I didn't have time in this post to talk about the community at Stitches. Next post, I swear! I owe a huge thank you to all the people that helped, including Maria and her husband Mark, Jess, Brooke, Carrie, Michelle, Andrea, and all the vendors on our aisle. It takes a community to make a show that much fun!
Stitches West definitely lived up to all the hype! I had a great time with Brooke across the aisle and meeting all the other fab vendors around us. I super hope we're all together again next year! Just before the show Maria, A Needle Runs Through It, contacted me to see if I'd like to sell her bags. I was so excited to get that email! Maria sews beautifully. She has excellent taste in fabric and always has some thing for everybody.
These were the ones that I couldn't live with out!
She sews two box bag sizes, I'm trying to talk her into a jumbo one for sweaters. A notions pouch, stitch marker pouch, and drawstring bags. All fabrics are pre washed so there's no shrinkage when you need to clean yours, the bags are all lined too! I'm a bit of a fan!
This little ditty is from Chicken Boots. I saw her stuff in Brooke's booth back at Sock Summit (did you see the next one isn't until 2014? Enough time to knit through the stash!). I was super excited to see Chicken Boots was right next to Brooke, we had a great time in our aisle! Her fabrics are so beautiful, I had a really hard time narrowing down what I wanted.
I could justify this because it's small and fits a little bit of everything. It's perfect for traveling! And lately I've done a lot of traveling for Knitted Wit. This way I can bring a range of what might tempt me to cast on! And how can I not be inspired by the fabric alone!
So there's the haul. I sort of fell down in the bag department. I definitely won't be needing a project bag anytime soon! (Note to self: please reread that last sentence!) A skein from BMFA, two fiber braids from Western Sky (I think that's the name), a hat kit from Stick Chick Knits, magazines from Living Craft (they were just behind my booth), and two project bags.
These two magical skeins might have also slipped into my bag! Brooke purchased cormo fleece from a local farmer and had them spun into happy yarn. The colors are so beautiful too, I thought these two looked great together. I'm thinking a feather and fan-ish striped cowl.
The second half of this monster post is about the Rose City Yarn Crawl. The Crawl started on Thursday and I hit a few shops with the boys. We went to All About Yarn in Tigard, where I just happened to be the trivia question winner! I picked up a few skeins of Encore and a pattern that will help me finish up an ancient WIP. Our next stop was Northwest Wools in Multnomah. I love this little shop! I couldn't resist the braid of fiber, I'm planning something for E I think. I went to Close Knit today while running errands. Right next door happens to be one of my favorite fabric shops. I got a few fat quarters in a stockinette print fabric. Knitting on fabric? I had to!
Tomorrow (Saturday) I'll be at For Yarn's Sake all day with my trunk show. Wait until you see all my new pretties! There are so many more samples than last time, and lots of new colors on yummy new base yarns. I hope you can stop by, try on a sample and I'll help you find the perfect yarn to make it yours! I also made lots of yummy treats in a bag so you can snack while you shop! I'm so sorry for the late notice, I meant to post this yesterday but traveling caught up with me and I went to bed at 7:45. I'm wrapping this up and headed to bed now!