I can't even read all of them yet, I am so excited!! It is going to be so much fun. Thanks so much to all who made this possible for us knitters.
I would absolutely come to this, if my roommate wasn't getting married in Indiana that weekend
Wow! That list does take your breath away and make your heart race!
If there was a knitting heaven...
Good heavens! I can not believe how many amazing folks you have on this list. You and Tina are fantastic, hard-working women to have created this event. Astounding!!
Barbara Walker tempted me, Cat Bordhi charmed me, Nancy Bush took me out and never called me back, Meg Swanson was too much woman for me.... but I *know* that Denny will go out for brunch when she's done with me.
Amazing list that - now go, sit, sip some wine and knit.
Waaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiit a minute. *The Barbara Walker*??? I didn't even know she was still knitting. This is like getting J.D. Salinger to casually pop by to deliver a commencement address. How did you do it? And by the way, when will you and Tina realize that *you two* are two "who's", too?
I first went to socksummit.com and saw the list there. I read through the names (just amazed!) and when I saw "Barbara Walker", I thought: Nah, it couldn't be. Then I clicked her name and it was if you were directly answering me: "Yes, THAT Barbara Walker". I had to giggle.
I'm saving my pennies... hope to make it to Portland in August!
I sit in absolute AWE of what you have done! If I were to attend (which I can't, sadly enough), I'd be the one wandering about in a complete daze of total hero worship....
Oh. My. God. All of these people together? At one time? I can't believe it!
Barbara WALKER?! Holy [unladylike word]!!! I have to confess that I first got to know her scholarly feminist work and then was bowled over many years later when I took up knitting and discovered her other life. As for the rest of the list.... Excuse me, but I need a liedown now!
Barbara Walker. Really? I imagine that was a lie-down followed by a stiff drink AND chocolate.
My goodness, you certainly know how to outdo yourselves!
Where is it and how do I get there? More importantly, who can I roll for ticket money? ::plots::
I think I just peed myself.
Yep, I just did.
Please Gods of knitting allow me to win enough in Lotto to attend the Sock Summit. I promise never to use you names in vain again
holy unbeee-***-ing-leevable! or however you spell that
Yup. You were right, it's incredible. (And the chance that I will someday get to shake Barbara Walker's hand has just improved dramatically.)
Fabulous work. :)
Shouldn't there be some kind of rule about putting that many important knitters in one place, like how the Royal Family can't all fly together?
Seriously, though, amazing list and an amazing amount of work. I don't sock but I can't wait to hear all about this.
Am seriously considering blowing off my family reunion and bringing the wrath of my family down upon me in order to attend the Sock Summit. That list is amazing!
THAT Barbara Walker... Where's my passport?
Umm...where do I apply for the scholarship?
Sounds like it's going to be an absolutely amazing time. For everyone.
Oh my goodness I'll be 8 months pregnant and I live on the other side of the country but if I can bribe my doctor and my husband and possibly my dad (for funds!!!) I will so be there!
Hey Steph and Tina-
I know I've heard the list before and we've talked about it . . . but my god. Seeing it all listed out there in print that takes about an hour to read through. Lucky for me it isn't news so I am not losing my voice screaming with happiness like I did when we found out we actually had Barbara Walker. I threw a handful of Sivia Harding beads from sock club down Tina's front to celebrate and if you two were here right now I would throw a bucket of beads over both of your heads. Bravo for all the amazing work you two have done while I sit here working on my book and cheering you on. We knitters are so well on our way to taking over the world. Soon they will sell not only knitting magazines in airports, but have whole yarn shops in airports and learn-to-knit kiosks for waiting travelers. Really. I think we shall see that in our lifetimes. Can't wait.
words fail The Barbara Walker
OH MY overheating and hyperventilating
Saint Stephanie and Saint Tina
you two have built it and we shall come!
All of these amazing knitters are going to gather in Portland??? It's like a dream come true! The non-knitting part of the city may never recover. ;)
Holy smokes what a great list. I'll say it again, ho-lee smokes.
Wow. Sure reads like a who's who of sock knitting!
(But forgive me if I've missed it, but I couldn't find any mention of a location on that main page.)
Holy Crap is right. I kept going doing and thinking, "Who's left?" So this thing's only going to be about 3 months, is it? Intriguing.
I woke up yesterday morning wondering if you were going to have a couple pedicurists at the Sock Summit. You know, like they sometimes have massage therapists with their chairs at spinning and weaving events?
It would be a nice treat for participants. And it would be a gracious nod to those 'pink collar' ladies working in that field during tough economic times.
Wow! congratulations to the both of you. That's some list. Congratulations to anybody who gets to go!
You guys have come up with a heck of a list of teachers!!!!!! I think you mis-named this event. I see a lot more than socks in store for this event!!!!
Holy cow. You weren't kidding about the rock star factor. My jaw dropped when I saw Meg Swansen - and then dislocated when I saw Barbara Walker. I think I don't want to know what kind of unholy bargains you and Tina have been making...and I think I'd better start saving my pennies.
What I want to know is how you got all their phone numbers?
I haven't believed in Heaven since I was a wee thing...but maybe the Summit is Heaven!
"Holy Crap.This could work."
Of course this will work. It's a great idea brought about by two great people!And Holy Crap-you weren't kidding about the talent you have lined up!I'll have to live the Summit vicariously through you however-no money to actually get there myself.But never fear-I'll be kniting socks all that weekend in honor of the Summit!
I'm hyperventilating just reading the list, let alone trying to imagine all that knitting royalty/knowledge in one place at one time. You and Tina should be extremely proud of yourselves. I feel as though I'm channelling Mike Myers, "I'm not worthy.........."
I'm hyperventilating just reading the list, let alone trying to imagine all that knitting royalty/knowledge in one place at one time. You and Tina should be extremely proud of yourselves. I feel as though I'm channelling Mike Myers, "I'm not worthy.........."
OMG. I was saying to myself, yep, gotta be there. I'll drive, take Amtrak or fly, but I'm gonna be there. Then realized I'll be in Prague with my mother tracing HER mother's roots until the 8th. Huge bummer. Since my mom's already 82, I'm going to have to seriously miss Sock Summit this year. I'm in tears. Next year... next year... next year...
