Truth from the Sock Summit*

Published on Monday August 10th, 2009

“Just as the bird’s wing evolved to fly, the human hand evolved to manipulate. An idle hand is not a happy hand.”

— Barbara Walker, 9 August 2009

“You have to put on your own oxygen mask.”

— Deborah Robson  on tending one’s craft, body and soul while meeting the demands of motherhood and a career, 9 August 2009

“Julia Child used to say you needed a well-stocked pantry in case company came by and you needed to prepare a fabulous dinner. I think you need to stock your pantry in case a good idea comes by.”

— Judith MacKenzie McCuin, whose stash weighs 6,000 pounds, on avoiding yarn-accumulation guilt, 9 August 2009

*All quotes filtered through my brain and pencil as fast as I could scribble. They may not be verbatim, but they’re pretty close.

14 Comments to “Truth from the Sock Summit*”

  1. Donna Comment Says:

    Thank you – these were almost as good as being there….

  2. Sarah Comment Says:

    Love them all

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  4. Monet Comment Says:

    How many individual skeins of yarn are in a stash weighing 6,000 lbs???

  5. Wendolene Comment Says:

    Coolness. Wish I could’ve been there too!

  6. Sally Comment Says:

    I think you pocked the best quotes of the whole summit to print here! I hope you had a great time… I wanted to be a knitting conference for the rest of my life, it was such a blast!! Now back to real life…

  7. Seanna Lea Comment Says:

    Wow. Part of me would love a stash that weighed 6000 pounds, and the rest of me is wondering what I would do when I wanted to start a new project. It’s already overwhelming, and I don’t tend to have sweater lots of yarn.

  8. Kristen Comment Says:

    Lovely! I especially like the first, as my body is so opposed to idle hands that my hands, when I was a child, would shred things if I didn’t occupy them. I had no idea I was doing it, so it really felt quite odd to look down and find the sad remains of a paper napkin in my lap or a crumpled tissue or something. Our bodies want to work.

  9. Ingrid Comment Says:

    So good to catch up with you again at the Sock Summit. I was so impressed with Barbara Walker’s quote – I’ve long been a believer in the necessity of work for humans (whether paid or unpaid). Judith MacKenzie McCuin has more fiber in her stash, than I do in my business!

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  11. Robin Comment Says:

    Hi – I kept checking this blog over the last couple of weeks wondering ‘is Sarah going to Sock Summit??’ It seemed that you must be, but seeing no posts ahead of time about it, I wasn’t sure… very glad to read the quotes, and not surprised at all to hear that it was absolutely wonderful!

    I’ve been visiting my one of my oldest/best friends in Ashland this week, who knew how to knit *a bit.* I helped her get back to it, and she started a dish cloth yesterday and finished it tonight, and I’ve helped start a hat that she wants to make for a young friend/former student – she’s a first grade teacher… so satisfying to sit visiting together and watch the project grow on her needles. As soon as she finished the dishcloth, she began a 2nd one, so that she ‘wouldn’t forget’ how to start one.

    Re: 6,000 pounds of stash – well, figuring that most skeins/balls are either 2 oz or 4 oz, let’s say the average weight is 3 oz. Which means there’s about 5 skeins to the pound. Which means that 6,000 pounds of stash is approximately – wait for it – 30,000 skeins. That’s a lot of yarn! If you knit one of those average 3 oz. skeins every single day, day in and day out, that stash would last for 82 years…

  12. whitney Comment Says:

    Thanks for sharing these!

  13. mamie Comment Says:

    every one of those is a gem. 600 pounds. gawd.

  14. mamie Comment Says:

    i meant 6000. double gawd.