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April 16, 2007

More camp

Some more images from sock camp. I'm still on a dizzy high from all that went on. So much to process!

bald eagle

We didn't get to see whales on the whale watching cruise but we saw some amazing wildlife nonetheless. More than a few bald eagles along the way. They seemed particularly curious about this boatload of knitters.

stellar sea lions

We also got to see some Stellar Sea Lions. This bull was letting us know that theirs was a private sunbathing party and we were not invited. It was a skootch half-hearted though as he lay down and started scratching himself with his fin immediately after this display.

knitters on board

Just a sampling of the knitters that gathered on the boat. I think this gives you an inkling why I'm just not able to accurately describe the event. The unspeakable gorgeous handknit items being worn and knit just made my head spin. I wanted to touch all and talk to people about all and ended up not really talking about any of it. I just sat there and rubber-necked like crazy.

Oh, and for the record, this was no lady-like knitting bee. This was a rowdy bunch! Loud, irreverent and fun! Everyone left in our wake was completely bewildered by what just hit them. I know there are non-knitting guys that lurk on this blog. Guys, I'm tellin' ya, you want to meet gorgeous, smart, witty and adventurous women? Take up the hobby. It is lousy with quality dames.

And the final image is fun because a lot of the photos I'm seeing out there are of the knitting groups performing their "songs" at our closing ceremonies. This is from the opposite vantage point. My group was up there getting ready to belt out our song (apologies to Roger Miller) and this was a small part of the audience in the room.

More tomorrow.

April 12, 2007


Sock Camp - Just a few thoughts as I race off to breakfast and get on a boat to go whale watching (the first time in my life I've done that). I'm overwhelmed and stunned. I'm surrounded by so much talent and vibrancy that I have absolutely faded into the background. I'm just trying to take it all in and experience every moment.

You know those videos where the person is standing still in the middle and everything rushes around them? That is me. I catch snippets of conversations going on around me and each one is more interesting than the next. The creative energy (heck, just the energy!) is astounding. I wouldn't be surprised if some magnetic pole is moved because of the concentration of magic happening in this one place.

People wearing things I've seen pictures of and I'm stunned into silence. I just try to keep myself from quietly wandering up to them and stroking what they are wearing. I try to hold conversations with witty, smart (and better yet, sometimes naughty!) people and all I can really do is listen. This would surprise many people as I'm normally a sassy-pants mouth!

But it is amazing and it will take me a long while to process.

Orcas at dawn

Dawn from my balcony. The moon was still up.


sock color wheel

A sock color wheel. This is the amazing kind of stuff that I'm still trying to process.