Things I learned at Sock Summit

I’ve been trying and trying to write about Sock Summit, and two things keep stopping me. The first is that I am still so tired it makes me delirious, and the second is that it feels ridiculous. I keep wanting to say things like that it was life-changing – empowering or something, and then I realize I’m talking about a knitting conference and a bunch of knitters being in one place, and I feel stupid coming forth with platitudes about knitting and knitters and walking amongst ones own kind and what it was like to meet so many people I look up to.. or even gather them in one place.

Planning this thing has been extraordinary. Simply the size of it was crazy, and I don’t mind telling you (and I know Tina doesn’t mind me telling you either) that this has been really, really scary. It’s scope has been huge, and there were times when we were really alarmed and overwhelmed. It’s been an organizational Everest and I think that without the help of post-it’s and a thousand notebooks and staggering Canada/US phone bills it would have even been possible. There were 40 teachers, 1800 registered students, more than 150 vendors… and a comparatively tiny staff. Through all of it, here’s some of the things I learned.

1. It is possible to live on bites of stolen food and appetizers for 4 days, but it leaves you with a deep longing for food that comes on plates and is served with cutlery. This longing lasts for more than 4 days. Food (and the time to eat it in) was so hard to come by at the Summit that you wouldn’t have believed it. We ate scraps of odd food with our hands for four straight days. By day 3 all the STs were joking about wanting “to get some of those things we’ve heard some knitters talking about. They bought some and said they were really great. What were they called again? Oh yeah…. MEALS.”

2. There is no sleeping at Sock Summit. In the days leading up to the Summit ST-1 and 2 were totally wiped out, and kept ridiculously long hours to get ready. Once it started, there were about four or five hours of sleep per night, just to keep up with the workload. I think that I spend a couple of days in a complete fugue state, and I know that more than once Tina and I agreed that we thought that babysitting newborn quadruplets would offer more rest.

3. Rachel H was born for a sock hop. Just saying.

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4. With a few remarkable exceptions, most people held up to what Tina and I believed during the planning of this, which is that if you treat people as well as you possibly can, most of them will behave as well as they possibly can. All through the Summit I was amazed by the generous, kind and fun vibe. Almost every person I met was fantastic.

5. I learned that there are a few people who will still break all the rules and not ask permission to do things and take advantage of a system – even if you extend them all the courtesy and generosity in the world – and that this continues to be both disappointing and confusing. We have not yet learned what to do with those people, but have learned that they are so seriously outnumbered that it might not matter all that much.

6. I learned that Barbara Walker is one of the most wonderful people in the world. Not just because I respect her work so much that I can’t even talk about it, but because she is humble, unassuming, funny, generous and clever.

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Also, she wore a tuxedo tee-shirt to the teachers dinner, and in the picture above she’s wearing her “Summit Socks” that she finished the night before the last day. I just love that. I love it almost as much as an experience I heard. Two women at a hotel near the summit get into an elevator. One turns to the other and excitedly says “Are you here for the summit? Are you a knitter too?” and the other woman smiles at her ands says “Yes. I am a knitter. I’m Barbara Walker”. I think the first woman just about swallowed her own tongue and they had three floors of elevator to go.

7. All the teachers were extraordinary. Really, really extraordinary. I heard some of the most complimentary and lovely things about them, and really, I’m as proud of them as a mother hen. Tina and I popped in on most classes and were really impressed. Also, pissed off, because we can’t believe that we didn’t have time to sit and learn from them. They were teaching stuff I really want to know.

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8. We learned that sexism is (in case you were wondering) alive and well in the world. We’d wondered throughout the entire process if it was our imagination that we weren’t being taken very seriously, but thought that it was the topic that was throwing people off. (Fair enough. Knitting is often not taken very seriously as a business and we did complicate it by narrowing it down to socks) We were wrong. Sure, the topic didn’t help, but one fine day as we were working on the summit, a service provider trying to give us advice (we won’t tell you who, because the gentleman in question did better from then on, and learning should be rewarded) prefaced his information to us with the incredible statement “Ladies, young ladies. Listen to daddy…”

We didn’t wonder anymore if we were imagining that the fact that we had breasts was working against us.

9. I learned that if I do a booksigning sitting next to Anna Zilboorg I can hardly spell my name. What an amazing woman.

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10. ST-2 rocks. I mean it. Debbi, Rachel H, JoAnn and Debra are just about the most amazing women I have ever met, and this just wouldn’t have been possible without them. I knew they were smart, funny, remarkable and skilled or they wouldn’t have been designated ST-2s, but really, I can’t tell you how much all four of them have been raised in my esteem, which I didn’t think was even possible. They are four seriously kick ass women, and dudes, I now believe that there is nothing that is not possible with their help.

I’ve almost had trouble making eye contact with any of them since this ended, because the look of them, knowing what we’ve put them through over the last little while, how tired they were… you can’t pay people to do that. Money alone won’t inspire that much hard work and dedication. They did it because they’re fantastic, they truly understand the principles we laid out, and because they love us and we love them… although for a few days there, Tina and I wondered why.

11. I learned that given half a chance to congregate, knitters do.

12. I learned that almost everything is possible, if you do it one little step at a time. Lucy Neatby summed this up with the phrase “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

13. I learned that there is no end to the cleverness of knitters and what they can accomplish, and that this is really not anything more than a reflection of how basically good people are in general.

14. I learned that we should all be very glad that my friend Tina Newton is not evil, because surely, her might turned to the wrong side would be as terrible as it is incredible. She’s a force, and not one minute of this would be possible without her. Not one minute. I’m a flea on the animal of her formidable intellect.

15. I learned that Tina has the soul of a Nepalese spice trader. When you work with her there are two prices for everything. The price you pay before Tina talks to them, and the real price you’re paying when she’s done charming, negotiating and bottom lining. It’s a joy to watch.

16. I learned that developing the ability to say no in business is not only not rude, but necessary.

17. I learned that spending a day among friends following the summit was miraculous, even if it mostly looked like this:

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17. I learned that I would do it all again. Although maybe not right away.

More tomorrow. I have a finished project to show you.

300 thoughts on “Things I learned at Sock Summit

  1. Thanks for all the hard work you and Tina did for us. And yes, I’ve found myself on several blogs after our dancing at the sock hop…I now have a glimpse into your world. πŸ™‚

  2. Dear Stephanie,
    I have followed the adventures of ST1 & ST2 as much as possible through blogs and ravelry and I am in awe of your organisational prowess and the sheer scope of the project you pulled off to such amazing success.
    As someone who wished she could have be there, all I have read so far was complimentary, funny, exhilarating and leaves me hoping that there will be a “Sock Summit” again in the future, maybe a bit closer (East Coast of North America would be helpful), so that I may have a chance of attending.
    Thank you so much for organising something like this, even from someone who was not there. It shows that with enough will and the sacrifice of sleep and regular meals, anything is possible.
    Congratulations to you and the Sock Summit Team on pulling of this amazing event!!!
    Kind regards,
    Bettina

  3. The Sock Summit sounds like it was wonderful. When you regain your strength and start planning the next one consider moving it to the Midwest-no jet lag and a lot of wool sock knitters.

  4. ST-1 and ST-2,
    I’m so glad you survived the summit. I had more fun than I thought possible. Probably more fun than some people would call legal. It was a wonderful, wild, crazy time, and I appear to have mortgaged my entire life for laceweight yarn. It would be terrible if you hadn’t survived after creating so much enjoyment for so many people.
    But the major reason I’m glad you’re alive is that I can’t wait for the next summit. Two years from now? (When I had Tina for Colorful Stitches she said not next year). In Toronto? So more of the east coast people can come?
    Pretty please?

  5. Glad all went well. Wish I could have been there. And unless you found a worm hole somewhere, I can’t imagine you finished the blanket.

  6. (Of course, being me I’m interested in the “almost” in “almost everyone behaved themselves,” but I can wait.)
    (A while.)

  7. How wonderful to have put together such a huge and successful event. I hope you consider the possibility of doing it again. I would love to be there next time. As an aside, I’d mentioned in a previous post that Sock Summit was #4 on Yahoo’s list of popular searches on 8/10. Isn’t that fabulous?
    Congratulations!!!

  8. Thanks for such an incredible time!! I was amazed at the all the friendships formed and the (pardon the pun) tight-knit community feeling of the entire sock summit. You name the time and place and I’ll be there! Thanks again!

  9. I learned a lot of wonderful things at Sock Summit, and much of it had little to do with knitting technique. The amazing strength and influence of all these gentle women (including you, Steph) is inspiring, uplifting, and encouraging. My world is a much better place with all of you in it. And a special thanks to Lisa and RachelH for letting me volunteer – it was the icing on the cake. Love to you ALL!!!

  10. I am so jealous, so wanted to be there, maybe next time. I have co-orditated stuff like you did, but for less time and way more help. I can understand how tired and exhausted and exhilarated you must be right now.
    Thank-you for putting Knitters on the radar.

  11. So – my twins are due in Dec. Does this mean I can fly you and Tina in for some baby help? It should be easy! Two newborns and a one year old!!!

  12. I’ve been wondering how the blanket is going!
    Thank you again for all of your hard work — I hope you know how much it meant to all of us. I had a wonderful time at SS09!

  13. For those of us who submitted to the Sock Museum and were not able to attend, may I ask when the socks will be online? I don’t mind when the answer may be, mind you–I would just like to have some idea as to the timeline. Thank you!

  14. Thank you for the post. I’ve been reading a lot on Ravelry about SS09 and a few other blogs, but I have been anxious for your thoughts. As one who was unable to attend, I am very pleased and excited to learn you are willing to do it again. Congratulations. You, Tina and ST-2 are amazing people.

  15. Whoo hee! You rock!
    Congratulations on what was obviously a terrific event. I will try so hard to be at the next (I only write in hope!) one.
    So glad it went so well for you and that all the post-its came to fruition.
    Enjoy the time to relax.

