Archive for February 28th, 2012

More of Stitches West! It’s nearing 11 a.m. ….Karen and I have managed to leave Ellen 1/2 Pint booth and cross the aisle to the Great Yarns! booth. This vendor travels from Everett, WA each year to show their wares at Stitches West….they do an incredibly good job….great designs and models. We were captivated with several designs but in particular with a garment that another customer/friend of Great Yarns! encouraged us to try on! Now neither of us would have thought that we would fall in love with Flowers and Ruffles that is featured in the April 2012 issue of Knit N Style.  This garment was seen the night before  on the runway of the Stitches Fashion Show.

Flowers and Ruffles Knee-length Vest

We each tried it on….and OMG I want to knit this…so does Karen. We were prudent…wrote the information down…and I know I will be ordering the yarn soon. …just need to finish a couple more UFO’s in queue. The details of this garment as published online for Knit N Style are: “Sandi Prosser designed a knee-length vest featuring three fibers from Trendsetter Yarns. The body of the vest is knit in Garter stitch using Merino 8 Shadow. Cha Cha is worked together with Merino 8 Shadow to create a ruffle effect on the turn-back collar, which is then adorned with Bodega flowers.”

It’s now nearing noon and we must move on….we had only “surfed” two aisles…and there was so much yarn and so many friends to see!

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Much to say!

I have much to say about my day at Stitches West….it was a knitting homecoming!  Karen H (good friend from Friday knitting workshop) and I shared the journey and the day. We lunched with Cameron and Merle of our knitting circle.

What a fun day….saw so many old friends…saw so much wonderful yarn! I had dreams of a marathon blog post on Saturday night when I got home…and wouldn’t you know it life “got in the way” and I am still dreaming about this blog/post….which will now appear in several installments. Reminds me of my childhood stories that I use to listen to on the wireless. I lived in Australia as a young child at a time when Australia was 25 years industrially behind the United States. I am the only person my age I know that grew up for a few years with a wood burning stove for cooking, a dry-ice refrigerator, an out-house, a wireless radio (my three favorite childhood serials were heard on that wireless)…..my parents had a Model T Ford and then a Model A Ford……I’ve never understood how T came before A….uh oh, more research ahead.

Back to knitting and the wonderful “knitting homecoming”! Karen and I were just getting into line to enter the market when we ran into Megan and her mother Sulvana (drats I know I don’t have the spelling of her name correct). Megan use to work for me when Skein Lane had a store-front and her mother was a wonderful customer. Great to see them both!


Karen and I entered the market with the other folks in a huge line which moved very quickly. We were barely in the door when we came upon Ellen 1/2 Pint’s booth. When I was a retailer at Stitches West Ellen 1/2 Pint was often the vendor across the aisle from Skein Lane. This vendor stop was nostalgic, exciting and sobering! I loved connecting with Carol and…..,I fell in love with a capelet shawl (Whimsey) and bought the kit… spent a few minutes talking with Carol about her health journey. She went to the doctor for concerns about a mole…. she had many more things wrong. She is now a cancer survivor and strong! I was so glad to reconnect with her.

Drats..must go to bed….this is the end of part of the serial for this week…much to share…stay tuned for next “installment”.

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