I my last post, I signed off with a little talk about the wonderful luminaries of the Luminary Panel at the Sock Summit. The Panel presentation was held in a very large ballroom. When I mean large, I mean large – I tried to walk around the giant room to document it so that you can see all the people that were crammed into it!!
Happy Birthday EZ!
It just so happened that the Sunday was also the great Elizabeth Zimmerman’s birthday. So after the luminary panel and as part of the closing ceremony, we celebrated her birthday. Of course, it was only fitting that Meg Swansen cut her mother’s cake.
After a the cake cutting, with the urging, behest and support of Kristie and Denise, I went over to talk to the great Barbara Walker.
You see, I’m working on a hat collection that will be released in late October/early November. All the hats in the collection will be named after notable women who lived in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. So, since Barbara Walker has made great contributions not only to the knitting world with her Treasury series and Knitting from the Top, she has also made great contributions to women and society through her feminist and religious writings. (Did you know that she was named “Humanist Heroine” in 1993 by The American Humanist Association and received the “Women Making Herstory” award from the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women in 1995?
Anyway, I talked to the honorable Ms. Walker and told her about my project. I explained that I would love to name one of the hats after her, through my beating heart and bumbling words, I managed to convey that I would like her to pick out “her” hat. And she did!! Squeeee!
After talking to Barbara, Denise suggested that I name one of the other hats after Elizabeth Zimmerman. Good Idea Denise!! How do I select which hat to name after EZ? Ask Meg Swansen of course!! So I did!
Sunday was the best Sock Summit day evah!! I was sad to see it end.
Later in the evening, my friend Sherri and her beau took me out to eat at a really cool local hideaway (was it called Maverick? I don’t remeber), where they’re known not only for their good food, but also for their aluminum foil doggie bag sculptures. I ordered a fantastic tiger shrimp jambalya downed a awesomely spicy bloody Mary, and left with a little foil squirrel. While there I spotted some other foil sculptures: crab, fat man, 5 foot tall bird of paradise and a swan.
After dinner, we went to a really cool dessert and wine bar called Pix. Every single dessert looked so scrumptious and decadent – it took me about 30 minutes to decide! I forgot the name of my dessert, but it was a chocolate lover’s heaven: hazelnuts, a little orange, dark chocolate mousse and a lovely shell. I got so excited by its beauty and taste that I forgot to photograph it.
Before we left, I bought 3 yummy desserts to bring back to Denise and Kristie, who were too pooped to join use for dinner and dessert. They got a little bruised during transport, but they still tasted so yummy. nom nom nom. Left to right: A creme brulee chocolate tart; A dark chocolate shell with gold dust filled with chocolate mousse on a hazelnut base; a lime and citrus cake with lime and raspberry mousse.