  16. I love this blog entry! It puts into words how many of us felt at SS. I have the same problem of explaining to people how life-changing and empowering it was…..seems silly to say it out loud, but it really was!! I’m an introvert by nature and I even had a great time! Didn’t meet a whole lot of new people, but was quietly on the sidelines admiring everyone!!
    I would definitely be willing to help plan another SS, or at the very least, volunteer a lot more time while I’m there. When I volunteered at the Registration desk there wasn’t much activity, but it was fun nonetheless.
    Rest up!! Can’t wait for your next entry.
    Tamara

  17. Congratulations on a great job! I’m very jealous of those who attended and hope to go to the next one!
    I’ll be a volunteer helper if it’s closer to Ontario

  18. P.S. I would have FLIPPED OUT at the “listen to daddy” comment. YIKES!!! How did you keep it together at that point? or did you?

  19. Also on board with the “how do you really explain this to people?” conundrum. It was such a fantastic experience. The heart and soul (and sweat!) that you all put into the Summit were so evident. It was a marvellous gift. Thank you, oodles and tons, for making it happen!

  20. Love the poodle skirt, love the Barbara Walker in the elevator story. Sounds like you and your team did a superb job.
    Can someone tell me what ST-1 and ST-2 are/were. I have been trying to figure this out for weeks.
    I third the motion for a future event on the east coast of North America…..
    Congratulations!
    Rest up!

  21. Thanks. It is a small word but I say it sincerely with its fullest meaning. I now have special Sock Summit memories woven into my life, and I have the pleasure of hearing the Sock Summit experiences of others.

  22. If it had been a woman service provider talking and she had said, “Ladies, listen to Mama…” would you have been offended? Just curious. And yes, I know and agree that knitters are not taken seriously enough. And yes, I think you all did a fantastic job and wish I could have been there. And yes, I know what happened with the online registration because they didn’t believe you.

  23. Oh how I wish I could have been there with you all… but such is life. I will live vicariously through the stories told, for a long time to come, by those of you who were. And be placated by all the cool sock yarn my sister, who did go, is bringing me back… (Hear that Caroline?)

  24. I am jealous. The other thing that you forgot to mention is that Hard work pays off. you need to go to a Spa! cecilia

  25. Like Kayten, I’ve been living vicariously through you and those on Ravelry who were able to go (to my undying jealousy).
    I have no doubt that this was a landmark event, and you all deserve so much praise and admiration for pulling it off as amazingly as you did. Also sleep, chocolate and some really excellent wine – but most of all admiration.
    Thank you for doing this.

  26. Congratulations on surviving Sock Summit. I was there enjoying the knitting, the yarn and all. You deserve a rest. During your closing thank-yous I prayed that your voice would last. If you do this again please give it at least two years if not three, for the sake of your health and sanity. It was truly monumental! Thank YOU

  27. SS09 was just incredible. I got to work with Lisa, JoAnn and Debra. They were INCREDIBLE ladies and were never seen without a fantastic smile plastered on their faces.
    You and Tina are goddesses and we all saw the amazing effort you put into everything. I couldn’t believe you were actually putting the class signs in the slots outside the door yourself. I just wanted to send you some sleep in a bottle.
    Thank you for doing this. Everyone who sees me now that I’m back home is so envious. They so wished they could have gone. I can’t say enough good things about this event. Of course, the first thing they want to know is “Are they going to do this again next year?”
    Super Cyber Hugs to you and everyone on the SS09 Teams.

  28. I got such a chuckle on Sunday…was online at my mom’s and Yahoo had Sock Summit ranking 4th on their search engine list! Rest; you deserve it! Wish I could’ve been there…maybe next time πŸ™‚

  29. It sure was an amazing event. Thank you and all of the ST team for putting it together. I just had a flippin’ blast!

  30. I love this post. Especially #6 (Barbara Walker in the elevator).
    Your feet deserve a pedicure.
    The fact that you can even write a sentence (and a funny one at that!) so soon after such a stupendous event is very impressive!

  31. I cannot believe the sheer arrogance of the “listen to Daddy” guy. Saying that to women armed with sharp sticks; what a “Thelma and Louise” moment!
    YAY teachers. DOUBLE YAY, Judy Becker! I would just like to point out that she is the only SS09 teacher with a Dye for Glory colorway named after her (with her kind permission of course). Not that every member of this amazing group didn’t deserve a similar honor.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making Sock Summit happen. I enjoyed every minute.

  32. Um…for N*** T***, may I suggest that we get together a team of ‘on the day’ folks who will be oriented, fed, slept, and ready to step in so that you and the rest of the planners can actually enjoy your event?
    Since most of what would be on the menu (except spinning classes and well, nobody would miss me for THOSE, would they?) is of little use to someone who takes two years to knit ONE sock, I’d be delighted to volunteer….
    Did you get a chance to shop?

  33. stephanie – thank you for the “i survived sock summit” and the photos – i have been concerned that those in power did not make it thru…what an accomplishment!! i was my honor to meet and work with you all. thank you.

  34. YAY!!!!!
    I am so happy that everyone had a grat time. From what I hear, it turned out amazing.
    I am glad you are back from the not dead and are slowly returning to us!

  35. Thank you for Sock Summit – it was amazing! Absolutely, utterly and wonderfully amazing πŸ™‚
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  36. Just when I thought I had heard all the good Sock Summit stories, you have “Barbara Walker gets into an elevator…” Awesome. It sounds like a grand time.

  37. Okay, if not here next year…. Please come back. I understand the wanting from the East coast crowd! I’d be totally jealous too! So glad that I live here in Oregon and could make it. You all did a truly fabulous job! Thanks so much.

  38. Thank you for planning and putting this wonderful event together! I’ve been to many, many shows, conventions, etc. But the Sock Summit, by far, was the most congenial, organized, friendly, upbeat, orderly event ever. Forget that it was about knitting by knitters for knitters–that just made it better. It was fantastic and such a “high”. I was asked if I’d come down yet from the intoxication of the yarn fumes. Not yet. However, I’ve yet to get the stain off my shirt. I spilled coffee on it while frantically handing my cup to my friend so I could take your picture–without looking like a complete idiot/fan groupie/nervous teenager. I felt like a stalker, but my friend said it was ok because it was really kinearing. All of you did wonderful work and it is much appreciated!

  39. Please tell me the obnoxious ones that didn’t mind the rules were not all Americans?

  40. Like rams, I’m interested in the “almost” explanation.
    Like SueK, if the next SS is near Ontario, count me in as a volunteer.

  41. So wish I could have been there! Impetuous! Homeric!
    Now that you’ve done it once, the next one will be a piece of cake. East coast, east coast, east coast….

  42. LOVE YOU ALL AND EVERYTHING ABOUT LAST WEEKEND!!!!
    I am badly in withdrawal and only the fact that I am heading off to Haliburton Arts School for Spinning School THIS weekend has kept me from winding myself in yarn and trying to hitchhike back to Portland.

  43. Having worked in a male dominated profession (engineering) for twenty-five years, I am well aware of the sexism.
    I find the expression “Listen, son…” works well (I’m old enough to pull that off) and when someone pulls a “little lady” on me I respond with “Okay…pumpkin”.

  44. I was there just for the marketplace, and it was awesome. Many thanks to you and your “team”! Hopefully there will be a second summit.

  45. Congratulations on such a successful sock summit! Well done, and I’m sorry it takes so much out of you to produce such an amazing event.
    I could not allow myself to go, as my family finances just don’t have the wiggle room. But goodness, all last week, I kept thinking about jumping in the car and driving to Portland. It was a lovely dream.
    All last week, my blogreader gave me multiple views of the sock summit. It’s almost like seeing through spider eyes, seeing all these different angles on the same event. It looked monumental.
    Lastly, you ladies’ grace and aplomb in the face of all sorts of flooey is admirable and very inspiring.

  46. Gads. I didn’t even organize it or work much at it (teaching doesn’t count as working because I was having too much fun) and my aftermath looked just like yours.
    Food had to be brought to me. I was too tired to walk 10 feet to the kitchen to go get it.
    Fabulous though. Wasn’t it?

  47. For 4 days, you and Tina ruled a beautiful world where knitting was everywhere and spinning on the train was normal! I intend to be at the next one, whenever and wherever it may be. Thank you all so much for everything you ladies did for us. Get some rest, and savor the knowledge that your hard work created something magical for your fellow knitters.

  48. I just love hearing everyone’s sotires about Sock Summit. It sounds like you ladies did an amazing job.
    I’ve missed the blog, so good to see you back. πŸ™‚

  49. So glad to hear there will be a next time! It was thrilling as a far off observer (via blogs, twitter and ravelry)! I look forward (patiently, take your time, I”ll just knit something while I wait) to being there in person for the next one.

  50. While jealously sitting at home, I marveled at all that the lot of you managed to pull together. As for those questionable folk who take advantage and turn things to suit themselves, I find it works best if I fire them from my world. By which I mean, I get out the biggest fattest magic marker and put them on the ‘Sorry, but not in this lifetime” list. I’m happier for it, and they seldom seem to really notice. It works for all.

  51. Bless your beautiful soul! I didn’t attend, but I love what you learned. It sounds as if it was a wonderful experience for everyone thanks to you and your team.

  52. Steph, you’re update on the SS brought me to tears! I have no words to express how I feel…except I LOVE you and the whole team and I didn’t even get to attend! You ROCK! Knitting is a way of life.. not just a “hobby” please keep up the great work and know what you do is amazing.

  53. Thank you Tina and Stephanie for the little spark of an idea, which when brought to fruition became SOCK SUMMIT’09 !!!!!
    Thanks to ST-2 for all the hard work getting the details to come together. Your many efforts were seen and greatly appreciated.
    Ladies, you’ve accomplished something great, something that will always be a part of sock knitting herstory. The next time someone tells you you can’t do something, or speaks to you condesendingly, or doesn’t take you seriously, look back on this time, gaze straight into their eyes, and say “Ya Wanna BET?”
    You came, you did, and you triumphed!

