Sorry to leave you all hanging like that, but I'm sure by now you've read many accounts of the Sock Summit. I'd like to begin by saying that, from beginning to end, this was the most well run event I've ever attended. The attention to detail was meticulous, and if there were any glitches, they took place out of public view. Tina and Stephanie pulled off a wonderful thing, and as far as I'm concerned it was a resounding success.
Now, back to the details. Day Two. Claudia and I had a morning class with Meg Swanson, "Arch Shaped Stockings." This was the only one of our classes to require homework, so we arrived with our child-size sock completed from cuff to heel flap. Then we learned how to make the Welsh heel while continuing the lovely cable pattern. I knitted as fast as I could, but I didn't make it to the toe before class ended.
Unfortunately, when I reached the toe, I realized there was a big mistake in the decreases, so I ripped back to where I had been at the beginning of class to try again. I still haven't gotten to it, but hope to before vaccation is over.
After lunch, Claudia and I went to the book signing. We specifically wanted to see Cookie A. Claudia for her signature, and both of us to show off our socks. Unbeknownst to either of us, we had each purchased the same Miss Babs sock yarn at Stitches South, ironically, in the BFF colorway (albeit in different dyelots, as it turned out.) Geeks that we are, we knitted the same pattern from Cookie's book (Devon) and just had to show them off.
That's me on the bottom. We also stopped by Miss Babs' booth, where she took a photo.
Then it was time to attend the knit-in to attempt to break the Guiness Book of World Records for most knitters knitting continuously for 15 minutes. And we did!! The old record was set just this June in Australia, with 250 people participating. Sock Summit attendees shattered that record with a resounding attendance of 935. I don't think the award is official yet, but we had great fun making it happen!
After some shopping and knitting, we caught the Metro to the Portland Art Museum for the Sock Hop. And it was fun! There were hula hoop and dance contests, a chance to visit with teachers and other students, and to enjoy those who really got into the spirit of the thing.
(I understand that one of the Pink Ladies was Deb. Sorry to have not realized that until after the event! That will teach me to look a little closer at Rav buttons.)
Day Three. Claudia and I signed up for the Seismic Socks class (taught by Lorilee Beltman) without really knowing what it entailed. Well, let me tell you, it was a revelation! It tuned out to be the most exciting and informative of the four classes we had. Lorilee showed us a completely new way to do color knitting, without the hassle of floats or intarsia. It involves using individual strands of yarn for each color, and stacking the colors verically or diagonally. It might seem that having multiple strands of yarn would be crazy-making, but she showed us how to handle that, too. We came out of the class so excited to have learned something so completely different.
The bottom shows what you can do with just one color, and the top has five colors. So much fun!
We decided to get away from the convention center for a while, so Claudia, Meg & I took the Metro to the famous Portland Saturday Market. While some of it was nicely done artist pieces, most of it was just a big flea/craft fair. Lots and lots of people, festival food, and street musicians. Overall, I think the following picture sums up the experience fairly well.
After a rowdy and delicious dinner with some of the Rubberneckers at a local tapas restaurant, we all hopped on the Metro to attend the end of the Ravelry party. The goody bags were long gone, as were most of the guests, but we still had a good time visiting with old and new friends. There are rumors that Claudia was doing some two fisted drinking, but I'm not providing any photographic proof. (I might need it in the future for blackmail purposes.) Jen and some of her fellow Rubbernecker mods did manage to corral Casey for a moment, though.
It was a long day, as they all were, but so. much. fun!
Day Four. Our last class was "Special Stitches for Special Handpainted Yarns for Special Socks," taught by Merike Saarniit. Merike is of Estonian descent, and she utilized some of their traditional stitches in showing us how to tame the pooling of some handpainted yarns. I especially like the first technique, which was a kind of "faux" entrelac. It was fun trying all the new stitch techniques, and I'm looking forward to using them in future socks.
I was sad as we left the classroom, knowing that it was almost over. We made our way to line up for the last event - the Luminary Panel. This included: Lucy Neatby, Cat Bordhi, Nancy Bush, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Judith Mackenzie McCuin, Deborah Robson, Meg Swanson, Barbara Walker, and Anna Zilborg. If you aren't familiar with some of these women, I encourage you to look them up. While there weren't a lot of deep moments, it was a real pleasure seeing and listening to the women who are at the very heart of modern knitting.
Their contribuions to our craft are immeasurable, and we owe them a debt that can only be repaid by being the best we can, and passing our knowledge along to others whenever possible.
And then, it was all over. But we take with us not only the knowledge obtained in class, but so many wonderful memories. I know I will alwasy cherish both.
The day ended with Claudia, Jen, Meg, me, and Jim having a lovely dinner before we all went our separate ways. I'm so thankful for my good friends. You made the event much more meaningful that it ever could have been without you.
Jim and I are now relaxing in an oceanside condo on the Oregon coast. While the weather is not sunny and warm, we are still having a wonderful time. Before we came here on Monday, we stopped and visited the Portland Rose and Japanese gardens. (As a result, I think my 2010 calendar might have to be all roses.) I leave you with a photo taken from our back deck. I hope you enjoyed my little account, and I'll be back soon with more beach photos - and maybe a rose or two.