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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Isn't all yarn p0rn s0ft c0re?

PRESENTING
Stitches: One Girl's Entanglements

The Haul

Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm Merino Sock

Laceweight Merino

(I really lusted for the Quiviut, but it was $56 a ball compared to $9 for the merino. I compromised.)

New Patterns (Note the fishnets on the right.)

STR

There's Shaefer Anne, Lorna's Laces, Tofutsies, Regia's Kaffe Fasset line, Dream in Color Smooshy and Oasis Yarns Aussi Wool in the pile, too. Aside from the laceweight, it is all sock yarn. (A little obsessive, no?)

My Saturday afternoon class on altering garments for length was very good. The session focused on fixing the problem by cutting and grafting rather than ripping. Margaret Fisher is a very clear, methodical teacher and I recommend her classes. (The class on zippers and other closures I took last year was equally helpful.)

I really cut back on my Stitches immersion this year and I'm glad I did. Two classes plus the fashion show was just enough this go 'round. Last year I took five classes plus the fashion show and student banquet. Add Market time in and it was a little intense. This year had the added bonus of spending time with friends. Thursday night, my business associate and friend Liz and I served as mutual enablers. (Liz is now the proud owner of a swift, the knitting equivalent of an in-home washing machine; you can't imagine how you ever lived without it.) On Saturday, I got to spend a few hours with Carey who drove down from Minneapolis. She double-dipped at both the comic conference and Stitches. (I wonder how much crossover there was between the two.) It was great to see her.

Next week, Michigan. I hope it's not sweltering. There is NO air conditioning there and the tent sure can get toasty.

3 comments:

The_Add_Knitter said...

Fun fun FUN!!! Excellent haul...this reminds me that I need to prepare for Stitches East i.e. book a room, figure out how I'm going to break it to my hubby and kids, etc. Should be interesting!

carey said...

ANGELA! Thanks so much for spending time with me at the market--I had a blast! And I love your blog--your niece is such a cutie-pie!

I do have to tell you I was in line with the hubby to get an autograph of an artist (he has a sketchbook going where he's trying to get all his favorite artists to draw a simple stick figure, or their version of a stick figure, in his notebook. So far it's pretty amazing to see each artist's take on it), and as it was an unreasonably long line he asked how my time at Stitches was. I saw the girl in front of us stop reading and look up, and then she turned around and asked me how it was. We struck up a conversation about the things we knit and how she's been into comics and knitting for a while, and had no idea that Stitches was happening at the same time! I gave her my program book so she could check it out and decide if she wanted to go to the market. I love it when worlds collide! And having someone nice and friendly to talk to made the line go much, much faster.

It was so great to see you this weekend--I hope we can do it again sometime soon! :-)

monica said...

You did a great job shopping at Stitches! It all looks great -- especially the 1/2 pint yarn.