It should be no surprise that my friends and I were all a little tired and pooped out Sunday morning. I was especially tired, since I only had 2.5 hours of sleep prior to boarding my early morning flight on Saturday, and I didn’t go to bed until about 2am Saturday night.
Stumptown & Knit/Purl
Because Aubrey and I had been to Portland before, and Kristie had no classes Sunday morning, we played mini tour guides and took her to Stumptown for a cup o’ joe. And even after our incessant talking-up about Stumptown’s coffee, Kristie was not at all disappointed. Duh! It’s hands down, the. best. coffee. ever.
After coffee, we walked over to Knit/Purl to say hello to the wonderful ladies there. I have met and usually talk to Sandi, who is also the main “face” of ShiBui at events and trade shows, but she wasn’t there since she was working the Knit/Purl booth at the SS market. I did, however, finally meet Darcy, the proprietor of Knit/Purl and the owner of ShiBui yarns. I wore Amelia Earhart (a design due to be released in November) and was quite flattered by Darcy’s admiration and interest in it. Of course I pointed out that Amelia Earhart was knit out of their yarn.
Anyway, Knit/Purl is a cute store that is very well lit and organized, with plenty of yummies to drool over. Sunday morning, there wa some else extra to drool over: yummy sock-shaped donuts from Voodoo Doughnut! Apparently, Knit/Purl gave Voodoo a sock-shaped cookie cutter and they custom ordered the yummies.
And of course we have to take goofy sock-donut-eating photos!
Sock Summit Shopping and Luminary Panel
After are mini field trip, we headed back to the SS market to do some more shopping and perusing. I purchased some delicious bag of yak and tussah silk roving from Crown Mountain Farms for Zona. It was SOOOOO hard not to get some for myself. I restricted myself to purchasing the fiber for myself until I (a) resume spinning again, (b) get a little better and (c) use up the pounds of fiber that I already have. The yak/silk was so petworthy that I almost did not give it to Zona, and aside from some extra fondling, I showed some restraint and did gift it to her.
Later in the afternoon, Aubrey, Kristie and I met up with Denise and attended the awesome Luminary Panel. The living legends of knitting were all present:
- Cat Bordhi
- Nancy Bush
- Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
- Judith MacKenzie-McCuin
- Lucy Neatby
- Deborah Robson
- Meg Swansen
- Barbara Walker
- Anna Zilboorg
Except for one person, who I found to be a little attention-seeking and annoying, everyone on the panel was engaging, eloquent and just a joy to have the opportunity to hear what they have to say. Meg Swansen was quite funny and personable; Nancy Bush exuded this calm Zen quality and you just could not help but be captivated by every word she uttered; Oh, and Barabara Walker! The great and very accomplished Ms. Walker (wiki on her) also had a nice funny bone, was very humble, adorable and just superb. I could go on and on about all these very notable and wonderful women. I am so very glad that I made the decision to go if just based on this experience alone.
The luminary panel, above, from L to R: Lucy Neatby, Cat Bordhi, Deborah Robson, Anna Zilboorg, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Tina of BMFA (moderator), Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (moderator), Meg Swansen, Barbara Walker, Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, and Nancy Bush. (click photos to enlarge)
Next Post: More about the Luminary Panel, Closing Ceremonies, some swag, and some yummy desserts.