After a week that can only be described as “challenging” (if one is being tactful) I give you the new Sock Summit Website. That sucker took years off of Tina and I. On that website, you’ll find a bunch of information you’ve been hoping for, and a list of Classes. (A long list of classes. I’m pretty flipped out about the classes.)

Tah Dah! Isn’t it nice?

(PS. Should I start a new sweater for Sock Camp?)

(PPS. Don’t forget Earth Hour is tonight.)

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  1. Yes by all means, have a new sweater. I look forward to seeing them in person when I see you.
    Congrats on the website. It is all very exciting.

  2. All set for Earth Hour — we’re playing scrabble!
    And yes, a sweater would be a good break from endless socks . . . not that socks are bad!

  3. Ah, yes, EarthDay! I intend to comfortably sit here knitting my daughters lace shawl while every darn light in the house is on! (Long time lurker and happy knitter who thoroughly enjoys this site!)

  4. Thank you for the reminder about Earth Hour. Will do. Also – is there some kind of sock sweater that you can knit for sock camp? Like little sock motifs around the neck or something? I hope next week sticks around a little longer so you can enjoy it, and get your work done – we are having some bee-you-tee-ful weather here (central NY) hope you are having some nice sunshine up there too!

  5. Ah, yes, Earth Hour! I intend to comfortably sit here knitting my daughters lace shawl while every darn light in the house is on! (Long time lurker and happy knitter who thoroughly enjoys this site!)

  6. Congratulations on getting the site all ready to go!!! Wish I could be there. New sweaters are always good to have. And they give you blog fodder too, and we wait anxiously to see if the sweater will be done in time…… ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. OMG! A sign that reason has gone by the wayside is that I’ve resorted to teenaged style text message lingo. But the Sock Summit classes have me all a twitter. It’s time to walk away from the computer before the day is wasted away dreaming of August.

  8. Um, sorry to tell you this, but the link to the sock summit site isn’t working.

  9. Holy cow, that’s a lot of classes! Too bad I won’t be able to be there, but I expect we’ll see lots of pictures. Can’t wait!

  10. Dear Harlot,
    Thanks to you and Tina for creating such a wonderful event to honor the knitting of socks!
    You guys are amazing! It is absolutely beautiful! And clever, too. No wonder you’ve had this week, losing days, etc. It was worth it.
    If I get a miracle, I’ll find a way to be there!

  11. I just want to thank you guys, so much, for making this event affordable. It means a lot to me, and I know it must to others.

  12. I love your site, but I have to tell you – I’m turning on ALL my lights tonight! I love the Earth and believe we should take care of it, but don’t buy into the whole global warming scam.

  13. Wow, the website is terrific! Thanks so much for all of your work in organizing this and making it affordable – even the hotel rates are reasonable. You guys ROCK.

  14. I like Danana’s notion of a sock sweater. Maybe a sweater made out of patched together sock forms, like sock tesserae making a sweater. Congrats on the website.

  15. I still love reading your blog, and books, even though I don’t comment often. However, I’m pleading, please don’t start a new sweater. Every time you do, it ends up in my queue. You have the best taste!!! Seriously, though, I’m waiting to see which sweater you’ll start. (note that I didn’t say “if you’ll start one”)

  16. The website is wonderful! I really hope I can find a way to go, and that all of the classes won’t be full by the time I figure out if I can go. Marvelous and great work!

  17. Oh Steph, the website is amazing. The classes are beyond description. The pricing is affordable and appropriate for what you’re getting. I agree with another poster, if you build it they will come. Seriously looking at my pennies to see if I can swing it. Thank you for doing this!

  18. Oh, to be there: all my fetishes catered to at once, Portland being also a mecca of fine hand-rolled art glass (check out the cool people at Bullseye).

  19. Dear Stephanie,
    The website is absolutely amazing & the class list is fantastic! I’ll soon be blind from looking and reading it all—-GREAT job one and all!!

  20. The website is beautiful! It’s making me soooo sad that (barring a major lotto win) I won’t be able to go. (I think the pricing is spot-on, no complaints at all on that account; I’m just pretty broke, and my long-term employment situation is quite insecure.)
    I’m sure Sock Summit 2009 will be a huge success; hopefully so much so that it will become an annual (biannual? quadrennial?) event.

  21. Ok, the muggles are bound to think this has all gone just a little too far. “Fancy Heel Flaps”? Unbelievable. I think it’s great. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the possibility of meeting Barbara Walker. While I’m not a sock devotee, I enjoy my occasional Eye of Partridge along with the next knitter. Hope to be there in August, in my beloved Portland. Sounds truly amazing. You and Tina and the rest of the team have outdone yourselves.

