Weird Tired Random

1. I’m so tired.

2. Yesterday/today/all week I’ve had to make decisions about sleep and how much I would get that were not really reasonable.

3. This all came to a head when Tina and I worked on Sock Summit until the wee hours last night and then I decided that even though the Royal Wedding came on in the wee hours that I would forever regret it if I didn’t watch it live.

4. So I did. I got two hours of sleep and I’m practically delirious. I can’t tell if the crazy state I’m in is due to exhaustion or caffeine overload to compensate for exhaustion – but I’m so nuts that I can barely tell time.

5. It was worth it.  That wedding was completely fabulous.

6. All of this was so that this next sentence could be true.

If you’re on the Sock Summit mailing list, you’ve gotten (or are getting soon) an email that says this:

Dear Knitters,

The Sock Summit Team would like to announce that registration for Sock Summit 2011 will take place Wednesday, the 4th of May at 12:00 pm PDT.  

A very great many changes have been made to the registration process this go round, and all of them have been designed to make registration faster, easier, smoother and not melt down any servers anywhere no matter how many knitters try to do so at the same time. As a response to the number of knitters who didn’t get spots last time, this year, we’ve added more classes and more teachers. We find all of this terrifically reassuring, and hope that you do too.   

While you get ready for registration, please spend some time perusing our amazing selection of Teachers, Classes and Events, and have a good look at the schedule.  Monday, instructions and a walk through for registration will be posted on the registration page of our site, and we hope you’ll  have a good look at that too, so that you’re ready when we go live.

As always, it’s an honour and a privilege to work for all of you. Running a sock conference is an unlikely and wonderful job, and we’re grateful that we get the chance.

With many thanks,

Tina Newton, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and our exhausted head-geek and ST-2 Stephen

7. Shazam! 

8. I’m going to bed.  I think I have time for a quick nap.

9. I sure do wish I could knit when I got up.

10. Maybe I will.

11. A little bit.

75 thoughts on “Weird Tired Random

  1. I DVRed the wedding, kind of wishing I’d stayed up too. Can’t wait for Sock Summit!!!

  2. I didn’t stay up but I am so glad to know when to be ready to register for Sock Summmit! That is exciting!
    Mz. Viki

  3. The wedding was fabulous but I wish the members of the clergy had got haircuts. What, they didn’t know it was a special occasion? that they would be on TV? that millions of viewers in living rooms, restaurants, bars etc would turn to each other and say, “all that pomp and ceremony and the Right Reverend Archbishop of Canterbury couldn’t afford to get his hair cut and his beard trimmed?” Oh, and brava on the sock summit prep – wish I was going to be there, I am INSANE over socks.

  4. Can you come to my house and “Shazam!” all the work on my desk that I can’t concentrate on because I too was up at 4:00 am?
    Re: Sock Summit II – BRING IT ON!!!!!

  5. Luckily I was working nights and people had their tvs tuned to the wedding, so I was able to watch almost the entire ceremony. Enjoy your nap, and socks make for excellent tired knitting (as long as they’re simple)

  6. It was simply fabulous, wasn’t it? I set my alarm at 2:55 am (Arizona time) and woke up just in time to see them all begin arriving at the Abbey. I stayed up until they left to sign the marriage certificate, and then I turned it all off and went back to bed. I missed the kiss, but I think I saw the best part. She’ll make a lovely queen someday…

  7. Congrats on the Summit. I worked birthing babies until 2 am and then woke my 5 year old daughter to watch the wedding at 5 am. Totally worth it. Am hallucinating now…

  8. United States television did not do The Wedding just service. There is so much real real history involved and to tell my children. I wanted them to be able to take it all in. We will watch the BBC report of The Wedding on the computer.

  9. Can you check the blog settings ? The sidebar on the right hand side is hiding some of the info on the page.
    Thanks, can you tell every speck of output is appreciated ?

  10. Night night, sleep well – you deserve it. That’s a lot of work and a lot of pleasure in one day …

  11. Sweet dreams! May this be a blissfully refreshing sleep. I think you’ve earned it.

  12. So my already crazy next week just became even MORE crazy … but sock summit induced craziness is just THE BEST.

  13. Watching the wedding live on BBC was totally worth it! Two American channels that I saw later missed the second kiss, because they were playing a slow motion re-run of the first kiss!

  14. Glad you thought the royal wedding was worth missing sleep for (a bit like me staying up all night 2 years ago to watch President Obama’s election and speech) I thought it was fantastic and over here we’re used to our shaggy-haired archbishop 🙂

  15. Glad I wasn’t alone, even though I had to leave for work just when things started getting good. Now to finalize my list of classes and start the countdown to May 4th. I can’t wait! Ican’twaitIcan’twaitIcan’twaitIcan’twaitIcan’twait!!!

  16. Isn’t it ironic that when you start doing what you love as a job, you get to do it less and less?!

  17. Oh Stephanie, we all want to thank you for your hard work. Now please try to get some rest – we don’t want to have you MIA at the really important moments!

