Stitches was amazing – I had a great time and wish that we had stayed over so I could go again today. We left around 7:30 and got there at 10:30 and quickly found our way to the market. Wow – I wish I could have taken pictures – the overall impression of colors, people, yarn – it was beautiful!
Going with knitters, as opposed to Larry, made this a different experience than going to Maryland or Rhinebeck. Larry is very supportive (and likes to pick out yarn for socks for him), but going with fellow knitters meant a lot of talk about what the yarn could be used for, and things that I probably would have missed being brought to my attention. I think that in some ways it opened my mind to new possibilities – rather than just looking at what I usually do (sock yarn), Helen and Linda had me looking at all different types of things. And I bought things I probably wouldn’t have had I not gone with them.
I’m not going to show everything I got because its probably boring, but did want to point out a couple that I’m very excited about.
One of the first booths we hit was Brooks Farm – I’ve drooled over their yarn for two years now, and decided (after a call home for yardage) to buy some to make….
This is Primero and its amazing. The feel and sheen of it are just beautiful. Its 100% mohair, but feels like silk. I already cast on this morning for the shawl…with a little help from this great tutorial on the cast on at Get It Knitted. (First thing I had to learn was how to crochet which was pretty difficult as my left hand kept on looking for a needle!).
This is Schaefer Anne – 1120 yards to make (soon!) the Seraphim shawl from MimKnits. I have the pattern, and can’t wait to start. I bought the yarn from Adela’s Yarn, and a designer from Schaefer Yarns was there and helped me pick out the colorway. She was a good salesperson because I also bought enough Schaefer Andrea in the Frida Kahlo colorway to make a shawl they had hanging there – its beautiful – reds, golds and gold beads. They didn’t have the yarn there, so its being shipped to me…..I can’t wait to get it. The yarn is 100% silk, and I may just have to carry it around with me.
Rosie’s Yarn Cellar was there, so I went it to see if I could get some Black Bunny yarn. They did and Carol herself sold it to me! I mentioned that I read her blog regularly (Go Knit in Your Hat) and have bought her yarn before and she gave me a free tote bag. I felt like I was meeting a celebrity – I love her yarn, and really enjoy her blog. I bought laceweight to make the Scheherazade stole. The yarn is beautiful – soft and the colors are great.
The other item I wanted to mention was a kit both Helen and I bought – well, the shawls were similar but a little different. Its the Mitered Trim Poncho (its not a poncho – its really a shawl) We saw someone wearing this when we first got there, and it was beautiful. I know – you are probably thinking – uck! But really – its so beautiful when you see it made up – the pattern pictures really don’t do it justice. I bought the kit in burgandy, blue and beige. Helen’s was a little different (she bought the Merino Mitred Corner Capelet) in olive, purple and lime (sounds weird but the colors are beautiful together). This is where going with knitters was different – I probably wouldn’t have looked at something like this by myself, but Helen and I enabled each other. They had samples there, and I tried on the one I’m making and just loved it. I can’t wait to start it, but the shawl from Primero will be first…sigh..I really wish I had a bit more time to knit.
So that was Stitches – I did buy a little more sock yarn (of course), and came home a little bit poorer, but very happy. We had a great time together, and have already started talking about next year.
I hope to get in major knitting time today, and hope you have a nice relaxing day too! Happy Sunday!