  22. Oooops…sorry about the double post. I got an error message after the first attempt, and assumed it wouldn’t show up.
    Now I really know what happens one when assumes…

  23. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The sock summit site is great. You guys have really put a lot of work into it. I’ve been waiting to see what kind of room rates you could get. I just got done booking my room right next to the convention center which will be great as my husband plans to spend his time driving around the state of Oregon so I needed some place close in case I need a quick nap. See you in Portland and again, thanks to you, Tina and all the others who have put so much work into the Sock Summit.
    Now off to finish the second sock of my 1st BMFA sock kit so I can get started on the March sock – pattern compliments of our dear Stepahnie.

  24. My hubby and I were trying to decide if, by the Las Vegas strip turning off its lights for Earth Hour, that would save more electricity than we use in (a) ten years or (b) the rest of our lives. We decided on (b), to no one’s surprise!
    I hope you’ll repeat the Sock Summit in future years, even without the all-star cast, for those of us who can’t make it to this year’s! It looks like the best knitting event EVER!

  25. Very impressive! The first class I looked into was Knitting with Speed and Efficiency, taught by…you! So funny to have landed there. Everything looks great except… I’m already booked with family vacation plans that week. Dare I hope you’ll be digitally recording some/all of it for distribution (at a cost of course)?
    And yes, you’ll need a sweater in August in Portland for the air conditioned spots. May I suggest one made of sock yarn? Possibly:

  26. Okay, ya know what? I was kinda waffling about sock summit and whether I was gonna go. I mean, yeah my sister lives in the area, and yeah the teacher’s are gonna be amazing, and yeah it’s a chance to be in the same room with true knitting goddesses, but I’m a newish knitter who hasn’t tackled socks yet. I mean, just how interesting/entertaining could the whole event be? Then (there should be a big dramatic flourish here) I checked out the website. I AM SO GOING TO SOCK SUMMIT! Holy crap, I can hardly wait!
    And a thousand thanks to The Team for putting it all together! It looks like it’s gonna be a blast, even if I only knit a scarf while I’m there. ;-).

  27. The site is amazing, and it’s oh so exciting to see it up!
    And, yes, I think a new sweater within a sea of socks would be nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. The hubby and I were discussing my possible Sock Summitting. It’s iffy and I don’t want it to be. Thank you for all the work you’ve been putting into it, meantime! I so hope I get to see the outcome.
    Thank you for the Earth Hour reminder, too. My new solar panels are trying not to be smug.

  29. (After making very sure that didn’t go through so I’m not repeating myself…)
    Thank you for all your hard work on the Sock Summit! And the Earth Day reminder. (Waiting for the city to inspect our new solar panels…)

  30. I just started checking out the new Sock Summit site. It’s awesome. Now I am getting even more excited to go! Nice work.

  31. The website looks great! I live in Boise, Idaho – have my wedding reception in New York (we eloped to Vegas in January) on August 1 – I can totally make it back to Boise and then out to Portland for the Summit – right? Not a crazy plan?? Right??

  32. Sigh… I SO want to go, but we’re in the throes of house buying and telling my husband I’m going to a sock summit will probably not make him too happy this year.. I hope this happens again!

  33. I’ll be knitting Malabrigo socks by firelight for Earth Hour. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yeah, new sweater sounds GREAT!

  34. Awesome! It all just looks fantastic.
    I’d also like to sign up to be a volunteer and be your slave, but then of course there is also the matter of which classes. Hmm, decisions decisions…

  35. Stephanie, the website and the classes are amazing. I love what you will be doing on the last day of the event, a truely historic event. I hope that it will be taped for those of us who can’t attend, I would love to see the panel discussion and will pay for a dvd of it. You and Tina should be very proud of yourselves!

  36. OMG!
    Completely gobsmacked!
    Am planning vacation as I type…it’s a loooong way from TX, but how could I possibly miss this!
    And how can I carry all my socks, my wheel, fiber, needles, etc. on the plane??????
    (Looking for you in a new sweater, BTW!)
    Keep up the good work!

  37. Wow! You guys never cease to amaze me!!!
    I think a new sweater sounds great ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. You did it again!!! Fabulous list, excellent prices–no wonder your week vanished!! can’t wait

  39. wonderful website stephanie. congrats to you and tina for awesome work.
    one thing though, and my apologies for spoiling the upbeat mood. but it’s really upset me.
    what’s with all these people who are posting to say they plan to sit with all their lights on, just because you gave an “earth hour” reminder? this sort of comment is not just rudeness-in-the-guise-of-“honesty,” this is intentionally, deliberately rude, rude with intent. apparently, it’s getting time for another my-blog-is-my-living-room post stephanie….please, please don’t let this go. ideological differences or different scientific models don’t justify such crassness.

