14 August 2009

Sock Summit!

Last weekend was the big West Coast "Sock Summit". All the Knitterati Illuminati were there. I did not take classes, but convinced Carol to head to Portland for the weekend so we could attend the Ravelry party on Saturday and then spend hours and hours at Powell's books. And that we did.

At the entrance at the Sock Summit, a lovely shawl in lovely colors. It's a simple two color
pattern titled:

, and is available from Through The Loops. Image of a beautiful shawl

The marketplace was overwhelming. Man, who knew there could be so many yarns and tools dedicated to sock making? The stroke of brilliance was having a bar cart in the marketplace. Shop while you stroll with wine. Hmm.

photo of sock tree at the Sock Summit

A sentiment I can get behind. Order your twisted t-shirt here.

keep portland twisted photo

There was booth set up for knitting help, called the Lucy Booth. I heard it was staffed by some of the most famous knitters around. Below, the booth is staffed by anarchist knitter Anna Zilboorg. (Buy her books while you can.)

photo of the Sock Summit Lucy booth staffed by Anna Zilboorg

Then the Ravelry Party. Lots of wonderful folks were there, but a big shout out to the three people who have almost single-handedly transformed the knitting universe:

Jess and Casey, Ravelry parents were there with their very capable crew. I'm in the middle.

Image of Casey, Charisa and Jess

(By the way, I'm wearing the original Red Dragon Shawl that Tuulia Salmela created --she dyed and spun the fiber, then designed the shawl, then for some completely crazy reason, GAVE it to me. You can order the Red Dragon pattern here.The shawl is pinned with one of Romi's beautiful pins (purchased at the marketplace at the Summit). You can get one of her beautiful pins here.)

Amy Singer, of Knitty fame (left). Despite the lousy photo of both of us, I"m posting it because she is my hero.

Photo of Amy Singer and Charisa

When knitters gather, there are many things to go ga-ga over. Look at these
lovely things:

photo of two gals wearing shawls that use the same pattern

Photo of beautiful shawl in mohair

And this fun sweater knit of Noro silk yarn, by FeistyKitty of Ravelry.

photo of noro silk sweater

Jess and Casey bid us good night:

Next day, Powells City of Books (they have an entire bookcase dedicated to knitting.)

photo of Powell's

And we capped the day with yarn I had "made" at Yarnia. That's my yarn being wound.
It is going to be a wild shawl.

Do you think's it's a sign that I should move to Portland? (Carol thinks so ;) Below: Pothole in Portland and Street Sign (or is it, sign from the gods?)

photo of pothole in Portland

photo - sign from the gods?


  1. What a great time you must have had. I've got to say, I wondered about the Powell's visit you mentioned on Facebook. I was thinking, "No Sock Summit?"

    Just got my airline tickets to go to Rhinebeck (staying with one of my bridesmaids, who's a long-time knitter/spinner/dyer). Wish I could have gone to Portland!

  2. I didn't go to the sock summit - I was all about the party! ;)

  3. I'm in your party video! I'm sitting on the left, knitting, of course. :)


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