Stitches Update

9 11 2009

Stitches has been over for what, 3 weeks already and I’m just getting around to doing a recap post. Sorry ’bout that, things are pretty crazy around here. No swine flu here, not even the regular flu, just a lot of work and not a lot of free time. But tonight I have some time, so, yay!

Stitches was fun, I even got to see some of you, although I did miss a few of you too as I left early. The yarn4socks booth was quite nice I thought but since photography wasn’t allowed I didn’t take any pictures of the booth. I did sneak quick camera phone pictures of my box bags before the marketplace opened though. They’re not very good but they’ll have to do.

I didn’t have a lot of room on the table so had to keep most of the box bags folded in a basket as you can see below:

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I didn’t sell as much as I was hoping but did sell quite a few. The remaining bags are going to several shops so it wasn’t a waste at all. (if you’re interested 20 bags are going up at yarn4socks at this Sunday’s update)

I didn’t go crazy with the purchases and only bought 2 things:

Stitches East purchases

I hadn’t had a chance to see Jared Flood’s new book yet but I knew I wanted to make the vest on the cover. I was also attracted to the colors in the Zauberball and just had to bring one home with me. I knew I wasn’t going to knit socks with it but I knew that it would be perfect for a pattern I had just purchased, Little Colonnade by Stephen West, which you saw last week.

On a side note about Stitches: Did you know that the first thing I noticed the first time I walked onto the Marketplace was the full rows of Socks that Rocks at the Webs booth. I couldn’t believe it but I later found out that Webs is now going to be carrying STR, not online though but only in their store. What I thought was ironic was that the previous weekend, people were lining up for hours at the STR booth at Rhinebeck to get a skein of STR (I probably would have too, if I’d gone) and it was available right there a few days later, without any queuing involved. So if you’re in the market for STR, make a little trip to Webs, you’ll be able to buy all you want!

Stitches East is going to be in Hartford for the next 2 years so I’m sure I’ll get a chance to go next year! Maybe I’ll buy more yarn! : )

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Playing catch up

22 10 2009

Spare time has been scarce lately getting things ready for Stitches East. Hopefully, after the weekend I’ll have more time again!

I really should be getting ready to leave but I really wanted to leave you with a few pretty pictures of a few pretty piles in my life.

Piles of knits

Pile of knits

These are all samples that will be hanging around the booth at Stitches East

Pile of bags

Pile of bags

I don’t know how many bags I ended up making for the show, but here are most of them. I hope they do well and find new homes!

Piles of fabric

Pile of fabrics

All these fabrics were waiting to be put away although some still need to get prewashed. I love seeing all these pretty fabrics together.

Piles of vegetables

CSA Week 19 - only one more week left!

I’ve only got one more week of CSA and then it’s over. I’ll be sad not to have all these fresh vegetables, but in a way it will be nice not to have to cook as much!

If you’re going to Stitches East, come visit me at booth 418, I’d love to see you!





Half FO Friday

25 09 2009

I almost titled this post FO Friday, but it is more accurate to call it half-FO Friday. Last week I showed you my finished Poms, and then I disappeared again, sorry ’bout that!

While I was gone, I worked on a new batch of box bags. These ones are part 1 of the ones going to Stitches East, I still have many more to do!

Again, I made a few small ones

For Stitches East Part 1

And a few large ones

For Stitches East Part 1

Better close up pictures of the large ones here and here.

These bags are staying with me until the show so if one of you were interested in one, just comment here and we can work something out! : )

Besides finishing these bags I worked on a sock which will be a sample at Stitches East. I finished it a couple days ago and that’s one less thing I have to think about!

Tesserae Sock #1 done

The pattern is Tesserae by Knitspot and the yarn is Madtosh Sock in Black Currant. I love the color of this yarn, dark purples, blues with a hint of lighter pink. I can’t wait to have a finished pair!

I have a few more projects on the needles which I’ll show you in my next post!





