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Friday, February 27, 2009

Stitches West Preview

Last night was the Stitches West Marketplace Preview.

When I arrived, I headed straight to the WEBS booth for the first item on my shopping list. I ran into Steve and said, "Hi Steve, where's the Malabrigo Sock Yarn?" He walked me over to 6 cubes of the stuff. Excellent!

I said, "Oh, no. That's not enough".

Steve agreed. "I know, it'll go fast"

"No, I mean it's not enough for me. Now." lol

Malabrigo Sock

Okay, so I didn't buy it all, I left a lot for other shoppers (like Spinnity & Jo). But I did get 4 hanks. Purty.

Next up, a book. A Japanese stitch pattern book. There was one on a Village Spinning and Weaving table and I nabbed it, but the price wasn't marked. I asked at the register, "How much is this?"

Japanese Stitch Pattern Book

John said with a smile, "We don't know."

To which I responded, "Oh, then it must be free!" followed by a charming (I hope) smile.

"No, we've been trying to call the supplier for a price, but haven't gotten through. We can hold it for you."

No prob. Under the counter it went along with another copy for a different customer.

I stopped by Tactile Fiber Arts and showed Maia and company the laceweight Merino/Tencel. They were so nice and had some really beautiful fiber. I'll have to stop by there again today.

From there it was a short walk to Redfish Dyeworks to show them the 3 ply Merino/Silk. Again, really beautiful yarn and fiber and friendly folks. By the way, Redfish Dyeworks has a new web site that went live yesterday. They hadn't seen it yet because they were working the show, but take a gander--they approach color selection from a dyer's perspective (makes sense) with "wheels" and depth of shade.

Lisa Souza had tempting yarn, but Spinnity and I fell for the batts. Apparently we weren't the only ones. She said the cubes in front of the booth were chocked full but when we got there they were pretty well cleaned out. The batts are in large zip lock bags but you need to open the bags to truly appreciate the colors and textures. This one is 90% Blue Faced Leicester/ 10% Border Leicester Lamb Curls in Mahogany.

Lisa Souza Spinning Batt

Towards the end of the evening Spinnity, Bill, and I went back to Village Spinners and Weavers and that's when I noticed the hedgehogs. Hedgehogs! and Geckos! and Owls! and Squirrels!

Fiber Trends Squirrel Kit

Yes, I bought a squirrel kit. We have squirrel acrobats in the backyard and for some reason I want a stuffed squirrel in the house.

Oh wait, it's Sam who wants a squirrel friend. Yeah, that's it! It's for Sam. (He's very excited.)

New friends!

While I was oooing and aahhhing over the Fiber Trends kits, I oooooed and ahhhhed all over Bev Galeskas, designer of the Fiber Trends clogs. I'm sure she's heard it a million times before, but I had to tell her how much we enjoy her felted clog design. When we come home it's off with the shoes and on with the clogs.

At the register, they had a price on the stitch pattern book so that went in my bag too.

Oh, and beware, I am an enabler. If you shop with me, you'll buy things that you probably wouldn't have bought on your own. Like an Owl. tee hee hee!

I also got to see many friends on the show floor at Purlescence, Fiber Fiend!, Full Thread Ahead, and Habu Textiles.

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  • I am pressing your (jealous) button.

    By Blogger Obsessed with knitting, at 2/27/2009 2:33 PM  

  • I was hunting for some pics of that Malabrigo Sock yarn you tempted Tina into yesterday and came across the flickr photo. Small world small world.

    BTW, that book is also available at Kinokuniya. If I remember correctly, it is somewhere near $20. I believe Cookie has a copy of that exact one.

    By Blogger Freecia, at 3/01/2009 1:13 PM  

  • Thank you for showing off your stitches stash! You've found some gorgeous stuff. So pretty that I've shared it as part of my Stitches West round up of links on my blog.

    oh and Freecia -thanks for the heads up about Kinokuniya. I needed another good excuse for an afternoon of noodles, crepes and kinokuniya.

    By Anonymous Angela, at 3/07/2009 1:25 PM  

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