Thursday, March 7, 2013


Finally, two weeks later, I get a chance to sit down and write about Stitches West. I have quite a few pictures to share, but they don't come close to the fun of being there in the marketplace. Everywhere you look there are creative people donning their finest knitwear - shawls and sweaters in all directions!

My first stop was to see Alana Dakos ( and have her sign my daughters' copy of Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. This book is wonderful!! My daughters both love it and have been so inspired by the story, the beautiful artwork and the goodies that come with the deluxe pack. Alana and I chatted and shared pictures of our girls. If you're a knitter with a young one in your life - or maybe a child who once was young and learned to knit, but is now not so young - you need to buy them this book. And maybe one for yourself. It is a beautiful, touching story with excellent artwork.

While walking around I ran into Jasmin and Gigi of the Knitmore Girls podcast and had the great fortune to meet little Danger Mouse and tickle her toes. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of these lovely ladies and their beautiful hair, but we did get to discuss the methods behind Jasmin's gorgeous pink locks.

Wandering around the market of course led to some yarn acquisitions... I brought home a few beautiful skeins of yarn, including some mini skeins from Oink Pigments (, a beautiful rusty cashmere-merino-nylon blend from Western Sky Knits which had some of the most wonderful yarn (, a d if course two skeins of Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport - enough for a sweater. ( Also, I couldn't help but bring home a few skeins if Malabrigo ( of which one skein I wound up and cast on some fingerless gloves immediately. The rest will be a sweater for my little man. My yarn purchases are now being lovingly displayed in my hutch, calling to me every time I walk by. However, I resist the urge to cast on anything new until I finish the sweater for my big one.

Now, on with the pictures!

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