Daily Archives: August 10, 2009

“What is valuable in the knitting world has changed.”

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The final day of Sock Summit has concluded, I am now in the very slow packing phase, and have absorbed so much and met so many new people and touched so much yarn and have so many new things I want to knit on, that I have entirely reached saturation. I am not sure I am capable of coherent conversational ability let alone blogging, but heck, I’m going to try.

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Last night at the Ravelry party (all kinds of fun), I was talking to WonderMike (formerly of Y-Knit podcast awesomeness) about how we were all just continuing to use the same vocabulary to describe this week/end. He was going with “amazing” over and over again and I had started really favouring “ridiculous” – ridiculous numbers of people, ridiculous amounts of knowledge, ridiculous quantities of yarn, ridiculous levels of sock-knitting enthusiasm. We vowed to start trying to use other words, but even still it would mean basically the same things, like “awesome” or “fascinating” or “marvelous.”

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I am sure that many of us are pondering how to re-enter both our knitting and non-knitting lives, now that we’ve had this super-saturated event filled with knowledge and interaction. (Sleep and a stiff drink are still high on my list, personally, but as for a Step 2…) On the one hand, it will be great to be in our own beds again and settle a bit, but on the other, home has the disadvantage of not being filled with my 1600+ closest knitting friends. I would find it hard to believe it, though, if an event of this sort of magnitude wouldn’t have some kind of gradual ripple effect. All of us are going home with our heads full, and we’re going to have to spill that out when we meet knitters at home. I mean, dudes, I learned a gusset stitch pickup thing from Meg Swansen that is so much better than the crud I’ve been doing, and if I even get to pass that on to a few more knitters it’ll be just one example of the millions of big or tiny ways the Sock Summit has enriched the knitting community.

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At the Luminary Panel this afternoon, Tina and Stephanie hosted a panel of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable knitters in the industry today, which just happened to coincide with Elizabeth Zimmerman’s (99th) birthday. The amount of wisdom and curiosity in their collective heads is pretty staggering, and yet also very approachable because I think their questions resonate with a lot of the questions ‘regular’ knitters also have on a regular basis. It is hard to sum up everything that was said in that panel, but I rather like the way Lucy Neatby said at one point quite simply, that “knitting satisfies many needs and we are lucky to have it.”

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Sock Summit 2009 was truly a unique event and I am lucky to have been able to be a part of it. I’ve met a lot of new people (and uh, new yarns) that I hadn’t met before, at least in person, and it was a great boost. It has expanded my brain and I hope the good that has come from Sock Summit will be passed on throughout knitting world, and that anything less than good will be managed and made constructive. Nothing has been said for sure about if/when/where another Sock Summit will happen (though I doubt very much that the organizers would make this an annual event, as I can only imagine the recovery time required after such an undertaking…), but even if this is the only one that ever exists, it is already an event of which stories will be told for quite a while.

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And now, I have some packing to do. If it’s all right with you, I’m just going to let the remaining photos from the last couple of days speak for themselves. Long trip ahead tomorrow and I’ll be sure to catch up again from the other side. I hope you’re enjoying your knitting corner of the world, wherever you are. If you’ve been at Sock Summit and have other blog posts/photo posts to report from it, please leave a link in the comments, it would be lovely to have more stories to read!

Thank you, Stephanie and Tina and all the Sock Summit teams. You did good.

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