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.