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.
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.
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.