Let's go to Stitches West!

February 25, 2012

I'm back today as promised to take you on my tour of Stitches West.
I went on Friday and arrived early.  
Lots shopping and meeting people and picture taking, so let's go!
I met Ysolda, one word, ADORABLE!  In her darling booth she had all her garments from Little Red and a teensy photo booth where you could be the model.
Sweet, pretty and talented Alana from Never Not Knitting and the co-author of my latest obsession, Coastal Knits. She is standing next to the Wildflower Cardigan which I am currently making in bright pink.
Her busy and beautiful booth that was fun to explore.
A Verb For Keeping Warm had pretty displays.
Ribbon Street from Santa Cruz, I loved her fabrics.

Namaste had a pretty booth.
Leann, and indie dyer from Forbidden Yarns.
Yarn tasting at Bijou Basin Ranch.
Coco Knits had every garment to try on.  Crazy busy.
Jordana Paige booth.  She had some nifty organizers.

Ranch of the Oaks, animals raised, milled and spun by this charming lady! Bought some!
Isager had a beautiful booth, so tempted, but I can buy this at my lys.
Love Anzula.  Fun to squish.  Again, tempted, but I have some in my stash so I trudged onward!
Oh the joy of a wall of Mal.  Every yarn, every color.  Not for sale, just for you to examine!
Lots of knitting "stars" were signing and smiling.  Here is Sandra McIver with her Knit, Swirl book.  Pretty sweaters to try on.  Every one calling her a genius and she was pretty busy.  I do have this book, but haven't plunged in yet.
Do you love kid mohair?  How about Wagtail Yarns from Australia.  Yum.  I have non-buyers remorse.

I had not seen this charming book filled with cute and realistic doggies.  Go HERE to see them all!
Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods is one of my favorite booths.  Every one else likes it too.
here's why

everything in color groups
oh my!
My total haul from this booth?  A button.

But this also came home:  Tosh DK, Ranch of the Oaks Alpaca Silk, Berroco Vintage and Mal Silky Merino. All meant to be  Cedar Leaf Shawlettes.  One for me, daughter, mother and granddaughter.  My idea is to have them finished by our family vacation in August.
And this from Webs, 10 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Cool Wool in black and white plus Aslan Trends Pima Cotton also in white. Three summer sweaters worth.  I love bright white for summer.

Lastly, a shawls worth of sparkly Lust from Forbidden.  Wasn't I on a yarn diet?  Can't remember.  Guess not.
And then there was this guy.  I ran into him several times and we fell in love.
What a fun day!

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  1. Kristen, oh, how fun!
    Your post is a very nice treat after a very busy week and more busyness coming later today. Your photos will pull me through! :)
    What a great visit! I can feel the energy coming through the screen. I wish I was able to go and sit with my needles right now...

    Thanks again!


  2. Thanks for the tour! The Cedar Leaf Shawlettes will be beautiful! What a great idea!

  3. What a great blog post! Living in Australia we have nothing like this. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful day!

  4. Sounds amazing!! I plan to get to Stitches East someday....

  5. Whoa! Sounds and looks MUCH better than Stitches East! I think maybe we have too much competition around here - and around the same time - between Rhinebeck and Vogue and a few other smaller ones... Anyway, sounds like a fun time!

  6. Oh My..what a wonderful day and I adore your goodies!! Cheers!


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