I am still digesting, in a major way! What a fabulous weekend at Sock Summit. There aren't words for the inspiring knitters I met, great food I ate, yarn I coveted, and sights I saw.
Here are some highlights:
* "How I became a Knitter" lecture with Barbara Walker, what I learned from Barbara is that her life is a series of obsessions, and that knitting was one of them (I think she needs less sleep than I do), the woman is so amazing she has even designed her own Tarot.
* An amazing Ravelry party, Jess, Casey, Mary Heather and Sarah have a calm, fun loving dedication they bring to their project, they don't hold anything back, and are amazing appreciative, supportive, AWESOME people, I LOVE THEM! Mary Heather even wore Entomology, I'm a loser and didn't get a good pic... but I know there are some out there!
* Participating in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most people knitting at one time, I think we did it, need I say more?
* GREAT FOOD, Alice (my buddy from boarding school who I stayed with) and I ate at Por Que No and Burgerville, and a yummy french brunch place with homemade croissants I forgot to get the name of!
* Shopping... I got some yarn, which I need like I need a whole in my head, but I HAD to do it: Shibui Silk Cloud in Wasabi, and a gorgeous skein of Kitchen Sink Dyeworks wool/bamboo blend in an awesome one of a kind green. (Mercedes calls her one of a kinds "odd ducks" which I love!) I also got a great bag from Splityarn which matches my yarn purchases beautifully. (I'll admit I bought the bag first and found yarn to match it.) Here's Star, myself and Caro (Miss Splityarn herself) with our matching purchases:* I talked with lots of knitters about Schaefer Yarn, and gave away TONS of samples I had on hand. This was super fun, and a great way to spend my "down" time.
* A Luminary Panel that blew my mind... one quote I remember "Busy hands are joyous hands", that must be why I knit! I was so busy soaking in all the knowledge and sage advice I forgot to take notes... so that's all you get!
* I won a raffle hosted by Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks for Doctors without Borders, and am the proud owner of an amazing barn raising quilt from the book Knitalong by Larissa Brown & Martin John Brown. I'll take pics and talk more about this later, it's an amazing piece I am honored to have.
I'm hunkering down to spend some quality time with my family and get some knitting done on deadlines that are looming scarily close, I'll be back!