  54. You might look into using Skype or some other internet phone system for the next go round; might save some money.
    Thanks so much for making this happen.

  55. Of COURSE you can’t have a SS next year … it’s a Knitting Olympics year.
    Janey, who is very disappointed about not getting to the first SS and needs something to look forward to

  56. Not getting to go and reading this was like watching your child jump in the pool the without you the first time. I am overjoyed at the gift you and the ST’s were able to offer our small(?) sect. I am still getting over being here, not there.
    Mazel Tov to you all!!!

  57. We all knew you could do it. You ladies are amazing. Followed the Summit vicariously through blogs and websites and seriously — people pay massive amounts of money for organized events that don’t go off half as well as the Summit did. You’ve earned the right to sleep for a week, in peace, followed by a gourmet meal of your choice.
    And then do we start organizing the next Olympics?

  58. Hee! You said the magic word…again!
    Seriously, darling – Sock Summit was the most wonderful, incredible, amazing, inspiring, and marvelous thing I’ve ever experienced. You all did a fantastic job, and I thank you from the very bottom of my knitterly heart.

  59. You were fabulous, amazing, unreal. You were moving at the speed of light every time I saw you (especially right after you saw that whole knitting-needle-in-the-leg thing — you moved *really* fast then). I don’t know how you all did it, but I’m so very glad that you did and that I was there to see it.
    (What I really wish I could have seen, though, was the look on your faces when he said “listen to daddy”. What did you say in response?!)

  60. Thank you. Stephanie, what you and Tina, and all of ST-2 was beyond incredible. From conceiving and bringing this event to life to even helping me find an ATM (I can’t believe I asked you that. I owe you homebrewed beer next time you’re in Seattle for a reading!) you all have proven beyond a doubt that my faith in humanity is well-founded.
    I hope you get some rest, and that Joe and your daughters kept the house intact while you were gone!

  61. Sounds as wonderful as I imagined. I do hope you do it again some time, and, as I live in the middle of the country, I won’t even lobby for a coast (though Chicago is lovely…)
    Congratulations on all you’ve learned, and all you taught all those other knitters, too.

  62. Things I regret about Sock Summit:
    1. I forgot my camera
    2. I forgot to get any books to be signed.
    3. I forgot to bring Stephanie a beer or ten. I’m an Oregonian–my state citizenship may now be revoked since I didn’t bring Oregon beer to a fellow beer aficionado in need.
    4. I didn’t offer to get any or all of ST-1 or ST-2 some food.
    And finally I think I learned that I want to be Rachael when I grow up. Or any of the other ST team members because seriously, they are all so cool and fantastic and adorable.
    I can’t thank you enough. Thank you for making this accessible, fun, and wonderful, and in such a classy, stylish way.

  63. The Knitting Goddesses gave me minor smack for having the time of my life (thankyouthankyouthankyou!)in PDX.
    I left my knitting at home and had no emergency yarn/project at work.

  64. Congratulations on pulling together such a fantastic event. You have so much to be proud of. All the reviews I’ve read just raved about it. Rest & chill out for a good, long while.

  65. Oh, hey! Now you’ll have lots of free time to work on You Know What. (Even I don’t have the guts to say it out loud today.)
    And also? I’ll step up and be ST-3, tasked with the care and feeding of ST-1 and ST-2.

  66. I’m glad you guys are getting some well-deserved and well-earned R&R. I’m still recovering, though I, obviously, did not put as much into it as you guys did — so I can’t imagine how exhausted you all are. I hope spa treatments are part of the recovery plan.
    Sock Summit was incredible because of all the hard work, love, energy, and dedication you put into it. THANK YOU many, many times over!!!

  67. So much fun to hear all the adventures and lessons! You give me hope for my own scary enterprise — motivating western US Americans to get involved in the 350.org international day of action against global warming on Oct. 24. Every once in awhile, with palpitating heart and moist palms…I WILL remember: one bite at a time! Thanks!
    Here’s hoping I can join you at the next summit.

  68. Stephanie, never apologize for the way you feel about the Sock Summit. It’s not “just knitting”,
    it’s a testament to the human spirit of determination, creativity and love. If the non-believers can’t see that, then they’re missing something very special. So there, too.
    By the way, *were* your pants clean when you met Barbara Walker?

  69. I learned that Tina is not the boss of you, you are not the boss of Tina, and that Meg Swansen has never been a man.
    I was happy to be able to work the marketplace and Sock Hop doors for a little while, but wish I could have done more to help.
    Thank you, thank you for everything you, Tina and ST-2 did for all of us. But if there is a next time, con a few more people into helping you, ok?

  70. Me thinks that if/when there is a next time there needs to be a “support-the-crew” crew that does nothing but take care of you guys. Real meals delivered directly to you wherever you are, foot rubs when you are sitting, (or a back rub depending on you preference) run a bath so you can soak at the days end… (ok that sounds a little stocker-ish, but meant more in the mothering-the-mother kind of way)
    I bet there are many who are more than willing to do all of the above for all of you wonderful, giving ladies.

  71. I wish I could have done more to help . . . as it was, I spent as much time as I could volunteering. But still, I wish I could have done more, somehow. Something to put more smiles on those tired, worried faces I kept seeing on the ST members’ faces.
    Even though I wasn’t in classes, I wholly enjoyed being able to be present for the Sock Summit. It was historic, fun, and I really loved helping knitters wind their yarn in the Marketplace. :o)

  72. I’m excited you’re willing to do it again even if not right away. I heard it was great and I look forward to being there the next time.

  73. SS2010….please and thank you. You could be planning it right now πŸ˜‰ Just imagine how much bigger/better you could make it. Drooling just thinking a-boot it.

  74. I am a new knitter living in Portland, OR and a regular reader of your blog. So I knew about the Sock Summit and some of the journey to its fruition. A friend and I went to the Marketplace on Friday morning and were amazed to see it’s scope in an area in which we have attended many Home and Garden Shows, etc. over the years. As we sat to relax and eat a little lunch (don’t mean to gloat!), we marveled at the size of the undertaking by the Sock Summit Team to organize such an event! As a new knitter, it was awe-inspiring to walk among so much talent. I hope future Sock Summits are again held in our beautiful City of Roses (or Socks, as the case may be)!

  75. Hi Stephanie!
    I was too shy to say anything to you and when we had the opportunity to chat, it was all work. (I was taking tickets for the world record attempt and you warned me there will be a huge crowd showing up because classes were ending in 5 minutes. You were a god send. Thank you so much for the warning. I was wondering why there wasn’t a HUUUUGE crowd earlier in the day. That is why you run the joint!)
    So thank you and Tina and ST-2. You guys put on a wonderful knitterly show that even my non-knitter partner thought was spectacular. He loved how we all flocked to this thing and had such enthusiam for it all. If you build it, they will come…
    Although I only had a one hour wonder, I’m glad I had extra time to check out the marketplace (every single day and buy things!), do other knitterly things at the summit and check out Portland. I’d love to be a part of it again. Thank you.
    Mary

  76. “Ladies, young ladies. Listen to daddy…” – well some people don’t have much of a ‘daddy’ to listen to, does he really want people to not listen to him?
    I don’t thinks so – perhaps he could just change the world and get all daddies to be ‘good daddies’.

  77. I am so in the “wanting to know about the ‘almost’ people” camp. How could people be buttheads at such an event. Really.

  78. What an amazing job you and Tina did. The two of you were everywhere all the time. And what a time it was…. The atmosphere was unbelievable, market wonderful, teachers amazing!! And though it all, you and Tina and all the St-2 handled everything with such grace and good humor. Thank you Steph, Thank you Tina, Thank you JoAnn, Debbi, Debra and the lovely Rachel. You throw a hell of a party!

  79. And how wonderful it all was! You guys done good. But I KNEW you would cuz anything you and Tina touch is absolute gold! And you have the wonderful support to make it all happen; I may not know Rachel, but I certainly have witnessed the magic of the rest of you together! Many, many thanks for such a magical, wondrous event!

  80. I wish so much that I could have gone to Sock Summit! Unfortunately, I am a first-year grad student with limited funds and time. But someday, when this happens again, I will be there. It looks like it was just amazing.

  81. I was at SS09, and now seeing you all lying down with your eyes closed, relaxing, it brings tears to my eyes. You all worked so hard, too hard, for… us! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Michele

  82. Thank you, thank you – I’m so glad you guys thought this up and ran with it… and that you managed to live through it as well. It was awesome and the energy there definitely had an empowering and loving “feel”; maybe it was the wool fumes but I don’t think “life changing” (especially for those of you that “made it for us”) is over the top at all!

  83. LOL – Knittinginmind!!!! As a “lady lawyer” I might need to use that “okay pumpkin” one of these days!
    Stephanie -I’m quite a new knitter, only a few projects under my belt, and I haven’t yet been enticed to try socks (SO many stitches, SUCH skinny yarn) – so I just wanted to jump in with the folks above suggesting that knitters who are not knitters of socks would make great volunteers for SS2010. We love the knitting – really we do (and the marketplace and stuff) but we’re not ready (and might never be) to learn in the actual classes – it would be the perfect mix of knitterly enthusiasm, without the sadness of missing the classes. (And, who knows, you might get a few converts along the way – ha!)
    Minneapolis has an awesome convention center -might be worth a look . . . . .

  84. I’d be willing to volunteer for the next one (whenever it may be), if it’s in Toronto.
    Looks like an amazing time was had by all.
    Relax. Recuperate. Get yourself home safely.

  85. Ms. Stephanie, the spirit of community and togetherness that you brought to the event, flowed through everyone. So many bright lights in one place…all so kind, warm, and loving.. I have been a huge admirer of yours for a long time, and when I saw you, Clara and others meeting your heroines, then turn and be so humble and gracious to all… I am a fairly stoic guy, but I had to dry the eyes a few times. Everyone I have spoken to at the event had at least a few moments to experience greatness in some way or another.. from Cat holding Barbara Walker’s sock and swooning, to my getting to spend some time with Evelyn Clark and Judith Mackenzie McCuin… OMG!!! Words can’t describe how many lives you enriched with this. Thank you, and know, that even if you retired today, (but please don’t) you have helped make a difference.

