6:40 in the morning Chris and I get in the car and try desperately but safely to get me on a 6:51 train. No pressure but we are driving in the 3rd snow storm to hit NY, the roads haven’t been plowed yet and oh, it’s dark outside. No problem…
Somehow we make it and I’m headed downtown to the first knitting related event I’ve attended in more than 2 years. Excitement doesn’t even cover it.
Now, I have to say that registration was the smoothest I’ve ever experienced. One, two, three and I was in and ready to go. BUT, when I noticed this…
I think that should say January 21-23 2011…Am I reading it wrong?
I should have know that there would be a glitch or two. I promise not to dwell on the bad because there was so much good but I think VK has some serious thinking to do.
First off , the marketplace was not open to any attendees until the preview in the evening from 5-7pm. We had a two hour break for lunch and NO shopping time. HELLO…..
Second the “class rooms” were actual converted hotel rooms. The lighting was so dim we had to take the lamp shades off just to see our needles. Not good for a sock knitting class and working with size #1 needles. The easel/boards for the teachers to write on didn’t get to the rooms until a good 1/2 hour in the session.
Third, the rooms were just to small for their new purpose. One long table in the center with 20 people seated around it. Coats, bags, yarn, books…not enough room.
But when this lovely and dizzingly talented woman stepped into the room. All was forgiven.
In a word, Cookie A is a genius. I mean that. Her approach to sock design is akin to building a cathedral. The symmetry, the ways that rows/lines of stitches move away and toward each other….breath taking. Ok, I know you really have to love socks to feel this intensely, I get it. But I feel this intensely about socks all the time, so needless to say…..HEAVEN. In case I haven’t said it yet the class I was taking was Sock Innovation: Top Down Socks. I swear my head was about 2 inches bigger when I left that room at 4:30pm. The amount of information she shared with us was incredible and it did exactly what I was hoping it would. it Inspired me to design. I will never aim to be the next Cookie but I now feel confident to at least put a toe in the water.
If after spending the day sitting next this…you not inspired then…then you’re in the wrong place. It’s funny, I’ve seen each of these pairs of socks in the her books and some I’ve wanted to knit, without question, and others I thought not so much. But it’s one thing to see them on paper and quite another to see them in person. I don’t even know what to cast on first. Do I finish what I started designing or jump into a pair of Cookie’s. My head is spinning…in the most delightful way.
There was the usual book signing and students fawning over their guru. It’s so fun. It’s the only place where you can embrace your inner knitting geek and wear it proudly on your sleeve.
One of my best moments of the day was Cookie recognizing my name from her list of test knitters. WOW…..I felt like Sally Field when she won the oscar for Murphy’s Romance…”You like me, You really, really like me”.