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September 13, 2005

Stitches East

There's been very little talk in blog land about Stitches East. I had to check my calendar just to make sure it's still next week.

I took off Friday so I could hit the market on the first day. The prospect of getting early access to the offerings with a smaller number of people (and bonus -- less potential to be assaulted) made taking the day off an easy choice. Funny thing is, I think I'm looking forward to the train ride (quiet knitting time) as much as I am to the shopping itself.

I looked through the vendor list today. Here's what I have in mind so far:

What I'll be looking for

  • Solid or near-solid sock yarn
  • Yarn for a Fisherman sweater. After lots of comments (thanks everyone!) I'm currently leaning toward Aurora 8 (based on Julia's recommendation) but I'm definitely open. If I don't find something better at Stitches then I will go with the Aurora.
  • Tess Yarn. I loved her sport weight Cascade Silk at MDSW but the colorways weren't working for me. And I'm sure I'll pick up more of her sock yarn.
  • A niddy noddy. I want to do more handdyeing and it would really come in really handy.

Other booths I'll be sure to stop at

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I am SO envious - there's nothing like that close to us. Enjoy - I will have to live vicariously through your visit.

Posted by: Donyale | Sep 13, 2005 7:39:22 PM

Stitches east sounds so great. I'm green with envy! Have fun and take pictures.

Posted by: Kris | Sep 13, 2005 8:55:35 PM

Ive been wondering why I havent seen more people blog about it. I had asked a month or two ago if anyone was planning on going but got no replies : (

Ill be going on friday as well! Ill be hitting Habu, School Products, and WoolPlay. I still have to make a little list of what Im looking for though I know I wont be buying too much.

Would you like to meet up?

Posted by: yahaira | Sep 13, 2005 11:30:09 PM

Just Our Yarn was at Stitches Midwest, too. I highly recommend a visit. They had some lovely colors and make sure you plunge your hand in the basket of cashmere lace-weight.

Posted by: Beth | Sep 14, 2005 12:07:59 AM

stitches east sounds fantastic! i wish i could join you. i've also heard a lot of good reports about the karabella 8 and i can't wait to hear what you think.

Posted by: jacqueline | Sep 14, 2005 3:50:18 AM

Shelridge Farms is definitely worth a visit. The yarn was a basic merino but it was available in a wide variety of vivid solids and it was a joy to knit with.

Michelle wore her wrist warmers everyday last winter and the yarn held up great- no pilling or stretching or anything weird.

Posted by: Christy | Sep 14, 2005 7:41:27 AM

I am not able to go this year, but my friends are going to be there. I am sending along a request for some Tess sock yarn--that stuff is just amazing. Hopefully I can make it next year--I would love to go! Hope you have a good time, Jody ;)

Posted by: Lolly | Sep 14, 2005 8:57:23 AM

I am so surprise Shelridge Farms (from Ontario) will set up shop in the USA. Their yarn is to die for. I love it.

Their finest gauge yarn is lovely. Hope you like it.

Posted by: lisa | Sep 14, 2005 9:18:54 AM

Have fun at Stitches. I was hoping to be able to go but it just didn't work out for me. Enjoy the yarn for all of us who can't make it.

Posted by: Kate | Sep 14, 2005 9:30:50 AM

Have a great time at Stitches East -- you were smart to take Friday off and hit the vendors before the crowd stampedes in. I look forward to hearing what you bring home with you!

Posted by: nona | Sep 14, 2005 11:31:18 AM

Hey Jodi have a great time!

Posted by: Jenny | Sep 15, 2005 12:06:09 AM

I'll be there. I'm arriving on Saturday and leaving Sunday - my DH will be at some casino or other the whole time, so if anyone wants to get together let me know! You're ahead of me Jodi - I have no idea what I want to purchase or what booths to check out. I need to start working on that, don't I?

Posted by: Linda | Sep 15, 2005 11:49:10 AM

*Drool!* I can imagine all those lovely yarns and colorways in my head! Have a great time Jodi, make sure you take lots of pictures.

Posted by: MJ | Sep 15, 2005 4:36:32 PM

If I go to Stitches East will you show me how to cast on for River in person? I'm hopeless.

Posted by: NYCMouse | Sep 15, 2005 5:33:26 PM

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