stitches west

February 23, 2019

Hello! I dashed through Stitches West yesterday. Literally ran through in two hours. I didn't really have the time to go this weekend, but this fantastically colossal knitting event is only 20 minutes from my home and I hated to miss it! I arrived early, ran though once, and bought a few things that caught my eye the first time around. Usually I get the lay of the land by walking through once, taking notes and pictures, then going back to make my purchases. Not this year. It was a good show and I'm glad I went even for a few hours. Lots of indie dyers were showing their yarns but I saw less speckles, and the speckles I saw where more subdued, or maybe not and I'm just used to it all now. I did see some breed specific yarns that I would have liked to spend time exploring, but that will have to wait until next year. I was happy to see that some of the biggies like Yoth, Rowan, and Shibui had great booths. The lines there were long, but I can get that yarn at my LYS anyway, so it was easy to walk past. I was looking for things I cannot find at home. I saw lots of kits to make Andrea Mowry, Joji Locatelli and Boyland Knits sweaters. I think kits are a great idea and was tempted, but was not in the end, but people were swooning and it's just fun to be in the middle of all that!

This is my loot:

Stunning String Studio had a fantastic booth with yarns in hundreds of colors. I bought this mini set for a baby cardigan.
I love the subdued speckled fade kit from Leading Men Fibers  to make Suvi Sumola's Ground Pepper.  Last year I was going to buy this kit, and when I went back they were all gone. Lesson learned. I love the pattern, but may actually make something else with the yarn. Maybe something with lace. I seem to be into lace right now. 

Destination Yarn had gorgeous yarns. Here's my idea for the mini set above and below: since the colors in both sets look great with each other, I'm thinking of adding a charcoal Kidsilk Haze as a carrying yarn and making something moody, maybe fady or stripy. Who knows. It's fun to imagine! For some reason, all the yarn I bought yesterday was fingering weight. 

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  1. I remember racing through Stitches East one year. II is such a great event but sadly we no longer live near one. Amazed about all your colorful yarn Kristen Could Carter have anything to do with that? I hated the speckles of old, but this new modern crop has some great versions. Can't wait to see what you make of it all! Chloe

  2. Love the Paris themed mini skeins. This is a new dyer for me. I have made a note to check back for the mini skeins - she’s currently sold out. ��

    1. I loved her colors. I could have bought anything in her booth!


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