*Sniff* I signed up to go to, of all places, Canada those exact dates. Waaaahhhhh! Will there be class videos for sale? A program book with articles in it?
OMG...time to change the Depends. How is one to ever decide which classes to take? So...how long is this Sock Summit gonna be? Six months? Yea, I can be away from my family for that long...looking forward to it!!!
Wow. You guys are going to have a fantastic time! I'm so sad that I won't be able to be there...hopefully there'll be a Sock Summit II. :-)
You do realize that your server is going to crash about 30 seconds after registration opens, don't you? No one makes a server that will be able to withstand the onslaught of crazed knitters all trying to register at once. I am gobsmacked by that list.
Later when people talk about this Sock Summit it will be like the Woodstock of this knitting generation! Just to keep with the music analogy.
Holy s---! Now THAT is a list! Meg Swanson?! Barbara Walker-geez she doesn't even knit anymore!!! I bow before you....
Holy crap! Barbara Walker and Anna Zilboorg! Swoooooooon. Get a grip. You're just reading a list of people who will come together to teach other just-as-fabulous-people how to knit socks. Nancy Bush. Cookie A. Stephanie Pearle-McPhee (who's that?). ALL THE OTHER NAMES. Oh, I'm gonna lose it. I soooo want to attend.
OMG OMG OMG. Why does the summit have to be during my surgery rotation? Why?
Oh-My-God! You guys are INCREDIBLE!!!
I am so excited, I can hardly stand it! This will be the Super Bowl and World Series of sock knitting, all in one place! I feel like a little kid waiting for Santa.
But, but, but,.. the summit is only four days long! How can I take classes with ALL of them in only four days???
Actually, I would probably just swoon at their feet and miss the class anyway.
WHAT. A. LIST.
*You're* going to need to be resuscitated?? Good grief woman, you are on the darned list. How do you think the rest of us are going to react? I literally just sat here at my desk with my jaw dropping further and further as I read on down the list. I am amazed and excited and ever so hopeful that I might be able to save the money to go to Sock Summit. Sadly, I expect that I will be watching from afar.
So, like, is there any chance mere humans will get to attend this thing? Where do we find out more about it? Do yarn bribes work?
OH. MY. GOD.
I am hyperventilating. Help me please. Barbara Walker. Meg Swansen. Priscilla. Nancy, Anna, Anne...and of course neither last NOR least, STEPHANIE!
OH. MY. GOD.
Wow. I think I need a lie-down after that. Good work, Steph.
**Boggle** Are you sure the convention center won't explode from all that talent in one place? Does the City of Portland know what they are getting into?
And hey, can we have a field trip to see how many knitters fit on the Tram?
Amazing! We are not worthy! This is going to be a seriously mind-bending weekend.
Consider (if someone hasn't already suggested) making a DVD of the fun for those of us unable to attend???
there is no way this thing can be affordable with that many awesome teachers. and i hope its more than a week long, because how would you be able to pick which classes to go to??
you guys are crazy. (genius crazy)
OMG What a list of wonderful people. I'll be there with open neurons ready to grab ideas and friends!
Love and thank to you and Tina for organizing this.
Wow! Or, as the French say, "Wow!"
I feel completely inadequate. Sivia Harding, goddess of all things beaded, including socks, has only been knitting since 2000? OMG! I learned to knit about 5 years ago because I knew I had the soul of a sock knitter. I was in the BMFA Rockin' Sock Club for two years and loved it, and I think I'm pretty darned proficient. But to do what she's done after knitting less than a decade?!?! Talk about brilliant. I am awestruck. Simply awestruck.
WOW! I cannot wait to get the details about the classes and registrations! This is going to be awesome!
...I certainly picked a bad summer to have a baby...
Major kudos to you two! I'm reading the list and saying to myself, "Wow...wow...WOWWW...Holy cr*p!...wow...no WAY!!" Gonna have to call my brother in Vancouver to reserve their guest room now...
All I can say is ... HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm SO there. Even if I can't get into a class with such knitting geniuses, just breathing the same air will be great!!!
Am seriously considering selling entire stash to earn money to attend.
*faints dead away*
Awesome. Totally awesome.
I am so bummed that I can't attend due to a family commitment happening that very weekend. RATS!
"Today, they make quite a pair." harhar!! Too funny.
And- WOW!! that's an incredibly impressive list!
Congratulations- one wonders how you could ever have doubted such an inspired plan.
You must be so proud.
Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. My. Goodness. Wow. Oh.
I think I'm hyperventilating and I need chocolate, wine, a beer and a little lie-down. All at once. Now.
Oh. Thank you to you and Tina. Thank you. I am humbled. And speechless. And very glad to live in Portland.
Stephanie, as I read through your wonderful list of teachers something occurred: The category of neglected knitting-book topics, the niche without any books: How to teach knitting.
Hope someone writes it soon, I'll be first in line for a copy.
I have been saving up for this and now I know that my money is going to be well spent!!
Wow! That list is amazing!
Aren't you Pete Townsend in that scenario?
All I can say is, WOW! As the world's slowest sock knitter, even I am inspired to jump in. You've both "done good" and I can already imagine the after-parties will be the stuff of legends.
Holy Crap. I thought I heard angels singing.
OH. MY. GOSH. SO. EXCITED. !!
Lucky me, I'm CPR certified (ACLS in fact) but bummer that I won't be able to resuscitate myself. :D
I couldn't even type in my email address, I'm so impressed!
My son and his family lives just outside of Portland... and I have (HAVE) to go there this May. I wonder if I can save up enough for TWO trips there in one year...
And finally - Steph, don't you think that some of those people were thinking the same thing when you called? "Omg, it's the HARLOT!" aka Michael Jordan of knitting, no less.
(Damn! Barbara Walker?! Geez, the whole LIST is a knitters' who's who)
I am sooooooooooo jealous! When are you bringing your sock roadshow over to the UK?
Wow. Wow. Wow. Just wow. Wish I could be there.
I am just miserable that I am too far away and have not the extra $$$ to make the 3000 mile trek to go. I am, though, absolutely impressed by the whole thing and wish those of you who can go the best fun in the whole wide world!!!
Lucy's DVDs are great. I have learned so much from them. And the Socks 2 DVD has so many techniques. They are worth their weight in knitter's gold (cashmere, of course)
My heart just stopped.
