Stitches West

February 24, 2018

Good morning! Yesterday I spent several hours at the Stitches West market where I saw lots and lots of speckled and variegated hand dyed sock yarn; I think close to 80% of the yarn was just that. And while I love to look at it, and imagine would love to knit with it, I just don't see myself wearing it. I tried to put together a five, four and even three color fade that I would wear, but couldn't seem to commit. I came away yearning for gray tweed garter stitch and cream colored stockinette. Still, Stitches West is very fun, like a yarn carnival, and there was plenty to tempt me. And even though I am already very wool endowed, I came home with some pretty woolies. 

 I was not shy about color for my new knitting bag from Offhand Designs.

A bag of Rowan's Cashmere. It's lovely. It's a worsted weight so won't have a problem finding a pattern for this.

I walked by the Blue Bee booth and the saleslady hypnotized me by waving a pretty sweater in front of me, saying, "Try it on. Try it on." So I did. I LOVED IT! The swingy fit is fantastic. I bought the yarn and pattern for a one color Archer by Elizabeth Doherty using Airy Fingering in Chimney Sweep by The Woolen Rabbit.

Five skeins of Rowan Hemp Tweed Chunky will become a Carbeth by Kate Davies.
But before I can cast on for anything new, I have a few things to finish up.
I have a very scrappy baby sweater with hat half-done. It's so bright and happy!
I'll soon finish this pretty test knit for Ankestrick that will be available in March. The fit, so far, is fantastic. The dark gray is Baby Ull by Dalegarn and the beige is Super Fine Merino 4 Ply by Rowan.
Sutton from Sarah Hatton using Rowan Calmer is half finished.

I'm trying out a new yarn for Rowan. Mako Cotton is a summer worsted weight and will be available in March.
It's incredibly lightweight and soft--it's divine to knit.

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  1. I was debating about the blush pink Rowan cashmere but decided to play it safe and buy the cream color. I was ever so pleased with the sale price! The pink should be fabulous.

    1. I loved the cream and the gray but felt I could find a place for pink cashmere in my life! Do you know what you are going to make yet?

  2. Love the colors you selected and love that bag! Just bought similar yarn and shades for projects - pink winter hat, linen quill in kettle back for a sweater and Debbie Bliss Aran in a similar shade of blue for a very textural shawl - Cozy Winter. Was in NYC with Dawn Mauel and went to Purl Soho and Knitty City. Next trip I’d like to get out to Brooklyn General Store. Love the blog posts!

    1. NYC is a knitter's paradise--lucky you guys! I'd love to go to Brooklyn General Store. One day!

  3. I too, was at Stitches West - so much fun! It was a pleasure to see your purchases.

    1. I hope you were able to find some pretty takeaways too. I almost bought some Hedgehog Skinny but couldn't settle on a color. Now that I'm home I found one on the internet that I like. I just have to push the buy it button!!!

  4. I wonder when this speckled craze will end?

    1. Everything has it's day in the sun, but honestly, I don't know if I will miss it terribly when it's over.


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