Just as promised, I am back to give you my tiny take on Sock Summit 2011 in Portland, OR, this past weekend. I can only give you a very condensed report, because Kelli and I popped down on Friday and were only on the marketplace floor for about 3.5 hours. We took no classes, we saw no "celebrities," and we did not do Flash Mob. We just walked the mighty Marketplace. Here is my show book and button to prove I was there.
I went with a plan and some cash and promised myself only to buy two skeins of yarn. Mission accomplished. If you're going to narrow down all that yarny splendor to only two skeins, you'd better do it right.
Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Sassafras, because I need some dark socks.
Sanguine Gryphon Mithril in Blue-Green Music. I had to. This is lace weight merino with 8 plies. I know! I couldn't believe it either, but it's true. I cannot wait to knit this yarn into a shawlette.
The rest of my plan was to see eight of my people: Liz of MacKintosh Yarns (and her sweet mama), Joan of White Lies Designs (and her sweet hubby), Sarah of Sanguine Gryphon, Kathy at WEBS, the folks in the Gardiner Yarn Works booth (including Yvonne of Lavender Sheep), Toni of The Fold (good talk!), Jen at Hanks in the Hood (who we met first at OFFF last year), and Wendee of Hazel Knits. Little did I know I would see Stormy in the Hazel Knits booth, too! She was there from Texas, selling her beautiful eggs in Wendee's booth and probably taking classes at the Summit.
Another surprise was from Liz. I can't tell you about that yet, but it includes some beautiful green yarn!
Kelli and I even had time to take a lunch break and yawmp on the delicious lunch she made for us. I drove and she made us lunch. I love that arrangement. Thanks Kelli!!
Some other vendor booths that impressed me were Indigodragonfly, Rain City Fiber Arts, Huckleberry Knits, Tactile Fiber Arts Studio, Hay by Rachel, Sincere Sheep, and all the folks (and yarns) at The Plucky Knitter booth. These are all some very nice people, too!
Oh! And I almost forgot to show you my "tattoo" from the girls in the Knitters Brewing Company booth. Rocking, huh?
Try to get your self out to Portland in a couple of years when they (hopefully) have another one of these. Lots of fun, even if you only have time for a short visit.