Wow wow wow. Â Wonderful wonderous wonderment.
Last week, 6000 knitters converged upon Portland, Oregon, for the second Sock Summit. And what an event it was. So amazing was this event that the Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, officially declaredÂ last week “Sock Knitting Week” in the city.
International Capital of Sock Knitting. At least for a week.
Amy & Kate were there.
Amy and Kate pose in the Sockgate, a surprise from organizer Tina to organizer Stephanie (and lots of fun for the attendees to pose in)
Amy’s roommate, Denny, was happy to find she was properly acknowledged:
Denny welcomes you to her kingdom. Not really. But they can poach a nice egg.
We taught classes.
We shopped the expansive Marketplace.
One of each, please!
Buttons from Indigo Dragonfly, featuring the names of their most popular colorways. note the payment options.
Jennie the Potter's famous sheepy bowls all got socks for the occasion
We attended classes.
We proudly saw our place in Sock Knitting History – Monkey in the Sock Museum.
We love Monkey!
We drank coffee and ate donuts.
Breakfast of sock knitting champions
We found our names and those of many of our fellow teachers on bookshelves at the legendary Powell’s.
Amy ran across her own name on the bookshelves at Powell's, and couldn't stop grinning for hours afterwards.
We giggled over the not-yet-tiresome Portlandia references.
Denny believes that birds should be on everything.
We met amazing people.
We admired fabulous knitting.
Baby Sophie, the first of the next generation of knitters, wearing a custom-designed baby swirl jacket from Sandra McIver.
We watched sheep go from fuzzy to naked.
Meet Gusset, Heel Flap and Instep
now that's a naked sheep!
Many hundreds of us danced in our first flashmob.
And we had ourselves a very, very good time.
Many, many thanks are due to Steph, Tina, the ST-2 crew, and all the amazing volunteers who pulled together to make the event happen and the thousands of sock knitters that made this crazy idea not crazy at all…just a wonderful experience.