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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. :)

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Comment by BabblingStacey on August 13, 2009 at 8:59am
Thanks everyone!
Michele - it was great to meet you!

Peggy - that's exactly what I did - threw it across the room and left it there, needles & all. I did eventually learn dpns, then this year I switched to Magic Loop.

Araignee - I'm so glad you are enjoying reading everyone's adventures - I'm definitely not tired of talking about it! :D
Comment by Araignee on August 11, 2009 at 8:39pm
Wow! Lucky you. Since I could not be at Sock Summit I love reading about everyone's adventures. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 11, 2009 at 7:50pm
I am SOoooooo envious! I love socks! I love Charlene's books! Lucky you! I taught a group of friends to make socks using Charlene's book. One of my friends threw her sock--dpns and all--across the room! She caught on, though, and is now an avid sock knitter--on two circs! --P
Comment by MicheleLB on August 11, 2009 at 3:32pm
Stacey, it was nice to meet you, albeit briefly, in the marketplace. I hope you had a great time hanging out with Turtlegirl76!

I have Charlene's book, too, and it is a keeper.
Comment by BabblingStacey on August 11, 2009 at 1:17pm
aww, thanks Susan! I used to take the train when I lived in Mass - I had an hour commute both ways so that's where I knit all my socks!
I'm really enjoying myself here - I've loved KnitPicks for years & it's been great fun being around here!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on August 11, 2009 at 12:59pm
Stacey, so good to read your blog... I've seen your responses in the discussions, and we are glad to have you at KP. It sounds like the Sock Summit was a great experience... everyone seems so pumped up on socks after the weekend. I'm not sure if I've knit 50 pair of socks, but maybe 20... but I only started knitting a few years ago, and sort of got ahead of myself, when I started knitting socks before I really knew what I was doing. But they are so much fun, and usually very quick, too. Hope to hear a lot more from you in the future.
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