Posts Tagged ‘Chris Bylsma’

NiftyThriftyDryGoods Booth

Okay…my usual mantra…can it be possible that another week has gone by?! This post has been on my mind every day since the last one! So….here we go. Karen and I continued to wander through the many vendor offerings…we came upon one of my favorite and I never do it enough justice….that would be NiftyThriftyDryGoods.  I love this booth and always think I will get back to spend more time….I often don’t….but have decided that will be the first stop on my Stitches journey next year. In the meantime I have landed on their website and it is just beautiful…I will be doing some online shopping….I don’t even like online shopping…but this site is wonderful.

So where else did I/we visit? I was eager to stop by Lisa Souzas booth….I love her yarn and Lisa. I first met her years ago when she was a vendor at the Live Oaks Fair in Berkeley…of course, I bought yarn. I’ve followed her throughout these many years. Often we were vendors together at Stitches West. At the encouragement at my own knitting workshop customer and friend Jean,  I  recently asked Lisa to match a yarn  that I purchased from her at Stitches a season or two ago…I was inspired by a scarf/shawl that Jean was wearing…it was knit in Lisa’s yarn…Lisa matched one of her yarns to one that Jean purchased. The inspiring pattern was and is the Tavgete Shawl. I’m almost done with mine and will post soon.

We moved across the aisle to another favorite vendor of mine….Cheryl Oberle. She has great yarn, patterns and has written several books…. she’s from Denver. What could be better than that! I always love seeing her and enjoying her yarn and visions for new designs. I am thinking I should go to one of her retreats…okay I am checking it out as soon as I finish this post. How great would that be..a retreat with Cheryl in my “home” state…I would go on to visit family and friends in Colorado. As many of you know I feel blessed to have life-long friends from my teenage years in Colorado.

Karen and I found ourselves moving down the aisles…stopping along the way at more  booths. While I was at Gail Hughes Art Buttons booth buying buttons for my 2-yr old Carson’s top-down sweater I heard my name called out! It was friend and teacher Melissa Leapman who has taught for Skein Lane. I consider Melissa to be one of the knitting and crochet gurus of our fiber world. I confessed that I “stalk” her on Facebook!

Along our journey we came upon another old retailer friend…Connie James of  Fiber Goddess. Connie has re-invented herself…she use to own Yarn Collection in Marin….she’s moved onto another venture…that of being a fiber goddess. Check out her web-site for some of her work.

Connie - Fiber Goddess!

Next we landed at MaggiKnits booth. Who cannot fall in love with Maggi’s designs ( you can purchase at Skein Lane Studio)and her enthusiam? I wanted to walk away with many projects displayed in her booth…I held back only to review what I wanted to market..Karen bought a great kit…and she displayed it at our knitting workshop this past Friday. I can hardly wait to see this results…we will have to share the progress along the way. Here’s what I tried on….

Me...modeling one of Maggi's latest!

I love books…and in particular…knitting books! Of course, I found myself at The Village Spinning & Weaving Shop booth.  It’s always a pleasure to see owner John…we were often associate vendors at Stitches.

John - The Village Spinning & Weaving Shop

It was a wonderful journey this year…great fibers and designs to see…great friends to reconnect with – Skein Lane folks  – Chris Bylsma whom is a treasure….truly a journey of creativity, friendship and stitches. We are indeed woven together!

Somehow at the end of this Stitches journey I am thinking of my grandma Alta….she stitched by quilting and crocheting…she was part of a woven community! Her love of community inspired me!

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Connie, Karen, and Carolyn at Stitches West 2010

Connie, Karen, and Carolyn at Stitches West 2010

We went to Stitches! I had given myself a time out this year…but on Saturday morning the phone rang and the next thing you know I was off to Stitches with Knitting Workshop friends, Karen and Connie. We spent a little over 4 hours at the show… and in that time we covered a lot of ground.

Karen and Connie walked away with 7 projects between the two of them..and some do-dads.  I walked away inspired by a number of lovely garments….a couple of long tanks, a long vest, and several Jane Slicer Smith’s designs. 

As for me I saw a lot of my old customers and retail friends. So…I’ll name drop for a moment because I am grateful to have these folks as friends through this wonderful knitting world. In many cases some of us had not seen each other for a year. The first person inside the door that I saw was the knit designer Chris Bylsma. She was between knitting classes and our paths might not have crossed otherwise. Had a chance to chat with Jane Slicer Smith….the featured designer at this year’s Stitches Event. Lorna Miser and I bumped into each other in on the aisles full of customers looking for “something”. Checked in with Maggi of MaggiKnits and pleased that she had a moment to touch base in the midst of her busy booth.  Helen Hamman was challenged in her booth…most of her goods to sell were “stuck” in customs! Now that would create a challenge. It’s always good to see Cheryl Oberle…we often were business neighbors at past Stitches Events. And lastly I was able to exchange a quick greeting with the great folks from Australia. In years past I have indulged myself at the end of Stitches by purchasing one their lovely woven garments.

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