I took this past Friday off so that I could attend Stitches West with the hubs. :) I had every intention of us arriving in Santa Clara by the times the doors opened. HA. We got there about an hour or so after the doors had opened. We just got off to a late start. We traveled lightly (meaning no camera amongst a few other things). I had my list of things I needed, my map, and the hubs was in charge of all the snacks (the real reason we were behind schedule getting out the door!). It worked out fine though. We ended up spending the entire afternoon there. We left at about 5:30 or so to go have dinner. I hadn't intended on being there past 3:30. Boy was I wrong. In comparison to our first Stitches, I think there was a better turn out of shops the first time we went. The only 'big' shops that were there this year were Webs, Yarn Barn (of Kansas), and Village Yarn and Spinning.
Oh, I failed to mention that on this particular day, it was going to be in the 70s. There was no way I was going to throw on a shawl or knitted socks for that matter on a hot day even though I was going to be around thousands upon thousands of other knitters. I did bring the little thing my boss gave me a few weeks back though. As I mentioned before, we traveled lightly this year (that included not bringing too bulky of a sweater/jacket that I would have to either tie around my waist or stash in a bag. I even brought a smaller bag than normal!
I only really wanted to hit the major shops listed above and my other go to shops were The Mannings, Foxyknits-All Things Koigu, and Alpenglow Yarn. Yes, that's it. We hit The Mannings and I actually didn't find anything I wanted. Then we trekked to Alpenglow Yarn and finally I feasted my eyes on some pretty things. Here's what I picked up from her sales bin.
weld and the red yarn is actually made from bugs that are found on cacti! The hubs thought that was awesome.
After that purchase, we got wind that Ysolda was there so we went to her booth. I don't know why I didn't realize she was going to be at Stitches! Her booth was very cute. We got to see Whimsical Little Knits volune 1-3, Saturday Treat in their adorable booklet formats! While we were at her booth, I noticed that she had rav buttons! I asked if I could have one and she said sure. I also dropped my map while I was getting a button. So here it is (on that thing my boss gave me):
Western Sky Knits.
Fickleknitter. I had seen the colorway at the Zen Yarn Garden booth too but I ended up getting it from Fickleknitter instead.
Here's a family portrait:
Kira K Designs and there is a booklet coming out called California Revival Knits. It is amazing!!!
Remember I said I traveled lightly? I didn't even take any knitting with me! No, instead, I did lots of yarn and needle tasting whenever we were at a booth that had them at their disposal. I tried some hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans. I tried out the square needles (can't remember where). I tried out the signature needles that people were raving about a while back and I tried some yummy yarn.
There was one thing I didn't get. I had wanted to get some tweed yarn for a guernsey wrap and nothing called out to me. :( Oh well. Overall though, we had fun and I can't wait until next year! :)
Next time I ought to have finished photos of my socks that are currently blocking as well as my henslowe (also blocking) and maybe my cowl that I cast on for and finished in the same day!!