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If you build it they will come.

The resounding chorus back and forth between Steph and I for months now has been. You are not going to believe this. No really, you are not. I mean I know I said it last time I called, but really, you better sit down because well… you are just not going to believe it. I cannot even tell you… and it was on and on like this for weeks. It has been ridiculously exciting and crampingly terrifying all in the same moment.  Really all of these people are wonderful and I know that when we finally meet there are just going to be embarrassing moments. I see lots and lots of gushing. Don’t you?

“If you build it they will come”, this has been our mantra.  Quite a leap of faith and an apt description of how this feels from the inside out. 

I really liked The Field of Dreams when I first saw it, but now it speaks to me in volumes. Every step from walking into the Oregon Convention Center to this stunning list of teachers, to the close to 8,000 on the mailing list, to what is next in building this sock knitting vessel, cradling this dream.

Building a dream at this point I would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors for helping us make this be all we want it to be. 

Simply Sock Yarns, WEBS,, Southwest Trading Company, The Fold, Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks and The Loopy Ewe.

You have our dyed in the wool gratitude, in my opinion way better than undyed gratitude.

As you read this list of talented knitting, spinning, crocheting, writing, designing teachers you will get a taste of what this has been like.

In my very fertile imagination there are many conversations that play out today something ike the ones Steph and I had. The ones that start with you are so… not going to believe this. Do you see who will be teaching at the summit?

We are thrilled, humbled, honored and honestly staggered to host this wealth of knit knowledge.

For detailed teacher bios go here; and here;

Here they are in all of their knitted glory.

Cookie A

Star Athena

Deb Barnhill

Judy Becker

Lorilee Beltman

Anne Berk

Cat Bordhi

JC Briar

Nancy Bush

Laurel Coombs

Angela Davis

Carson Demers

Amy Detjen

Laurie Drew

Abby Franquemont

Chrissy Gardiner

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts

Marjan Hammink

Anne Hanson

Sivia Harding

Stephen Houghton

Janel Laidman

Judith MacKenzie McCuin

Betsy McCarthy

Denny McMillan

Melissa Morgan-Oakes

Lucy Neatby

Tina Newton

Heather Ordover

Clara Parkes

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Deborah Robson

Merike Saarniit

Joan Schrouder

Charlene Schurch

Amy R Singer

Meg Swansen

Barbara Walker

Karen Whooley

Anna Zilboorg

See… isn’t it wonderful!

On the website if you click on the teachers names you get their bios.

Classes and Descriptions and Pricing to follow soon.

  1. OMG!  I am SO there.  I can’t wait for the details and registraiton.

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  2. Alice in the Heartland #

    Is this heaven? No it’s Iowa. and here I am. Wow you ladies are fantastic! Looks like it’s going to be a great year. Just wish I lived in PNW so I could attend all the really neat things out there. Fingers crossed that I can make this wonderful event in August. Hugs and Happy Knitting, Alice

    P.S. Time for a beverage of your choice. Skol.

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  3. Wow! Just WOW!

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  4. Kim #

    Wow.  Just wow.  I wish I could come to the Summit.  What amazing work you and Stephanie have been doing!  Good luck!

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  5. You and Stephanie have cast on and it IS magic. Oh. My. Goodness. Wow!

    I am so humbled and I have no other words.

    Feel better soon. I am sending a hug up the river to you.

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  6. blogless grace #

    This is so amazing!  I have already blocked the time off from my job!

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  7. Lou Bolster/Happystasher #

    Like I just commented over on Steph’s blog…HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m SO there!!! Even if I can’t get into a class with any of the knitting geniuses on this list, I’ll be happy just being able to breath the same air! This is a real summit. Congratulations on securing this phenominally incredible list of teachers.

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  8. melissaknits #

    I must have been a very good little girl to get my name on the same list as some of those people. You guys are great. Thank you!

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  9. OMG, Meg Swansen and Barbara Walker.  I have to find a way to get there, maybe drive somewhere and leave Thursday to at least have Friday Saturday, Sunday.  This is just completely crazy, all of these people in one place!  I have been to 2 StitchesSW, and at the last one I took a class from Meg.  I swore that if she ever went back to StitchesSW I would go just for her class, but she hasn’t been back since then.  I have to figure out a way to go.

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  10. shadylady1216 #

    so, just because I’m curious: is this going to be more like a big convention, or more limited like sock camp?  Are we talking space for thousands of knitters?

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  11. Seriously! Amazing!! You two built it and they are coming!! Along with tons and tons of sock knitters!!!  Can not wait!!!

    I so agree with what Judy said….Magic!!

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  12. You guys really are rockstars! Wow, I can’t wait to see the class list!

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  13. Pat Dixon #

    I have been bubbling ever since the first mention of the Sock Summit..something as wonderful,exciting as to what is to come..I will be there will SOCKS with Bells!

    Tina and Steph you are the Greatest..this is only the beginning..believe me..I have seen many born but, This is no doubt the GREATEST..

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  14. Tia Stanfield #

    Prices!  I have to buget for this and REALLY need prices ASAP.  Not to be a brat but I would like to know if this is going to be something I can afford or is it a pipe dream.  Thank you so much for putting this together!

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  15. Tom #

    My wife (nbgriz on Ravelry) and I are coming!  Plus our son (Aaron) and his girl friend (Brenna) are coming because we’ll be there!  Besides, they’re both Ravelry members, too!

    I’m retiring in October, but I’d like to learn to how to knit sox beforehand.  Is there going to be a beginning sox knitting class?  Would it be starting on 3-X# double points and/or (progressing to) double-circs?


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  16. marcy #

    Awesome job!  Keep crossing those things off the list!!! We know you always have a long one!!!

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  17. WHOA!!!!  AMAZING!  And I must say that I am surprised to see Barbara Walker, since I don’t know I’ve seen her name much when I’ve looked at class offerings in the past!  But, of course I KNOW her name and have seen it lots all over my books!-lol!

    How can I NOT go to summit?  I’ll have to keep my fingers and toes crossed on this one!

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  18. Holy Crap!  That’s like the Dream Team of socks!

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  19. Unbelievably AWESOME!!!!!!! I’ve got to make my way there…… I wonder how many hand-knitted booties I need to sell on Etsy? Does anyone know a good place to sell a kidney?

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  20. Michelle #

    My heart is fluttering – this is all so very exciting!  But now I’m having a bit of anxiety…will I be able to get into a class?  I stalk the progress on ravelry, the sock summit website and the yarn harlot’s blog, but what if I somehow miss the class sign ups?  They’re sure to fill up quickly, right?  This is going to cause many of sleepless nights…

    Nice work, Tina and Stephanie!  You two are making our sock knitting dreams come true!

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  21. Susan Kolstad-Onken #

    Congratulations on Sock Summit . . . spectacular, only more great things to come!

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  22. Ok….I really need information to lock down my plans. PLEASE let us know when we can expect to be able to register for classes and the $$. Yes, I am wavering.

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  23. Debbie K. #

    Please post the info. as soon as you can – would like to attend but need to do some serious planning to get there – highly dependent on costs!  Can there be made available some lower cost options?

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