Stitches West 2007
February 23, 2007
I thought that I would have been able to resist going to this Knitting Faire, but I am weak willed. I gave my boss the chance to save me by asking for time off from work on the same day, but good guy that he is...he let me off.
3:00 and I was free. The Market was located in the Santa Clara Convention Center (I've been there multiple times and knew my way around and found a parking spot) In less than 15minutes I was walking in a knitter's paradise. 250 booths!
I walked around from 3pm to 6pm and still didn't have time to really look at each individual booth. I did a quick walk through, but made some purchases right away.
Had I think the largest booth with lots of helpful people. What was the best buy, what colors were available, these helpers knew their stuff. I bought 2 pair of Addi needles US#1, to make my socks. As it turned out, I was very lucky they were the cheapest price.
The ladies who bring you "Socks that Rock". I purchased some sock yarn from them. Hand dyed 100% merino in the colorway: Thistle
Oak Grove Yarns
Out of Putney, Vermont I purched a kit for a scarf with beads. She had the best price on these kits that I saw. I also purchased a pattern for a trio of items with beads: mitts, socks and hat called the Queen's Quilted Trio. I'll have to use my stash yarns and beads to make these.
Black Water Abby Farms
Importers of Irish Yarns, I oddly found the best value for decorative stitch holders. I've wanted some for a while but the local stores had them for 4 for 30.00. I got 8 for $16.00, WOW, so I bought 2 sets. One Pink and One Sea Glass Greens
I was able to spend quite some time with the Editor for Jane Sowerby's book, Victorian Lace Today. She was so very nice and looked at my work , made some comments about what I was doing, how much yarn I'd have left and some suggestions on changing the design. What a nice person! She showed me some tips on reading the charts and showed me the examples of the shawls I was interested in. I have to say, the pink shawl that I am making and the real thing is very very different. My shawl will be much larger and warmer. She called it a "Spring/Fall" wrap. The one in the book is a summer wrap. I do want to make a summer shawl and will make one out of lace weight yarn.
Over All Impressions
I want to go back. Next year I think I'll take some classes.
Photos of purchases to follow, I wanted to get my thoughts down before I forgot.
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