Got my kit for the Tulip Sweater and I am already on the third color! Yay!! This photo is not my sweater-it's Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's but mine is chugging along very well! I also bought some buttons for my Shelagh Sweater. There were were a couple of button/notion vendors that had some really great stuff! Color in Stitches from Arizona was one of the really good ones. I bought some buttons with bugs on them there. Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods from Barrington, R.I. was wonderful! all the neatest trims and buttons and lace; all organized according to color themes. Very Cool! They don't have a web presence but their phone number is 401-246-0863.
I shopped Susan's booth and found my Dear Son Patrick working very hard there! I bought some Mongolian Cashmere from Jade Sapphire in Blueberries & Plum to knit a mobeius cowl for my dear friend Melanie!
Susan talked me into buying some alpaca for a present for Patrick. He was really taken with how soft and wonderful this stuff was and said he wanted a hat and gloves out of it and I kind of pooh poohed the idea and then went back and bought it when he was out of the booth!
These were all the wonderful parts of Stitches Midwest-now for the problems...The venue sucks! There I have said it! Beat up cement floors does not make it pleasant to shop. I had to sit down at the ends of every aisle and rest my knees. I heard that they won't be back there next year. They are going to Schaumberg to a completely new conference center and I say, Thank Goodness. The feeling of being in an underground utility area is not very uptown, if you know what I mean. The food was hugely expensive-I had a sloppy joe for $6.50! A sloppy joe??
Smart people bring their own food but then they have to lug it around the whole time and I really didn't enjoy the people who where dragging their luggage behind them in the aisles either. Luggage is just as unwieldy as a stroller in crowded aisles.
One neat way to rest my knees was the Linus Blanket Mile of Hugs area where I sat and knitted a square for the local branch of this neat charity. It was a nice way to talk to new people and to people watch as well!
Anyway, it was a lovely day and I just wish I was like our friend Mary M. who was able to sleep both ways on the bus. I do so admire someone who is able to relax like that in ANY situation! Many thanks to Loose Ends Yarn shop for sponsoring the bus. It sure made getting there a breeze!
Talk to you later,
(Oh I didn't see Franklin of Panopticon there and I was looking! He is an idol of mine in the knitting/blogging world and I would have liked to gush but maybe next year?)