  86. OMG, it sounds amazing, I’m green with envy and hoping I will be able to attend a future event.

  87. Ha! The listen to daddy comment is hilarious. I was at my niece’s soccer game a few years ago filling in for her Mom who was on vacation. I was sitting quietly with my knitting when the ref told Susie’s team to “play like ladies”. Before I knew what I was doing I yelled at the top of my lungs “Forget that–play like women!”. Every other woman in the place cheered!!!!

  88. I was one who could not sign up on registration day and only went for the vendors on Friday and that was amazing. I loved seeing all the awesome knitters walking around with the ‘commoners’.

  89. All of you are to be commended on what I am sure was an incredible experience. I so wish I had been able to attend. I’ve decided that if you ever do this again, I want to volunteer to help. Of course, I’m sure the idea of a second event is enough to send you screaming into the night right now!
    Again, congratulations–you proved once again that Knitters Rock!

  90. I knew I should have removed the wheel from the chair. Sorry.
    Thank you for being so patient with all of us. I know if you had asked us anything we would have fetched it for you. Even vegetarian food we would have watched the cook make in person so that it didn’t have chicken broth in it.
    I had Rachel H sign my wheel after Barbara and Meg signed it and she cried out, “No! I can’t sign it with THEM!” I told her, “You are as much of a luminary as they are for what you did this weekend. Sign it, dammit!”

  91. Oh, I’m so pleased it all worked out well and was amazing. You (and all your compatriots) deserve it.

  92. You might not be willing to think of it as such, but Sock Summit could probably become an annual event if it didn’t have the same coordinators year to year. Set something up so that coordinators can be chosen (I’m thinking votes and elections). That way no one is repeatedly stressed to the breaking point every year.
    All your notes and files could be packaged up and sent to the next years coordinators so they can both learn from past mistakes and know what to do ahead of time.
    the way I see it
    pro’s
    – A Sock Summit every year
    – Coordinators get to relax, knit, party, and shop next year
    – Variety (each group will have a different take on the theme and it will never be the same but will always be awesome because knitters are awesome)
    – Sock Summit will probably travel around alot as different groups will have different city’s they want to host the Summit
    (I am sure there are more but I can’t think of any right now)
    Con’s
    – for the first few years, or until veteran coordinators get up the strength to coordinate again, mistakes will be made
    (I am sure there are more but I can’t think of any right now)
    I apologize for this being a long comment I couldn’t find your e-mail anywhere on the blog I guess I’m just blind. Also sorry if I didn’t make a lot of sense, I have trouble writing coherently.
    Knit long and Prosper

  93. I’m so happy to hear you’re up to doing it again so I can hopefully attend!
    Congrats to you all – a job beyond well done!!

  94. You mean…you mean… there’s a chance I can go, that there will indeed possibly be a next time? YAY!!! Meantime, my deepest thanks to all who did so much.

  95. I remember, in late 1987 after the stock-market crash, I called my stock broker to have her (yes, her) liquidate some stocks so that I could pay a professional producer to make my first knitting videos. It was a big chunk of change. $10K. Her response? “I can’t think of anything more boring than to watch someone knit.”
    Did she remain my broker? No.
    Did the videos pay me back? You betcha and in spades.
    Have we progressed much since then? Yes and no.
    One of the things that stood out most clearly for me at the Summit was that it was a gathering of feminists who also happen to knit.
    In 1974 I fought my bank to get a credit card in my name only and not jointly with my husband. I made more money than he. It took three or four months, but I got the card. We haven’t eliminated sexism but knitters are persistent. And that’s good enough. I have another 20 or 30 years to be at this work, one stitch at a time.
    Bravo and thank you. I had a great time!
    Cheryl

  96. Even though I was unable to get into any of the classes, I just wanted you to know that I had an amazing, “hard to put into words” time at the Sock Summit. As you said, there’s something about being around all of those very special people….. also, it helped me realize I’m not weird in my passion for knitting!
    By the way, we had dinner at one of the local restaurants and the waitress said that of all the convention people they get (and she said it’s a ton!) the knitters were the best group of people she’d ever met!
    I don’t think we could ever thank you and your crew enough for putting together such an amazing event….it will be a memory I hold dear forver! Now, continue to catch up on some of those zzzzz’s!

  97. From the wonderful response on all sorts of blogs you must have done a great job planning and executing….
    Big phone bills? How is it that nobody thought to use Skype, Yahoo, Live (MSN)or some other instant messaging that allows free calls from computer to computer? $12 (US) headset with a mic and bingo you’re done.

  98. A baby takes 9 months, and a repeat sure doesn’t sound attractive in the first minutes (months!?!) after birth. Let the seasons go forward.
    The sun will move, the temperature will shift, and too the wind. You and your posse will rest, evaluate, photos will prompt memories,
    and YOU’LL BE READY TO DO IT AGAIN!!! … and we’ll all be very very grateful.

  99. Oh my. I got goosebumps and chills reading about the knitter in the elevator! That could have been me if I’d been able to attend. πŸ™‚ Just reading about the Summit has been an adventure. Thanks to you, Stephanie and all your crew for making it possible. Next time in Toronto, ‘k?

  100. SS09 WAS absolutely inspiring, empowering, and incredibly fun. The whole experience made me deliriously giddy. The Luminary panel felt like the closest thing to church I have ever attended, it was really life-affirming. Yes, I know it was basically about sticks and string, but it was just a real honor to listen to those amazing women and learn their stories. Thank you a million times over!

  101. You, Tina and your team cared a lot about the Sock Summit teachers, and all the attendees and it showed. You guys rocked and your hard work paid off big time. Thank you again. Toronto would be a great place for the next one by the way… πŸ™‚

  102. Holy cow if I met Barbara Walker in an elevator I would fall down on my knees and bow to the Queen of all thinhs Knitterly, another words make a total arse of myself. How did that poor woman remain standing upright?

  103. Wish I was there! I’ve heard nothing but good things. And Rachel H is stylin’ in that poodle skirt!

  104. I was lucky enough to breathe the air of the Sock Summit for a day and got to shake your hand, the knitting hand of the the beloved Yarn Harlot after the world record attempt in the Oregon Ballroom and bought masses of yarn and talked to lots of nice people and felt oh so happy that I knew just a tiny bit about knitting. It was an amazing event!
    Eve from Carlisle, MA

  105. #6 is Laugh Out Loud funny. I mean hearty guffaw as opposed to the chuckle your blog typically generates. πŸ˜€ I am glad everything worked out so well. I know many of us who could not go – and no doubt everyone who DID go – are looking forward to SS2010.

  106. It’s very often the “little” things that turn out to be life-changing in our lives. The Avon Breast Cancer Walk is “just” a walk, one foot in front of the other – done by thousands, it’s life-changing. The bike ride that Meg, Pato, and Ken did is “just” a bike ride, one wheel revolution after another – done by thousands, it’s life-changing. This was “just” a bunch of sock knitters reaffirming their craft and talent – and done by thousands, it IS life-changing.
    Seeing it from the outside, I’ve been popping my buttons with pride over what you ST’s have created, and telling everyone I know how fantastic it was. SS09 “the happening” will stay with me forever; I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be you right now (except very, very tired).
    Go have another beer. And a nap. You all rock.

  107. In regards to Debbi, Rachel H, JoAnn and Debra, I read “They did it because they’re fanatics” instead of “fantastic”. Perhaps I’m not so far off?

  108. You have a finished project to show? I think you just told us a bit about a finished project in this post. πŸ˜‰

  109. You make me want to cry because this really was a life-changing event (with the emotion of thousands of knitters tied to it), even to those of us who weren’t there – it’s still life changing and it’s amazing that you put it all together. Thank you.

  110. Bravo and congratulations, I can’t imagine it was anything less than life changing and creative-affirming for all. Sock Summit leaders please take time to repair and refuel…

  111. WOW! Congrats to you and your team! I hope that you can do another one. AND I hope to not have a schedule conflict and be in attendance. Now go enjoy some down time!

  112. I didn’t get to go to SS, but it sounds wonderful!
    I’m so happy that it went well for all of you. I’ve been trying to think of the best word to describe you, and it comes back to “classy.” With a large helping of “gracious.” Not to mention “brave.” Oh, wait…one more: “tired”!!

  113. Stephanie,
    As always, you speak your heart and that was great to know what you brought away from it. I am sorry to hear you didn’t get to stay and learn in any of the classes! I loved my class, Laurel was a terifficly patient and enlightening teacher and I learned at least 5 new things I had been too shy to try previously.
    I so thoroughly enjoyed the Sock Summit and you did me an act of kindness by consenting to let me charge my phone behind the Registration Desk on Friday morning! Come back to the West Coast soon!

  114. I had a great time. I came down for Thursday only (I got a lottery slot!) Thanks for putting it on. I learned a lot and the marketplace was awesome!

  115. Thank you, thank you, thank you a squazillion times over for Sock Summit. It has consumed my days since what, February? although not anywhere like yours, but I’ve been obsessively thinking about it since you first mentioned it. Even with the most meticulous planning, things still went wrong, but then, things always will. It was the best Summit it could have been, under the circumstances, and I’m happy with that. Lesson learned: Be More Prepared N*** T***!

  116. I didn’t take nearly as many classes as I’d wanted (with husband and child in tow), but I felt so very lucky to be in your class. And it blew my mind! I’m working every day on my lever technique and it’s actually coming along pretty well now. I thought Sock Summit rocked and I so appreciate all of you who worked so hard to made it happen! I hope you’re all catching up on sleep now. In a matter of weeks you will have forgotten all about how painful it was and you’ll be ready for the next one – just like childbirth. πŸ™‚

  117. I am so glad it went well. I couldn’t go. The cosmos continued to conspire against me. I now know when not to buck the trend.
    I have been blog following and waiting to hear from you. I am beyond thrilled it went so well. Maybe next year?
    You guys are all so awesome. I can’t imagine the work that went into it all.
    Congratulations and many blessings!

