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zomg, Sock Summit blew my mind

17 August 2009 8,409 views 6 Comments

Sock Summiteering GearHoly doodle, y’all. Sock Summit was insane. (Also, hi! It’s been a while since I posted here. Welcome! Feel free to check out the new splityarn.com digs. And yes, I know the old photos before I was hosting everything at flickr have disappeared. I’m going to get on that, but not today. I have to learn Word Press too, so you know, I’ve got enough on my plate. Also, we’ve moved house! And I have some super exciting secret news that will merit allcaps when the time comes for the official announcement. In the meantime, let’s get back to this post.)

Sock Summit!

I’m not even sure where to start. I flew out Wednesday and sussed out my booth spot in the Marketplace. I was way out in one of the corners, but I was close to the Sock Museum, so that was cool. After moving some tables around and hauling stuff out of the suitcase, I was set up and ready to go by early Thursday.  Walking around before the marketplace opened was a little nutty. It seemed every time you went around a corner, you’d see a knitting celeb. See this photo? With this nice lady in the beautifully knit sweater?

THE Barbara Walker

That’s BARBARA WALKER. Yes. THE Barbara Walker. Of all the Barbara Walker Treasuries. And mosaic knitting. And Knitting from the Top. And on and on.

Everywhere you went at Sock Summit this would happen. You’d turn the corner and tada! Another knitting legend. It was seriously mind blowing. I didn’t hassle them all for photos seeing as I very nearly chickened out of the Barbara Walker one, but I did grab quite a few photos from the booth.

Look! Amy from Knitty!


Heather Ordover from Craftlit!

Heather Ordover!

Sarah Hauschka, inventor of the Magic Loop!

Sarah, inventor of magic loop

It was seriously some super fun times. Exhausting, but fun.

Mum took the train down from Vancouver to help out in the booth and I was thankful to have her there. She played it all cool when folks complimented my bags, but I was sure to point out that ultimately she’s responsible for all my sewing skillz.

Mum works on a test sock

I had plenty of boxbags and pouches with me and by the time Sunday rolled around, I was almost all sold out. (Almost, but not quite. The remaining boxbags and such are all listed in the shop. Have at ’em!)

the booth, day 1

I think next time (if there is a next time. Maybe two years? Stephanie and Tina probably need 16 months just to catch up on sleep) I’ll be sure to have a booth partner so I can swap out and take some classes. I only managed to get to the luminary panel, but wow, it was cool.  The whole weekend was a big blur, sort of like when you get married. You know you had fun, you know you saw a lot of folks but it’s tough to remember everything that happened.  If you’re interested, there’s a whack more photos in my Sock Summit album.

Whew! I’m tired again just thinking about it all!


  • JulieFrick said:

    First! First!
    (Oh, I’m not at all obnoxious.)

  • Danielle said:

    O, hai, bloggity blogger!

  • Heather said:

    Awesome! So glad you almost sold out and YES you need a booth partner, stat for next time. I’m sure you won’t have any problems in that department:)

  • Jasmin said:

    I’m just glad I got my FAVORITE boxbag, and a wicked sweet camera strap!

  • BethC said:

    So glad to have met you and done some shopping with you!!

  • Julibeth said:

    Love your work. Will you be at Rhinebeck Sheep&Wool? Otherwise I will have to purchase a box bag on line.

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