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I’ve been reading everyone else’s posts about camp and feeling pretty happy that everyone had a good time.  (I worry) It’s intriguing to see what each person took away from their camp experience.

As we were saying our goodbyes on the last night I felt what I do every year at that point, blessed by the opportunity to serve, to be a witness and to be a small part of a big knit circle.  Also, pretty sad to say goodbye. I hate that part.

So in following suit with everyone else’s posts, here is what I LOVE about camp.  I get to work (laugh, cry, be exhausted, enjoy) with wonderful people whom I love and respect.


I get to spend four days completely surrounded by my own kind, knitters.  Those who share a like mind and who speak my native tongue.  Everywhere I turn or glance I’m met with knitters and knitting of some sort, usually socks.


The smiling blissed out kind.  Can’t you just hear the I’m a happy knitter song playing in the background?


The fiercely focused kind.  Fierce!


The slightly silly kind.  (This would be the group I fit best into.)



Knit together.


Helping each other.


I wish I had a picture of my face the moment I realized as I stood there teaching about dyeing,colour and the like, that my colour heroine was standing beside me looking over my should. I almost passed out. Had a big ol’ spasm.  Seriously!

Thank you each and everyone of you for being the lovely soles souls that you are.

A special shout out to Marcy and JC Briar for bringing just a little bit extra game to the talent show.  You two made this dyers heart sing!

Also dear Team Blue Moon thank you for all the camp prep especially the teeny tiny ball rolling!  You are the wind beneath camp’s wings.

  1. Naomi #

    There is little to add except to say…

    Blessed be!!

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  2. Oh Tina, every time I see a report on Sock Camp it makes me so nostalgic. You are the master of fun! And you put so much of your heart into it. Congratulations on still another successful Camp under your belt.

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  3. Hazel Smith #

    Green is one of my favourite colours and I am very green at the moment-WITH ENVY!!!!  What a revitalizing experience for you, Stephanie, Stephen and all the campers. Maybe next year? I’m gearing up now for Sock Summit. Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

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  4. Ha! There’s Anne in a photo! What a surprise!

    I had a wonderful time at camp and am still assembling my pictures and thoughts for blogging, as I’ve only put up a lick and a promise, as it were.  (Complicated by picking up another virus on the way home on top of my bronchitis, which actually led me to come home sick today, boo!) However, I’ve been working on mawata mitts, and a Luscious Single Silk shawl which are making me happy.  And thus keeping a little bit of camp with me that much longer.  *And I love my dyed yarn!*

    It was a special time.  Even more so this year.  Dear friends.

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  5. If you build it, they will come.

    Even honeybadgers.

    Haven’t stopped laughing yet.

    Thanks Tina!

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  6. Heather #

    Thank You! Thank You! It is soooo much fun at camp. I love every minute of it.

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  7. linda #

    Thank you! You make it such a wonderful experience for all of us and consider yourself hugged.

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  8. Josie McGill #

    Dear Tina, Stephanie, and everyone at BlueMoon, You never cease to amaze me, the talent and love etc etc you put into camp….astounding!!  Had a great time, loved it all!!

    Thanks again for all you do to make camp so wonderful!!!  Wish everyone could attend at least once, well maybe twice….  Love You All So Much, Josie

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  9. I had some hesitation about signing up this year, for budget reasons.  But DH said, “You need to go!  These are your people!” And he was so right.  I needed to go.  And these are my people.  It’s so inspiring to be at camp.  I came back refreshed—well, actually, I came back exhausted, but my creative juices are flowing again.  And I just plain had fun.  Thanks to every one, staff and campers alike, for a great time.

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  10. Timothy #

    Hi, just curious, is the sock summit happening this year? haven’t seen a lot of new info on the sock summit site. Just checking as I am planning my summer vacation and of course do not want to miss the summit, love your yarn btw, saving to get some. That camp looks like a great time!

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  11. Mya #

    Thank YOU, Tina! I can only imagine how much work it is for you (and Steph and all your helpers). I really, really appreciate the work. It certainly is the highlight of my year.

    I gotta say though, reentry is a b*%ch!

    How many days until 2012’s camp? smile

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  12. Erin J. #

    Sounds fantastic! 

    By the way… who are you trying to kid?… “it’s beginning to look a lot like spring”…. maybe we’ll all dry out before SS11 !!!  wink

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  13. Susan #

    I had the best time ever – you really know how to throw a party.  Thanks for all your hard work, loved every minute of it.  Looking forward to next year.  I am already planning on what to do for the ‘talent show’!

    Now off to buy the parts for my hula hoop.

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  14. Lorilee Beltman #

    Oh, to have Anna Zilboorg hover over me like that would be a treasured moment.

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  15. Angela (the OTHER Angela #

    I had a marvelous time, as always. Reading Steph’s post, I realized how much I enjoyed adding a charitable element to camp. Those of us who get to go are a very fortunate bunch, on the whole. It is nice to be able to share our very good fortune in the way we best know how. Perhaps we could make it a tradition? I know you have plenty on your plate, so if it’s something you are interested in, I would be more than happy to help.  Thanks for sharing your talents and time and know-how with us!

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  16. susan #

    Oh I am green with envy again. With two sons in expensive university programs, there is no room in the budget for anything like knitting camp. I wish that more experiences could be shared, however, I understand the need for secrecy

    I think it would be great for blue moon fiber arts to offer the special baby blanket pattern with yarn as a kit. Part of the proceeds could go to charity?  Or maybe there could be a sock kit following the theme of each year’s camp. This kit could be available to those who are unable to attend.

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  17. Camp was incredible.  I am so so so glad I came and so grateful for all the work that you and Stephanie and the rest of the team do to make it happen.  Thank you for creating a space that lets all of us revel in being our silliest, wackiest selves… and for several days of falling asleep with my face hurting from laughter. 

    Already working on that ballroom/hula hoop fusion thing someone suggested for next year’s talent show… wink

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  18. What more can be said than those thoughts by fellow campers.  I feel blessed to have been part of the event and hope to be part of many more.  THANK YOU for a fabulous event, learning experience and for allowing a great bunch of people to gather.

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  19. Thanks for another exciting and educational year! I, too, love seeing people helping and learning from each other.

    That picture of Stephen is *classic.* grin

    I always enter a serious Sock Phase after coming home from Camp (already knit up my talent show yarn into socks)! Thanks for the inspiration!

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