can you guess what we did just after we packed the car? no?
if you thought that maybe we shut the hatch, climbed in, and drove away with the top locker open, you’re right. hahaha—we drove all the way to the bakery that way, ate lunch, and were driving away before someone politely beeped at us and pointed.
sigh. these are your teachers, people . . .
but seriously, it was only because we were busy laughing and talking so much, i think, that we missed that one . . . at least, that’s my story and i’m sticking with it.
omg—sock summit is so awesome. can i illustrate?
this was just one table at the teachers dinner the night we arrived. that’s barbara walker, second from the left and meg swanson is just two seats over, next to cookie. joan shrouder is sitting far left and at my table
the beloved JMM (judith mackenzie mccuin) and denny. tina and stephanie also sat at my table, but they move around WAY too much to photograph properly. and there were so many more amazing teachers there—i tell you i was completely overcome with shyness (stop laughing—it happens).
ok, i think my attack of stalker fan might have passed for the moment—thank you for your patience (are you fanning yourself too?) . . . now i can tell you a little bit more about the period between the teacher dinner and the opening ceremonies.
yesterday i had an absolutely lovely all-day class with this awesome group of sock knitters who are now sock designers. six hours is a long time to ask people to listen to me, but they did. and i think we all had fun, too (they’re still smiling, anyway . . .).
at lunchtime, i ran over to the market where chris, jocelyn, and christy were setting up the booth—it was already crammed with gorgeous yarn and samples—yum!
jan, a friend i previously met at the ghost ranch retreat last fall, was right there all day to help out in the classroom. after class and a photo session, we headed out to the reception hall where we heard a cheer go up as the doors to the market were opened for the first time
it was an awesome moment—everyone was happy and noisy, but polite and lovely at the same time. just the way you’d want it to be.
we met up with our buddy gail (you know gail!) and headed off for a nice thai dinner, replete with iced coffee
jen from woolgirl.com joined us with iris, who was in my class all day as well (and apparently, not sick of seeing my face or hearing my voice yet)
also along was kristine from curious creek fibers, whose yarn i worked with for the april 2009 woolgirl sock club package.
after dinner we headed right back to the convention center for the opening night ceremonies. when we got there, the hall was filled with happy knitters. i made my way down to the teacher tables in front, an excellent location to get some more awesome people photos for you.
syvia harding is right there. and that’s just one table. in the other direction i saw
before i could trip over my own feet or something, i found a chair and sat down at the next table while chatting with someone behind me, and when i straightened out and looked across at my table mates, i saw
barbara walker and anna zilboorg—holy moly. then i swiveled to my left and saw
priscilla gibson-roberts speaking to cat bordhi (and i even got this one single shot where cat was completely still for a nanosecond, hehe)
cleverly disguising my head rush as a need to reach something in my bag, i quickly pushed my head between my knees until i felt less like passing out. phew. crisis averted.
then kat came along like an angel to distract me a little until i settled down
look at her—how pretty is that?? she’s completely adorable, right? her maplewing is simply stunning; it’s beautifully knit in a merino/silk blend. she even emailed to say she’s knitting another one—delightful, thank you kat!
a little while later, out came stephanie with her sock to greet us all
and introduce the teachers and sock summit staff (known here as the ST-2s).
tina and stephanie gave a talk about the road to sock summit that was fascinating and funny all at once—just the way you’d think.
it was a wonderful night and we were completely drained by the end of it (but not a moment sooner). we trailed back to our hotel where cookie, janel and i knit for a bit before bed.
this morning i met with another class—this time the lace knitters—for a few hours of learning to knit lace, which is one of my favorite things to talk about.
i had the honor of taking lunch with our friend karolyn who we are so lucky to have as a test knitter. but i goofed big-time when i forgot to take her picture, sorry (she’s adorable).
ok, now, i’ve stolen away form all the activity this afternoon to write a blog post and i’m afraid it’s time i got back to the booth to help out a little. hope you are enjoying these letters from the road—more later as i have news.