I’m at the Sock Summit in Portland, OR. You might not think a thousand knitters could converge in one place and knit and talk and shop nothing but socks for four days, and you would be wrong.
The marketplace here is enormous (and open to the public, in case you are nearby and happen to be a knitter). Here are some booths that caught my eye:
Splityarn Handmade zipper boxes, flat pouches and camera straps, she has such beautiful fabrics (and is a super sweet person!).
Queen Bee Creations felt bags with these darling flowers, they don’t have zippers and would really nicely for your knitting. They also have all the fabulous vinyl bags and pouches they are famous for.
5elementknitr makes these super handy stitch markers, they have a detachable short crochet hook for the moment when you drop a stitch but don’t have a crochet hook handy. She also makes some in lovely sterling silver.
Other booths I took note of with the help of the wool-loving Maggi:
- sets of six 5-inch, very bendy and smooth palmwood DPNs at the Laurel Hill Needles booth ($16!). I have some Laurel Hill #5 needles and love them dearly.
- Miss Babs, lovely yarns (the sport weight is on sale)
- Signature Needles, you can compare the mid and stiletto tips
- try out some square needles at Kollage
- Wool Candy, bright and happy colors
- Simply Socks Yarn Company, very nice price for soft sock yarns
- Namaste small bags (very Hobo-y) perfect for a small projects on DPNs at the Tanglewood Fiber Creations booth
- Van Der Rock, yarn from Canada
- you can put your name in a drawing to win a set of DPNs at the Sock Stix booth