  40. Very cool. If I had the money, I’d be there! By the by, I live near Columbus Ohio and I and my husband took our kids to see the Columbus Crew play Toronto FC today. Boy, those FC fans take their soccer seriously! After the game, I had to keep moving the kids around to avoid the fights!

  41. Oh if only we were all so blessed with the gift of keeping our extraneous opine to ourselves…
    My city, ‘Bloomington, IN’ and I will be proudly dark in 17 minutes. Thank you for the reminder.

  42. OMG! Barbara Walker!?! I started out saying I couldn’t afford this, but may have to find a way. You & Tina are rock star organizers. If I can’t make this happen it’s not for lack of adequate incentive. Amazing

  43. Guess what? I’m new to blogs, feeds, etc. I read in your January 2009 blog that you created a lovely ringed scarf. 62 rows, I think. Have you published the pattern? If so, where can I get the pattern? Thanks for your time. Becky

  44. Thank you for the Earth Hour reminder, Steph! I am now sitting in my kitchen, knitting by candlelight and drinking tea. I have a deadline for these socks-Monday. The house is so quiet. I could get used to this.
    Just stopped by to say thanks (computer is on battery, BTW). ๐Ÿ˜‰

  45. Yay! I can afford to go. I’ve already sent the link to my knitting buddy– we’ll be driving up together, from LA.
    Now, to decide which classes to take…

  46. In re Summit:
    In re: gratuitous “nya,nya” light-burners:
    Light or dark, why in the world swing the harsh in here? Gratuitous rudeness; badly done, Emma.

  47. Oddly enough, my family is not understanding why I wouldn’t want to be on vacation with them instead of knitting socks. (“But you do that all the time anyway!”)
    And we were at the movies during Earth Hour; does that count?
    And is the beautiful website’s background reminiscent of BattleSTAR Galactica??? Hmmmmmm??????

  48. I say yes, start a new sweater for sock camp because…I did and I’m not done and now I’m in Seattle and I’m not done with homework and I’m now too busy looking at the darn Sock Summit website.

  49. WHOA! The site is incredible! I am trying to gather some friends for a road trip to Portland from our hometown of Milwaukee. This sounds like it’s good for the “sole”….Sorry..just hope to join you there!

  50. i’m retired, so my time is my own, and my latter-day-hippie son says i can crash at the house he shares w/several other dudes if i can get to portland somehow.
    so if i get a big enough tax refund i’ll see you at the summit. otherwise, i second those suggesting dvds or paid downloads of some of the sessions.
    and let me suggest indianapolis for sock summit deux: good air service, crossroads of several interstate highways, friendly people, compact downtown, plentiful hotel rooms as long as there’s no basketball or football game, fabulous children’s museum (remember the dino, stephanie?), great lys and indie dyers, and TONS of knitters.

  51. I’ve been hyperventilating ever since seeing the site – there’s so much I want to do and I’m afraid I’ll somehow be the one person who doesn’t get into any classes!! (Paranoia is one of my most attractive qualities, clearly.) You should definitely get started on a sweater — I just ordered the yarn for a sock summit sweater myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. I can’t go so I third the suggestion for DVDs to be available. (I’m not so into downloading stuff.)

  53. The website looks great!! I wish I was going to be in Portland that week and in in Milwaukee!

  54. Sigh…
    The Sock Summit would be so awesome!
    I wonder if y’all are offering any scholarships? I would love to attend but got laid off on Thursday…for the second time in five months.
    I will have to live vicariously through your blog.

  55. Wooooooooo-Hooooooooo!!!!!
    The Sock Summit site is beautiful. Lovely. Dare I say a bit reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica? The starry skies are great! Better yet, it’s cleanly designed, straightforward, and the text is just like a skirt — long enough to cover the subject, short enough to keep it interesting.
    Huge congrats to you and the rest of the ST teams. I can’t wait to attend! (Oh, knitting fates, please let there be a slot in the “Put Spinning on your Feet” class for me on Friday or Saturday!)

  56. gahhhh!
    (words fail me)
    I am so, so, so excited. I will be penniless and eating Ramen for weeks afterward, but it will be WORTH IT.

  57. While I didn’t find out about Earth Hour until reading your blog this morning, I did carpool to a folk dance event and so left the lights off at the house during that time. Hopefully that counts!
    And I undid a bunch of rows on a lace shawl when I got home – hopefully I’ll get it right today!

