This past week has just been crazy busy with all kinds of fun stuff. Halloween now seems a million years away. Weird how time flies, and I swear it's speeding up faster and faster everyday. Everybody hang on tight, who know what will happen when all that centrifugal force really gets going. o.0
Here's a picture of the morning sky facing Mt. Rose Saturday morning when the honey and I were heading out into the world.
Okay so Saturday I went to the Alpaca Fashion Show at the AOBA/ARI Fiber to Fashion Conference. Good thing my honey scans the paper for events he thinks I might like. :D Such a sweetiehead!
I was too late to take any of the classes or any of that cool stuff, but I was able to check out the little fiber and fashion market they had set up. As well as the Alpaca Fashion Show.
Now the first thing I thought of when my honey told me there was an Alpaca Fashion show was a bunch of Alpaca's strutting their stuff on the cat walk. I'm not sure what that says about me, but it did amuse me for awhile. *L*
First we hit the little market area. There was a lot of high end pricey clothes and accessories made from Alpaca. Well high end to me, $500 for a felted Alpaca purse. No thanks I'll make my own thank you! I didn't even look at the price tags on clothes or anything. It was mostly beautiful pieces, but if a purse is $500 what would a jacket cost. o.0
There were a few booths with roving and yarn. I was tempted but since I had just spend the previous evening shopping at SOAR I decided to be good. Well kinda good. I got two bags of roving. I think they will look really cool spun and plied together. :D They had all kinds of colors, but I really liked this blue to go with the natural grey.
By the time we looked through the market area they were almost ready to start the fashion show. After partaking of the lunch they had catered by the Grand Sierra Resort, formerly the Hilton we were ready to watch the Alpaca's strut their stuff. *L*
Of course humans wore clothes and accessories made from Alpaca, but it was still interesting to watch.
Most of the stuff was produced by established names and brands, but they did have a few items that were made by Design Students. They were of course very cool looking. :D
They had some big name Eco Model to wear the award winning clothes by the Design Students. Her name was Summer Rayne Oaks. Most of the people in the audience went bonkers over her. I don't know who she is or what achievements she has under her belt as far as making the world a better less cruel place to be, but she was beautiful and professional about her duty there.
There were some really cool articles of clothing being shown. I of course totally didn't take any pictures the whole time I was at the Fiber to Fashion Conference. Not one.
That might have been because I was laughing so much. I swear they used the phrase, "Fun and Flirty!!" way too many times. The funny thing is that "Fun and Flirty" to me sounds like something you'd tell a pre-teen girl to try to get them to wear something more appropriate for their age rather than some of the crazy stuff that's been going on for the last few years. Even then they'd think you were an out of touch dork and they'd be right. *L* By the way, have y'all heard about those Bratz padded bras being targeted towards SIX YEAR OLDS? o.0 The world has gone crazy. I pity the idiots that buy one for their kid. Way to screw up a little kid, buttmunch!
Blah. I don't get stupid people at all. Not at all.
Anyway so yeah they were playing the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge really loud while the models walked up and down the cat walk to show off the clothes and I found it all pretty funny. For one thing everything was Fun and Flirty! Reversible jacket? It's FUN and Flirty! Suri hat and Scarf set? Fun and Flirty! Business Suit that you can dress up or down? Fun and Flirty! *L* I tried not to laugh but it was really amusing. Plus the male model looked so embarrassed, as if he was tricked into participating at the last minute. Heh.
Overall it was very fun. I learned a lot about the different Alpacas (huacayas and suri's) and their coloring. All sorts of history and fiber facts really. We also got to look around at the different displays created by the design students and that was interesting.
Plus I won $15 dollars. I never gamble, but we were at the casino walking through to go to the convention hall and the honey gave me a dollar to play at the penny machine. Not because he thinks I should gamble or anything, but it was a Star Wars Slot Machine. *L* He's so cute. I had no idea what I was doing and pushed a button. It took me to a screen that told me to choose Darth Vader or Obi Won in a LightSaber fight. I choose Obi Won even though I wanted to choose the dark side. Good thing I went for good though, I won $15 and said it was time to stop while I was ahead. So yeah I used my winnings to buy some of the roving. :D
In other news Saturday night I also finished my very first hat!! I love it muchly. It is also the second item I'm putting into my Dulaan Box. (Although I'm reworking that first scarf... it wasn't right)
I had intended to make a kids hat, which I guess it still can be. My sizing was a bit off and it fits my adult head perfectly. Very Warm and Cozy. :D I'm muchly happy with it. *happy otter dance*
This picture best represents the colors.
Here's the top. I'm extremely pleased with how it came out. :D
Here's a Bonus picture of the hat on George. :D
Doesn't he look Fun and Flirty! *L*
Pattern: Basic Hat Pattern from Ann Budd's Book, The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns. I can't say I really understood all the instructions, but I think I reasoned it out enough to get where I was going.
Yarn Plymouth Encore Colorspun The colorway #7990 was Grey, Pink and White.
Yardage: A little over 100 yards/ 2 oz (I have enough leftover to make another hat!)
Yarn Source: Deluxe Yarns
Needles: Clover Takumi - US 8 / 5.0mm 16" Circular for the main portion & Crystal Palace US 6/ 4.25mm DPN's to bind off
Gauge: 5 Stitches Per Inch / Aspect Ratio 1.4
Notes: I started this hat Monday evening and finished it up Saturday evening. It was a lot of fun and I will be making lots more hats in the future. :D The yarn was okay to work with. A little more stiff (less soft) than I'm used to, but then again it was an Acrylic blend which I haven't used before so I guess that's normal. Once knitted up it's fine and not itchy or weird against the skin. I'd use this yarn again, which is good as I have half a skein left and another skein that is Blue, Grey and White. ;)