So glad someone from here got to go. It looks fabulous. That's the great thing about socks: you can learn all sorts of techniques that translate to other stuff like lace, cables, entrelac etc. I'm guessing its a good place to start designing too.
Thanks for posting this! I had really wanted to go as my daughter lives in Portland but then I got laid off and so couldn't afford to go. I love the yarn you bought, purple is my color too. Glad you got to go and that you shared here!