Friday, July 29, 2011

Sock Summit 2011 Day 3

This morning, my first duty was to monitor the Marketplace doors for the morning opening.  We checked for badges or stamped tickets.  After the biggest part of the rush, Tina asked if the PDX Knit Bloggers and Spinnerati would host the World's Largest Sock for knitting.

She told me it was in a box at the Information Booth; it was so big that I needed help carrying it!  I unpacked the big sock, the yarn and extra needles that came with it.  Underneath it all were two notebooks detailing the beginning of the big sock and where it has traveled to.

I straighted out the big sock, removed the tip protectors and rubber bands from the 20 circulars (it's 1,500 stitches around), made sure we had plenty of yarn on hand, and begin asking, cajoling, begging, and ordering people to knit on the sock and sign the register of knitters.

The Marketplace was pretty full all day with people shopping,

seeing what all the vendors had, where the best prices were, oohing over all the soft fibers and pretty colors.

In early afternoon, this station was set up next to the PDX Knit Bloggers and Portland Spinnerati.  It did make me wonder for a minute why they decided to put it there.  Then I remembered that Tina and Stephanie know us.

One of the knitters on the Big Sock was carrying this bag.  I asked about the stitch pattern and she said she had bought it at a yard sale.  I really like the look of this; it's similar to entrelac, but crocheted rather than knit.  

I'm going to figure out this stitch pattern; I think it would make a great kitchen rug.  The bag used two very thin strands held together; a cream in cotton and a color in what felt like wool.  Wouldn't it make a great rug using two strands of kitchen cotton?


  1. I knit on the big sock when it was down here in Arizona......

  2. It was such a delight to see you yesterday! Thanks so much for passing along the VooDoo treat!

    I used to know how thar crochet pattern went. Let me play with it a bit . . . if you don't find it on Ravelry, I can probably unvent it.

  3. I'd never heard of the Big Sock - what a fabulous idea!

  4. Hi! There is a crochet stitch that works quite similarly to entrelac - I tried it out for someone who couldn't decipher the directions, but that was a while ago. I think it might have been called box stitch? Here is one link (not the one I recall seeing in my foggy past); see what you think:

    Let me know if you find what you want - I can look around and see if I still have the directions I used. I am at karen dot KVL at verizon dot net.

    Hope you had tons of fun at Sock Summit - my jealousy knows no bounds!


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