January starts off with a finished pair of socks. The pattern is called Kalajoki and is named after the very windy Kalajoki river in Finland. Because I knit these for a Socks that Rock Knit-a-long, I chose one of the Socks that Rock colorways that are Buffy themed. This one is called Druscilla. So Druscilla + river= Dru’s River of Blood Socks, which is what I’ve named these socks on Ravelry. These socks feature an anatomical toe, which I don’t feel makes too much of a difference, but these have a little less extra space in the toe which can be useful when wearing tiny shoes.
I wasn’t too excited about LA for a conference destination, it’s expensive and hard to get around, as I learned last time I was there. Here’s a pic from my 2006 trip to LA where we did one of those cheesy “see the stars’ homes” bus tour.
I knew I’d have very little free time because I had interviews, so I spent most of my time in hotel rooms. The weather was nice though, and since I walked back and forth between hotels for 3 days, I was pleased to be walking in warm weather.
My interviews went well though, and I actually really enjoyed the interview process. It was fun to meet new people and have the opportunity to talk about all the work I’ve been doing for the past 9 years. For the most part, people were actually excited about my work, which made me feel even better. By the end of the three days, my overall feeling about the whole process was positive.
I did a lot of prep ahead of time, so in my free time between interviews, I did some knitting to relax. I mostly worked on these Hedera socks, which I picked out to be my birthday socks this year. Every year I knit a pair of socks for me in January for my birthday. I pick out yarn that I really love. This year I chose Sundara sock in the colorway Black over Violet. I love how subtle undertones of violet shine through in this colorway, but that’s it’s not too purple. I didn’t want too large of a collection of purple socks ; )
Probably the highlight of the LA trip was the last day. Sam and I took a nice walk to a nearby Vegan bakery and enjoyed delicious food. I can’t remember what I had, but I know it was delicious. We brought a few things back with us for after dinner, and I flew a few things back to share with Darren as well. I don’t have any pictures, but here’s something from the website:
On Saturday night, we took a cab to a vegan Ethopian restaurant and ate delicious food while debriefing about our interviews. It was a very nice end to the conference. Again, no pictures, but here’s something from the Rahel restaurant’s website:
Up next, my travels take me to Arkansas and Delaware!