This is an insane list. Truly insane. All that collective wisdom in one place. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
Thank you. Most sincerely.
OMG! Barbara Walker!!! Meg Swansen!!!
What, you couldn't get Elizabeth Zimmerman? ;-)
I hope it comes together smoothly, and you make beautiful magic together. I'm a little concerned, though - the SuperCollider didn't end the world, but this might...
I think I need to sit down after reading that list. I started guessing who might be on it, and every name I thought of was.
Holy Crap Batman - that is one seriously fabulous list...
Good one, Steph. I almost bit. Now -- who's really coming?
(By the way, "The Melancholy Skink" would make a great name for a pub.)
my jaw is on the floor. now I understand your giddiness. un-freaking-believable.
Must... remember... to ... breathe!!!! I cannot fathom this list of greatness being in one place (as she bows to the great and powerful Stephanie and Tina)!
This conference is going to have to last a month! What a list. Nicely done.
Is there any way you could do a live feed? Or a tour? Or twitter everything that anyone says?
I'm very jealous (world's biggest understatement ever).
'cept Joe Strummer and Lowell George are dead.
That would be weird.
amazing. absolutely amazing!
(and YAY for having Lorilee Beltman and City Knitting mentioned. I love it there.)
Are you serious! WOW. WOW. I can't say anything else. Its like knittig royalty in our little city. Wow.
OMG! I can't believe the cast of characters! The Creme de la Creme! I wouldn't miss it for the world. I've got my ticket ready and my stay secured!
Thanks so much Stepanie and Tina and everyone else that help pull this together!
Holy Crap! Oops, my 8 year old just heard that. Wow!
OMG...That is an incredible list...You and Tina totally rock!
That is an amazing list! Congrats on getting everyone on board.
I started hyperventilating just reading that list, and swooned a bit when I saw Nancy Bush AND Barbara Walker... I have GOT to figure out a way to get to Portland in August...
Ouh, and I'm sitting here in Germany without any chance to come over....
Okay, Ladies, my best wishes for a lot of fun and a wonderful Sock Summit!
(but please feed us with a lot of pics...will you?)
With all those teachers, will there be any room left for participants? Sadly, I won't be able to make it, unless a miracle happens (or the lottery)!
It sounds absolutely amazing. well done.
You have brought me to tears. Your dedication to all knitters everywhere goes way beyond priceless. Assembling such a group...wow! What a constellation! To be in the same room with you, SPM, will be the GREATEST honor of all. You are the Rock Star.
Holy crap indeed...like several others, it will take winning the lottery for me to attend but wow...I am thrilled for all...nice job Steph...
That is totally amazing. And I knew we had lots of talented fiber people here in the PNW, but I didn't know just how many there were!
I need to win the lottery. Or just get a job. This is a lousy time to get laid off. :(
I know Stephanie must be learning this pretty darn well by now, but we also have AMAZING beer over here.
I'm making myself envious and I live just two hours from Portland!
I may just have a heart attack.
Oh my! Wow! Golly, gee! Takes my breath away. Holey moley! My stars! Maybe you should invite some non-sock knitters who know CPR. You probably can't count on the knitters.
Wow! This is historic.
I would be in seventh heaven if I could just be in the same room with Nancy Bush for five minutes. I will be thinking of everyone who's there, having so much fun. Maybe those of us who can't go should knit socks along with those who are there, since we'll be there in spirit anyway.
Stephanie, I looked and looked on the website for the LOCATION of the Summit and couldn't find it.
Where will it be held?
Oh my gosh, this sounds *awesome*. Star is my absolute second-favorite knit blogger. After, of course, the Yarn Harlot herself.
How in the name of all that is holy (but hopefully not my socks) did you ever get them all?? Jesus H. Christ on a raft!!!!
Wow, just wow! I'm in awe.
Holy crow! How are we supposed to choose between classes with names like this? This is going to be absolutely amazing. I just hope the universe doesn't implode with all of this greatness in one spot.
Holy crap Steph. Barbara Walker??!! And all the others! I think that you and Tina are definitely cut out for this.
Bugger. I'm already booked in for Pennsic that weekend. Otherwise I would soooo be there.
Aren't you guys in the "Holy Sh*t look what we did" kind of bubble right now?
I mean, really Steph, WOW.
I can't wait.
Supposedly that is how the Traveling Wilburys formed. I'd have to look it up to get the details and order right, but the story goes something like this = Roy Orbison was in town and stopped over at George Harrison's and he said "well, we have to go over to Tom Petty's and get my guitar..." so they wandered over and started messing around with a song, and wanted to record it and someone said "well, call Bob Dylan, maybe we can use his studio" and they did and he was home and they went and all hung out and recorded Handle with Care. And it was GOOD....
You, my friend, have put together the Traveling Wilburys of Socks.
I am now going to kvetch to everyone in listening distance that there is no way on God's green earth that I can go to Portland. Because I would move planets to be in the same room as PGR, Yarnissima AND Barbara Walker. I'd even bring my defibrillator for the obvious heart attacks that would ensue.
Holy cow. Don't know if I'll get to go, but I highly recommend Merike Saarnit's class to anyone who can!
Barbara Walker?!? Holy....
O. M. G. *That* Barbara Walker and *That* Meg Swanson? And Anne Hanson and Sivia Harding and....???? I am breathless. Stephanie, you and Tina have assembled an incredible number of fabulous and fabled knitters. The knitting world may never be the same.
Portland in August? Hmmmmmmmm
I can't believe that this abundance of knitting luminaries is descending on my home town. WOW! Looking forward to the class list, and August. Thank you so much for organizing this.
Congratulations, that is an intense list.
Holy Crap! It's going to be like a knitting wonderland. Something to dream about...
Wow, that is an amazing list. I am so envious! You don't fancy a road trip to Australia any time soon do you?
I think I'm hyperventilating. Where is that paper bag?
Unbelievable. When I saw Meg Swansen's name... I had to read it a couple of times. How did you pull that one off?? You are awesome.
Um. Wow. Are you really sure you should gather this much knitting knowledge in one location? The mind reels...
You didn't tell me I would be teaching at the same event as *THE* Barbara Walker!
My Top Down Crochet Sweaters Book was inspired byt her top-down techniques. I cannot believe I will have a chance to meet her.
