Stitches West 2008

We just got back from Stitches. It was quite an experience! It was so completely overwhelming. There was soooo sooo much to look at and so many people. I thought that I'd want to be there all day for two days but after a few hours I found myself dizzy, tired and ready to go!
There were so many fun and beautiful yarns to look at and I bought my share of them....
"Yay...Sale yarn!"
There is like a trillion pictures of me here... sorry....
I was really expecting to see some knitters wearing Tilted Dusters because I know how popular the pattern is. I wanted to take a picture with one of them or something. I did end up seeing one the second day but of course by then I wasn't wearing mine. I did, however, see a ton of people wearing the Clapotis shawl. I also saw several several booths that had Clapotis knitted up as samples. I was really proud to wear my Tilted Duster though. I was so pleased by how it turned out!
Well...you don't see that sorta knitting every day!! Check out the size of those needles!
I love yarn....
Pretty view outside our hotel room..
New Stuff
1,000 yards of Dream in Color "Classy" I have this in mind for the Forecast sweater but I'm not sure if it will work with a variegated color...
This yarn I bought on sale. A whole bag of Elsebeth Lavold Angora. I know that you might think that this is the most disgusting color manufactured but I happen to love it..
I think that this would be perfect for the Lush and Lacy Cardigan.
These buttons are actually dyed nut slices. Cool huh? I thought maybe I could use them for the Angora sweater or Dream in Color sweater.
I also purchased two lace weights. A 100% silk in cream, and silk/wool blend in green. It appears that I like the color green.
I have plans for someday knitting some of the shawls I like out of "Victorian Lace Today".
This is Malabrigo Lace yarn that I got as a sample. Isn't it pretty?
I am sooo excited about these Stitch Diva patterns! I want to cast on for the Giselle Knitted Blouse immediately!!! But I really shouldn't.


Anonymous said...

The yarns are beautiful! I am so jealous. Looks so much fun! :D

AudKnits said...

Welcome back, Alana! Looks like you had a great time. I love your photos from Stitches West - they give me a good sense of what it's like there (mainly dangerous, I'd say). Can't wait to see your new yarns!

Your duster is fantastic. So is the photo with the wonderful red umbrella tying together with the red top you're wearing under your duster. Very professional!

Cathi said...

It looks like you made a respectable showing there, Alana! Your Tilted Duster is adorable. I like the color yarn you used much better than the one the pattern has. Very cool buttons you found! I'm assuming they'll be for whatever you make from the "pond scum green" yarn, heh? Looking forward to the finished product. I bet it's going to be beautiful.

Stephanie said...

I love the Giesel sweater but haven't found the right yarn for it yet.
Your tilted duster looks great.

sweetp said...

I am jealous too. All that gorgeous yarn! It looks like you had a lot of fun