Stitches is coming!
Sunday February 21st 2010, 1:02 am
Filed under: Knit

If anybody here doesn’t already know, Stitches West is next weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  If you have ever had any desire to hold a skein of yarn in your hands in your life, and you can in any way make it there, go!  Inhale the wool fumes! The colors, the creativity, the sheer size and enthusiasm of the crowd of fiber lovers.  Heady stuff.  (Not to mention parking is free; what have you got to lose?) Come check out that silky new yarn made out of sugarcane fibers! (I kid you not.)

It used to be held in Oakland but it completely outgrew the place, and the last year there, the organizers learned that they needed to go to online ticketing after there was a two and a half hour line just to pay the entrance fee to get in the door.  We are not few. I didn’t mind; I could sit in my wheelchair–necessary for long days out–and knit and chat.

There are classes, there’s the market, but what I love best of all is getting to see people I never get a chance to see at any other time. It’s all about the friendships, and they grow from year to year.

Speaking of which. I flashed that picture of Cashmere America fiber at the interwebs the other day, hoping the lady that ran that booth might google and see it and come say hi.  Then I googled her co-op and found that Cashmere America had gone out of business–no wonder I hadn’t seen her nor her booth the last few years. I miss her.  If she reads this over there in Texas, I hereby wave hi a little louder.  You are part of our community, and you are missed.

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Have a great time and don’t forget to hug Dianne for me!

Comment by Channon 02.21.10 @ 6:50 am

I hope you have a good time. Wishful thinking,here.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 02.21.10 @ 7:32 am

See you there! I’ve been saving my spare cash all year for guilt-free shopping. I’m on the hunt for beautiful fingering and heavy laceweight. I find having a basic list helps, and prevents the yarn fumes from sending all plans and intentions out the window!

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 02.21.10 @ 10:06 am

How I envy you!!! Have fun & squeeze some luscious cashmere for me. 😀

Comment by Jayleen 02.21.10 @ 11:12 am

Absolutely nothing like meeting friends – and young ones, too.

Humor –

When turned up high, the lights above the church choir emitted a loud buzz. So the minister arned the organist, “Be sure to turn the lights down after the choir sings. They make a terrible racket.”

Comment by Don Meyer 02.21.10 @ 12:13 pm

Hope to see you there – I’ll be there Friday and a bit on Saturday as well.

Comment by Renee 02.21.10 @ 1:57 pm

My plans are made, so I’ll be on the look out for you there. We’ll be coming in Friday noonish and staying through Sat. afternoon (4-ish)

Comment by Ruth 02.21.10 @ 2:59 pm

We had the Pgh Knit/Crochet fest last weekend. There was a 30 min wait for the pre-sold admissions to get in!! But well worth it. I had to touch & feel every skein there. I got everything on my list, & then some.

Have a great time!!

Comment by Cathy 02.21.10 @ 3:41 pm

Have a wonderful time!

Comment by TripletMom 02.21.10 @ 11:43 pm

I hope you have a great time and may your dreams come true!

I have yet to go to a Stitches convention. I don’t even know if we have such a thing in Canada. Not that I could go at this time of the year if there was one: I decided to fast with yarn – not buying new yarn until Easter. Only using yarn in my Rubermaid bins. *takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly*

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 02.22.10 @ 6:51 am

I’ll be there! I have a booth this year, number 1042. I also have a pretty terrible cold right now so we may have to communicate via skywriting.

Comment by Michelle 02.22.10 @ 7:13 am

I’m going to miss it this year for a de-stress weekend knitting in Bodega with a bunch of scrap bookers. Hehe.

Have fun and fondle some yarn for me.

Comment by Tiny Tyrant 02.22.10 @ 11:56 am

That sounds like a larger more fibery version of my past weekend at Convocation :-}
Good friends, good times, great conversation.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.22.10 @ 2:19 pm

We parchased tickets online for Stitches last year, and then had to wait in a line that was way, way longer than the line for those that just purchased theirs when they got there. You think this year will be the same?

Comment by DebbieR 02.23.10 @ 12:20 am

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