But first, a huge thank you to MN-Kat, who IDed my yarn as being, quite likely, Cherry Tree Hill Baby Loop Mohair. They even have a shawl pattern for it. Guess what I'm doing when I have time?
Okay, I know for an absolute fact that I'm going to leave a lot out of my weekend report. I'm not going to try to split things up by days, I'm just going to throw it all out there. Have fun. And, while this post may be image heavy, it's not as heavy as I would have liked. Sometimes I forgot the camera. Sometimes I forgot the camera and was too lazy to go get it. Sometimes I thought people would be a little upset if I took pictures of them. (This is a relaxing weekend that many people of many different lifestyles enjoy. Not all of them would appreciate it if I "outed them.")
I got to see a wonderful mix of old friends who urged me to come back (whom I failed to take a picture of). I had thought that they were Dylan's friends, and would hate me when I left him. Not so. As I was told over and over again this weekend. Okay, I get it now! And I met plenty of new friends (whom I failed to take a picture of). Though, I don't imagine that I'll remember their names or their handles much longer. I tried to avoid looking at people's namebadges. They gave out stickers for people to put on their badges, and bugs were surprisingly popular ...
Much of the time was spent relaxing in the main area (which I failed to take a picture of), in the company of a surprising number of knitters and crocheters (whom I failed to take a picture of). Really, I was astonished. When I was last here five years ago, I don't seem to remember that many of them/us. Of course, I wasn't a knitter then, but I did crochet, so I would think I would have noticed.
As usual, the main room was also filled with a number of board and card games (which I failed to take a picture of). It was, truly, geekdom's paradise. I alternated knitting with chatting and grazing in ConSuite (which I failed ... oh, you get it). I never did make it to the hot tub, though.
Sometime on Saturday, we ventured out and walked 7 blocks in the cold to get lunch at the Canadian Honker (WIFTTAPO). Ironically, this is the exact same place I had lunch the last time I was at Supercon, five years ago. I just didn't remember it was there. And -- lo and behold -- there was a yarn store on the way there (WIFTTAPO)! This made the walk for me. It's called Kristen's Knits. I got to fondle Blue Sky Alpaca cotton for the first time (so soft!), but I managed to leave with just two balls of sock yarn and the coolest knitting sweater ever (that I did NOT fail to take a picture of, but now I can't find it).
They had an art table set up (WIFTTAPO), and Dan did some great drawings. Ryan made a surprisingly good Panda Magic ** mask:
(The artwork on Ryan's shirt and his badge were done by Dan, promoting his up-and-coming webcomic: Everyday Gods. Don't worry; I'll let you know when it goes live.)
And I did an experiment:
It is perfectly possible to knit with strips of those felt sheets you got as a kid. Seen here knitted on my trusty size ... um ... maybe US 15? Susan Bates needles. I was rather proud of myself, though I think the more traditional knitters were aghast at my temerity.
Also, Katamari Damacy is evil. Flat-out evil. Do not, for love of your knitting or sanity, sit down to watch this game. I don't know what it's like to play it, but whole conversations would drift off into nowhere whenever the speaker managed to glimpse the screen (WIFTTAPO). Knitters would put down their needles, helpless in the face of ... what? A ball o' stuff rolling around on the screen. It shouldn't be interesting. Really. But it is.
I saw a video game I've never encountered before. Dance mat, drum? I present to you the Guitar:
(Is my sweetie not sexy holding a guitar? I'm so lucky.) The premise is exactly the same: you hit the colored buttons and strum when it tells you to. Dan and Michael had a great deal of fun playing this, and it was fun to watch. Particularly when it got late and they had to mute the sound.
On the drive home, my sleep-deprived brain decided that it sounded like a great deal of fun to go to the Minnesota Zoo. When I was already exhausted. In the cold. It was fun.
Okay, Blogger. You win this time. We'll fight it out over my pictures another day.
Ryan, the trusty adventurer. He's still single, my friends. Great sense of humor, wonderful person. We want to find him a girlfriend that knits. :)