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February 26, 2007

Stitches Haul

My more questioning readers might be of the opinion that yesterday's post was a bit of a tall tale.  "There's no way nona came home with only 4 cents in her wallet", you're musing to yourself.  But it's true, all true, Girl Scout honor, pinky swear, cross my heart.  I'm sure Cookie and Kristi will vouch for me, as I spent my last dime -- literally -- at their Bay Area Knit Co-Op booth.

Not only did I enjoy the purchases I made yesterday, but I had a blast browsing the market place with my friends, running into people, learning a stretchy cast on from Nancy Bush, watching the Victorian Lace Today fashion show, seeing beautiful, beautiful things, and generally having a nifty time.  Without further adieu, here's the haul...

  1. The Bay Area Knit Co-Op booth was one of my first stops as I knew I wanted Cookie A's collection of 8 sock patterns.  I also picked up 5 skeins of Louet Gems in Linen Grey to make her Rhiannon Socks.  What can I say, Cookie has a way with socks and I love having a stash of excellent sock patterns.
  2. 2 skeins of Seduction -- 50% merino and 50% tencel -- from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, color ways Smoky Blue and Rooster Rock.  I've already swatched these two yarns for knitting the Chevron Scarf from Last-Minute Knitting Gifts.

  3. I always enjoy the Brooks Farm booth and look forward to my annual visit.  Their Acero yarn -- 60% wool, 20% silk, 20% viscose -- drew my eye this year, so I bought a skein and a pattern to knit their Crest of the Wave Moebius.

  4. My 13 year old fiber enthusiast friend is into Orenburg style lace shawls and has me curious about their construction.  While we were in the Skaska Designs booth I picked up Galina Khmeleva's book, The Gossamer Webs Design Collection.  This book has already inspired today's swatch.

  5. In my opinion the small corner Pick Up Sticks! booth was the best designed booth at the show.  It's bright colors and clean graphic sensibility stopped me in my tracks.  I was going to buy something from this creative booth and buy I did -- 3 hip and modern felted pillow patterns.

  6. For me, the treat of the day was stumbling upon the Victorian Lace Today fashion show.  Narrated by the books author, Jane Sowerby, the show allowed me to see Jane's designs first hand and to hear the stories behind these designs.  I plan to buy the book from my LYS, but did pick up some lovely Zephyr Wool-Silk from Terilyn Needleart at the Bay Area Knit Co-Op booth. 

And with that, the money was gone and the buying complete.

February 26, 2007 in Stash | Permalink


ooh....yummy yummy stuffs! I've been amazed by the Rhiannon socks pattern too, can't wait to see you knitting them!

Posted by: yuvee | Feb 27, 2007 4:01:28 AM

Excellent haul! Those pillow patterns were MADE for you.

Posted by: Cara | Feb 27, 2007 5:03:57 AM

Thanks for showing us the haul! The Brooks Farm yarn really catches my eye. Must have been a lot of fun.

Posted by: Ruth | Feb 27, 2007 6:17:10 AM

Good decision to buy Victorian Lace at your LYS:
not only do you support the LYS, but the book is
HEAVY! Better not to carry it through the
shopping and the airport. VBG!
Seriously, when I'm away from home I always buy
what I can't get at home.

Posted by: Barbara-Kay | Feb 27, 2007 6:23:02 AM

Great yarn and patterns! The greens of the Brooks Farm's yarn is so lush. Glad you had such a good time!

Posted by: Brenda | Feb 27, 2007 12:34:48 PM

I *so* would like to get my hands on some of those sock patterns. Then I could drool over them in the privacy of my own home. :)

Posted by: Janice in GA | Feb 27, 2007 1:59:26 PM

you started up with your goodies a lot faster than i did. i wound one ball of 800 yarns of cahsmerino, and got out my green orenburg to work on. i don't want to start another until i finish this one--the poor gold cahsmerino might be sitting around for a while...

Posted by: fiber enthusiast | Feb 27, 2007 4:45:14 PM

i was there too!! wasnt it sooo great? next year we need to have a bloger's meet-up!!

Posted by: cristina | Feb 28, 2007 9:50:51 AM

Please say there's a way for the rest of us to get Cookie's sock patterns! I loved Monkey, and I think if I don't knit Rhiannon, I'll die!!

Posted by: Amanda | Feb 28, 2007 11:06:47 AM

thanks for linking to the Pick Up Sticks website-their felted/fulled stuff is so cute! My 3 girls may NEED some of those cute boots they show on the website!!

Posted by: Jody | Feb 28, 2007 1:25:54 PM

Beautiful haul indeed Nona! I agree that the Pick Up Sticks booth was lovely. With a little advanced planning we could have met in real life - I was there everyday this year - but it sounds and looks like you were busy indeed taking it all in and coming home with the yarn equivalent of the cream from the top!

Posted by: Sonya | Mar 1, 2007 4:54:54 AM

What can I say that you don't already know or hasn't been said? All worth every penny (minus 4)and then some for the pleasure you'll get from knitting each and every project.

Posted by: Anne | Mar 1, 2007 9:34:31 AM

Wow great stash! I looks like you had a very good time at Stitches.

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