Tuesday, August 15

Stitches Midwest

We made it to Stitches last Saturday! It was lots of fun, because of all the fibery goodness and also because I got to spend some quality time with my Mom.

First of all, it was no where near as packed as I was expecting. In fact, it was probably the least crowded event I have ever attended at the Rosemont Convention center. For some reason I was expecting it to be a madhouse. That's not to say it wasn't busy - just not insane.

We were both pretty conservative with our purchases, although I saw a ton of stuff I would have loved to buy. We have already decided that next year we need to arrive more prepared with specific yarn amounts and types for projects. We both have a hard time randomly buying yarn without a purpose, even if it is a good deal. (A few vendors had full bags of yarn on sale; and WEBS was there.)

Here is what I went home with:

Three kits for felted flowers, (since I had just mentioned to her how I would like to have a vase of knitted flowers in the living room when we came across the kits), a ball of Rowan Calmer (for the Shedir hat in the special breast cancer awareness edition of Knitty), a ball of Trekking 106 (for me), a skein of Socks that Rock in Spring Fling (for me), another skein in smoky Topaz (a gift for my husband's aunt), and two patterns: Baby Bobbi Bear, and Fibertrend's Felted Hedgehogs.

Mom cut me off on sock yarn purchases since I have too much already - but they are just so easy to buy since you know exactly how much yarn you need and the colors are fab.

Just for fun, here is a gratuitous cat in the sun photo to go along with the yarn.


Libby said...

Looks like you had a great time. Next year I hope to make it. The Socks that Rock are fabulous. And I think that I'm using that exact color of Trekking for a pair of Jaywalkers right now (well, they are on the needles, but I haven't really been knitting them much).

Gwen said...

Wow, that's some willpower, I ended up with so much more...

Glad you had a good time.


Anonymous said...

I went on Friday and it seemed more crowded than last year. I have gone on the first Friday for the last four years. Only one year did I go on the Sunday as well.
I am getting out of a knitting slump (seemed to have lost a lot of knitting mojo). That did not seem to stop me from purchasing yarn from Webs and from Great Yarns.
Glad to hear that you and your mother had a good time. I would have loved to have shared it with family but no one else knits in mine.