Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Sock Summit Portland Oregon

So...this is it. The only picture I took (actually somebody else took of me) at the fabulous Sock Summit knitting event in Portland Oregon. Even though I was there a full day and a half, saw and fondled many wonderful objects, my camera stayed in my bag. Why was that? I think it's because I was in sensory overload not only from the woolly goodness of too much beautiful sock yarn, but also from the over-stimulation of seeing old friends and making new ones.

6000 rabid & ravishing sock knitters converged at the Sock Summit for classes, demonstrations, contests and shopping. The classes were taught by knitistas, gurus, authors, and the goddesses of the fiber craft world. I won a class from one of the vendors! So my Saturday morning was spent in the 3-D Embellishments for your socks class which was quite good fun.

On our first day, Carol (who I was visiting in Oregon), Sandi (drove up from Calif) and I headed into the massive Marketplace area which was filled with over 130 vendors. We agreed not to try and stay together so we could browse and buy at our own paces (and not embarrass each other with our squeals and drooling). We also assumed that Carol, who is a novice sock knitter would probably stay just an hour or so and then head out to run some errands in Portland.

The day sped by. When the marketplace closed that evening, I sat myself down at a table to knit and chat with other fiberly folks. Then something caught my eye and I looked up. There was Carol emerging from the market weighted down with 3 bags full. Her glazed eyes met mine and she staggered over to where I was sitting and fell into a chair. The yarn got her. It happens to so many of us. She never even stopped to eat or pee all day. Given the enormous quantity of luxury sock yarns in that hall it really shouldn't have been surprising. It happens to the best of us.

The sock photos here are all little baby socks made from my Tiny Treasures pattern with added embellishments. The pink and blue pairs were sent to the Mittens 4 Akkol program for the baby orphanage in Kazahstan. The little green pair were knit for Carol's friends Joyce and Guy who are expecting a grandbaby soon.  I love how the colors of the sock yarn matched up with some of Carols flowers on her back deck!

That poor women, Carol. You all should have known better than to let her run loose with that much sock yarn around. Shame on both of you. LOL Renate
I love those green socks! The colors are awesome!
I wish I had known you were there, I would have loved to meet you. the marketplace was wonderful and I bought way too much yarn but it was just sinful.
wow, how funny!! I was just looking at my copy of the same picture at Sock Summit and then to come here and see it again..... aren't we so cute!!!! What a fun time!!
It was so much fun to see you!! (But not enough time to chat!) :( Retreat????

--Beth C
LOVE the entry and the sock pics, especially the green ones. Such fun.

- 'Count Sockula'
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