is a different coloured line from London's Underground. Clever, eh?

In other news, the winner of the Unwind Brighton Design Competition was announced and it's a simply gorgeous shawl! I even happily have a skein of Kettle Yarn's Islington in a lovely gold colour to knit it. Mmmm... summer knitting!

It didn't happen

There's an internet acronym that I love that is POIDH, which means "Pics Or It Didn't Happen". As in, if you tell your friends you did something (could be something fabulous, outrageous, etc.) they can choose to mock you or razz you (again, depends on your friends!) but basically not believe you by using this term and until you come up with the photos to prove that yes indeed, whatever it is/was did indeed happen.

Goddess help me, I feel old just typing that and trying to explain myself. Sigh.

So while the plan for today's post was something lovely about how I was lucky enough to meet up last night with my fave knitting guru and mentor, the wonderful Kate Atherley - who just happens to be in the UK for a wee visit - I completely forgot to take any pictures at dinner last night. You know how it is when you get awesome people, a good hanger steak, beer and cider, knitting and fab conversation swirling together into the perfect storm of the ultimate get together? Yep. It was that.

But apparently it didn't really happen because I was completely useless about taking any pictures. I've asked for a do-over but I know Kate's schedule is pretty packed. If you decide to believe me you can also ask Rachel, who was there (uber Kate fan-girl, omg!). And she and Kate talked me off the ledge of starting a lace project of epic proportions that I was once again going to attempt with my gauge goggles on. Of course, the additional yarn that Kate had sherpa-ed to me from The Purple Purl for the project will now have to be destined for something else, but you know me - I had that solved after trolling Ravelry for about an hour after I got home last night!

I also got to show Kate a new mini sock that I had knit that day. She reminded me that it was OKAY to progress beyond mini socks and actually knit a full size pair. I know - but they're so cute (and fast!) when they're little!

It's back to reality today and the grind of more freelance work and also pushing the sooper-sekrit project with Rachel forward a bit too. I'll just leave you with this:

 Kate's first book,  Beyond Knit & Purl , which I was finally able to get autographed! Sort-of proof that last night happened...

Kate's first book, Beyond Knit & Purl, which I was finally able to get autographed! Sort-of proof that last night happened...