It's that time of year again, when vendors, knitters and other fiber enthusiasts descend upon the Santa Clara convention center for the annual Stitches West convention, where there is easily an acre of booths all selling yarn and fiber related stuff. This is the best opportunity to see indie dyers and craftpeople in person, touch yarns you've only see in glossy pages on through the gentle blue glow of the computer screen.
Last year at this convention I struggling with epic pneumonia, and had no idea how radically my life was about to change. It was nice to relax and get high on yarn fumes with a few thousand like minded fiber enthusiasts. It's one of those rare times when my knitting worlds converge into one place, including Auburn Knit Night, MeadowFarm, and Fiber Trash Girls, as well as friends from the blogosphere and Ravelry.
There were pajama parties, great food, and lots of squealing over color, fiber and accessories. Here's my acquisitions for this year.
Miss Babs' Yowza. 540 yds of luscious hand-dyed yarns. This is going to become a Harmonia's Rings sweater.
This was the first time I've seen Western Sky Knits, but fell in love with this glitter sock yarn in the Rustic Rainbow colorway. I've made socks before in the same yarn base, and they're yummy.
Of course I had to acquire more Abstract fiber. This is Polworth in Lauren Hurst colorway.
And I took my very first stitches class this year, a fair isle for socks how to with Janel Laidman, author of such sock wonders a Sole Enchantments.
Another Coco Knits pattern that just could not be resisted. I'll have to see what I have in stash to make this...
And, I won this awesome organizer from Chicken Boots in the daily prize drawings. I had just been admiring Rowen's organizer when other friends informed me that they'd hear my name announced as a winner, and I was thrilled with my prize!
Friends, food, fiber, so much to absorb... My senses are still reeling with everything seen, touched, tasted, heard and felt. I'm really going to sleep well tonight!