Experienced teacher or not... I feel like such a little nobody now!
Wow! With so many "stars" of the knitting world in attendance will there be any room for us "regular" folk?
Sock Knitting Royalty - incredible - fantastic list.
Have fun...I will have to miss out considering that I almost spit out my breakfast and fainted dead away when YOU sat beside me at breakfast in Kananaskis for the Make One Retreat. There is NO WAY I could handle all of those people and not become a bumbling idiot!
Gosh. Is that all?
I don't know how you do it. Just reading it made me dizzy!
Wow. This all sounds amazing. I hope I can make it.
Stephanie (and other knitters) -- You will like this. A knitting book is a nominee for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. It's the fourth book down. I suspect this is not the first time (or the last) a knitting book is on this list.
1 - Barbara Walker?!?!?!
2 - Knitters Book of WOOL?!?!?
I hope I'll be able to afford it!
What? You didn't get my proposal to teach?
(wondering if that sort of hilarity will help me save $$ for the plane tix)
i've never wholly believed she was a real person, more a sort of "knitting urban legend"! so, steph... just how far IS portland from toronto??? i wonder if getting there this summer just might be do-able.....
Yowza. Surely at least ONE of those sock stars could teach me how to knit socks. It has eluded me thus far. I wish I could be there.
Oh my God! No, no you have assembled The Gods.
Barbara Walker lives on the gulf coast of Florida? That means that no matter where, she lives within about a 4 hour drive of me. Wow. Just saying. This is a big shock to a Florida knitter, we are a state that struggles to represent in the knitting world. No longer! Barbara Walker is one of us!
holy crap. yes, please. Cat Bordhi, Cookie A, Nancy Bush, Barbara Walker and Meg oh-my-goodness Swansen in the same place? where do I sign up?
If only Sock Summit was in the summer instead of during the first week of school...*cries*
BARBRA FUCKING WALTER? ARE YOU KIDDING?
I'm gonna go lay down.
Whoa, THE Barbara Walker? I heard she learned everything there was to know about knitting and then walked away. And now you tell us she's back? omfg. If she simply talks about women's empowerment or the tarot, it will still be awesome. If she knits in the back of the room somewhere, it will be beyond awesome. I cannot believe that you contacted her, and that she's going to be there! Truly a living legend in knit-dom.
And then there's everybody else!
You are a force of nature, Steph. A force.
OMFG. What.A.List. No wonder you both kept hyperventilating, I nearly did just reading the list.
I rarely comment her (since everything has usually been said by the time I check in) but I have to chime in with "holy @#%$#" that's quite a list of sock elite. I'm sure it will be a blast.
I told myself, no. There's no way to go to an event like that. I couldn't possibly. Then, you disclose the Who and I'm desperately adding up the spare change between then and now. I may ask for an early Christmas - in August - yeah - that might help...
What a cast of knitterati. We bow to your expertise and imagination!
Holy crap. And I never say that lightly. Holy crap. I think I need to lie down too.
Gee am I glad that my sister lives in Portland. This is definitely the "A" list party of the century!
OMG. That is an impressive collection. Well done!
So, as a Unitarian Universalist and a knitter, I have to say that I am so excited to find out that Barbara Walker is one of my people! Yippee! Our church has rooms named after famous Unitarian Universalists...I may have to see about renaming one...especially the one where our shawl ministry takes place...
Wow. Just wow. I want to go to this so bad. I have to convince my mom to go with me (I'm 20, and she crochets, but I would feel totally weird travelling across the country alone! And I think she would enjoy all the cool knitting people!)
Congratulations, Steph. That's a hell of a lineup.
Oh my gawd, THAT Barbara Walker?? Did you actually call her up!? I am breathless
I can't even fathom what you've managed to accomplish here.
I get light-headed just looking at the list.
WOW! Double WOW!! Triple WOW!!! Unbelievable cast, but would we expect anything less of SPM?
Will be looking into selling my meager family jewelry collection in order to attend. This could be just what I need to jump start my return to sock knitting.
Will there be any sheep? My Shetland Sheepdog would like to attend also. Need to know soon, because it could take us a while to hitchhike to Portland.
"Brava" to you and Tina.
Holy ardvaark pucky, Stephanie! Unbe-(insert your favorite euphemism here)lievable cast of characters.
I just may have to clear my schedule and come hang out for this one, as even with virtually no budget to speak of I'm sure this will be well worth giving up something else to get there.
Will you guys go easy on us neophytes? I've only made 4 pair so far and none is what I'd call a superb rendition of footwear!
All I can say is Waaaaaaaahhhh! The goddesses of knitting are all going to be together in one place (and the world may spin crazily that day, from the density of all that knittingness) and I can't be there!!! No fair!!!!
I am so ready to pack my bags. My husband just agreed to go with me. Being fairly new to sock knitting, I can't wait. This will be my first knitting conference. I'm sure it will spoil me so I hope you are already planning for the next one. I wonder if there be refunds on classes if we miss them due to wandering around in disbelief at where we are and who we are seeing?
This starts the day after my youngest's first birthday. I hope I can show up for a few classes with her on my back.
O....M....G.....!! How did you do that????
OMG OMG OMG !!!!!! I think I just had a knitting orgasm!!
Hi! This is my first time! (to your blog). WOW
This super knitters party sounds wonderful. But I looked all over and I can't find the where-when-how much etc. info?? Please let me know as I'd love to be there! Thanks, Nancy
I was hyperventilating when I was only halfway down the list.
Then I go to post and the previous post is by "Catherine" with exactly what I would write too- if not beaten to it. Synchronicity.
But nevertheless... Oh. My. God.
I don't think I can make it to the Sock Summit myself, but I'll print out this list, fold it, enclose it in a fancy pouch (OK, it's a recycled lace-weight swatch) and put it in my knitting bag as an amulet.
So, (probably from being in a daze from watching the Obama security during the Ottawa visit), I'm compelled to add: spread these amazing people around a bit so that if a meteorite just happens to fall out of the sky, the entire sock knitting pantheon won't disappear in one poof.
Have you informed Homeland Security of this event? The VIPs of the knitting world all in one place at the same time??
At the very least, you must file and Environmental Impact Report.
