Looking Back at Sock Summit

Now that the four fabulous and frenzied days of all things sock knitting are behind us, we finally have a moment to take a breath and remember some of our favorite parts of Sock Summit weekend.

We arrived Thursday morning to set up our booth amidst the sea of vendors. It was so exciting to transform our bare corner of the convention center into a miniature version of our store, complete with some favorite books, samples, and even our tiny Christmas tree!

After lots of teamwork, I must say our booth was looking pretty snazzy! Here’s a close-up of our rainbow of Brooklyn Tweed, Handmaiden, Madelinetosh, and more.

Just as we were adding the finishing touches to our weekend abode, the crowd arrived. Hundreds of eager sock knitters rushed into the Marketplace at opening time on Thursday, and they never stopped! The Marketplace bustled with fiber fanatics thrilled to get their hands on all the gorgeous yarn and fiber Sock Summit had to offer.

Meandering my way around the Marketplace, I happened upon some treasures that even I could hardly resist. I swooned over the plush plaits of hand-dyed wool roving from Wonderland Dyeworks (top). I vowed then and there to improve my amateurish spinning skills so that I can someday make my own yarn with these wooly works of art!

These luscious skeins are from Tactile, creators of our new Linen Lace and Tussah Silk Lace yarns. All of Tactile’s fibers are naturally dyed, making these colorful jewels beautiful and eco-friendly!

In their typically unique fashion, The Sanguine Gryphon transformed their booth into a medieval market stall with a tent emblazoned with their signature gryphon symbol. The tent plus the team’s period dress certainly contributed to the buzz about their gorgeous yarns–every time I glanced over, the line wrapped halfway around the booth!

Perhaps the icing on the cake was the flash mob, where hundreds of knitters gathered outside the convention center to perform a synchronized dance with a favorite skein of yarn to the classic 80s ballad, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Yes, the one from Dirty Dancing. It was a sight to be seen–and very impressive choreography!

We had such an amazing time at Sock Summit, and it was wonderful to meet all of you who were able to visit us! Thank you so much for making Knit Purl a stop along your journey to Sock Mecca! If you couldn’t make it, we still have loads of sock goodies in stock, including our exclusive handmade hardwood Knitpods and darning eggs. They make fabulous souvenirs for you or your favorite sock knitter!

Until the next Summit, thanks for the memories!

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August 04, 2011 by Alexa
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