“No way can I get 100s of people to do THAT.”

There’s that story about the daredevil who made a really crazy jump, and did it awesomely, and then crashed at the end of it and needed several casts and recovery time. And when they asked him if he would do it again he said no, because, “I really miss the first time.”

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Being at Sock Summit 2.0 is sort of like that – those of us who were lucky (super dee dooper lucky, believe me we know) enough to be there the first time around still really miss it. But unlike the daredevil, we’re ready to be back and raring for more. A lot of it is oddly familiar. We made it our routine so intensely for 4 days in a row, that even 2 years later, getting off the tram in front of the Oregon Convention Centre yesterday morning felt a lot like…well, we were trying to figure that out. Not like coming “home” exactly. Sort of like coming back to a college reunion, but where you actually want to see most of the hordes of people who are there. I can only imagine the conviction it took for Stephanie and Tina to commit to this show a second time. As they said at the Opening Reception – this time, they knew what they were in for.

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The first day was pretty darned great. I went to a full day class with Cat Bordhi (her “Knitting Sleuth” class), and sitting with fellow Canadian knitter Dennine (who is wearing an awesome yellow shawl here that I’ve totally forgotten what pattern it was when I asked her) in a class that started at 9am, it wasn’t even 9:30 yet before we both turned to each other and whispered, “well, I don’t know about you but I just got MY money’s worth.” It was mind-expanding in the way that Cat Bordhi’s classes always are.

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And with the help of perseverance, stimulating conversation, and the promise of a yarn-filled marketplace, all of us made it through our Day 1 classes and carried on for the shopping. And shopping there was. (And still is, I’m sure). The marketplace is just about worth the price of admission on its own, and it gave the “experienced” half of our hotel suite group a lot of glee to see the “new” members of our group happily looking over their purchases last night. It’s like Rhinebeck on crack. And air conditioning.

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It’s a bigger group this time, which you can tell just by being here. There are more people around and the vibe just feels bigger. And different and better, in many ways. Um, Sock Summit 1.0 did not have a flash mob planned for Saturday, just saying. (See below for a very short video clip of the Opening Reception practice. My delighted laughter may not stop.)

Now Day 2 is on its way, and I’m happy to have it as a free-roaming day, for more market perusal and a visit downtown for Powell’s. It’s good to have a loose day this time around for some slower pace and recharging. And just being around the Sock Summiters is pretty great in itself.

Happy sock knitting, whether you are in Portland or elsewhere!

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16 responses to ““No way can I get 100s of people to do THAT.”

  1. Angie

    Im only an hour from Portland and it’s KILLING ME!!! we are camping this weekend so I can’t get down there. NEXT YEAR!!!

  2. Rita

    I’m so envious…
    PS. that yellow shawl is amazing, if you see her again I would love to know the pattern name.

  3. Mandy B

    As a knitter, I am so thankful for events like this. An opportunity to learn, to stash, and to be around other people who just “get it”. As a sock knitter, I’m green with envy ’cause it’s too far away from me! And since I’m a glutton for punishment, I have to ask – what pattern is the lovely lady from Cat Bordhi’s class showcasing? It looks familiar, but I’m blanking on the name.

  4. Thanks for the update! Flashmob + Yarn = WOOHOO
    I’m going to knit socks today in your honor!

  5. happymousefairy

    Wow, oh wow!
    Have a FAB FAB FAB time :-D

    Then blog about it so we can all live vicariously through you ;-)

  6. Flashmob, awesome!! That class with Cat looks like it was incredible, and I was also eyeing that yellow shawl- if the pattern name comes to you, let me know!

  7. So much fun in one place..oh I wish I could be there…

  8. Rita

    Found it – its the Panda Silk Fan Shawl.

  9. dclulu

    I was wondering if it was the Panda Silk Fan shawl, too! I even found Dennine’s Rav page for it: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Dennine/panda-silk-dk-fan-shawl
    It is definitely gorgeous!

    And I’m so envious of you all at Sock Summit. Enjoy the rest of your time!

  10. Amy

    I recently found a heel flap/turn that I like and now I cannot plan socks fast enough. I wish I was established enough to merchant at the Summett. Maybe next year.

  11. Thanks for sharing! Just wishing I could be there or somewhere with a large group of people who get knitting!! (and/or crocheting) I must admit, I do have family and friends who are also knitters, but my dream is to someday attend an event like Sock Summit – all that knitting candy!!! My local yarn shop does well though with enticing displays and sales to foster my habit. :-)

  12. Cheryl

    Thank you for the update. It’s the next best thing to being there. I hope there is a Sock Summit 3.0. I will so be there.
    Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you.
    Smiles,

  13. stephanie

    Thanks so much for the timely sock summit report. I so wanted to go and couldn’t afford it – but feel like I’m there in spirit this weekend! Great post – thanks!

  14. I am so jealous. So, so jealous. I’m super glad you’ve posted about it though. As soon as I clicked on your blog, I said to myself, “YES SOCK SUMMIT REPORT!!!!!”

  15. I was going to put the link here for the Panda fan shawl, because that’s what the yellow shawl is, but someone beat me to it…

    The funny thing is, I figured, Hey I like that shawl a lot too, and you put the name of the knitter in your post. I looked on ravelry, found Dennine, found the shawl, went to put it into my favourites and low and behold: It was already in there… I do like it much better with the awesome yellow then in white. Maybe a bright green one for me?

  16. A friend and I drove down from Olympia, WA for the marketplace on Friday. Oh my god, it was WORTH IT! I’m sorry to miss the flash mob and not take classes, but the shopping was unbelievable. Hope you have a great time!