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.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stitched 2010

I didn't need more yarn. That's well-represented by my haul from a shop-closing sale and well, my flickr set of my stash. But I was happy for a weekend away with friends and fiber.

Postcard from Stitches

An annual expo for all things yarn-related, Stitches Midwest was a step above last year. We stayed an extra day and knitted many hours in the fancy hotel lobby. A knitting-board afghan and glow-in-the-dark wrist cuffs were my happy poison. 

Knitting in the lobby

We walked a few laps in the market Friday and discovered a few treasures. I tried to focus on accessories instead of yarn but I was foiled by a few gems. After a day of driving and shopping, we happily relaxed at pajama party hosted by amazing "somebunnyslove" Kimberly. 

Stitches Pajama Party

I was surprised to win the prize for craziest pajamas with my sock monkey'd apparel. My last-minute slippers even matched but they kept falling off. I didn't measure my negative ease too well with the Pretty Peds pattern by Bethany Dailey (PDF). But a simple strap will keep them on for future footing. 

Our Saturday market trek was more laid back. I needle-felted another pin and added to my roving fiber stash. Now I have to actually needle-felt more at home. With all these pretty colors, I have no excuse!

Needle-felted pin on yarn tote

During one of our breaks, Julie Romanowski of Knitters Magazine chatted us up about the show. We told her how we loved the market but haven't tried the rather-pricey classes yet. Then I filled her in how loom-knitting has leaped forward in the past several years. I may have name-dropped a few of my favorite loom makers and authors. I don't know if it will go anywhere. But it would be pretty awesome to see loom-knitting represented at future Stitches. Hey, I would even be willing to teach one of the market sessions if I were a big name.

Saturday was topped by a surprise that I can't talk about yet but it cemented smiles on our faces for the rest of the trip. On Sunday, we knit some more (of course) and then loaded our loot. Without further adieu, here's my take (kinda clockwise):

Stitches loot
Speaking of Flying Fingers, we checked out their ride on our way out.

Yarn bus!


  1. you forgot the crazy train trip!

  2. Looks like you had an awesome time! :) I just love those kinds of events, but we don't get many here in the Pac NW...although I did get to check out the Sock Summit last year, which was a ton of fun!

    Those slippers go perfectly with your sock monkey pjs. :) No worries about the slipping...I have a few pairs of store bought sockies that shape to wear with little shoes that you want to look barefoot in, and they're always slipping off, so I use *double stick tape!* on my heels to keep them in place, lol. This is the reason the pattern has a strap, because I don't think any amount of negative ease will actually keep this babies on your feet without tape! lol.

    Thanks for sharing your fun!

  3. Thanks Bethany! I think it would be awesome for you or Isela to be invited to teach at one of these type events. Or to even see a market booth from Knifty Knitter. I enjoy showing needle-knitters that we can do almost anything they can do. ;-)

    And yep, I intentionally skipped the strap part on the slippers because I was low on time. Now I know how important that little piece was! I do love the slippers though and how fast they knit up in a pinch so thank you!!