Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sock Summit: Luminary Panel

On the last day of Sock Summit 2009, on August 9th, it would have been Elizabeth Zimmermann's 99th birthday. Stephanie and Tina took that as an excellent excuse to have a panel of knitting luminaries who discuss -- knitting, knitting history, and what role knitting plays in their lives.

Left to right: Lucy Neatby, Cat Bordhi, Deborah Robson, Anna Zilboorg, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Tina Newton, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Meg Swansen, Barbara Walker, Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, and Nancy Bush.
I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure I wasn't dreaming that I was able to see all these women in one room together.

I stayed for a little while in the beginning, then had to leave because I still had to pack up my booth. Sarah K., one of my booth helpers extraordinaire, was busily packing up the yarn. (More on my dear new sock summit family later.)
Here you can see Steve Elkins of WEBS pack up his booth.

Towards the end of the panel discussion, I scooted back in there to catch the last 45 minutes or so. There was a serious looking video camera and a sound technician, and it is my sincere hope that there will be a DVD released of the opening and closing ceremonies....
Barbara Walker listening intently.

Don't you just want to call her Queen Barbara? I say she is a Tremendously Good Sport, obliging an attendee who asked Barbara to wear her hat for a photo shoot.

During the last minutes of the proceedings, we all sang Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Zimmermann. Meg Swansen then graciously cut and gave out birthday cake.

I think you know these people already...

Judith MacKenzie-McCuin. Stephanie had said earlier that she would even attend a class with Judy if it were on how to boil water.

Cat Bordhi, wearing her Sivia Harding shawl.

And a last glance at Nancy Bush.

Jennifer of Holiday Yarns, the only other vendor from new York State, and purveyor of Tsock Tsarina kits. I think the awesomeness of the whole event is still sinking in....

There was a reception afterwards, and I spotted Amy Singer.

How many more sock summit posts can you stand?
As far as I can tell, there'll be one more. Thanks for bearing with me! There's just so much to tell!


  1. I love love love this post! Thank you for (again) bringing me along to Sock Summit!

  2. Don't you feel good that you were half of the entire NY contingent???

  3. Do tell us everything else happened at Sock Summit. How did you do as a vendor? The Thursday night crowd looks very impressive. I'm in that crowd every year for Stitches. Any chance you'll be at Stitches West next year? Looks like you have a following in the bay area already. I'll be happy to help out in your booth.

  4. Who could be bored?! These posts make me feel like I was there too. I'll be suffering from withdrawal when you run out of Sock Summit news.

  5. It was great to see you there! I think you got a great picture of me there... We won't mention how many pieces of that cake/tart I had to eat.
    NY could not have been represented - so glad you were there! Now if only the state were a little smaller so I lived a little closer...
    Are you vending at the Washington County Fiber shin-dig the end of September? It's up your way... lemme know if you need info, there still might be spaces available.


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