Good Company

Going to a yarn event is so much more than the sum of its parts.  Sure there’s yarn, classes, events, and a whole lot of knitters.  And those are all wonderful elements, but what I’m talking about is that intangible feeling, the collective excitement of its attendees, the electric frisson that happens when you’re in a room full of people who just get it.  We all love yarn and making thing with it, and there’s no need to explain why we do what we do. There is both a thrill and a peacefulness brought about by being with your people.

Marketplace line, day 1

Blog/swap friend Carmen!

PDXKnitterati, soon to be featured designer at Stash!

Sock Summit was just this sort of place, made even more exciting for me when I kept running into people I know, either in real life or through blogging.  These connections are very real to me, and I always enjoy filling up my knitterly cup, so to speak.  In addition to getting to spend gobs of time with Stripedsocks who flew out from Connecticut for the event, I got to connect with Michelle, Carmen, a few blog readers (hi again!), and of course Cookie A. and Stephanie.  Yeah, we’re like this.  Especially after Stephanie accidentally stepped on my foot and said “Sorry, sweetie.” I mean, we’re practically best friends now.

And then there was the yarn.  Goodness, there was so much lovely yarn it was difficult to know where to go first.  Fortunately, I had a list of dyers for the shop that I wanted to talk to face to face, so that’s how I stayed focused.  Mostly.  After conducting the yarn business, I was a little stunted as to what yarn to buy for personal use.   I needed to pick out three colors for the Westknits mystery knit along. Then I saw the Catkin shawl on a knitter and knew I had to make one, which led to a handful of skeins from Hazel Knits.  Everyone was wearing beautiful hand knit shawls, by the way.  If I didn’t know better, I would have thought it was Shawl Summit. There were the odd moments when a certain someone dared me into buying a wee turkish spindle.  Guess I’ll just have to keep practicing my drop spindling, eh?  Fairly restrained purchasing for me, but I also know there is about to be a whole lot of yarn coming in to the shop, so I didn’t want to go too crazy.

A Verb for Keeping Warm booth

Hazel Knits swatch towers

All in all, Sock Summit 2011 was a wonderful experience.  Soaking up all that knitterly energy, taking classes and hearing industry legends like Tina Newton and Clara Parkes speak, eating good food and knitting as much as I wanted; all were wonderful ways to spend a weekend.  Now it’s back to life, back to reality, which I am all the more ready to embrace after a delicious retreat like this.


5 thoughts on “Good Company

  1. It was such a great time, and I loved how much time we all got to spend together. Also a great photo of us if I do say so myself!

  2. It looks like you had a great time….I read about that drop spindle purchase somewhere else….hmmm….Glad you had fun, got business done and met bunches of friends…

  3. We had such a great time! Thanks again (and again and again and again!) for such a wonderful week…. I am definitely recharged! Hugs!

  4. What a great weekend! And so much I didn’t see…like those lovely swatch towers at Hazel Knits. (I don’t stash so I don’t look too hard at the yarn booths. Guess I should!)

    Sock yarn makes such lovely shawls, and shawls are so much easier to see on a person than socks. Maybe that’s why we knit them? Or maybe it’s that I’ve been teeny needle avoidant for so long.

    How’s the Cthulu? They’re so cute, but I think the bigger Turkish Delight is easier to spin on. Did you make progress with your other drop spindle? Is it top-whorl?

    Hope to see you at OFFF! Good luck on your new adventure.

  5. I keep forgetting to say how thrilled I am about your store! Also, these pix make me wish it was festival season… miss you at knitting!

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