  58. I would love to come to the Sock Summit. I have never knit a pair of socks but because of your blog and reading your books and everyone’s comments, guess what? I bought sock yarn, DPN’s and a sock knitting book. So if I can’t be there in the flesh I’ll be there in spirit… a sock knitting spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. maybe it’s my browser … only one other person says they had a prob w the otherwise beyootiful sock summit website …
    anyway my browser shows the navigation bar at left OK but the main part of screen is blank, you have to scroll down.
    way down.
    it’s worth it, though.

  60. So if I have eight classes that I’d like to take, chances are good that at least three of them AREN’T scheduled in the same time slot, right?
    Thanks for including spindle spinning. I’ve one quick training session at The Mannings (outside during Spin Out Day) and one class where I was told that I spin leftie. Interesting since I’m primarily a rightie in every other thing I do. I guess I inherited some of my dad’s ambidextrous nature after all. I can only spin when I’m within 20 feet of a spinner – can’t remember at all by myself at home! Even then it’s “designer thick and thin”.

  61. Holey Lace! I was reading–ok drooling–over the website, when my Geekheart suggested we go as part of a belated honeymoon!!! I may be in a wheelchair by then so I was dubious but he said we can do it–wheeeeeeeeeeee. I’m so excited! We can be in Portland, and later go up to Seattle and Vancouver.
    Btw, the website was one of most enjoyable to read I’ve looked at in some time. Plus, the geek in me really liked the starry background and the logo that is stunning and also suggestive of some sort of knitting space time continuum.
    Oh heck. I am almost 50. Must NOT go all fangirl giddy at the thought of listening to that Luminary panel. Must Be Composed.
    But..but…I might see YOU! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    ps get this! Not only is he offering spent part of our honeymoon to take me across country (from Ga), and put up with me communing with my Rav girl posse, and willing to mail back boxes of yarny market goodness, Geekheart says he might let me teach him to knit, for the occasion! I am sitting here feeling quite over the moon.

  62. I’m shredding my shirt in despair that I can’t attend. How could my brother schedule his wedding on that weekend.

  63. See the post above by “say pahvray”. Me too. Big white space, with the info below the fold, at the bottom of the screen.
    Is it because I’m still on IE6?

  64. Oohh Stephanie! Can’t we just send a deposit to hold a registration place???? Plleeeeze?
    Hyperventilating in the sock-shaped state…. Marjorie

  65. Like several others I will be watching and living vicariously through your’s and others blogs due to financial restraints. However I do second (third forth?) the idea of a Sock Summit DVD for sale afterwards for those of us unable to attend for whatever reason ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Let’s all do a “little less”
    Google “The great Pacific Garbage Patch”
    It is an island of plastic larger than the state of Texas.

  67. I’m hyperventilating again over the summit, especially the EZ memorial panel discussion. Any chance it can become a videocast for those of us who can’t make it? I’d pay for the DVD or watch it online.

  68. Thanks for the reminder of Earth Hour! Hubby and I enjoyed carry out Chinese in bed. That was pretty fun. We could do that more often!

  69. So why didn’t I receive an e-mail about the new site since I did sign up for the mail list?

  70. Dude, I am SO THERE!!1! I have wrangled my way to Sock Summit and I am going to be the MOST PSYCHED PERSON THERE!
    >sorry, psyched, not psycho<

  71. Oh, the description on the Luminary Panel page is incredibly inspiring and wonderful. I wish I could be there, and if not there, that there could be a live feed so I could watch it going on online. Not going to beg and add to your burden. It’s just a wish I send to the universe. Thank you for the wonderful writing on the website. ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. I am so excited that it is happening in the town where I live–and just across the street!!! I don’t know if I can handle it. Thanks you so much Yarn Harlot and your co-conspirators for putting it all together. Uh, I hope I can get the time off work to go just one day, hehe.

  73. That web site is phenomenal! No wonder you got sucked into the time-space continuum. I may remorgage the appartment so I can come! ; ) (kidding)
    I was at a meditation retreat on Earth Day. There were lights on there. I think I forgot all about Earth Day when I got home. 12 hours of meditation gets me forgetting many things, except sleep. I think it will turn out to be good for the Earth, all that meditating. : ) Thank you for pretty pictures of candle light.

  74. Oh Rams – thanks for the “Emma” reference – not much knitting in Austen, but lots of other good lines — The Jane Austen Society thanks you too!!!
    Jenni in Edmonton – where it might be spring (shhhhh, not so loud, it might hear you and be scared off!)

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