Posted August 24, 2008on:
The Stitches market was incredible! And overwhelming. I almost didn’t end up buying anything because there were so many choices. But I managed to persevere *laugh* and found two ball of sock yarn. (I finished the first pair last night and will be casting on for the second pair sometime today.) I also got a cute pattern for a knit chicken.
I attended the Knitter’s/XRX books fashion show and they have some really great stuff coming out this fall. There is a new book that I’m thinking about buying when it’s released and we got a sample pattern at the show.
Throughout the day there were various demos. I went to one about a Japanese style of braiding that the woman demoing has modified by adding beads. She makes beautiful beaded necklaces and bracelets with this technique. The other demo I went to was about weaving with all those scraps that are leftovers after projects. That demo wasn’t as interesting really, but it gave me a couple of ideas.
One of the best things about the day for me was seeing all these people knitting. These are like-minded people who don’t see my hobby as “cute” or “quaint”. Made me wish I’d brought my knitting along with me so I could have sat down and shared.
The best advice I had before going was to only bring cash. I did leave the debit card in the car and that was a good idea because it would have been a huge temptation to overspend. It was also good to have my own tote bag with a nice long shoulder strap. Next year I hope to attend a couple of market classes (at the very least) and maybe spend a couple of days there checking out different things. I now understand why fiber freaks make a pilgrimage out of Stitches every year. *smile*