  18. Dear Stephanie,
    I can’t tell you how absolutely excited I am to register for sock summit this year. This is the first big knitting thing I’m able to register for and I’m SO pumped. I’m pumped to drive to Portland with my friend. I’m pumped to BE in Portland. I’m pumped to stay in a hotel and knit and meet new people and try new things. I’m pumped to maybe get to meet you and so many other people who I admire. I’m SO incredibly excited about everything. I guess what I’m saying is I’m really sorry you’re tired today but I want to let you know I appreciate every sleepless minute you’ve put into making this event for me. Thank you Stephanie. You’re awesome and I appreciate you.
    p.s. this pink outfit was my favourite. I hope you liked the hats 🙂

  19. As Robert Browning said, “Oh, to be in England, now that April’s there.” Loved watching the wedding and I also believe strongly in the power of naps.

  20. You & Tina are doing an awesome job!! One question though – does registration at “12:00 pm” mean 12 noon or midnight of Tuesday-going-into-Wednesday? Silly question probably but just wanted to clarify things as … OMG I DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!!

  21. Hope you napped. Hope you don’t wake until 8 tomorrow, or a sketch of your psyche will look like Princess Beatrice’s hat.

  22. You are amazing! I missed the royal wedding, but that email in my inbox more than made up for it. Thanks! (And I hope your nap was long and deep, and that your knitting was waiting for you when you woke up, right next to a hot cup of tea.)

  23. A nap sounds like a wonderful idea. Followed by a light meal, a snooze, a little something to drink, and a good night’s sleep!

  24. So glad the wedding and the kiss was done by 10:30pm our time. Being 9 hours ahead of the UK sure paid off this time!
    Love the list of classes and teachers. Shame about the 10000 miles between me and them. 🙁

  25. I, too, rose early (1 a.m.) to watch the wedding live and I not only LOVED IT, I had no sleep-deprivation issues. In fact, the only issue I DO have is that when I look in the mirror, my eyes seem to have vanished into dark pits….

  26. Thanks for all your hard work, we all appreciate it. Can’t wait for the next Sock Summit. Will be waiting with mouse poised.

  27. I’m so glad I saw this post, since I didn’t get my email!
    No way I’m going to miss SS11. Two of my most-wanted classes disappeared into the black hole of SS09 registration, including Steph’s, so THIS time I will be poised over my computer ready to go at the click of 12.
    Can’t wait.

  28. Whoops! Maybe I’m not ON the mailing list. Better go rectify that right this minute.

  29. Thank you to ST1 and ST2 for all your hard work and lack of sleep. It’s going to be great and I’m going to make sure I’m well prepared for Wednesday.
    We had the most delightful Royal Wedding party this morning with all the requisite British treats-cucumber sandwiches, scones, strawberries, clotted cream, champagne and orange juice, coffee. It was worth every minute of early rising. I grabbed a nap in the afternoon(lol).
    Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

  30. Unfortunately can’t attend the sock summit; but, I too got up at 3:00 a.m. this morning to watch the Royal Wedding and it was totally worth it! But now, I’m crashing – going off to bed. Have fun at the sock summit all!

  31. So enjoy getting to know you, Stephanie, through your blog. You give so much to the community. I’ve always said “work hard, play hard and take naps.”. Warmest regards.

  32. Loved the wedding. I recorded it, and watched it today, 6 hours worth, loved it ALL, especially the hats…..and the dress, and, well, everything, actually.
    Good luck with the SS2 registration. SS is on my bucket list, when schedules cooperate.

  33. I was awake,too…not on purpose. Once those amazing hats started walking in, there was no turning back. I’m glad I was there to witness something beautiful, and quite frankly, I feel better for it.

  34. Isn’t it always the case that when we are the most tired the animals in our world (wild or domesticated) conspire to ruin a decent snooze?!

  35. I also watched the wedding live on BBCAmerica. Went to a friend’s house and watched with her and her daughters. Hilarity ensued re: Princess Beatrice’s hat.
    Prince William is so much his mother’s son-I hope he has found true peace and happiness with his beautiful Princess Catherine.

  36. Loved the wedding and the rich tradition that it represents. Dress gets an A+ in my book and I thought the Queen looked fantastic.
    That said….Beatrice and Eugenie….wow…who let them out looking like that? And I am now convinced that Sir Elton John is one of the Weeble People (for those of you who are old enough to remember “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down”)!
    Now I just hope the trash press will leave the two of them alone to live their lives and not harass them to death as they did with Dianna.

  37. I STAY UP ALL NITE! I first prepped…..couch with blankets, telly, computer, tissues (I watched Diana’s, too, and I was going to watch her son get married!!), cuppa tea…then at 2am went to make scones.
    Sat there all nite….until 9am est, wept myself silly…got one hour sleep and then on to meet daughter (that trumps all sleep) and the rest of the day. Took a tiny 50 min nap.
    I’m with you on the no sleep! I slept 10+ hours last nite…EEEKKKKK

  38. I’m starting to wish I could take a magic pill that will put me to sleep until the weather is reasonable again.

  39. Finally got to bed about midnight on Thursday night, after doing 2 months of paperwork. I set the VCR..remember those to tape the wedding, but I got up at 6 just to check to see if it was working and stayed up to watch. Ran the shop for a 10 hour day and came back in for another full day…tired does not even begin to describe how I feel..totally worth it though!