Stitches East

11 11 2008

I’m finally back. I haven’t been posting much in the last few weeks/months but hopefully I can start blogging more regularly again! For my come back here’s my (short) recap of my latest trip!

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Stitches East was a blast. We drove down on Wednesday to Baltimore with the car packed with yarn, displays and much more. We had time to unload on Wednesday and start setting up. The next day, we finalized our set up and got ready for Market Preview when all the students came to check out the marketplace. The next 3 days were a whirlwind of business, achy feet and lots of shopping. Here are a couple of pictures of our booth (before we found out we weren’t allowed to take pictures).

The wall of yarn

Wall of socks & other samples

We met lots of really nice people at the show and had a lot of fun browsing through all the booths when there was time to do so. I did a lot of shopping… and made some great purchases!

Stitches East purchases

You can find out more about all the yarns I bought and some that didn’t make it onto the photo by clicking here (you’ll also see more photos of the booth set up). I got some great sweater yarns, a couple sock yarns of course and a few accessories like buttons, a circular needle and a shawl pin.

I also sold most of my box bags; I have 2 left and I’ll post pictures as soon as I can in case one of you is interested!

I finished my Snowflake Lace socks last night and felt totally entitled to starting a new project, the Celtic Vest that you can see above. It’s a really fast knit so I should finish it by the end of the month. I don’t know if that counts for NaKniSweMo (or something like that) seeing as it is a vest but there’s no chance I’ll finish my Calvert by the end of the month, so I’ll settle for that. I’ll have more pictures on my next post, hopefully before next week! ; )

I’m looking forward to Stitches East next year, especially since it will be only about one hour away from where I live instead of seven!





WIP Wednesday

29 10 2008

I was hoping to be able to show you at least one finished thing today, but instead I’ll show you 3 unfinished thing.

Up first are my Knitterly Things Vesper socks with afterthought heel. I’ve reached the cuff on the second sock and once that is done I’ll just have the heel to add and I’ll have a finished pair!

At the ribbing of the second sock

In second place is my Pomatomus sock. I really was hoping to have it done by today but didn’t get to knit on it much the last few days. I’ve only a few more rows left to knit before I start the ribbing.

Only a few rows left before the ribbing

And the reason why both of the previous socks aren’t done is mainly because of this:

Almost finished quilt top

My fingers have been itching to sew a quick and easy quilt top and this weekend I finally had some time and I just started cutting and sewing. I just have to add a top and bottom border and the quilt top will be finished. I also have to piece the back but that can wait until after Stitches East!

I also made sure to finish all these box bags that I’ll be bringing to Baltimore. Thank you all for your wonderful comments about my bags!

All done!

Knitting will resume its pace once we get back from Stitches… I can’t wait!





Getting ready, again

24 10 2008

The countdown has started, only 12 days left.

12 days left to what you ask?

12 days left until

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Yup, yarn4socks will be at Stitches East this year, which means that we’ve been crazy busy getting everything ready for it.

  • Knit 8 samples socks – check

7 sample socks

Oops, there’s one missing…

Blue Lagoon Poms

There it is! I don’t know why I thought that a Pomatomus would be a good deadline knitting sock but it ended up being better than I anticipated. I’ve only 2 repeats to go on the leg and then I’ll be all set for the ribbing. So it should be finished in time.

  • Sock blockers for all of our sample socks – check

Socks & sock blockers

You can’t really tell but there are at least 16 sock blockers there.

  • 17 box bags to sell at the show – not check

6 bags out of 17 done

These 6 are pretty much done

The other 11 - assembly line style

The remainder are still in need of a bit of finishing. You can see them there assembly line style (my sewing machine is right off picture).

I still have a couple things to do to them before they’re completely finished but they should be done in time too.

  • Signs for our booth and for the shelving units – not done at all

Guess what I’m going to be doing this weekend!

All silliness aside, if you’re in the Baltimore area and are planning to go to Stitches East, please come and say hi!