Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sock Summit Sunday!

This morning I got up and did chores early, hopped in the car and headed to the Portland Convention Center, picking up a friend from church along the way. When she asked me if I'd heard of Sock Summit and wondered if I might want to ride up together, I was surprised - and thrilled! We chatted all the way there (and back), found a free parking spot (in the shade!) and headed in.

It was much more fun to go with a friend than to go solo like I did in 2009! We watched the sheep being shorn for the Fleece to Foot competition, and went back later to check the six teams' progress. We worked the Marketplace systematically from one end to another, letting our fingers and eyes feast on the fibers, yarn and other goodies. I had offered my services to Wanda and Ed should they need a break from their Jenkins Woodworking booth, but they didn't need me.

And I didn't need another Turkish spindle - so how did this ziricote Lark/Jay follow me home? I also bought some lip balm, but beyond that I was really good, keeping the yarn and fiber at home very much in mind.

Just before we left, I tracked my friend down in a booth after losing sight of her for a few minutes. She was admiring some beauteous batts, and when I walked up, she said they were half price! So after hours of restraint, we walked out with two batts each - which I didn't think was too bad at all, considering the damage we could have done there. Heh. Here are mine:
On the left is 5 oz. of Corriedale/bamboo in an unnamed limited edition colorway, and on the right is 4.2 oz. of 75/25 merino/bamboo (and some Firestar) in "Ty's Mountain Berries."

BTW, last night I found several home videos of the Sock Summit flash mob; what a hoot! Here are a couple of good ones:




That's it for today from . . .

10 comments:

Nancy K. said...

OMG! I want to go to Sock Summit!!! How cool would it be to be part of a Flash Mob? ;-)

Your batts are beautiful. Can't wait to see what you do with them...

Rayna said...

How fun, those batts are GORGEOUS! They're trying to get a second flash mob going in Duluth, trying to get more people to join, either to go down to canal park or up at the mall, I've been tempted :D hehehe

Black Sheep said...

I would totally come to Canal Park or the Mall for a flash mob.. if it has something to do with Wool or yarn.. I am only about an hour north..

I need orange said...

You didn't tell us where you were standing, in the flash mob??? :-)

What fun. :-)

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

Michelle said...

I only went up on Sunday; the flash mob was on Saturday afternoon. There are instruction videos on the Sock Summit website (hot-linked in post) if any of you get the chance to participate!

A :-) said...

Maybe I will get there next time :-) I'd really like to go!

thecrazysheeplady said...

FUN!!!

Sheila said...

The batts are beautiful colors, I can't wait to see what you make from it.

sheepsclothing said...

Man, I wish I could have done Sock Summit. looks like a blast!

Nancy K. said...

I still can't believe that you went to sock summit.

LIVE and IN PERSON!

...sigh...