I've made my decision. I'm going to attend the 2011 Sock Summit. It'll be my very first fiber-related conference. The primary deciding factor was that it's only a six hour drive from here. It also sounds like it'll be a whole lot of fun and if I start saving now, it'll even fit in my budget! In the meantime, I can work on knitting down the sock yarn stash.
On my trip to Chicago I bought no sock yarn when we stopped by my Sis and Niece's local yarn store. I did, however, buy six skeins of Cascade Lace Alpaca. My initial intention was to knit an Apres Surf Hoodie. Of course, I failed to remember what weight yarn was needed so I bought lace weight intead of fingering weight. All is not lost, however. I think I'll make a Featherweight Cardi since I could use a few more cardigans for routine office wear. My current favorite work sweater is a lacy pink nylon/mohair cardi I picked up at the GoodWill store for a couple dollars. I need about two more of them. I may unravel a black mohair pullover that I don't like very much and turn it into a black mohair cardi too. At least that way I'll wear the thing.
My knitting progress during my trip wasn't as much as I'd hoped. I mostly slept on the way to Chicago. I did knit quite a bit on the way back. I finished Sis' first sock on the way to the airport to come back. I cast on the second sock while waiting for the plane. I'm now a bit over halfway up the foot. I could get the second sock finished by the end of the weekend if I don't do anything but knit. Given that I'm getting over a bad cold, I might get more knitting done than usual. Otherwise, it'll be the end of next week. Once her socks are done, I'll finish up my Crabby Socks and maybe start a sweater unless, of course, I get sidetracked by something else!