Last weekend (2/22 & 24) I attended the market at Stitches West.  It was the second time I’ve been there so I had an idea what I was getting into and was prepared.  (I’d dusted off the credit cards!)

The plan was to meet up with one of the other members of the Lime and Violet message boards – Tikabelle, whom I had never met before!  But before I met up with her I attended Vicki Howell’s presentation, sponsored by Southwest Trading Company.  Though they had some technical difficulties, the folks showed us a good time and we were treated to not only a free pattern from Vicki’s new book, Catwalk Crochet (not coming out until next year!) but a show of how several of the patterns could be accessorized and worn to achieve different looks with the same piece.  Now, the book is all crochet patterns, and I don’t really crochet, but now I think I’m gonna hafta learn. 

Craft magazine made a video of the presentation…available here:   http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/02/vickie_howell_lena_walker_smit.html  Also got a nice attendee to take a shot of me with Vicki.    And when I returned Sunday (yes, I went on Friday for most of the day…actually all day, and went back for two hours on Sunday!) with my daughter, who was absolutely speechless (a rarity for an 11 year old) Vickie quickly asked if we had a camera to catch Kiddlebiddle’s excitement.   dscn0203.jpg  

Vicki was quite agreeable to photos.  Stitches Market however, was not.  Tika and I were disappointed that we weren’t allowed to snap photos within the market.  Especially when we were invited to take off our shoes and jump into a big bin of yarny goodness. 

First thing we hit inside the doors was the Ravelry booth.  I don’t know about you, but I’m soooo glad they came into existence.  And we got to meet both Jess and Casey.  I ended up going back to the booth to get one of their tote bags.  There was no way I was going to make it that day without something to carry my new stash additions!  (Had to empty it at the end of day one so there would be room for day two’s endeavor!)  If you haven’t seen it yet, go to the Ravelry site and check out the mosaic they had (Casey made, of course) that is the Ravelry logo made of ALL the avatars of Ravelry members!  www.ravelry.com  

I went to the Stitches market with the intention of getting some more STR in the Raven series and I did.  I wasn’t alone.  Here’s Tika with her Ravelry passport and “Notorious Sock Knitter” bumpersticker that she picked up at Blue Moon Fiber Arts.     sititches-west026.jpg  

And here’s my “Socks that Rock” Raven series yarns Korppi on the left and Silkie in Thraven on the right (they are both much darker than they photograph):   sititches-west032.jpg  

There were so many wonderful vendors at Stitches.  Many we knew about and sought out; many we’d never heard of.  We went from booth, to booth, to booth…petting skein upon skein of lovely yarns; reveling in ingenious notions, pondering new patterns and kits, and meeting wonderful people with the same passion we had!  

Here’s a peek at my stash from Stitches.  This photo doesn’t include some of the patterns I got which are in my “pending” basket right now!


If you go to my Flickr page you can actually hover over areas of the photo and see what’s what ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/balletmommy/2307003060/)


Part of the stash is:

Malabrigo – two skeins (oh yes!)  sititches-west033.jpg

and Jojoland Meloday (with which I’m making their Swirl Shawl…sorry no pic)


A GORGEOUS scarf pattern/kit that Kiddlebiddle insisted she “needed” me to make for her.  (They had other patterns for this yarn, but this is what she wanted…)


And I got myself some new needles…Signature Needleart…I’d heard about them from Annie Modesitt’s blog and they are heavenly to work with besides being gorgeous:I


Also bought some “Hemp for Knitting and a couple of patterns from them.  The hat, already cast on in the dark orange, is for…guess who….Kiddlebiddle.


And I fell in love with a shawl from Fiber Trends.  I didn’t get the kit because they only had it with brown as the accent color and I really wanted the blue in the demo shawl.  Check it out:  http://www.fibertrends.com/viewer/V4_shawls.html

 I did buy plenty of patterns though.  Baby patterns intended for great nieces (if I ever get my act together and actually finish a baby project!), scarves, hats, a book of Norah Gaughan patterns….

 All in all it was a great weekend.


How many projects can I have on the needles at once?  Apparently, LOTS.  That “gauge” over on the sidebar isn’t exactly correct. I’ve got lots more things going, some I started ages and ages ago (as in years).  I’ve got half a sweater done…I really should pick it up and finish.  And tonight I cast on the Huggable Hedgehog!  (Photo is the designers photo…I’ll post mine when it’s done.)  I had so much fun knitting the flamingo that I thought I’d try for more toys.  hedgehog.gif Maybe these will actually reach their intended recipients!  I have a tendency to knit baby clothes but not block them and send them!  Of course, the kids outgrow them and here I am with the sweetest little sweaters and dresses! 

I’ve got some gorgeous Alpaca for another sweater.  I’ve had the yarn for a year.  It’s a lovely brown with specks of blue in it.  I’m dying to make it for myself but I just haven’t found the perfect pattern yet.  That, and I keep wanting to loose weight before I knit a sweater.  Silly.  I keep wanting to loose weight before I do anything.  Not a good idea.

 Anyway…the shrug I’m planning to knit for Kiddlebiddle I think I’ll save for airplane knitting.  It’s fairly simple and she’ll be with me to check for size.  Plus, with circular needles I’m sure the airlines won’t have a problem (though I hear they let knitting needles on anyway now). 

 I’m losing track of all the projects I’ve got/want.  Well, not really.  I’m keeping track of them over on Ravelry (great new site for fiberistas – still in beta but I was one of the (thousands) lucky ones.  Absolutely LOVE the site.

Gonna head off to bed now.  Enough knitting (????) (well…maybe I’ll take a sock to bed with me….)