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pinkleader posted pictures in her Flickr account of my sock, so thanks to her, you can see the pathetic sock of not-very-scary doom:


You may all laugh heartily at my expense now, I don't mind.  My problem is I can't read written instructions for knitting - I need someone to actually show me (as in, make my hands do what it is they're supposed to do), and then I'm fine.  Fortunately, I know some people who are patient...

No, seriously, I can't read knitting patterns.  If I could, do you think my sock would look like that?  I did the entire thing by feel and guesswork, and staring at pictures of socks.  Forget about gartering the heel - the turned heel almost killed me.  Next time I'm making a tube sock.

Attack Laurel Plans for Pennsic:

I mentioned a while back that I was looking into trying to get use of one of the A&S tents at Pennsic - I want to have a get-together war week of Pennsic for all the fans, readers, and people who wish to throw rotten turnips at, the Attack Laurel Academy.  It turns out the tents are no longer available for party use (even a party open to everyone), so I'm trying to make arrangements for another space.

I want a chance to meet some of my more geographically distant readers, and have some fun at the same time.  If I can arrange this, we'll have snax, a meet and greet, a couple of door prizes, and a reading of a totally new Attack Laurel piece before it goes up on the web site.  "Commencement:  The Attack Laurel Academy Freshman Class of '08" - something like that, anyway.

I think it will be fun, and I'm determined to find a way to make it happen.  Knowing my luck, I'll have about five people turn up (but we'll have lots of snax, and I'll still read to you all!).

So stay tuned - Commencement '08 will happen, even if all six of us have to take over the Battlefield Fort after hours (and toss out all the people having sneaky sex up there).

(Seriously, that place is cheaters' makeout central.  If you ever want to have some fun, go up there and yell a random name in a really angry voice, and see who runs out in a panic.)

Do let me know if you're interested, so I can get an idea of the size space I need (though the six of us could probably fit in my tent if it rains).


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Apr. 17th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Do you want to use Atlantian Royal?
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
Ooooh - could I? I was thinking Tuesday evening. That would be awesome, if it's possible!

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Apr. 17th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
I'll come!!!
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think the sock looks very good-I know I could never get a result like that! :)

It never fails- the years I don't go to Pennsic, really cool stuff happens! :(
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
If I can get away from the Merchant Office, the Heralds tent, and my daughter, I will be there :) I *need* to get out at Pennsic once in a while!
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Apr. 17th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'll bring my favorite A&S project: Pumpkin Pie Cordial.
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Your sock is Lovely! And it looks just like a sock, so that's a win. I'm digging through seemingly everything right now to find other things, I'll keep an eye out for my recipe for a sock... it's not "k2tg" type of instructions it's "take half the stitches and knit until you have the right size" type of instructions. It's a plan for a sock, not instructions.

I'd love to meet you! Count me in!
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)

But...but...I'm not gonna be at Pennsic this year!
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Well, if this year is a success (i.e., we don't kill anyone, the police aren't called, and no-one is partially eaten), we will probably repeat the experience. :)
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Apr. 17th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Well you know I'll come. :)
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Your sock is very socky in appearance. I don't see anything wrong with it. I've never knit a sock. Well, never all the way finished anyway. :-) Wish I were going to Pennsic so I could attend your gathering.
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It has holes in the heel where I didn't pick up the stitches properly, and the toe is... interesting, but very hand-made looking, so it should please the MS&W tourists. 8)
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Apr. 17th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Your socks look just fine :). But I know what you mean about instructions. I needed a hands-on session for bobbin lace before I could learn to use the written instructions.

Pennsic sounds like a hoot, unfortunately I have not been able to make it for several years due to school schedule (I'm admin support for a med school course). Please raise a 'barb' to those of us that will be there in spirit only :).
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yay! A chance to meet the infamous Attack Laurel!

ZOMG!!! I've got nothing to wear.... I'd better get sewing!

BTW -- Your sock looks perfectly fine. I'd be happy to talk sock knitting with you at Pennsic. Especially modern mundane socks which can be easy and fun.
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Public Space
If all goes well, there will be availible at the Vortex of Evil a classroom-type space...would you be interested in use of it?

It will be covered space with some benches and a table or two...and, of course, immediate access to retail therapy. And a keg of beer, and possibly some flagons of hypocras and sangria. Maybe even some food - I'll be demoing cooking techniques from time to time over the course of the week, including baking.

Apr. 17th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Public Space
If I can't get Atlantian Royal, I will contact you. Thanks! Home base camp is also a possibility, but I really don't want to impose too much on my lovely hosts, and Royal would be perfect, since it's a more open space and Her Maj said that she's hoping to make it a welcoming space for gatherings, etc.
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
One of the few reasons for me to attend Pensic, but it's still not in the cards. Lillies is the war I prefer. Besides I have a cunning plan to actually travel to Atlantia some day and attend an event there. That would be a lot more fun.

I think your socks look fine and heels are tricky no matter what.
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of fun. Yeah.
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I can't knit socks, so I am in awe of you already. I have a friend in England who knits me nice warm wool, cashmere and alpaca socks in exchange for cookies. I can knit fairly well, but I discovered last night that I've forgotten how to purl!
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