Pre-sock-summit jitters are no fun, I tell you.
I did find a picture I must have taken before I packed everything up, of the lovely balls of roving I got from Eileen Testo of Weston Hill Farm, a 45 min. drive from my house.
She gave me 6 colors of these, handdyed by her from wool from her sheep, to go with the Luminary Colorway line-up. These are in honor of Judy MacKenzie McCcuin, a most excellent spinning teacher. I simply cannot think of a more perfect addition to the collection, because the roving will also represent New York State at the Summit.
And here then are all the Luminary Panel Colorways.
Top row left to right:
Undyed sportweight merino, "alpha", for Elizabeth Zimmermann. I think she would have liked it.
The rest are sock yarns:
- Sun Yellow for Cat Bordhi, a very bright star in the sock knitting universe.
- Lucy's Hot Pink Hair for Lucy Neatby.
- Barbara's Bold Red for Barbara Walker.
- Sophisticated for Nancy Bush.
- Royal Purple for Meg Swansen. (If you're knitting royalty, you need royal purple).
Bottom row left to right:
- Crapshoot for Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
- Ink for Deborah Robson (she is a book publisher).
- Black/Turquoise for Anna Zilboorg.
- Navy with a Kick for Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.
- Alpha in superwash merino sock for Tina Newton of Blue Moon.
Yes, I decided to have undyed sock yarn in the mix for Tina Newton, who is one of the world's best dyers. I thought to myself, what could I possibly have in common with this outstanding dyer?? Who is running one of the most successful dye businesses? Who organized the Sock Summit? Well, I thought, there is one thing we have in common.
We both start with undyed yarn. It seemed only fitting.
These very skeins and a ball of roving will be donated for the Opening Reception raffle, with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.
I will have an entire table set up in my booth that will have these colors on display, and part of the proceeds from the sale of the Luminary Panel colorways will go to DWB as well. I pledged up to $300.
The Sock Summit is a mighty good thing for all of us vendors, and I am glad to have a chance to give back a little.