Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stitches West VI

First of all, thank you so much for your wonderful reception of Cachou!  It's become a favorite knit of mine (even though I should technically be keeping the sample pristine for shows and such...I totally wear it all the time), and I'm so thrilled that you like it, too.

Anyway, let's rewind a bit to two weekends ago, when the annual Stitches West show came to town.  I was reading my previous blog posts about the event (this is our SIXTH YEAR -- how did that happen?) and one word that was repeated, in some form or another, in all of them was "overwhelming".  Ha!  It's always a great time, don't get me wrong....but it's just a lot.

So, Sophy, Erica, and I (no Brenda this year...she recently left us for a gorgeous farm house near Philadelphia :( ) piled in my car on the morning of the 23rd and headed down to the Santa Clara Convention Center.  We got in about an hour of wandering and yarn hugging...

...before we were ready for a break.  So we had a little lunch, and Erica was skeptical about something.

Fueled by sustenance,  we made some more rounds, posed for photos (clearly I did not get the memo about the intended hand-pose)...

...spotted a Citron!...

...then needed another break.

I had already bought out practically the entire Anzula booth, but there were still a few open items on my shopping list, so we went back in for even more.  And had a little puppet fight/hug session at the Malabrigo booth.

Soon after this photo was taken, we realized we were getting loopy (yarn fumes?) we headed back to the car and played 8 rounds of Spaceteam before we finally drove home.  Sometimes it's nice to be silly.

And the yarn?  First of all, do you ever go a little crazy getting yarn you won't need or be able to knit with for a great deal of time?  Because I do.  Ever prepared, I got the lovely Kauni below for a re-make of a shawl design that has not yet been published in a magazine, but will be, and that I will get to self-publish after the proprietary period is over.  This will not be until roughly the summer of 2014.  So glad I already have the yarn.

The next two items were actually a good idea.  I have a gaping hole in my stash when it comes to sweater quantities of worsted weight yarn, which is odd because worsted weight sweaters are among my favorite things to knit.  So I picked up some of my fave Tess' Designer Yarns Superwash Merino in this lovely cranberry...

...and dark brown.

And I don't know what this will be for, but it was so pretty I just couldn't put it down.  Knitted Wit, Silky & Plied in Silver Lining.  Yay, shopping local!

You can see close ups of all the amazing Anzula here.  And this was how pleased I was when I bought it.

Oh, but the Stitches fun didn't end there! On Sunday morning, Stephanie, Annie, and Katy came over for 24 hours of San Francisco fun, which involved a great deal of eating, walking, browsing, holding our own private Oscar party (including fighting over Daniel Day Lewis), and, of course, yarn shopping.

For....I think a Varia?

It was a great weekend.  And you know we'll be back for more next year!


Jodi said...

Oh, this looks like great fun! You picked out some beautiful yarns, too.

Audry said...

That picture with the Anzula is priceless. I've often seen that look, but never captured in a photo.

I think I have the same yarn problem as you. I had held off for so long (because of designing) that I went a little nuts. This year was the Year of the Sock Yarn. Every purchase was made with the excuse, "I'll make socks... when I'm done with the x, y, and z designs.)

Sara said...

The Kauni color is lovely - is it EL?

Brenda said...

I'm coming out next year for Stitches W! I'm so sad I missed it. You gals are so beautiful!!