No wonder you were hyperventilating talking to these people!! We are not worthy.
Dang, Denny and I really are gonna have to sit at the kids' table.
I'm stunned, Steph -- seriously stunned. What a list. Wow.
Oh, I am excited. Squeeee. I can't believe I only just found out and it's right here in my hometown!
Oh, I saw the update email where you said there must be something better than "potential Sock Summit attendees." Well, if it's a sock SUMMIT, then we must all be sock climbers.
Looking forward to it!
Holy cow. All those amazing instructors is making my head spin! Hats off to you all for putting this together.
I think I just had a heart attack from the sheer AMAZING exuding from this list! Talk about star power!
I am so there. SO there.
SUMMIT is the word that I heard. I can see it really will be a summit - when it was initially mooted I though it was a bit tongue in cheek, but now I see that it isn't. Wow.
It just goes to show you 'that 90% of life happens just by turning up!' Wow, enjoy, it will be amazing.
WOW! Just WOW! That is insane.. insanely AWESOME!
OMG! Those people and **Barbara Walker!** That's like having all those rock stars and Eric Clapton, too. I so want to be there.
OK, who wants to carpool? If we split the driving we can get a lot of knitting done coming from NJ.
Holy crap. When I thought there could not possibly be any more, I'd scroll down and find the list just keep going and going. Is this for real? Seriously, congrats to you and Tina for the stupendous line-up.
I have a certification in first aid/ cpr and work as a medical dispatcher... so maybe I better sign up just in case!
Seriously, good work you two! Way to raise the workshop bar!
Un F'ing Believable!!!! I feel lightheaded reading the list. I just want to lay eyes on Barbara Walker. It would be like seeing George Washington, or Roget (of the thesaurus) or the guy who started the OED. I'm very very very excited. Can you tell?
.....!!!!! For once, I truly am speechless in reaction to that list. *g* Just-- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have *got* to manage to have money for one - at least one! - class. I thought I'd maybe wander around the market, see Ravelry friends, hang out and knit...you know...since I *live* here... But with so many of you stars? One. Just one. Absodamnedlutely. (And hey! The Famous Judy! *eg* Congrats! ::grabs Judy to bounce up and down in excitement::)
Oh, for the ones who haven't managed to find out where it is - Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon. Great venue. Right on mass transit, just across the Willamette from downtown Portland. And in early August, we usually have temps in the 80's-90's, sometimes 100+ (yes, really), so bring light layers. ;)
Stephanie and Tina, magnificent job! Unbelievable!
Absolutely AWESOME people for teaching at Sock Summit. How do I sign up?? When exactly is it? Sounds like it is in Portland, Oregon.
Holy Crap. I knew I wanted to go. I knew it would be cool. I know my aunt lives nearby and has a nice couch. Now I know I HAVE to go. That list is definitely rockstar material.
Amazing, absolutely amazing. Just getting to talk to each of these incredible knitters must have been quite a feat. Congratulations on being able to put together all these great people in one place, at one time. It will be unforgettable.
OMG I nearly passed out when I read this. You and Tina did not undersell the unbelievable list that you've put together for this. Now, I have even more reasons to day dream about what I'd do if I won the lottery.
Oh my Gosh! I SO have to go. Can Abby teach me to drop spindle? Can she teach me how to kick spindle? Can I worship at all the amazing sock knitters feet? I am doing this! No one is stopping me! The kids can feed themselves for a few days.
Holy. Fucking. Shit. That's amazing.
Holy sock knitting! I need a drink, no, I need to go lie down. Wow!
All I have to say is...
Dudes. Nice going!!!
I was going to write "Barbara Walker?!?! Holy Crap!!" but about 167 people beat me to it. Congrats on the roster. Spectacular. I will be there.
Not even a sock knitter (I know!) and I wanna go. I've been collecting sock yarn, though, and working up my nerve. Amazing list of teachers.
Wow. No, really: wow. I must add my voice to the chorus of "BARBARA WALKER?!?!"
Also, I know this is huge and lots of work. I know you guys are giving it your all. I know there is no substitute for being there. But I also know that I won't be there. Lots of us who would love to be there simply can't make the trip. SO... have you and Tina considered making any kind of materials available after the Summit? DVDs or something? Just curious. And a little desperate. I mean, Barbara Walker.
I about fell out of my chair when I read it was happening in my hometown...Portland Oregon... How lucky are we? thanks so much
I think you *could* get Springsteen to attend if you made the call; clearly you and Tina have mighty powers of persuasion. Congratulations on assembling one incredible roster of knitterati!
holy sh*t. too impressive for words.
The Sock-Shaped State has clearly met its match!
Forgot to add.... not *rock* stars... those incredible folks are SOCK STARS. (but y'all knew that).
The Sock-Shaped State strikes again, ==Marjorie
Ok, now I KNOW what I want for my 30th birthday.
Any chance of a Sock Summit tour to Israel? Yeah, color me jealous.
OMG...I've got to go sit down. Wait - I am sitting down. I think I'll go lay down - I don't want to wake up from this dream I'm having.
WOW! I cannot believe what you guys have put together! So I'm asking myself an important question. We picked September of this year to go on that cruise to Alaska we've been wanting to take ever since we got married. Will our trip insurance would cover cancellation because the Sock Summit is far, far more important???
Could you possibly call my son and ask him to reschedule his wedding so that I could attend the Summit. It sounds so awesome! and my time that week is so previously booked.
Already rooting for Sock Summit 2.
Congratulations on putting together such a fantastic Sock Summit - just wondering if you guys could be persuaded to come out to Australia to put on something similar?! We just don't have anything like this!!
Holy Crow! That's going to be some Opening Night!
Holy Crap is right!!! Actually, what popped into my head was something more like "Holy Fair Isle Batman! How is anyone going to be able to choose which teacher they want to play with?" Now all I have to do is win the lottery so I can afford to go LOL! I've been fortunate enough to take classes with several of the amazing teachers you have on your list, and I want to take more! I'm a dye hard (yes, I spelled it that way on purpose. My name is Dyepotgirl after all LOL!) fan of Lucy Neatby. Judith and Nancy make me swoon with delight. I could go on and on with quite a few others on your way too cool list. All I can say is I hope you'll do one on the East coast next year! Wow!
