Portland is a beautiful city, with great neighbourhoods and lots to do and see. We arrived a day before Sock Summit, so spent some time exploring.
We could travel anywhere from our hotel and the convention centre, to downtown without paying a fare!
What a way to encourage people to use transit and keep cars off the road.
Bridget told us about the food trucks, but we had no idea how many we’d find! Blocks of them, with every food you can possibly think of.
And line ups at each one. We had Polish food:
The convention centre!
Surrounded by Sock Summit banners:
We set up Thursday morning.
And practiced our salespitch:
(Note Janel: our token American, who took the money for us, to keep us within NAFTA regulations. There’s also a performance art piece about shipping according to NAFTA, but you really have to see it in person)
For the hoards to start bursting in. (I met a woman in line for food at 1:00 pm who was on her way over to get in line. The marketplace opened at 4:30. That’s hardcore dedication.)
Yes. They are running.
(Actually, Deb and I noticed in line at Starbucks that we had the same glasses…see?)
Our minion met another minion.
Laura from California, Amy (Edmonton), Sheila, Lorie and Laurie (both from Edmonton, and apologies if I’ve spelled the names wrong!)
Glenna had a birthday party.
And I got to meet people in person that I’ve only ever known online, like Shannon:
And, of course, Stephen:
Also: Indigodragonfly is the fastest yarn in Portland!…at Sock Summit…ok, the fastest knitter at Sock Summit knit with our yarn. Turkeys apparently CAN fly. Congrats Deb!
(don’t laugh. We made enough for a tank and a half of gas!)
I think it might be OK that I quit my day job…