The 2011 Sock Summit is an entire conference for sock knitters. The conference’s answer to “why socks?” is, “Socks are practical, beautiful, historical, engaging and symbolic. Socks are circular, portable, structural and a perfect tiny canvas for almost any hand knitting technique you’d like to put on them. No matter what you’re interested in when it comes to knitting, there’s a way that it has to do with socks. We’re sure there’s something here for you whether you’re practical, fanciful or inexperienced in the ways of the sock. “
They left out addicting; feel great on your feet by keeping your feet cozy and comfortable, socks compliment your outfit and are just plain fun to knit. So when is it? This event will be held from July 28 – 31, 2011 at the Oregon Convention Center Portland, Oregon.
Classes in colourwork, beads, crochet, argyle and sock techniques from all over the world are available. Bavarian socks, Estonian socks, kilt hose, twined socks, Austrian socks, Jacquard socks, Japanese, Bosnian and Turkish are just a sampling of cultural designs to learn about.
This conference is not just limited to knitting socks. It encompasses Photographing your fiber, Spinning a painted sock, Accounting for the wooly minded, Don’t despair repair, Copywriting for knitters and designers – there are over 100 classes. They range from three-hour to six-hour classes.
Two demonstration areas are located on the Marketplace floor. Lectures for an hour or two, showcasing an idea or teacher have been added this year.
They have even carpeted the Marketplace floor. Now that may not sound like a big deal but, if you have ever walked these cement floors for hours (many of you have) it is hard on the back, knees and feet. The carpet can allow you to wander the aisles and find that perfect yarn, book, needles, patterns and much more. If you are registered for an event you can get into the Marketplace free, If the Marketplace is what is drawing you there, $5 will get you in for the day.
Friday night is the Sock Hop. An 80’s theme will prevail, so dig out an outfit that will get you dancing. The party is the 29th of July in the Oregon Ballroom of the Conference Center.
What is a sock summit without a sock museum? The Sock Museum will also exist as a virtual exhibit on-line for those who are unable to attend. This will allow you to have a front row seat and not have to put your shoes on.
The registration desk is not open as of today. See that as a good thing. Now you have time to look over the classes and design an itinerary for yourself.
Maybe you want to go to the Summit but you want to improve your basic knitting skills first. The Yarn Barn located at 1666 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge, CT, 203-389-5117 has a class just for you. Learn to knit: learn the very basics of knitting while making a scarf. The fee is $30. The techniques you will learn are casting on, the knit stitch, fixing mistakes, casting off, fringing and time permitting color changing on rows. The class is Tuesday, May 3rd 6:00p.m – 8:30p.m.