I'd give anything to be able to attend this Sock Summit. Well, just about anything.
I hope one day knitting in Dubai will be so widespread and that our numbers will grow enough to warrant our own Sock/Knitting Summit with even a fraction ofthe stellar names on your teaching list.
Amazing, absolutly amazing!!
BTW, it never dawned on me, that THIS Barbara Walker and THAT Barbara Walker is actually the same person. You mean, I read books from her even before I knew her from the treasury books?! Really??! I need to lay down...
How about something for us folks who could never afford/travel that far/or can't travel period? Could it be possible to maybe buy the handouts that will be given out in the classes given by these Goddesses of Knitting? That way we, the undedeserving, could at least have a taste of kneeling at their feet while learning their graciously given tips and secrets to superb work? I WANT TO GO!!!WAHHHH! Why ain't I rich??
Not only is THE Barbara Walker coming, but it turns out she may be one of the few people alive who would understand my annual dilemma when Madrona and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show fall at the same time.
And this give me a good deadline for finishing that simultaneous set-in sleeve top-down on this year's to-knit list.
PS Thanks for letting the rest of us know that even the likes of you and Tina feel intimidated by the people on this list.
Wow! A very impressive list!
Portland. May as well be on the moon! Sorry to whine! I hope it will be well-covered on the blogs.
Well, you finally made me cry. Your daughters' birthdays almost did it, Joe stuck between a rock and a hard place at midnight, too. But. The idea of all of those heroines/heros in one place at one time ... it is going to be the Acropolis (aka a place of the gods) of knitting.
Holy mother-of-a-hairless-cat! That is some list. I can hardly wait!!
If we do sit at the kids table Abby, that means we can finish our dinner fast and do a lot of running around, or maybe cuddle on someone's lap during dessert. It's going to be super fun.
Holy cow!!!!! Great list of intimidating phone calls!!!!!!
CRAP.. thats LIKE THE ENTIRE Knit ROCKSTAR LIST!
Dude- you better get Franklin to photo.... this will be EPIC!
(hmmm I have to start plotting to get there....)
I'd be truly impressed if you got an answer to calling up Lowell George as he went to guitar heaven a long time ago but I am impressed that he's on your list. I went all the way to Buffalo (but it wasn't for the midnight show) and saw him live with Little Feat (one of my all time favorite bands and my Mothers as well. I used to take her to see them when they came to town)
Please take your film crew so that we may look forward to the upcoming "Sockumentary".
Umm -- what everyone else here said. Wow.
Barbara Walker??????????????????? Wow, that's this side of producing Elizabeth Zimmermann herself! Oh my goodness!!!
Any thoughts on what the convention might cost (ballpark) so I can start saving my pennies now??
OMG!! I am speechless (quite a novelty). That's some crowd you're assembling! I am presently guilty of envy in a big way! When will you bring this awesome assemblage within driving distance of New Jersey? Sounds like sock kniters heaven to me!!
Holy Crap. By the end of that list, I had pick my jaw up off the floor. How awesome are you and Tina to gather such an impressive lot of knitting-folk legends! I will not be able to attend but will await the stories afterwards.
WOW ! The sock summit teacher list is incredible ! It is on my "to do" list for sure. I happened to notice your cowl on my list also ! Now that you are home, have the summit planned, and looking for things to do ... might you get that pattern posted ? No pressure, just a reminder lest you forget how much your public loved that pattern.
Holy yarn! I feel like a need a lie down or a good stiff drink after just reading that. I can't imagine how you two managed to assemble that list...
I'd been thinking that it might be fun, that I might like to go, that it might be a good way to spend a weekend. And then I saw that list and am now compiling a list of things that I would do to be able to get there (it's a really long list).
But there's one question: what are you guys going to do to handle all the knitters who hyperventilate or pass out or are otherwise unable to handle the assembled awesomeness?
Barbara G. Walker?
(Feeling the blood slowly slip out of my head, down my legs, and drain out my toes.)
I just also have to say, now that I've regained some of the blood in my head, that you've just greatly expanded the list of books I want. I can't make it Sock Summit, but I'd love to buy some of those books I haven't seen before!
Dear, dear Harlot, you don't seem to realize that you, too, are on the list of the illustrious in the knitting world. When YOU are too shy to talk to a knitter you see, or who is sitting next to you, THEY are where you are with knitters you just listed: awed beyond belief and speach. Let's face it, the thing about knitters, well known or not, is that we love to share our craft with others.
By the way, Barbara Walker is a Unitarian? My daughter and one of my knitting buddies are too! The buddie in particular will be grinning from ear to ear!
What a list, I am SO JEALOUS of those of you that can attend this! Wow! And why am I half a world away from all the fun?
My goodness, that is a mighty list of women and their accomplishments, creativity and committment, lives lived and loved, learning and teaching as I have ever read. Bravo you and Tina for your vision and work on The Sock Summit...summit indeed :)
I can't even read this because I am so jealous - I can't come. Whine! Unless - can you make it virtual? Then I would be glued to the computer with my needles!
I'm so proud to be a part of this as a sponsor. Thank you so much to you, Stephanie, for all the work you are doing with Tina to make this possible. I'm REALLY looking forward to August!
OMG!!! The air will be rare. How wonderful.
YES!!! Right in my own backyard, too! Well, nearly. Thanks, Stephanie!
Oh, how lucky you all are! I hope you'll be making a duly documented report for us poor europeans that won't be able to be there.
Holy freaking gargoyles! This is amazing! You go, girl!
How utterly incredible!!!!
Congratulations - you have pulled it off - you have a FANTASTIC roster of teachers!!!
Okay, I'm really scared now. What is a lowly local sock knitter like me going to do in the presence of these rock stars, when I got all stupid just asking you to sign my book at Powell's four years ago?
Head down, trying to breathe into a paper back...
OMG OMG OMG
That much sock joy all gathered together in one place has got to affect the magnetic field of the earth, or something. What a treasureful community you have brought together. *discards on-the-needles bag and casts on another pair of socks instead*
I, like many other Portlanders, can hardly believe our luck to have you coming to our beautiful city. Now I just hope I'll get into some of the classes. Having been locked out of many classes at the Sisters Quilt Show I know the frustration. I have my fingers crossed. Thanks for all your hard work.
