February 19, 2006
My official Olympic event, Tubey, was cast aside for a few days as I partied at the Olympic Village -- or as others call it, Stitches West. Let me clarify "partied". Saturday was spent working in my LYS's booth -- ringing up sales, meeting lots and lots of knitters, eating chocolate, and having fun. While Sunday found me roaming the market place with the fiber enthusiast -- who has a natural talent for discovering the unusual -- and her mom. Needless to say, nona spent her wad.
Who needs a medal when you can have this!?
I came home from the Olympic Village with:
- The La Lana Wools booth is always a highlight. This year I picked up some Phat Silk and Jewels to make the Boa Boa Scarf, which my shopping friend had just finished. My dream is to take a personal 5 day retreat to Taos where I can visit La Lana and knit.
- Last year I regretted forgoing Brooks Farm's beautiful yarns, so this year it was high on my list. Here is a skein of Primero (100% kid mohair), which I plan to knit -- gasp -- Clapotis. I knew I'd eventually join the bandwagon -- so much for free thinking.
- I first picked up a pair of these German needles last August in LA and they are by far my favorite circular needle -- the tips come in ebony and rosewood. I have not found another store who carries them and was thrilled to find them at Stitches.
- This 100% tencel yarn from Just Our Yarn found its way into my basket just because it was beautiful. What will I make with it? Maybe socks, maybe lace, maybe something funky, who knows. Any ideas?
I have some Suzanne glove needles, but haven't tried their circs. How is their join?
Looks like you had a grand time at the Market!
Posted by: Dianna | Feb 19, 2006 6:35:45 PM
What brand are the needles? I've been lusting for some 'fancy' needles lately! And congratulations on picking up some Brooks Farm. I haven't used the Primero, but I love their Duet yarn and am sure Primero is just as wonderful.....
Posted by: janna | Feb 19, 2006 6:37:38 PM
Didn't join the Olympics, but I'll cheer on those that did. I love the #4 yarn.
Posted by: Denise | Feb 19, 2006 8:11:05 PM
Thanks for sharing your spoils! Looking forward to seeing your creations from them.
Posted by: Laura | Feb 19, 2006 8:29:28 PM
Some great finds! That Brook's Farm will make an amazing Clapotis.
Posted by: Vicki | Feb 19, 2006 9:20:49 PM
tencel + socks = hot. Avoid that pairing (from one who made that error before). Maybe a scarf for that one? I have brooks farm in the stash - a clap is a great idea. In the meantime, I love to just touch it.
Posted by: Kim | Feb 19, 2006 10:02:01 PM
free shipping, too... and they are excellent with customer service (I know from experience).
Posted by: Leisel | Feb 20, 2006 1:25:10 AM
Nona, you might want to reconsider making the Clapotis out of mohair. Dropping stitches in mohair is not much fun; I've watched a friend pull the ladders down, stitch by stitch, with a crochet hook because they wouldn't fall by themselves or even with gentle assistance.
Posted by: Saartje | Feb 20, 2006 6:37:48 AM
Now that's some yarn p0rn!! You have incredible taste in fiber - and it sounds like you had so much fun!
Posted by: jillian | Feb 20, 2006 10:24:57 AM
Just our Yarn: Spring fingerless of course! let the peaceful palms continue. I am. Wait till ya see my next pair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: kathy b | Feb 20, 2006 12:37:32 PM
Before you start Clapotis with the mohair, read Lauren's entries on the Team Clapotis blog http://teamclapotis.blogspot.com/ While she's not saying it's impossible to use mohair, she surely sounds as if she's having second thoughts.
Posted by: Connie | Feb 20, 2006 7:35:33 PM
Ooh, I bought some Primero too. That was my big splurg :) That booth was just too much to bear. I didn't buy anything from them until about an hour before I had to leave to catch my plane, and I'm glad I did. I'll have pics up soon, too.
Posted by: Marnie | Feb 20, 2006 7:49:45 PM
Hey Nona, Lakeside Fibers in Madison WI carries those needles (or at least they did. If you need a pair, it might be worth it to shoot them an email or give them a call, http://www.lakesidefibers.com/) FWIW, Lakeside is by far, the best LYS in Wisconsin. Since I've moved east, I have YET to find a yarn store even half as good as Lakeside.
Posted by: Carla | Feb 21, 2006 5:51:03 PM
I have some amazing Brooks Farm Yarn from Stitches 2005 and I'm knitting the garter stitch wrap from Scarf style. It looks amazing in the chevron triangles.
Posted by: callie | Mar 22, 2006 5:21:10 PM
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