Sock Summit Part VI, In Which We are Refreshed

I realized the other day that I never quite finished writing about the second half of our trip to Sock Summit.  Since this is my blog, and since I totally use it as a substitute for the whole scrapbook/travel journal/calendar thing organized folks did in the pre-internet days, I'm going to swoop in and do it now before I forget.  Though I warn you, this half of our trip was a bit less yarn-drenched than the first.  Feel free to wander away if you're not interested. On Sunday morning we got up and set out.  We stopped by the Sock [...]

September 3, 2011|

Lest You Fear I’d Forgotten

I did actually do some knitting on the trip.  Not much mind you.  Between the classes, the beach stomping, the rampaging up and down the coast I didn't have much time for knitting.  But I did finish up the first sock and start on the second.  And even more important, I totally took advantage of the biggest tree stump I've ever seen (easily twice as tall as I am and plenty big enough for you and three of your closest friends to climb inside) to snap a quick picture.  See?  All swoopy and soothing and sanity-protecting. They are likely to [...]

August 8, 2011|

Sock Summit Part V, In Which Yarn is Obtained

I always feel a bit of a need to apologize for the yarn that I buy.  I feel like I should justify it or explain it or excuse it.  But really, that's silly.  This is my business, and it requires yarn.  So I bought some.  I have a suspicion you might like yarn too, so I thought I'd share it with you.  And just so you know, Barry is not generally allowed on the table, but I was feeling guilty about having been gone, so I couldn't bear to shoo him down. The picture gets alarmingly big if you click [...]

August 7, 2011|

Sock Summit Part IV, In Which We are Menaced by the Deep

The last time I came to Sock Summit, I rather over scheduled myself.  I booked a class for each class period, I planned to attend some of the after class activities, and I intended to explore the area a bit.  I should have known better.  I am only social in small doses, and I must retreat to a hotel room/car/cave to recover in between.  I'm sure this isn't the most flattering aspect of my character, but I don't seem to be able to do much about it, so I work around it.  Last time I ended up finding another student [...]

August 1, 2011|

Sock Summit Part III, In Which More Knitters and a Bit of Yarn are Located

The second day of Sock Summit was marked by less flailing and more shopping. I started the morning with the always-charming Mr. Habit's class on tessellations. Then I hit the market to pick up one or two things I hadn't grabbed the day before. Then maybe one or two more.  Along the way I ran into lots of lovely friends I don't get to see often enough and made a few new ones too.  The afternoon was spent with the talented Ann Budd in her marvelously informative class on cast-ons and bind-offs.  Then I may just possibly have swung back [...]

July 31, 2011|

Sock Summit Part II, In Which Knitters are Located

As we wandered around the city on Wednesday, we had detected the faintest hints that there just might be knitters in the area.  I saw the occasional shawl (shawls being worn in public in July often mean knitters are about), someone was working on something at the restaurant where we had dinner, and of course Powells had a bit of a display.  But none of that is adequate preparation for the spike in knitter density as you approach the Convention Center. The Boy drove me over Thursday morning.  As we approached, it quickly became clear that I was among my [...]

July 29, 2011|

Sock Summit Part I, In Which We Arrive and are Refreshed

In an attempt to prove my love, I'm going to try and keep up with the blog while we're at Sock Summit.  I may instead fall into a yarn-based stupor and disappear completely.  If that happens, know that I died happy. We arrived on Tuesday after a trip that was all you could ask for.  The plane got where we expected, when we expected, and with our suitcases in tow.  We did not have a personal encounter with any member of the TSA.  No one said anything about taking knitting on the plane.  We made our way down to Portland [...]

July 28, 2011|

Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis, Meet me at the Fair

So, anybody else going to this Sock Summit thing?  I've heard rumors I might not be the only one there.  If you are going, it would totally be cool to meet you.  I'll be in classes on Thursday and Friday, plus the opening reception and Stephanie's lecture Saturday night.  I'll be in the market Thursday evening and Friday at lunch and likely Saturday afternoon too.  I'll be the shy one standing in the corner trying to hide.  You can lure me out with yarn. Cooperative Press has a booth (#206), and yes the book will be there as will many [...]

July 26, 2011|


I leave for Sock Summit tomorrow.  Let us all pause for a moment to make the appropriate 'squeeee' noises in celebration. Of course leaving for a trip means packing.  I'm good at packing.  It's not that hard.  The plan goes something like this: 1) do not get arrested for public indecency (pants, check: shirts, check: foundation garments, check) 2) do not offend anyone with your lack of personal hygiene (toothbrush, check: soap, check: deodorant, check) 3) strive for a basic level of presentably (hairbrush, check: face stuff, check: possibly some sort of jewelry, check) 4) be prepared to entertain yourself [...]

July 25, 2011|
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