You might be interested to know that The Bookseller magazine, which attempts every year to award the Diagram Prize, which aims to reveal the oddest book title of the year, has announced their shortlist. The list includes "Strip and Knit with Mark Hordyszynski. I have not seen the book, but a serious review describes the concept of the book, which is making fabric strips, and then knitting them up, and also includes specific projects. And The Bookseller thinks this is an odd book title? It's clear they know NOTHING about knitting.
Steph, I think my brain's shock and awe bits just fused permanently.
The only other time I've been this incoherently speechless was when my husband proposed.
bbbbbbbbbbbbbzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt. If I had any electrical components I would have just shorted myself out. That is one helluva list baby----- I think it is more like this, "Build it, and they will FLOCK"..............
All I can think of when I read that list is "Wayne's World"-style bowing and I am not worthy!
There are times when the east coast is a great cool place to live. This is not one of them! If I could drive there and camp at a friend's I might be able to finagle it, but flying across the country and needing a hotel? No way. Hope there is much blogging and general hilarity for those of us in the virtual kingdom to enjoy.
I wonder if when some of those great minds start hanging out with each other amazing new knitting stuff will be generated - sort of like a major music jam session?
I think it is really cool that Star Athena was thinking how neat it was that she was talking to YOU on the phone and you thought it was cool that you were talking to HER on the phone!!!! Hey, we are all knitters here!!!! Thank you!!!!
so, seriously, have you thought about having medical staff at this event? Just in case? I'm sure that some of us with CPR/ACLS certification would be more that happy to volunteer our time in exchange for admission to knitting Utopia!
For years people have been telling me to save money. "Put money aside for the future," they say. "You never know what might happen." So now I know what they meant. Sock Summit is happening.
I am soooooooooo glad I listened to their advice.
Will there be classes for people who aren't very good at knitting?
And again: ***THE Barbara Walker***???
I would so sell my first born, if I had one, to attend this. Flabbergasted at the great teachers. Best of luck with this.
Wow. That's the Who's Who of Knitocracy. Legends! I don't know if I'd be able to breathe.
I'm so jealous!! I wish I could attend - but it's all the way across the country! How exciting!
"the author of six funny but mostly useless books about knitting"....um, excuse me, ex-cuse me, (tapping on your computer screen) but those "mostly useless" books are an important commentary on the lives of us regular folk out there...you know, the NOT-Barbara-Walkers-of-this-world. If you can make my husband laugh about yarn stash issues you have my Pulitzer award nomination.
See you there!
All I can say is "oh my!"
I saw that list on the sock summit website and was agape. So many teachers there AT THE SAME TIME. You did a great job, Tina and Stephanie!!
I do hope that the vendor apps will go out soonest....I am totally ready to make the trek from Albany, NY!!
OMG. I think I said holy $&%*! More times than legally allowed. No wonder there was so much drinking and hyperventilating before each phone call.
wow...if I could come I might be too intimidated to! what a great list of wonderful people!
I think, of all those knitters, the one I'd be star-struck by is you! I have admired you from afar, and I swear I nearly died when I found out you were in my town and didn't know. I wish I could come, just to learn about socks. (I've only knit two pairs, and I think I'm seriously depriving myself!)
Wow! What a list.
I saw you at Madrona, my brain said 'I know her, who is that?' Then two beats later I realized, duh, it's the Yarn Harlot (not a long lost friend from jr. high) and worked mightily to keep from staring. I plan to make no attempt to find out what Barbara Walker or Anna Zilboorg look like. I would hate to trip over my gaping jaw in their presence. Best to be in ignorance, but touched in the atmosphere of greatness.
Wow, I would LOVE to go to that! Alas work obligations will not allow. My biggest frustration right now is that I can never make the gusset right - imagine having all that genius available to help. Sigh.
It's also amazing what some bravery with phone calls can accomplish! :)
I think this calls for my husband to be brought home from overseas. I NEED to go to this!!!! Don't they understand this! It's MORE important than world peace and all that crap!!!
For those of us who cannot come, perhaps you could put together a book? Could each author contribute some writing, a chapter, some pictures? Maybe it is partly a way to raise some money for MSF? It could be a good thing for everyone...the teachers, the participants who want to remember, the people who couldn't come or are not born yet, the people receiving medical care?
Congratulations!!!!! (biting lips in sheer envy)
Will there be video podcasts? Please? Please? Say yes! Please?
Can I get a doctor's note (maybe someone could be Dr. Knit, or Dr. Sock, or Dr. Fleece?) so I can take sick days from the first two days of school?
You do know, don't you, that most of us think about you the way you think about them?
I was reading the list to my husband and hyperventilating at the same time, shouting "Oh my God!" every few seconds. So glad I'm not alone in my complete awe. Wish I could be there...
I want to come- I want to see Nancy B. again. (Hi dear, I miss you...) I want to meet the others. I want to talk and laugh with you- I want to live in the northern america and/or earn so much money that I don't care how much I should pay to join.
You must pardon me, and all the lucky ones that will be with you on this summit. But I am sick of jealousy.
Don't you need a little french translator in your classes?????? Or a librarian to organize all the information? Or maybe a nice swiss woman to keep everybody happy and well-behaved? Or an art-historian to write a book about your art???
Holy Cow! Are there plans to turn the site into a shrine? All the saints and goddesses together- sock knitters everywhere will worshiping for ages to come.
judas priest! once i saw barbara walker i was totally convinced, beyond reason, that elizabeth zimmerman was going to be on there too.
i'm in. can't wait.
judas priest! once i saw barbara walker i was totally convinced, beyond reason, that elizabeth zimmerman was going to be on there too.
i'm in. can't wait.
Holy Crap is right. What a lineup!
Madrona was sufficiently intense that I thought I would pass on Sock Summit without too many regrets (besides which, I blew my wad in Tacoma - is that a song?). Now I'm not so sure.
p.s. I read in a Ravelry group forum that someone would take a class on cleaning toilets if Judith M-McC was teaching it. I agree. Not to mention that Cat Bordhi is a total gas.
