I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stitches Report

Hello from Stitches Midwest! It's a mega-fun yarn expo kinda in Chicago. And it was my first one. And I was like a kid in a candy store.

Postcard from Stitches

First stop was the Stash Wall. They WANT you to take the yarn! Well, you can have a snippet.

"Stealing" yarn

Photos were forbidden in the marketplace world. You know those designers, wanting to protect their creative work. But we snagged a group photo by the entrance later on.

Da group at Stitches!

My friend Zoe made a beeline for the Buffalo Gold yarn guy — yep, beautiful yarn from those big buffalos! I resisted making any purchases (for a little longer).

We got to try out some pretty neato stuff. And I got to show off my loom-knitting skills to those not in the know. I tried my first needle-felting and punched out a cute pumpkin! I want a needle-felting kit now so I can take out any aggression by stabbing roving.

I needle-felted a pumpkin

Later in the afternoon, it was time for a caffeine boost. And with that jolt, comes dancing by the beaded curtain — with the loom as a tambourine.

The caffeine dance ...

With a burst of energy, we checked out a few more booths and our budgets. And here are the treasures from a day in yarn heaven ...

Yarn goodies!

In the big bag in the bag is enough yarn to make my first sweater. In front of that is a little sock yarn splurge from Creatively Dyed yarns. Dianne (creative from Ravelry) was super nice in person and so much fun! I wasn't planning on sock yarn but she made it happen.

I got my first sock blockers so I can make patterns really pop! And my mom should love that I found glow-in-the-dark yarn, on the far right there. It's amazingly strong.

A bumpy bulky yarn, appropriately called Touch, is in the middle and some pretty beaded yarn is in the front.

We wrapped up our day with some Mexican food and margaritas served by a waiter named Leo. He said the more we drank, the more fluent our Spanish would become. Well, my drink was pretty small (being the driver) but I was remembering quite a bit by the end of the meal. By his reasoning, Zoe's drink should have made her a fluent speaker!

Margarita time with Zoe

It's time to stretch and relax ... before the Renegade Craft Fair and Threadless meetup shenanigans tomorrow!


  1. What was the name of that resturant? I have seen that Margarita Glass before!!!! And those walls!!! Hope all is well!!!!

  2. LOL I'll have to ask Zoe how well her Spanish is. Looks like you guys had fun.