  118. I am just sooooo envious of everybody that went to Sock Summit it sounded fabulous
    When I met you at Kananaskis I was so impressed by your knowledge and good humour.That gentlemen just likely will never get it

  119. I too learned that I love 99% of knitters, that we are all learning from each other, that we are all part of the same community, and that we can really accomplish just about anything if given the word ‘go.’
    Thanks so much for all your efforts and for the awesome party. And if it means anything, I think even us peons/attendees were feeling the same thing re: food. I have never been so happy to have a home-cooked meal!

  120. You made this for us. We liked it. OK, we loved it. To distraction. To the point that I have been in utter withdrawal for days. To the point that I have been seeking out friends whose eyes don’t glaze over when I buttonhole them to tell them about it. To the point that they now hide when they see me coming. But Steph: The knitters UNDERSTAND. (oh, p.s.: Portland SO rocks out loud, it’s inexpressible, and I’m in the word biz.) I’m so grateful to you all I can’t stand it.

  121. I sincerely hope you do it again. I was all set to go, but had to skip out at the last minute as I came down with the plague. I’m so glad to hear it went well for you, though. You’ve poured your heart and soul into this thing and I’m so happy it turned out for you. You deserve it.

  122. I couldn’t attend and I deeply regret it. I feel like I missed out on the knitters version of Woodstock. (I missed that too…)

  123. I really, really liked being an esteemed, exalted and cherished vendor! I never felt so wanted and appreciated before and I’ve been doing shows since the early 1990’s! Thanks! Great job!

  124. I read it! I read #17! And almost a year from now is certainly not “right away,” so yippee for all of us! Although, truth be told and given my circumstances, the only reason I could attend even part of SS #1 is because it was an hour away. Flying elsewhere to attend is out of the question for me, but I am THRILLED that others elsewhere will likely get to experience the wonder and glory that was SS. Hurray!

  125. 17. I learned that I would do it all again. Although maybe not right away.
    Oh, you just made me squeal. I was hoping you would consider another one someday, so I can have a chance to join in the fun. But absolutely take a few years to recharge first. I think you’ve more than earned it.
    And congrats to you and Tina and your staff. From everything I’ve heard it sounds like it was a spectacular event. You done good.

  126. WOWZA! Sounds like a booming success! Of course, we all expected that anyway, even those of us who couldn’t go knew it’d be incredible.
    Now…how’re you going to top it next year? Or should I not ask that for a month?

  127. It started in the airport when I saw someone else knitting, wearing a Ravelry T-shirt…and then I saw the signs outside the convention center…then the maket opened and the knitters came…and they were in the lobby, and they were in the halls, and in the parking lots, and in the grocery stores, and riding in cars…
    It was good,really really good! And it made me smile inside and out! I’ll go to the n*** one- come hell or high water!

  128. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
    My friend and I flew down from Alaska, and we had such a fabulous time. The classes were awesome, the marketplace incredible, and the opportunity to connect with so many knitters and Ravelers was just unbelievable. It was like going to Disneyland, only better.
    ST1 & ST2, I cannot thank you enough for such an amazing event.

  129. “Listen to Daddy”??? Seriously? Please tell me it wasn’t Mike – although he did try to hug me overmuch. While making comments about getting sued for sexual harrassment…

  130. I’m glad you came out of this happy and alive and willing to do it again. I live far, far away from Oregon and the distance made it impossible for me to even imaging attending.
    But after reading all about it, you know what I liked best? That you, a mom of 3 from Canada, who happens to love what she does so much – you took so much on your shoulders and chose to appoint yourself to a position of great responsibility, and not only did you pull it off, but you seem to have enjoyed the process.
    And then I think of your daughter and her riding hundreds of miles to raise money for AIDS treatments… You both planned big for the benefit of others, took a bet against yourselves, went into the rabbit hole, came out alive and felt great about it all. I like that.

  131. Well, Stephanie-You’re doing it to me again!! This is the 2nd blog post that has made me cry(1st one was Meg/Mummy/Montreal). As a vicariously attending Sock Summiteer, I think I’m still suffering from an adrenaline high. Heaven only knows what will happen if I manage to register for the next one. You know-the one in Toronto in a year or two. I’m more than willing to volunteer. Cheers, Hazel.
    Enjoy your down time!!!!

  132. I’m so glad that it went well. And I hope you’ll think about doing it again. I couldn’t go, and I was sort of depressed about it all last week. If you wait two years, that may give me enough time to save up so I can attend! πŸ™‚

  133. I am so glad you had such an amazing experience. It’s not at all hyperbolic to talk about this being life-changing – being surrounded by people who love your life’s work as much as you do has to be amazing! I look forward to reading more of your insights.

  134. 1. I am thinking that you guys need at least two weeks just to sleep.
    2. I’m also thinking that, if, you know, you felt like doing it all again, you should ASK FOR MORE HELP. I am sure lots of us would be more than happy to pitch in.
    3. I’ve also been almost wrestling with the idea of how empowering this all was against the fact that it was a knitting conference, and trying to keep it in perspective. But screw it, it was almost a religious experience.
    4. You all utterly ROCK, and again, I thank you.

  135. It sounds like it was an incredible experience. I hope I’ll be able to go to the next one.

  136. Steph,
    It would be my esteemed honor if you decide to do it again if you would let me be in charge of making sure you guys get food. I even have a food service license! I would cook for you, I would put plates in front of you. PLEASE!! I promise you, you’d love it. There would even be cake. (I am a professional baker)

  137. My friend came back from Portland the week before the Sock Summit and was so excited to tell me all about the Sock Summit banners and signs up around the convention center!! I think she was surprised that there were other sock knitters in the world besides me….we really are a formidable “underground” force. πŸ™‚ Even though I didn’t get to attend, thank you for all of your hard work and efforts to join sock knitters together from all around the planet. Now, go break into the chocolate stash….

  138. If you do it again, I’ll be there for sure. Couldn’t make it this time and after reading all the glowing reports, I’m so envious of the attendees. But I was wondering if I could borrow Tina. I am trying to sell two houses and could really use her Nepalese Spice Trader help!

  139. Absolutely incredible. What knitters can do….
    Congratulations. Now go get some rest!

  140. Just have to say – Barbara Walker is my hero. It’s great to see her face for the *first* time. Thank you.

  141. what I learned was that when knitters attend a sock summit, they have huge happy grins and happily share their glee. thank you, thank you, the sock summit was a gift!

  142. “Listen to Daddy”? Gack. He’s lucky no one committed patricide.
    My UPS guy called me “kiddo” yesterday. He can’t be more than 10 years older than me. What is it with these guys?

  143. Congratulations on putting together an event of such magnitude with help from Tina and ST2. It sounds like your vision came to fruition that most people could never do. I certainly hope that you have an opportunity to veg a bit and look back with fondness on all that you were able to provide to so many.

  144. I’m speechless just imagining being in an elevator and the other person says “I’m Barbara Walker”. Mind boggling. Be proud that you made that conversation possible. So cool.

  145. It was all that I’d hoped for, and then some. My husband also had a great time at the Luminary Panel. It sparked some serious discussion for the rest of the evening. Thank you and congratulations on a job very well done! (I think that’s me getting my book signed by BGW in your Anna Zilboorg pic–photographic evidence that I really met her!)

  146. p.s. my favorite Sock Summit quote came during the luminary panel when you exclaimed, “Spanked by Elizabeth Zimmerman!” when Meg Swansen replied to your question about how she was disciplined as a child.

  147. I don’t think I’ve spent so much time just smiling in a long time. Thank you again, all of you.
    As someone who’s organized things–it’s easier the second time. well, kinda sorta. And I’d love a chance to come back to Toronto.

  148. Glad you survived! Kick back for a while more!
    For the phone bill – Skype.
    For the food – you needed a designated cook. I’m sure there were a few really good cooks who were willing and able to show up at designated times and places with plates of happy healthy food….and a beer.
    For “listen to Daddy” – my. I’d probably have retorted with “listen sonny-boy” but that’s me.
    For the unhappy few – well, at a large event that we do out here, we have someone who is the designated whipper-in. We call that “putting the fear of her” into people. On a few occasions, I have been that designated person, and while it’s not a fun job, it was necessary.
    For meeting Barbara Walker in the elevator – well….well….CPR might have been required.
    And I’m so sorry I am on the wrong coast! Although my bank account is probably happy I wasn’t, I’d have been there with socks on.

  149. Hey Steph, glad the sock summit went well. thanks to my knitting pal, peggy, i will be knitting my first pair of socks as my winter project. this after 7 years of knitting together. reading about the sock summit has been great inspiration! thanks for writing & sharing your love of knitting!

  150. It was wonderful–thanks to you all! (By the way, I was waiting for you to send the unhappy few my way…)

  151. “Ladies, listen to Daddy…” Ah yes, I’ve been there. A couple of favorite instances:
    On a trip to Omaha, as a senior analyst involved in developing a national system, I was “priviledged” to be squired around by a little fireplug of a man, who lorded it over his “harem” of clerical and data entry types, mostly women, who he habitually referred to as “girls”. When I and my team arrived at his office the first time, he invited us to “kick the shit off your boots and sit a spell”, then looked at me and said, “Excuse the language little lady, I’m just an old cowboy.” He took a while to be reconciled to the fact that I was the senior member of the team and the only woman. I could have used the boots because it was pretty deep the whole week.
    Another time, I was interviewing for new staff, and I walked out to the reception area to greet a candidate, male, who, when I introduced myself, gave me a practiced smile and said, “I didn’t expect to be interviewed by such an attractive woman.” I froze, looked him in the eye, and said, “You won’t be. That’s out of line,” and turned and returned to my office.
    Then I did a little dance.

