Phew

I’ve got enough superstition in me that I hesitated to post this logo on my sidebar, until now.

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I am going. I am registered. Bring on the sock knitting insanity. BRING ON THE MARKETPLACE. Bring on Portland in August! I am going and so is my Rhinebeck partner in crime Rebecca, and we are filled with much glee.

Today unleashed the insane frenzy known as “Sock Summit Registration”. I have the feeling that Stephanie and Tina are holding on by the hair of their chinny chin chins right about now, as the process of thousands of knitters trying to log on and register simultaneously was predictably chaotic! Heck, I’m feeling a bit shaky right now after waiting out the server timeouts and patiently clicking and waiting, so I can only imagine what the organizers are going through. I know there are many out there with a few sorrows right now at having missed their desired classes as things filled up at lightning speed, but I hope that once the dust settles things will move forward with all the joy and anticipation that goes along with such an enormous event as this one is sure to be. I have nothing but sympathy for those who didn’t get the classes they wanted, and can only imagine the heartbreak of wanting to attend this event and being disappointed.

Serious, serious props (and cake and beer and chocolate and maybe some poutine) go out to Stephanie and Tina and all of their team-members for their organizational efforts with this – I know they have been in for a world of stress getting this off the ground and that it is taking the energy of many committee members to operate the Sock Summit. I have never ever attended a convention that had this many people salivating at the registration opening quite like this. It is a testament, yet again, to what happens when the passion of knitters is released en masse!

What will I be taking? Well, I am pleased to have gotten two of my first choices – Beaded Cables with Sivia Harding, and Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Wearable Art Stockings with Meg Swansen. I also managed to get Paint Your Toes (stranded colourwork) and Arch-Shaped Socks (also with Meg). It looks like I am in for a whole lot of colour-work sock knitting (hands up, anyone who’s surprised), and I am thrilled to be learning more about beaded knitting from one of the bonafide experts in the field.

Now, is it too soon to start my Sock Summit homework? Hmm…

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14 responses to “Phew

  1. Jen

    I got registered today too! I will also be in Beaded Cables and I am taking Arch Shaped Stockings Thursday afternoon. Both of those were my first choices. I am so excited!

  2. So jealous! Wish I could make it! Can you just post one picture of the Market for me to salivate over when you come back?

  3. Congratulations! And (maybe!) thanks, since it was your last post that knocked me off the fence…I seem to be registered for Cat’s Dancing with Socks. Oops!

  4. I’m just a little jealous. Sigh.

  5. Yey! So pleased you’re in and doing some great classes.

    I actually get to go to Portland this year but in October – sigh – I hope you’ll give the full run down of EVERYTHING so I can feel like I went :)

  6. Congratulations! WoW! what great classes you chose (and got in!) I was reading/watching it yesterday and thinking.. what a crazy morning for so many!

  7. I got in too, and I was thinking of the organizers the whole time I kept refreshing my screen – such stress…

    should all be worth it in the end, though – and what a rush to finally get through and pick the classes, wasn’t it?

  8. meshaliu

    So lucky! The combination of server issues and busy day at work has left me Sock Summit-less. :(

  9. The Sock Summit sounds brilliant. We need more of those.

  10. Congrats on getting in! It’s guaranteed to be a good time. :)

  11. Those classes sound just brilliant – I KNOW you’ll enjoy all of them.

    And yeah….. can you even imagine the stress at the organizers’ end of things? Holy moley.

  12. achelois

    I am in the UK and love your blog. I have just started knitting in my forties! At the present time I am appalling and your blog is an inspiration for me to keep on trying!! Thank you.

  13. Tina

    Lucky girl ~ I’m so jealous! You’ll have loads of fun. Happy knitting!

  14. Michele

    Hi! I forget why I bookmarked your blog, but I do read it. I think I like what you knit. Anyway, now I also recognize your ravatar, just wanted to say: Yay! I am also in the Paint your Toes class, Thurs. Morning. Perhaps I’ll see you?
    (I’m mcmonkey54 on rav.)

    Cheers!
    Michele