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

  1. What a lovely post! It was so nice to meet you and admire your socks in person at the Ravelry party last night. You’re on my blog! http://pdxknitterati.com

    Safe travels back. My head is stuffed full of new ideas, and I can’t wait to put them to work.

  2. barefootrooster

    oh, glenna. up late out here — can’t sleep, and this is just the kind of thing i wanted to read. i think “magical” might be a good word to describe something like sock summit, from all that you’ve shared. happy travels.

  3. Moggle

    Is that last photo your stash enrichment? Gorgeous!

    You’ve photographed some amazing knitting and people – thanks for sharing. I can’t believe it’s over already.

  4. Carrie

    Thank you for this one and all your posts on the Sock Summit 09. I wish I could have been there, but you’ve given us a wonderful peek inside and a sense of all the joy and excitement.

  5. Fabulous ! A lovely post that made me feel, almost, as if I was there.

  6. ‘Staggering’… I believe that is quite appropriate.
    Funny.. some non-knitters I’ve been telling about this big event and just how HUGE it’s been.. will say “well, maybe next year you can go”, my response? I laugh in their faces.. and I agree, it would take a bit of time to recover. but.. we can hope for another one… and another one.. in a couple or three years? four? eh?
    I’m so glad you were able to go.
    EZ’s bd… they planned that didn’t they. :^)

  7. That was some party you’ve had there!! Oh and you found Ms. Gusset’s yarn/fleece. I had the pleasure of fondling some a couple of weeks ago, so lovely you have included her stock in your photos!

  8. LadyO

    Sounds ridiculously amazing, and what a great way to end the summer (or not.. I mean there is technically still some summer left…)

    Yeah processing wonderful experience!
    Yeah new friends and new yarns!

    And I’d love to learn all about the new way to pick up gusset stitches.

  9. Wow, thank you doesn’t even begin to cover how grateful I am to you for all the wonderful pictures and commentary and updates. I’ve been glued to your blog for the last 4 days and felt like I was there even for a moment. I can’t wait to see what you produce from all the knowledge you gained. Knit on!!!!

  10. chandilear

    Wow, I love seeing all those knitted items!

    So inspiring. I especially love the rainbow socks on that one girl… Totally awesome!

    And all that luscious yarn. YUM!

    Will you be sharing the gusset trick with us?

  11. Wow, it looks like the Sock Summit was an amazing event. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  12. I so wish I could have been there! It looks like you had a once in a lifetime experience! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wow! Thank you for all the posts about it. I wish we had things as awesome as that here.

  14. You are the most awesomest roving Sock Summit reporter EVAH, Dr. Glenna. I almost felt like I was there. The only thing missing were the yarn fumes. (Work on making your blog scratch’n’sniff, please!) And I see you found Wool Candy. Hee! I just lovelovelove her yarn.

    Can’t wait to see your haul! :-D

  15. Malini

    Love the sepia coloured scarf the lady (on left side) in the 5th photo is wearing…

    Looks rich and cozy.

  16. I want to know the new technique you learned for picking up stitches.
    When the summit started I was a little worried I would feel like a little kid looking in at the party and not being part of it. While I will be honest and admit to a little of that because of not being able to participate in the party or the classes. I felt part of this special community and part of the ripples of change that will result from it.

    Thanks for your contributions with your blog, your self, and your help with the event (I saw you stand as a volunteer) It was good to meet you for the moment did. Even if this is repeated, it will never be like this one was.

  17. These photos were excellent – I wish I could have been there; Sivia Harding is high on my list of “knitters I’d love to meet!”

  18. Ann

    Thanks so much for sneaking us in for a peek at the Yarn Divas and the “stash enhancements”.

    I, too, have had the blank stare of incomprehension directed at me when I’ve told non-knitters about the Sock Summit. It’s hard to believe that there are non-believers. It’s like denying the Holocaust or the moon landing for those of us who knit!

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  20. Sam

    Great post! It was so nice to meet you at the Rav party.

  21. Great pictures – thank you for sharing the fun! :)

  22. Ann

    Thanks for sharing – I really have to go to one of this ONE DAY – it is too ridiculously amazing to be in the midst of all that!

  23. Thank you so much for your post. I was so very glad for your photos and comments because I couldn’t attend. I’m hoping someone somewhere writes something about Barbara Walker’s talk.
    Nebraska Knitter

  24. The only bummer for me about this post is that I wish you’d been able to take a few pictures.

    It was really nice to meet you!

  25. Wow! Thanks Glenna for a awesome tribute to the Sock Summit. I truly wished I could have gone this year ~ maybe next time.

  26. kateohkatie

    I know this is a late comment, but thank you for sharing so many incredible photos – it was almost like I was there! (OK well not even close, but you know what I mean :-D)

  27. What wonderful pictures!! And am I the only person who thinks that Meg Swansen is one of the world’s most beautiful women?