  152. I learned
    1) if you’re going to impale yourself, do it surrounded by knitters
    2) infamous isn’t all bad
    3) no matter what, if you come home with Scooby-Doo band-aids you’re a hero in the eyes of your 6-year-old son
    Thanks, for you know, everything!

  153. A finished project? Man, my life is complicated but not nearly as complicated as yours and I can’t finish a toy alligator (hangs head in shame).

  154. My mom lives outside of Portland and called me form the summit to say she would give anything if I could be there. She said, “Laura, you would love it.” And I know I would.
    I am so glad it was such a brilliant success. You’all rock!

  155. Being with that many kindred spirits was the most incredible part of the whole event. There were hellos with smiles and laughter everywhere, punctuated by the incredible friendliness of the people of Portland. Thank you.

  156. It all sounds so wonderful. A friend of mine who lives in Portland, who doesn’t even knit, went to the marketplace and was overwhelmed. She’s a textile type – I believe she may be knitting soon!
    And PLEASE do it again!

  157. please please please keep this thing going – I’ll be done nursing school in two more years, will have both children out of high school and semi-launched by then (but still paying for one’s higher ed-u-ma-cation and the other’s dreams of bike racing glory) and so might be able to pull off attending.

  158. I was in sensory overload and totally thrilled with the marketplace. (I didn’t get to the registration in time to get into any of the classes) Everyone, without exception, in the booths was so friendly, helpful and seemed to be genuinely interested in everyone who came by.
    I knew I would regret not going down to the convention center when such an historic event was happening in my city. It was awesome! Thank you for all your hard work and vision.

  159. I tried really hard to hug all of ST2, but I don’t think I got them all. I missed you and Tina too, but the last thing I wanted to do was disturb whatever thought process you guys might be going through lest the entire shebang crash around my head. That, and I got weepy every time I saw either of you!
    Thank you so much – this was my first show as a vendor and I loved every minute! I hope you all hugged a LOT and felt the love of all those knitters around you. p.s. i left you some karma police – i hope it made its way to you!
    xoxo
    melanie @ lotus yarns

  160. Thank you a million times, Stephanie & Tina (and all your teams at all levels), for busting your butts to give all of us such a wonderful Sock Summit. I had a great time being overwhelmed by sharing with my knitting heroes both wool fumes and enough color to choke a whale if color could choke anything.

  161. My sister and I had the best time! We’ve resolved to save triple the amount for spending in the market next time!
    We wore ourselves out everyday of the summit, and given my own level of exhaustion, I cannot imagine how tired ST-1 & ST-2 may still be… ! Rest, rest, and more rest….
    You all did a fantastic job, and I can’t imagine it could have been any better! Thank you all!

  162. You had time in the middle of all of this to actually make something????? Just make me feel guilty! You all rock!

  163. Stephanie,
    Thanks to you and Tina and ST-2 and all the volunteers. My vacations are always to visit family (which is great!) but this was the first time away just for me by myself and it exceeded my expectations (which were high of course–socks–duh). I was impressed with the teachers, with the marketplace, with the opening ceremony and luminary panel, with what I learned and enjoyed just being around other knitters. But I was amazed at how successful and professional the whole operation was for people doing this for the first time. Too bad it was a struggle to be taken seriously. I think a lot of non-knitters could learn from you! ST-1 and -2 are pretty remarkable women. Cheers!

  164. Seriously, if you ever find the strength to do it again I will so be there. And I will bask in the glory of your achievements.

  165. ahhhh… at last i am sated. my eager curiosity to hear first hand of your experience was gnawing at my innards like a coyote on a spring lamb! thanks for sharing. can’t wait to see what comes next!

  166. ps: i want to second the motion for an east coast (dare i say, canadian?) sock summit next time round!

  167. Stephanie, it was incredible. Thank you and Tina and ST2 for one of the most memorable events in a (memorable) lifetime! Awesome doesn’t even begin to touch it. Something happened in Portland during those 5 days that was truly magic. I’ve never seen so many people just randomly crying with happiness (and I was one of them!) In your innocence and enthusiasm, you created something much bigger than the numbers can possibly show, more empowering for those teachers and students and vendors than I think anybody was expecting. Um, I think if you and Tina decide to take over the world, you’ve got an army of knitters armed with pointy things who will gladly help you so so!
    Thank you.

  168. Congratulations Steph, Tina and all the rest! Sounds like a wonderful summit. Sorry I had to miss it, but perhaps next time?
    In my job (Member Service Desk at MEC) we deal with a product returns and other service issues. Most people are lovely, some people are less than lovely, and some are downright nasty. We have a way of keeping it in perspective though. Draw a large circle on a piece of paper. Now put a dot in the circle. The space inside the circle represents all the members (or knitters) and the dot represents the ones who are trying to take advantage. Don’t go looking for the dot. It can be hard when they tap you on the forehead, but hey. At least there aren’t that many of them!
    Now I hope you get to spend some good, hard earned time with Joe and the girls! And wine!!

  169. Oh, well done, well done, all of you!! I’m sorry as heck that I missed it, but I’ve been getting an eensy scoonch through the blogs. I’m so proud of you all, proud of knitters! Listen to Daddy, indeed!!

  170. Sock Summit WAS life changing…for me at least.
    As for the few rule breakers, honestly, I’d address it directly with them, especially since you mention there are only a few and are “outnumbered”. What I’ve found is that often people don’t realize they’ve done anything wrong…and if you don’t tell them, they may continue to do so. Even obvious insinuations are left to interpretation…so, in my opinion it’s always best to just be direct.
    I know it was hard work, but I really hope you do this again.

  171. I wasn’t at the conference, nor was I even following people who went there (except you, of course), but I must say that I am so proud of what you have accomplished. You are inspiring to anyone taking on a daunting project! Also, your words about your friends are generous and lovely.
    I think the world needs more people like you, Stephanie. Thanks for being you. πŸ™‚

  172. SS09 was an amazing experience! I spent all 4 days either bursting into tears at the biggest feelings in the world of acceptance and normalcy about being there or grinning silly from ear to ear. I’m still tearing up thinking about it. I am humbled at your grace and sharing during this endeavor. thanks again to you and Tina, and ST-2 for all your hard work. Enjoy your rest. It is well deserved.

  173. Even without classes, it was the best time ever. I met wonderful, wonderful women, got to spend time with an old friend, and meet someone I’d only known online; I walked my feet off; I saw (and bought) fabulous yarn and needles. I laughed so hard that I cried; I cheered and wept and helped set a world record. Sock Summit was a blessing, and I’m so glad you all managed to do this.
    Of course, there were some glitches, and some complaints, but overall, it went well, and I must commend the amazing organization and the wonderful attitude of all the staff. SO impressive.
    Thank you and thank you again.

  174. I ( sigh ) wish I’d been there. I’m most delighted by the picture of Anna Zilboorg , Barbara Walker and just behind her, a head of multicolored hair!

  175. I’ve been watching your Sock Summit posts with great interest, because about 10 years ago, some other writer friends and I were at a conference, totally ignoring the scheduled programming in favor of each other’s company, when we came up with the brilliant idea of throwing our own convention! By women, for women, about what women write about (even erotica and gasp! porn!). We’ve been doing it every other year, and every time we
    1. entirely underestimate the sheer amount of time and energy planning consumes,
    2. forget how to eat, sleep, or even sit down, for 5 days, the duration of the event, although we have learned to remind each other, in passing, that such things are possible
    3. never, ever get to see any of the awesome programming we’ve set up for guests,
    4. get hit in the face with the incredible, impossible sexism involved in “a bunch of girls trying to put on convention,” and
    5. kick ass and take names, and have a great time doing it.
    Every vendor/supplier/contractor/venue we have ever worked with comes away awed and eager to work with us again, but the barriers we have to break down just to get taken seriously in the first place, to get our budgets and estimates *believed* are incredible. It’s ridiculous! We pay twice the deposit sport fan groups of perpetually drunken young men pay for the same room blocks, but we *always* meet our F&B minimums, with *zero* damage, complaints, or assessorials. It’s disheartening to be patronized and condescended to, just because “it’s all girls.” Everyone on our board is a professional, with years of skills and experience in business and events, but none of it seems to count in the event world.
    And, to toot our own horn, our attendees have a FABULOUS time. Because *we* are *them*, so everyone who buys a ticket is treated as I would want to be treated, in a perfect, just, equitable world.
    Good job and congratulations! You pulled off a tremendous task, and many of us appreciate how great it was. And how fun and exhausting. Be careful, though, or this will become your ‘vacation.’ Heh.

  176. I hope you guys are still getting much needed rest. The magnitude of the Sock Summit was unbelievable. I can’t even begin to imagine all of the work that all of you did through out all of it. But, it was really so much fun. I definitely like any opportunity to be around other knitters for something like this. And empowering is just about the only word I can think of covering it for myself.

  177. Thank you thank you thank you for just an awesome sock summit!! Life-changing indeed! So amazing to see what the six of you pulled off!! (and it is just fabulous to see Debbi and Tina sleeping!)
    My best friend that lives in Portland, well, I’ve been dragging her to knitting events for years (barn sale, flock & fiber, etc.), and though I’ve brought her over to knitting socks, she’s never quite gotten the community thing (at flock and fiber she said, “Really, you want to just hang out and knit? Can’t we do that at home.”) But sock summit did it! She planned on just coming one day and maybe to the luminary panel. She even joked to her husband, seriously, why would I want to go for more than one day. After the first day she was hooked and came back everyday!! And even brought her daughter on the last day! She said, “Its like heaven. You just smile the whole time and don’t want to leave!”

  178. Thank you so much for a wonderful event. I was exhausted after 5 days of SS fun (including setup); I can only imagine how bone-tired you must be. Rest well. You rock!
    PS: I kinneared you on Wednesday!

  179. You know it sounds an awful lot like a anime convention, no one sleeps for the entirety of the event, though the reason is the wired, movie rooms, and RPG/card game rooms are open 24 hours.
    Anyway thank you SO much for doing this it was a wonderful experience, I hope in a few years when you all have recovered, that you will consider doing it again.