  40. Me too I watch the Royal Wedding before to go to work. I got up at 5 AM. Usually, it’s such a hard thing to be up at 7:45 to go to work, I’m late every morning. But I could not miss the Royal Wedding! (I was on time at work yestarday morning but I miss the kiss).

  41. Boy am I glad I waited til now to turn the computer on. Fergie’s girls are surely their mother’s daughters. And regarding the Archbishop, when I saw the BBC interview with him which was done before the wedding and noticed his beard – Lenten penance? (we shall agree that the devil-horn eyebrows will pass unmentioned) of course I figured he had plenty of time to hit the barber’s chair before The Event. What do I know. I can’t remember if he has a wife? And if he does, why is it somehow always the woman’s fault?
    The Sock Summit sounds like it will be better than ever this year.

  42. Hope you got some rest! This is my first comment on here and it is a suggestion. I know it is A LOT of work, but have you thought about doing a sock summit in the east? I live in Ohio so it would to cost me about $600 to fly to Oregon and I’d rather spend that on yarn ;-). Upstate NY would be a good location . . . close to Canada, drivable from many places. Just a thought 🙂

  43. I got the letter today, it was a nice pick me up to a terrible week. Hopefully I won’t Dorian my ankle this year, thus allowing me to remain upright and ready for the shopping experience!

  44. watched in my best nightie – loved every minute – kept thinking about King Edward the Confessor who built the abbey and was crowned there in 1066 – he is buried just a few feet away from the altar.
    I so like this couple – maybe they will redeem the Royals eventually.

  45. I have barely recovered from my lack of sleep Thursday night (and I got 2 hours more than you did), so I sympathize! But the wedding was worth the lack of sleep. I taped it for my 14-year-old daughter, who decided that she couldn’t get out of bed at 4:00a.m. Watching William and Kate celebrate their marriage made me feel hopeful — for them, and for us.

  46. I have barely recovered from my lack of sleep Thursday night (and I got 2 hours more than you did), so I sympathize! But the wedding was worth the lack of sleep. I taped it for my 14-year-old daughter, who decided that she couldn’t get out of bed at 4:00a.m. Watching William and Kate celebrate their marriage made me feel hopeful — for them, and for us.

  47. I, too, got up early to watch the wedding, just before 3:00 here in central time. Wonderful, gorgeous wedding with all the great stories to tell afterwards (even though I wasn’t there). And then we had a gorgeous spring day, 70’F – went to the garden store, sat outside on the grass and cleaned VM out of a fleece. Today we got rain – with snow on the way. At least we didn’t get the blizzard that friends farther west are getting. So glad I took the time to watch that joyful wedding! (Plus I bought my May flowers today at the grocery store. They’ll need to be my May basket tomorrow.) Happy May Day!

  48. They so clearly love each other, and the bride was so gorgeous. Just so elegant.
    (Someone pointed out that Beatrice’s hat was surely supposed to symbolize a wedding ring with a bow tied on it. That was the first time it made any possible sense to me.)
    I got your letter. I so want to go. Working on it at this end. Hope you’ve caught up on the sleep by now, and thank you and Tina and Stephen for doing so much to give so much to your fellow knitters.

  49. Still exhausted from getting up early for the royal wedding but it was so worth it. I was up at 4 am for Diana’s wedding and, sadly, her funeral so it seemed right to be up for William’s wedding. Loved it all, the dress, the looks between bride and groom, the crazy hats, Harry, all but Charles and Camilla who I have yet to forgive.
    Hoping to come to Sock Summit. You and Tina have put SO MUCH work into it.

  50. I am glad that you got to see/watch the Wedding. i wish I could have, and I regret it deeply. But I had class early the next morning 🙁
    Hope you have a good nap, and one day I swear I will go to sock summit!

  51. Just wanted to say thank you for all that you do. I read here often and never really post but I should. But I stayed up too to watch the wedding and it was amazing. Thank you for all your hard work:)

  52. and may the 4th be with all of us also!!! (3 cheers for MaryJane above). Thanks so very much for putting on another splendid party–can’t wait!!
    And wasn’t the wedding music grand? The processioal was one of my favorite choral works ever–and it was sung and played so beautifully. And I loved how they filled the Abbey with trees!

  53. I’m looking forward to volunteering for you this year. I hope you get some sleep soon.

  54. The sock summit looks like a stupendous event (even compared to the stellar views of the last one). Alas, I need to live through this one vicariously as well.

  55. I too got up at a crazy hour (2 am central time) for pre-coverage. I don’t regret the sleep deprivation one bit and I am insanely jealous that the new Duke and Duchess will be making their first official state visit as representatives of the Crown to Canada. Don’t get me wrong, I’m immensely proud that my ancestors thumbed their nose at England and made it possible for us to have our own independence, but I do love me some royal pomp and circumstance….and the hats. I think Aretha got it right at the Inauguration.
    I am also excited for registration as I will actually be able to go to Sock Summit this year!!! Finally I can see my socks in the museum in situ.
    Thanks for all of your hard work!

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