I got to attend the Super Summer Knittogether in Nashville last week. The attendees were drawn by lottery, and while I did not get in at first, I was one of those who benefitted from others' withdrawals. I got my slot on June 11.
Here, I am going to post some random pictures and share my highpoints. Note that I did not take any photos until the last day, and most of mine were candid shots.
The three hosts - Laura and Leslie of The Knitgirllls Podcast and Carin of Round the Twist - were so sweet, cheerful and kind, while still keeping everyone in check.
I stayed in a dorm at Vanderbuilt with my roommate Stephanie. She is a chef and Culinary Institute graduate, working in Boston. Even though there is a significant difference in ages, we had a wonderful time chatting about just about everything.
I took two classes: Colorwork, with Kirsten Kapur; and Picking up Stitches, with Carin. They were excellent and as a result, I moved up some fair isle mitts in my Ravelry queue so I can try out some newly learned techniques while they are fresh on my mind.
The food was delicious. The woman in charge of the dining hall grows her own vegetables and herbs for the meals. Thus, my lunches were primarily all fresh, sauteed local veggies. We were on our own for dinner, and the thrill of those were meeting new friends to explore restaurants together, all within walking distance. One of the nearby bars even created an SSK cocktail!
On Saturday, the Marketplace was open to attendees from 10 AM to Noon, and then to the attendees and the public in the afternoon. I think that there was some expectation of chaos, but none ensued. Everyone was well behaved and patient. My purchases were all fiber, except for a project bag and one skein of self-striping sock yarn (I could not walk away from a bamboo blend yarn with shades of yellow).
The event closed Saturday evening with a reception that was full of some pretty amazing door prizes, donated from a variety of yarn stores, indie dyers and Etsy sellers. Although I had about 20+ tickets, I didn't win a single thing. Oh well, there's always next time!
Now I am home, with so much beautiful fiber. As a participant in the Tour de Fleece, I have so many choices of what to spin next, a decision that is a couple days away, while I finish what I already had on the wheel.