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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stitches West 2018

This year I took Franklin Habit's class, "Snip 'n' Zip", where we learned how to steek and sew in a zipper. I hadn't taken a class from Franklin before, but his reputation preceded him so I was looking forward to the session.

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He had some really nice samples to show how steeks could be used.

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The Dandy Vest

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Tea cozy

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V-neck of tiny sweater

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Armcye of tiny sweater

Fanklin's class was great. His instruction was clear and concise, he was funny and entertaining, and I thought he had good command of the classroom and kept us all on track. Best of all, I did this:

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Bridge reinforced with crochet

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Cutting!

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Cut!!

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The edges are so neat.

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Zipper installation is complete. Success!

Now I want to cut all of my knitting. Bring it on! lol

In addition to learning a new technique, I got to see a lot of friends, some I only see once a year and others I see more often. I ate lunch with Mari everyday (yeah!) and I saw Beadlemania pieces in the wild. Mari wore a beaded Kumihimo necklace & bracelet, and Krista wore her #RESIST #UNITE amethyst earrings for the student fashion show.

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Felicia and Krista

I stopped by Beth Brown-Reinsel's classroom on Sunday and we got to catch up in person. What a treat to see her!

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There were many more friends and acquaintances and that's what makes the show for me, seeing all these lovely people in a place full of beautiful yarn and fiber. And speaking of beautiful yarn, fiber and whatnot, I brought home a few things.

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Gifts for friends from Bar-Maids

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Beautiful Laceweight from Lisa Souza

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Clockwise from upper left: Batt Lifter from Clemes & Clemes, Beading Tool from Stunning String Studio, Beautiful shawl patterns by Romi Hill, Cloudborn from Craftsy, ChiaoGoo tips and cords.

Last but not least (unless I forgot something), I found the yarn I need for 52 Pickup by Alasdair Post-Quinn. I showed the yarn to Alasdair and he said, "That should work" as he signed my pattern. I received the nod of approval that I need to get started!

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It's Cloudborn from Craftsy. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to wind a few balls so I can get this show on the road.

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