We've been to FIVE Stitches Wests now? This is crazy to me. Anyway, last Saturday, my knitting gals and I headed down to the Santa Clara Convention Center for our annual knitter-spotting and yarn-buying spree (Ok, that was just me. And sort of Sophy, too.). As usual, I headed in with all sorts of plans for the photos I'd take, but ended up getting all distracted and over-stimulated and only taking a few.
By far the highlight of the trip was getting to meet some very cool and very inspirational knitters. I actually took a photo of Romi last year, but didn't officially meet her because I was too shy (darn those introvert genes of mine), but this year I actually went and said hi. She is extremely awesome. We chatted a bit about motherhood and geekiness and took a picture of each other taking pictures of each other...my favorite (her version here).
And because I had treated myself to a latte before the show (thought I'd go all out since I was missing a baby-feeding anyway) and was literally vibrating from the extra caffeine, I had to take another picture, this time with two hands. Sheesh.
We also stopped by Ysolda's booth, tried on her beautiful samples (I'm in Laika, which I now MUST MAKE AND WEAR IMMEDIATELY), talked to her about her designs, and took a photo in her photobooth.
Ysolda is super sweet and even more adorable in person than on the internet. I wish I had told her that Arisaig was what got me started on sweater-knitting five years ago, but I forgot. (The caffeine made me a little conversationally spastic, too.)
I love spotting my designs out in the wild. Here's a particularly beautiful Citron on the convention floor, made in Miss Babs sock yarn.
After spending quite some time petting yarn and chatting with the ladies in the Tess' booth, eating some lunch, and making some purchases, we decided to call it a day. But not before getting our obligatory (and inexplicable) yarn-hat photo. Love the heavenly quality of this one.
Good times, had by all.