In the past, I’ve only attended Stitches East either alone or with a reluctant Fiasco. While it was fun, it’s way better with knitting friends. Katy came from New York and Bridgit came from Boston and we all converged on Hartford to take in the fibery goodness.
Katy and Bridgit were both understandably a little shell-shocked by just how much yarn there was. It’s basically sensory overload. Stuff to see and touch everywhere.
We spent some time talking to Cirilia Rose about The Fiber Factor, which was really cool. It was great to see some of the pieces that the contestants made in person.
I was a bad blogger and those are basically the only photos I took of specific things at the show. I didn’t even get a picture of The Verdant Gryphon booth or of Gryphon in any of her glorious period outfits! My apologies, it must have been the yarn fumes.
Bridgit is one of those remarkable knitters who doesn’t feel a primal need to stash yarn. She walked out of there with just enough yarn to start her next project. It blows my mind. Katy, on the other hand, is a more typical knitter and we both left the show with lots and lots of goodies.
Sort of clockwise we have: a beautiful erin.lane project bag, 2 skeins of VG Mondegreen, 1 skein VG Codex, 1 skein VG Traveller, a sweater’s worth (!) of Juniper Moon Farm Yearling (bulky wool/cotton blend), 2 skeins Malabrigo Finito, 1 skein Malabrigo Rios, some lovely solid hand cream, honey/almond shepherdess lotion from The Long Island Livestock Co., pretty stitchmarkers, and a skein of Periwinkle Sheep Donegal DK. Phew! I think I got my stress-shopping accomplished. No more new yarn until 2014 at least (haha).
We ended our trip by helping Gryphon break down the VG booth and that’s the only photo I took of the process or the booth. Oh well! How do you respond to yarn fumes? Do you buy buy buy or are you somehow able to resist?