We’ve only just begun…

The first day at Sock Summit isn’t the first day. You can pick up your registration packet, and set up your booth if you’re a vendor. Classes start tomorrow (Thursday), and the market opens for a student preview in the afternoon.

Even so, it was a very Sock Summit day today. I started at Deb Accuardi’s pre-summit yarn-tasting luncheon at her restaurant, Gino’s. Lunch was wonderful, four courses paired with wine and yarn. The room was filled with happy knitters.

lunch 1

lunch 4

lunch 2

And the swag was amazing. Chrissy Gardiner donated a copy of her new book, Toe-Up!, for each of the knitters there.

lunch swag

Deb put together swag bags with Portland info, a gift card to Knit/Purl, coffee or tea, and this button.


The yarn was incredible! The yarn with the first course was from Stevanie Pico at Abundant Yarns. It was inspired by a caprese salad, and the colorway is Insalata Accuardi. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of it, because it didn’t make it home with me! I’m hoping it was found under the table, or in Lorajean’s box o’ fun. I’ll find out tomorrow.

Accuardi Insalata

Here’s the rest:

yarn swag

The blue/green yarn is “Jules Verne”, dyed by Larissa Brown for Abundant Yarns. The pink/brown/cream is “Ladies Who Lunch” by Knitted Wit (Lorajean). It was inspired by the tiramisu dessert, but to me it looks like chocolate and raspberries with cream. The multi-color brown/green/red/everything is “Pheasant” by Abstract Fibers. It was inspired by Deb’s pheasant, and meant to go with the quail and warm potato salad. And the pink and lavender yarn is “Cherry Mallow” from Crafts Meow. I can’t tell you the story on that, because Lorajean and I had to leave before dessert was served. It was time to set up the booth.


It was pretty quick work! We have Lorajean’s yarn and fiber, felted hats from Attitude Hats, stitch markers from Marilyn (but I don’t know her business name, will find out), books and felting fiber from Leigh Radford, and my patterns. I’m in very good company. We’re ready to roll tomorrow. After set-up, we went to Lantern Moon’s vendor party at McMenamin’s Kennedy School. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones. I even met Jess (Frecklegirl) from Ravelry.

LM party

LM party 2

And here are the Sox Stix girls! They’ll be roaming the market, creating buzz for Lantern Moon’s sock needles. The needles come in silk taffeta bags, and the Sox Stix girls are wearing taffeta pants inspired by those bags. Same same, but different!

sox stix girls

Tomorrow’s agenda: Sock Design Workshop with Star Athena, Hooked on Beads with Sivia Harding, and a tour of the marketplace. But for now, sleep…

11 responses to “We’ve only just begun…

  1. Halfway Crafter

    I have one thing to say.

    So jealous.

  2. Thanks so much for posting! I can live vicariously through bloggers like you and get a feel for SS. Have fun!

  3. It looks like so much fun, thanks for letting us have a peek!

  4. So glad you’ve posted pics and fun details! Thank you for sharing the peek inside SS.

  5. I know I’ve said I’m jealous a million times, but oh man am I jealous! I wish I could be there. Looks like you’re already having fun and it hasn’t even started. 🙂

  6. Hey Michele, how did I miss that you’d be attending SS. WOW!!!! I’m just a bit jealous right now. I can see you’re having a great time. Knit on and keep the details coming. I’ll be glued to your blog and hanging on every word.

  7. WOW! You’ve died and gone to heaven…

    Thanks for sharing the experience for those of us who couldn’t make it.

  8. So. Jealous. SO jealous. But happy for you! 🙂 Thanks for all these cool details.

  9. Thanks Michelle for great descriptions of the pre-SS fun. A friend from here is attending and I’ll be arriving in PDX too late (I’ll be visiting Paula and family.) Hope we can meetup!

  10. Ninaclock145

    Looks fabulous! Friends of mine were at the luncheon and I know they were really looking forward to it. I don’t see them in any of your pictures but everyone sure has a smile on their face!

  11. Thanks for the peaks into SS – looks like an amazing time – and gorgeous yarn!