Hi Again, You probably won't notice this, buried as it is in the next day's post, but I kept thinking about what you said about Judith MCk saying to put fiber into the drum carder sideways...I checked my copy of the Intentional Spinner and it shows the sideways feed for the woolen prep. Doesn't say how to drumcard for worsted prep. She says combing top is best for that. So I guess I'm drum carding for worsted prep by putting the tips in first? I've got some Loooooong cotswold locks. I can't imagine putting them in sideways. Althou, hmmm, maybe they'd be easier to deal with if they were sideways? hmmm.
Barbara Walker? BARBARA WALKER!?
OH MY! Lorilee! Great Lady -- Super Cool Fabulous Shop! (And is my LYS at only 20 miles each way!)
Excellent choice, Harlot, excellent choice!
Holy cats, that's some teacher list. Great job thus far on the sock summit; I imagine it will be spectacular.
Wait... THAT Barbara Walker of the Knitting from the Top AND the Stitch Treasuries is also THAT Barbara Walker of Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets??
Hold me, I think the room is spinning... what a long list of knitting celebs!
I wanted to go to the Sock Summit before I saw this list.....with the list of instructors....I'll stay home and save money till August. This is a MUST DO vacation....now I just need a roommate. ;)
When I read that list, my heart started racing just like first date heart racing.
I don't that the words to describe that list....it makes my soul happy.
Other teachers & classes I would like to see at the Sock Summit: Molly Weasley- "Knitting for Redheads, Tips and Suggestions" Madame DeFarge- "Using Knitting for Record Keeping" Mrs. Montague- "Knitting for Royalty- Favorite Patterns of HRH Elizabeth the First" What? After what you've already done, this should be no problem.
What an amazing list. The only name I thought was missing was Lisa 'TsockTsarina' Grossman.
I got CHILLS reading the teacher list!
I'm weak in the knees from reading the Teachers list....this is freakin' awesome!!!!!!!!!
What a list. Oh, boy, what a list. And I cannot believe you got Barbara Walker. I cannot believe it.
I'm so excited about the summit, and jazzed by the incredible group of teachers you'll be bringing together! Thanks to both of you for all your work. I'm so glad I live in the area (no travl expenses) and can spend all my money classes. What an amazing opportunity!
I just about fell over the first time I read that list. I'm not sure I can picture myself as a vendor in the same building as all those amazing knitters. I'll have to keep a paper bag handy in case I hyperventilate.
Stephanie, I do have one burning question.
Who was brave enough to call Barbara Walker and ask her to teach a sock class in Portland Oregon? I'd have taken an axe to the phone before I called her.
Amazing. Just amazing. I want to go sooooo baaaad!
OK, I read the interview that VK did with BGW a couple of years back and it sounded like if she never saw a knitting needle again in her life it would be too soon. How did you snag her????
You literally have every sock knitter bar EZ that I've ever thought it would be neat to meet.
Whoa...I was reading through the list and thinking "no real surprises here"...then I got to Meg Swansen and Barbara Walker! Holy Crap! Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen indeed.
Yeah, wow! I'm still dazed.
You've built the "best of the best" into this.
And I will come. And I will bring friends.
All your work is working - a big thank you to you and Tina for going through all this.
Bloody hell. Now all we need is Barack Obama to hold the socks.
Da-a-am! I'm gushing just thinking about all of those people in one space. When is this again? I probably need to start saving vacation time and my pennies right now!
Come HELL or highwater... which is very likely considering the world and the US in this era, I'm going to make it to this watershed event!
Sorry to post again so soon, but I just made arrangements through Priceline for a flight and a room. I know there are blocks of rooms that will be available, but I'm not taking any chances.
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Barbara Walker?!???? I just about fell out of my chair.
I have no idea how I am going to pull it off, but I desperately want to be there!
There is absolutely no humanly possible way that I can be there. I'm thinking seriously about breaking my policy of not using seriously bad words in blog comments.
(takes deep breath, reminds self to behave in civilized manner in Steph's virtual living room)
Damn, are there any knitters left in the world to actually TAKE the classes? I went down the list and it was like the Energizer Bunny- it just kept going and going and going and going... Looks like heaps of fun!
What a fun list - but then what else would we expect from someone that Greg Kinnear himself described as the Michael Jordan of knitters. (Actually I thought you should be the John Stewart of knitters, tho. Or maybe the Garrison Keillor of knitters. Or Garrison Keillor should be the Yarnharlot of NPR). Have a great time!
Dude. This is the Woodstock of knitting. Dude.
Um wow. Drooling, weeping and trying to keep my composure. I just (last night) finish my first pair of socks so I'm not technically a sock knitter. I think I will be just to attend this. Great job in organizing this guys! Awesome, just awesome.
all I can say is WOW!!! I wish I could be there!!!
OH MY GOD. Holy crap. The way you talked it up I figured I would be impressed, but that list is just insane. Totally insane. I didn't know that Anna Zilboorg was actually a real person, I thought that was just the pen name that god uses when she writes knitting books. Wild.
When is the sock summit? I would very much like to attend. That's a whopping awesome list of sock knitters!!! I've never knit socks before but after reading your books guess what? I'm going to knit me some socks!!
What an amazing list of great knitters and to think they will all be in one place at the same time. Thanks so much for all your hard work Stephanie and Tina.
In case you get to read this... It would be awfully hard for me to attend the Sock Summit, being in Argentina and all, but if you could pass this message on to Barbara Walker... If she ever has her treasuries books published with charts, I'll buy them... even if I have to pay for several big books brought over all the way to the southern end of the world!
And Stephanie, I agree with someone up there who said you are a force of nature!
Curse my uncle, who has planned his wedding in the middle of this. The one thing I really can't back out of without being written out of the will!
I am filled with envy!
Neil Young. You left out Neil Young. How could you leave out Neil Young?
And, speaking of which?
This isn't a sock summit.
This is Woodsock.
If only I knit socks! Well, and could afford to go.
This is a most awesome list, and I'm glad your name is on it.
Like all of the others...WOW! My eyes are as big as saucers reading all of the wonderful names. Congratulations Stephanie and Tina! Awesome!
please could someone tell me when and where the sock summit is?
please could someone tell me when and where the sock summit is?
I am a newbe to socks but love them. When is this to take place and where? Oh, looks like heaven has opened the gates and we are all going to be there!
Found the information. Looks wonderful!
(mouth drops open) Jeez, it's the Knitting All-Stars Lineup!