How lucky am I that I can escape from my job and obligations to go to something as completely unnecessary and hedonistic as Sock Summit? I truly lead a privileged, earned and unearned of course, life. I suppose one may argue that it isn’t necessarily frivolous to indulge oneself in their hobbies every now and then, but I still feel a bit guilty that I just spent so much time (and money) pursuing yarny endeavors.
Regardless of the guilt I may feel, it was an amazing weekend. Portland was nice, someday I hope to go back and actually see more of the city than the convention center. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many knitters, so many people with whom I didn’t need to justify anything. I made lots of new yarn friends and learned a lot of great things to incorporate into my knitting repertoire. I met so many knitting celebrities, even got to take a couple classes with Star Athena and Cookie A. Barbara Walker signed one of my books, Anne Hanson helped me save a dropped stitch in my sock, Cat Bordhi told me my sock was beautiful… yes, it was an amazing weekend.
Banner outside the Oregon Convention Center
Knitting on the big sock at the marketplace
Filling in the ballroom to set a world record for the most number of people knitting simultaneously
Swapping stitch markers in the lobby
Receiving the prize I won at the Ravelry Meetup from Chrissy Gardiner
After class with Cookie A and my sock
The long line for the Luminary Panel
Meg Swansen cutting Elizabeth Zimmermann’s 99th birthday cake
After the Luminary Panel with Cat Bordhi and my sock
Now to start saving for next year…