Friday, February 11, 2005

Stitches West

Stitches was PACKED today (Friday). Packed with really rude people too! Sheesh. I know there were deals and such there, but there's no need to shove. I got tossed around and ended up appologizing too many times for people hitting ME.

The WEBS booth was packed with bargains. So many bargains that I avoided it because of all the people. Its too bad, they had some nice soy silk and such.

I found glow in the dark yarn, and she didn't have a lot, and she doesn't have it on her site (woolstock.com). Its 250yds to the ball (Nightlights) and looks like its a worsted weight. Its really cool and does glow. I'm thinking of making some intarsia scarves with it.

Of course I went and worshipped at the White Lies Designs booth and picked up Angelina Vintage Jacket pattern (on their front page ). I love these people. I'm looking forward to making it, its knit all in one piece, and some of the instructions are foggy right now so it will be a challenge. I promised myself I would make this one and THEN buy the other ones. Damage control.

Then my last purchase (see, I was GOOD) was at Interlacements. They dye hanks and are in Colorado Springs. They had great deals, and my partner in crime had shopped with them last year. They had a LOT of flax, cotton, and other non wool fibers to choose from, which is A++ in my book since I was already weezing and having problems breathing from all the wool (I'm allergic). I picked up a skein that didn't have a tag but I knew it wasn't wool. The lady joked with the guy when I asked her to write down what it was and the yardage (100% cotton, 1250yds) and she said she had to give me a discount because the guy forgot the label. Said discount was 50% off!! I got 1250yds for $10! Its so pretty too! I would have paid $20 which still would have been a steal for this gem!

So I came home, drugged myself up so I could breathe again, and had a nap. I don't just buy yarn without a purpose! And DUH me, the jacket I bought needed 1200 yds of close to the same weight of yarn! Guess who's getting an Angelina Jacket in beautiful jewel coloured yarn? Yay! Not really fuzzy, but cotton instead, I think it will work.

I could have bought a lot more, but the stuff that was top on my list I didn't find. There were NO Rebecca magazines to be had (werid, huh?) and I didn't find any ball winders that I couldn't get on ebay for much cheaper. I would have bought some hemp, but the hemp dealer (hehe, that's funny) didn't have anything over sport weight, and I needed worsted for 2 sweaters. I didn't find a new knitting bag either. Jordanna Paige was there, and there were some random bags thrown around for good measure, but non to my tastes.

Overall, it was okay. The crowd was insane (and not in a good way) but the vendors were all polite and ready to chat even if you didn't buy anything. Cashmere and Mohair are POPULAR, they were everywhere, which was cool. I would have liked to see more of the soy/hemp and other alternative stuff, but hey, at least they had a bit of a showing.

Good luck to people going on the weekend, bring body armor!

1 comment:

KackieC said...

Hey Shannon. I'm Kackie, your next door neighbor on the Bay Area Knitters webring. Sounds like Stitches was a bit like going to a Mardi Gras parade. A lot of pushing and shoving and standing in line for a few really really really cool treats to bring home. The glow in the dark yarn sounds swell. I have a 12 year old nephew who would lose his mind over a scarf made of that. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for something similar to add to my stash!

I've tagged you with the music meme that is going around. You can find the questions on my blog- hereknittyknitty.com, or just one click back on the Bay Area Knitters webring from you.

Happy knitting!

+kac