  180. Stephanie, there are no truly adequate words to express how very much you and ALL the ST worker bees are appreciated! We can only conceive of how hard you worked but trust me, it showed! Summit was an incredible experience, especially for this first-time-knitting-gathering-goer! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
    And I want you to know I’m faithfully practicing my lever knitting technique and pray that there will be a time in the future where I can share with you personally how far I’ve come. I loved your class!!
    So for now, kick back, relax, drink lots of wine (or beer or other recreational beverage of choice) and we’ll all be here waiting anxiously for news of any future Summits to be announced!

  181. My favorite observations: Arriving early Friday morning,everyone waiting for the marketplace to open with a secret grin on our faces; surrounded by others that “get it” Hearing that at least one knitter didn’t come “because they couldn’t possibly plan a first conference well” (it all seemed perfectly seamless to me, although I’m sure you had glitches)Innocently asking you Friday morning where the ballroom was (you were expecting a tougher question) but I didn’t know it was you)Standing in line at Burgerville after the Guinness event, they had to interrupt heavy conversation in line with new friends about patterns to give me my order after they accepted that the rush would happen at 1 pm not noon. B. Walkers’ look of surprise to meet so many knitters that consider themselves feminists. (she’s not alone anymore)
    I went back on Saturday to buy a tshirt, not that I need one, but I knew by then that this would be a special memory in the future. Once again, THANK YOU especially as a lottery winner of the reopened classes…

  182. Most of my dealings with ST-2 were with JoAnn and she is by far the best customer service person I have ever met. I never saw her rattled and she never failed to give me a smile. I volunteered just a tiny little bit and she had so much patience with me and never made me feel stupid even when I was stupid.

  183. Congratulations again! I’m sure that planning and executing the Sock Summit was much more akin to a human woman giving birth to a set of quadruplet baby elephants, than it was planning a conference or convention. Maybe I’ll get to go next time. It sounds like so much fun and you have so many awesome and amazing teachers. I’ve taken classes with some of them and I’ve learned so much that I would really love to take classes with all of them. How much fun would that be! I had to laugh and commiserate with the lady in the elevator. I’ve done the same sort of thing to both Katherine Alexander and Vivian Hoxbro. The trouble is that you never expect to run into these amazing knitting gurus in person. It’s like running into movie stars or other famous people walking down the street in front of your house. Who would expect that! Both times I noticed and complemented their beautiful knitted clothing before I looked really closely at their faces. Come to think of it, I did the same thing to Sara Lamb at my first SOAR too LOL! I’m glad to hear you survived it all and are finally getting some rest. Sorry you didn’t get to take any classes. That’s a seriously big bummer! If you feel like it and have the time, could you please make the teachers picture so you can click on it to make it bigger. I bet there has never been that many cool knitting teachers together in a picture before and I would love to see it better. Have a great day and enjoy having a meal!

  184. I am so glad that the whole thing worked as well as it seems to have done, and so sorry that I couldn’t be there. Congrats to all involved.
    Can I take Tina with me the next time I buy a car or house? I’ve already told husband he’s not going to be in on the final negotiations – he’s awful at it. That’s what comes from being educated by nuns.
    It still boggles my mind that men think women will buy the hooey they are dishing out just because they are men. However, the women who let them get away with that stuff are not making it any easier for the rest of us.

  185. I have been in awe as I watched from the sidelines!
    I’m glad it was good for you too.

  186. For those of us who couldn’t come, thank you for letting us participate a little bit by having the Dye for Glory contest. I really want some of those colors, so I hope the list and sources stay posted somewhere.
    Also, did I see someone post about your teaching a class on Irish Cottage knitting? If so, have you thought about doing a video or something (I know you need another project.)?
    Please feel free to tell us more about some of the things that happened. I love the Barbara Walker story.

  187. I followed and read about SS09 on Ravelry and in the knitting blogosphere in general and can’t help but get so insanely jealous that I cannot be there. Posts like yours and Carrie’s, Cristi’s and so many others who were there helps to put into perspective just how HUGE this thing is. Who would have thought that over 1800 knitters would actually travel, plan and make arrangement to attend a sock knitting convention? It is just staggering.
    Congratulations and well done. You know what you and Tina just did right? You set the bar so high up for yourselves, but I think everyone will be looking forward to the next summit that they would not set their expectations on unbelievable levels. Still, I think you and Tina can easily step up to the challenge without breaking a sweat.

  188. TV shows have a room called the Green Room where the people on the show can sit, have makeup done, have refreshments, etc. SF conventions have a Green Room where staff and program participants can do the same. The Green Room staff work only on the Green Room. Most SF conventions also have a Hospitality Suite where food is provided, at the least crudites. You need a Green Room with a cook who can keep food available at least 18 hours a day.
    All conventions have glitches, no matter how experienced the committee; the sign of a well-run convention is that the glitches rarely go public.
    SS09 sounds like a very well-organized event that was loads of fun. Can the next one please not conflict with the World Science Fiction Convention (which was in Montreal this year)?

  189. SS was an amazing epic event.
    ST-1 and ST-2 were also amazing and epic.
    I’ve been telling all I know how exhausted you all were (we could tell), but you still had smiles and kind helpful words. You can tell you all gave heart and soul to this and there aren’t enought thankful words to give to you.
    You did climb everest and you took us all along, for that I will always be grateful and thankful I was there, in the presence of greatness with some fantastic knitters and teachers… and oh everything! thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

  190. Best time I’ve ever had in my home town. Thank you all for making it for us – we love it! You done good.
    Definitely a fugue state. A couple of us said hi to you at the top of the escalators one day, and we could *see* you having to think about what the heck you were supposed to say back. I hope all of you are spending a week asleep!

  191. What a wonderful life experience for you and Tina, you will never forget the ups and downs of all the planning, and carrying out the “Greatest Show on Earth”

  192. Congratulations on surviving πŸ™‚ When you’ve run several more (you ean you’re not already planning the next one? It’s addictive) you will discover that the only really important thing is to give people plenty of room to sit and talk. I have run big science fiction conventions with multiple programme streams, film shows, workshops, formal dinners and goodness knows what else, but no matter what else you provide or what goes wrong, if there is a bar and enough space for people to sit and talk they will be happy.

  193. Even though I’m not excited about knitting socks, Sock Summit has seduced me and I think I might attempt attendance next year. I was shocked at the size of that conference center! Tuxedo t-shirts rock.

  194. I’m very proud of you guys. Very proud.
    Thank you and Tina again, for personally inviting me, even though sadly I couldn’t go. But I’m here to tell you, the tsunami of Sock Summit hasn’t crested quite yet. Those of us who watched from Ravelry and elsewhere were so excited for our sisters and brothers who got to go. We weren’t there. But somehow? We were.
    Phone messages came in from the field. Class reports were given. Personal shoppers mailed out packages. Bless them. Texting happened. Tweets happened. Flickr photos were exclaimed over. Forum posts bloomed. It’s been wonderful.
    But what struck me was the sheer glow of the folks who’ve come back to us after being there. And the glow of us who stayed behind but were there in spirit, basking in it with them. We are Different Knitters today, somehow. We’re spreading a joy and a renewed love of the craft and community. It’s excited us. We’re a Force, and we know it now. Oh yeah, we do. Thank you guys for that, especially.
    Inspired by this, more of us are planning to get together at events like SAFF and Rhinebeck, to ‘do our thing.’ We’re stoked, there’s no denying. We realize what is possible. You gave us a venue to remind us what’s grand about knitting, our communities, and ourselves. You’ve upped the bar, and that’s a good thing.
    I love you for it. But I’m not gonna cry. It’ll sog my wool. I’m sure you understand.

  195. Congratulations to all of you. I’ve been there and know that it will take about 2-3 months to fully recover. You’ll be better next week!

  196. Congratulations on a job well done. You and Tina planned and executed the Knitting Woodstock. Peace, love, and knitting.

  197. Love. I got nothin’ but love for you all. It was wonderful, and I was amazed and proud and humbled to be there. Thank you X 1000!

  198. I felt your sock summit was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am deeply grateful for all your hard work, all of you. I haven’t had
    this much fun being around incredibly bright and talented women since college. I learned the greater the women, the more kind and generous and gracious they are.

  199. Having worked many a convention myself, I can totally understand #1 and #2.
    Sounds like it turned out well, recovery won’t take nearly as long as you might think! And if and when you want to do this again and want to consider maybe taking on volunteers, volunteer wrangling and space management are the reasons I lose sleep working events!

  200. The only thing that overwhelms my strong desire to have been there, is my joy that it happened in such a beautiful, powerful way.
    Everything; EV-RY-THING I have read about it has glowed with the spirit of generosity and the meeting of souls that happened in Portland this year.
    Thanks for your part in nurturing this, Stephanie.

  201. You’ve made a lot of people very happy having thrown such an excellent chance for them to meet up, browse yarn and supplies, and learn from masters through classes. I hope to God there’s another one of these things in the future so I might have a shot at attending. It would be great to hang out with people who ‘get it’ when mostly, I’m surrounded by people who don’t. To the future, then. Whenever that may be.

  202. You guys totally rocked. I’ve only heard good things about the entire experience, and believe me, that’s a really really difficult feat. I’m so glad you’re willing to do it again in the future because I REALLY WANT TO ATTEND ONE.

  203. Steph. Thank you all for imagining this thing and following your own golden rule, which was to treat those of us old and new vendors and teachers the way that you would have wanted to be taken care of. Seriously, it was an old-school way of doing things that brought me back to early Convergence days. It was a pleasure meeting you in your roll as do-it-all grunt as opposed to that Stand-up Knitting Comedian and Tina, well, Tina has my utmost respect for being So Damned Smart and talented and kick ass funny. Debbie-debbie-debbie-debbie, well, I love her and I’m sure that she knows it.
    Rest well and I hope that you have a couple of dollars left over after all of the bills are paid. I called this Sock Woodstock and want to be sure that as promoters, you have a better financial outcome.
    Girls, listen to Daddy? I bet that went over great…kudos and thanks.

