So for my first ever blog post here, I thought I'd share some of my experiences at Sock Summit! I hope you are not all bored by all the Sock Summit posts yet - it was such a once in a lifetime experience and it happened in our own back yard!
I got to meet and take a class from Charlene Schurch! A little back story: When I decided to start knitting socks a little over 4 years ago, I just couldn't wrap my head around how to it. (you should see my first attempts. Scary stuff.) I was so frustrated I threw the poor misshapen sock across the room and ignored it for months at a time.
But I really love wearing funky socks & was determine to learn how to make my own. I researched a few books and finally picked up Sensational Knitted Socks
. Working on the Class Sock, it was like a light bulb going off over my head - I understood! I could do it!
So to this day, I have made at least 50 pairs of socks & I owe it all to that book & Charlene Schurch's helpful clear instructions. I still refer to that book & her second one (More Sensational Knitted Socks
) no matter what pattern I'm working on because of the different heels, toes, and patterns in them.
When Sock Summit was announced & I saw that she was going to be there, you can imagine my delight. Especially since I was able to get into her class Top Down Socks That Use Up All The Yarn - I learned such great techniques from it & I was so thrilled to meet her.
Hi. I'm a dork.
I also have to share a photo of one of my other favourite knitting celebrities - Amy Singer of Knitty. I've met her a couple of times before (we have friends in common) and she is always just a funny & witty in person as she is online and in her books (No Sheep For You
is one of my faves) and of course Knitty
! Actually, the picture with Charlene is my Amelia
sweater from a few issues back
I didn't need a book signed (I have them all already!) but she gave me a button anyway.
Those interactions were only a small part of what made Sock Summit so much fun - you can hear more on Kelly's Podcast this week, including me gushing over it. :)