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“Just as the bird’s wing evolved to fly, the human hand evolved to manipulate. An idle hand is not a happy hand. We really need to use our hands; they’re not happy if they’re not doing something.” [Barbara G. Walker]
The quote above captures my impression of Sock Summit 2009 pretty accurately! I’m very familiar with trade shows like Stitches, NENA, TKGA, TNNA, etc. and I have been lucky enough to attend many of them in the past few years. This year marked the first Sock Summit, a sort of knitter’s retreat on steroids! It had a fantastic marketplace full of amazing artisans, an impressive array of super fun events (like breaking the Guiness World Record for most knitters knitting in one place) and a truly astounding roster of knitting luminaries.
Berroco was there displaying a range of our sock yarns: Berroco Sox, Berroco Sox Metallic, Comfort Sock and Ultra Alpaca Fine, as well as a few of our more popular sock yarn patterns (not socks, incidentally): Celestine and Celestine Crochet, Saige and Johnny Boy are some of my favorites. I was also encouraging people to enter our Sock Star competition. There are still more than 2 weeks left to whip something up, give it a go!
I’ve put together a video of some highlights here and some of my snapshots in a Flickr set–I apologize for their quality; I’m not the best photographer in the world, I’m afraid. To be honest, things happened so quickly that it was a challenge to even get the cameras out and on! I was Tweeting constantly though and you can catch up with those Tweets here.
One of the highlights of the show for me was meeting Meg Swansen (I’ll admit it–I was too nervous to say hello to Barbara Walker!). Meg is true knitting royalty and SO beautiful! She was hilarious and kind, to boot. Norah says we have the same eyes! As you can see, I could barely contain my joy at meeting such a legend:
One thing that came up during the luminary panel over and over was the value of her mother Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book the Knitter’s Almanac. When I worked on the retail side of things I would constantly tell people to skip two lattes and buy a copy of the Knitter’s Almanac instead. It is my desert island book, it contains so much more than knitting advice. It gives you a glimpse into Elizabeth’s life and her amazing curiosity, bravery and wit.
Yesterday I proposed a year-long project to Norah involving the Almanac and Ultra Alpaca. So many of the projects seem well-suited to the Ultra Alpaca family and we know that the folks at Schoolhouse Press are fans. In fact, Cully Swansen, the handsome model/son/grandson in many of the Schoolhouse Press publications, has a hat pattern in the most recent Wool Gathering that calls for Ultra Alpaca! We’re still batting around ideas, but we’ll keep you posted.
I’m still catching up on my rest but I will say that my imagination has been running on overdrive thanks to the Summit. I’m sure you’ll feel it’s effects in the months to come
Yippee!!! We’ve uploaded our audio slideshows and instructional videos to itunes. They appear as a podcast named “Knit with Berroco”. Search for Berroco or Cirilia or Norah in the itunes store.
This is so exciting for me. Being on itunes feels so legitimate. Maybe that’s silly but, in any case, it’s a convenient and easy way to access information. I’m really into itunes and hulu these days, since I decided to go without cable TV. I’ve been knitting away each night, watching/ listening to shows like Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, This American Life, How the Earth was Made” (geology is SO COOL), the Colbert Report, Iconoclasts, and my continuing favorite, the nerd spy, Chuck.
Inspired by the Knitting in Film and Television Awards hosted by I Knit, our office had a lengthy chat today about our favorite knitted moments in the media. We’re all mad for movies and television, mostly on DVD or Hulu…long marathons, the better to knit by, my dear!! We’ve also become fans of the blog Reel Knitting which is a perfect hybrid of our hobbies.
Most of us agree that mindless knits in yummy yarns are the best for knitting along in front of a flickering screen. A few of our free patterns come to mind: Rectangela knit in Peruvia (lots of stockinette and it eventually doubles as a lap blanket), Radius in sparkly Metallic Sox (knit in the round) and Alpine, knit in chunky Cuzco, which you could probably finish during a double feature!
I flipped the first time I saw this hilarious Yoplait ad with a wooly punchline. I also love that a knitter in the Humira ad is working with bamboo circulars. Points for realism! I absolutely adore Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep, in part for its’ homemade charm (no computer generated special effects here) and in part because of scenes like this that seem to glorify crafting:
Donna and I traded stories about excellent knitwear in children’s fantasy films. We love everything in the Harry Potter films, as well as the Bucket Family is working on or wearing in Tim Burton’s remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Donna spotted lots of yarny goodness in City of Ember while I happen to love the sweaters in City of Lost Children.
This was a good distraction from the craziness of this week…we’re totally surrounded by yarn! We’re practically re-enacting a certain iconic scene…
What are your favorite movie/TV knits?
Norah, Warren and I headed West to attend The National Needlearts Association trade show in San Diego, CA. I’m used to trade shows being in sort of isolated areas but the location here was fabulous. It was breezy and sunny the whole time we were there and we enjoyed some distinctly California moments. Here are some highlights:
It was so much fun to catch up with everyone, especially our fellow East Coasters (Mary-Heather is an honorary East Coast girl) the Ravelry gang! Casey was a little shaky as he took this picture and when Jess banned him from any more coffee I just about lost it. Speaking of caffeine, how cool is this new mug?! The whole design team is coffee powered so we just love this mug.
Speaking of design, I have to get to work…on Fall 2009!! Can you believe??
UPDATE: Just noticed a free pattern for Green Squirrel, gorgeous cabled hat (Ravelry link) designed by Katy Wight, a Western Massachusetts based designer who loves Ultra Alpaca. Looks like an excellent man hat, and it only takes one skein of Ultra Alpaca!