  204. I didn’t even get to attend but it makes me no less thankful that the event happened. Thank you all so much for your incredible and hard work.

  205. A tuxedo t-shirt? Be still my heart!
    Congratulations on a job well done! I hope you’re enjoying some fantabulous meals with your family!

  206. Thanks so much to you and the whole SS team for all your hard work. I loved the classes I attended – Melissa, Nancy and Carson were all awesome. I met so many wonderful people there. Glad you’re getting some rest now!

  207. I am so jealous of all those who got to attend the Sock Summit – it sounds like it was absolutely wonderful!
    Now that the first one is under your belt, think about how much easier the next one will be. What would I have to do to get you to come to my area and have my yarn shop host an event? I’d do the legwork here – reserve locations, get local sponsors, plan local side trips, etc. I’d even see to meals – VEGETARIAN meals – and award-winning, microbrewed beer. (This is a serious offer, not just dreaming – I hope you’ll be able to respond to me.)

  208. Thank you for all of your hard work. It was great, and surpassed my expectations. Everyone was so nice, and friendly. Knitters are great.

  209. Wow. Just wow.
    I can tell you that if you do this out here (Boston), I will personally gather the army of Boston knitters and make sure that you and yours get food (tasty, vegetarian homecooked food) every day.
    This is actually something a group of people I know do for Intercon, which admittedly much smaller than the Sock Summit.

  210. Wow! Of course SS was the success we all knew it would be, and the good news is that you survived!!I just hope that next time will be geographically accessible although I was with you in spirit this time. Would LOVE to be there physically, knitting and learning with that bunch of teachers!

  211. Wonderful summary and from what I hear a job well done. Get some rest, do some pleasure knitting, have a Guiness and I look forward to seeing your finished project.
    Now if only I could get up the gumption to knit the sleeves onto mine. I seem to be on a green streak.
    πŸ™‚

  212. Thank you so much for all of the effort you,Tina and ST2 put into making the Sock Summit the best thing ever. Myself and two friends drove up and had the best time ever. The classes we had were fun, my one friend took a spinning class with her spinning teacher from home and still can not believe that. The vendors were great, and I loved all the demos that were going on. Go rest, eat some food with forks and when your ready, please think about doing it again.

  213. How about Shawlapalooza 2012?
    To add to your list of not being taking seriously: Willamette Week reported that last three Portland Conventions have complained greatly about presence of aggressive vagrants around the Convention Center. WW had inquired with Sock Summit attendees who said there was no such problem. Obviously even the pan handlers underestimate the assets of knitters.

  214. I wish I could have been there! So far everyone’s been raving about it. Good job YH and ST 1 and 2!

  215. steph – and tina – and ALL of the women who worked so hard – it was the BEST πŸ˜‰ and it almost makes the happy tears i had in my eyes -the whole time!! – come back.
    Rest. Peace. Contemplate. May every imaginable God/dess Bless you!!

  216. Congratulations on a job well done. Wish I could have been in that elevator. I am eternally grateful to Barbara Walker for her Treasuries & bow humbly at her feet.

  217. Congratulations on your success. I hope I can attend a future Summit. Somewhere on the east coast, please???

  218. I loved reading your “lessons learned” entry about SS09, and going from blog to blog to see what others were saying. But I have to admit that I’m looking forward to seeing some of your knitting again!
    This could be just my jealousy talking.
    Congratulations on surviving the summit!

  219. Gush as much as you want to about the Summit – it will always be more amazing and life-changing than you can put into words. I am by nature an introvert, and I found myself making eye contact and having conversations with many knitters over the course of the Summit. We were safe and among friends, and that is a precious thing.
    ST-1 and ST-2 did a super-human job, and I have one word for you for N*** T***: delegate. I know it’s less control, but it’s the only wayt to stay sane, healthy, and have a little fun, too. Trust your department heads to direct their staff and volunteers, they won’t let you down. I’ve attended many, many science fiction conventions (yes, I bought a skein of Sockgate) over the years, and they typically have a committee of 15 – 20, and each department has a staff of 3-6 people, plus volunteers during the con. The fact that you pulled this off with SIX people and volunteers is absolutely incredible, and crazy-making.
    My favorite quote came from Stephen’s Hizsocks class on Saturday: “is he scarf-worthy, sock-worthy, or sweater-worthy?”
    I had a fabulous time, though my wallet will not soon forgive you for the Marketplace. πŸ˜‰
    Please take care of yourselves. You deserve kudos, many thanks, much alcohol, and sleep, in that order.

  220. My hat is off to you and all the wonderful members of ST-1 and ST-2! I had to experience the event vicariously since I could not actually attend.
    Looking forward to other opportunities.
    Take Care!

  221. I got goosebumps from #6. Jealous, delightful goosebumps. I’m so thrilled it came off and hope (pray) you can do it again ’cause I will definitely get myself there. Congratulations!

  222. I’m so glad this all turned out well and you are alive to tell the tales afterwards!
    I hope you do another one so I can try to attend. *crosses fingers* I am 4 inches of ribbing into my first sock and loving it!!
    And, as for the “listen to Daddy” comment – I hope that man realizes how close he came to death by knitting needle!!

  223. Stephanie and all Sock Summit planners, I think the statement of “Our destiny offers us not the cup of despair, but the chalice of opportunity”, validated all your efforts so wonderfully. With all the issues you have dealt with recently you showed that you seized upon the opportunity to carry out such a fantastic event.
    Congratulations, and thanks for the hard work! Now, fill your chalice with the brew of your choice!!!! Love you. You are all awesome, amazing women.

  224. all of you lovlies, take your rest. I hope you got around to those rare gems – meals. thank you is just too lame but all that can be offered in this little box
    THANK YOU ST1 ST2 AND ALL THE REST

  225. I’m so sorry I missed the summit, I do hope you do it again – running conventions of that magnitude is amazingly wonderful and ridiculously tiring work, I’m glad your first effort was met with such a fabulous outcome. Congratulations.

  226. It sounds to me like you experienced the same feelings as we did when you accepted the honourary Saskatoon Knitting Circle membership and signed, not one but…ALL my books that you authored. Meeting one’s heroes (whether within or outside the knitterly world) is always intimidating and then, much later, we realise that heh! they are actually NORMAL and REAL PEOPLE and … well … not all that different from us.
    Thanks for posting a bit about the summitt. It warms the hearts of those of us who couldn’t participate.

  227. Please do it again, because I want to go! πŸ™‚ I am going to learn how to knit socks and work on it this whole year so I can go.
    And if any man in the world told me to “Listen to Daddy”, I think I would smack him hard.
    Congratulations on your achievement (and to the rest of the team as well)! Everyone said it was magnificent.

  228. as my husband accompanied me around Portland for our 24th anniversary, he over heard that this was ‘Woodstock’ for socks, no he exclaimed “WoodSock!” Even he commented on how everybody looked happy and nifty in their handknit items, when he carried my bag home from market.

  229. I admit I am not a sock knitter (yet) but I am in awe of your accomplishment. Many, many congratulations. I hope there is a beer and a good long rest in your (immediate) future.

  230. Wow. Just. Well. Wow. (But you know what it sounds like? Seriously? It sounds like organizing a master schedule for a high school. Except you’re doing it all in four days and not nine months. Oi! You should be VERY proud!)

  231. ya know how you feel about Barbara Walker? Well that’s how I feel about YOU! If we were in an elevator together, you’d have to remind me to breathe. Must be the combination of knitting and writing, I envy your talent of both. Congratulations on a successful conference.

  232. See, I knew you could do it!!! πŸ™‚
    Bet it was utterly awesome, and I wish I could’ve made it.

  233. THAT is one hell of a present, and one hell of a great letter to accompany it. I’d be bawling my eyes out to get have been the beneficiary of such goodwill. What a marvelous and generous soul you are!

  234. What a wonderful thing you did for all of us. I decided to go at the last moment so was wandering around by myself in a happy daze.
    Thankyou Steph for all of your vision & the hard work and endurance to make it a success. I lunched on free candies that kind folks had in their booths. I just couldn’t tear myself away from the marketplace. I can’t wait to do this again. My first knitting conference SS09 has set the bar very high, I’m almost afraid to go to anyone else’s.
    As others have said,I would happily help next time. Food, nap guard, set up, tear down anything I’m able to do. Just let us know what we may do. You deserve a lot of payback, just for this.

  235. “listen to daddy”??? I don’t even know what to say!!!!!!!
    Glad you guys pulled it off without a hitch and that everyone had a great time!

  236. Stephanie.. I am back from my trip and settled into home. I just wanted to say that I had a FANTASTIC Time at Sock Summit (little time that I had) I would do it again in a heartbeat. and I hope that it does happen again. You guys rock and I just have to tell you that.
    I really enjoyed meeting you in person finally and Tina too!

  237. Ya know what this was, in the end? Sock Summit was Woodstock, without the brown acid, incessant rain, and inadequate potties……….
    No, seriously. Forty years from now, we will be doddering around in our walkers, saying “Yessir, I was there.”
    And I’m so glad I was.

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  239. Thanks for posting this very interesting story. This seems to give more knowledge to the readers about the importance of being open-minded, so that there would be a lot of things that you would learn.

  240. I will attend SS2010. I will attend SS2010. I will attend Sock Summit 2010. I’ve promised myself that Y’all are not doing this again without me… So, just imagine how many more would have been at SS 2009 if everyone who wanted to be there had BEEN THERE. Amazing… (I’ve promised myself that y’all not doing this again without me…)

  241. I wonder what SOCKS SUMMIT is all about, thanks for the information you shared. Great hard work,, Congrats!!! πŸ™‚

  242. What you need for next year is unpaid volunteers who get free access to the marketplace or classes. Email me and I will send you the form my association uses for its annual conference.
    People will be falling all over themselves to help you.

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