Stitches West 2016

Today some fellow Purl Jammers and I attended Stitches West!  I wrote a bit about it for the Purl Jam blog: https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/stitches-west-2016/

I didn’t spend as much time in the marketplace as usual, which was good for my wallet.  I also notice that with every year that I go, I feel less inclined to buy a lot.  But it’s still really fun to see what’s new– patterns, yarns, trends, and to visit favorite booths (I’m looking at you, Miss Babs!  http://www.missbabs.com).

I only ended up buying three things; some Miss Babs Wowza, roving from Wonderland Dyeworks wonderland dyeworks, and roving from Anzula http://anzula.com.  It was enough!

  
Here are some fun photos from today (I only took a few all day!!!):

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Me and Amy at the Mother Bear Project booth


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Paddington!


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Superhero bears!  Not pictured: Thor and Iron Man.  


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There were Downton Abbey-themed yarns and patterns!  Gorgeous!


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I’m totally going to try this!!!  


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I thought Amy should keep the bear hat!  


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The Village Bears!!!!  #1 favorite bears today!

 

Double blogging

I’m still plugging away at my Monkey socks, and they’re going well, but the progress isn’t anything special to photograph.

Yesterday I didn’t post because I was pretty worn out!  The kids and I went up to Petaluma to take a nice hike (or bike ride, for the Wee Boy) with our friend.  It was really, really lovely!  We stayed on the paved trail at the Helen Putnam Regional Park: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Helen_Putnam_Regional_Park.aspx

It’s really pretty, and the hiking can get your heart working but not so much that you’ll hurt yourself.  And the views of the rolling hills are beautiful.  I’m looking forward to trying out some of the dirt trails as well.

The littlest trooper.

The littlest trooper.

The fish pond was definitely the highlight of the outing!

The fish pond was definitely the highlight of the outing!

"dipping toes" means different things for different people....

“dipping toes” means different things for different people….

In other news, I’ve written a blog post for my knitting group in which I recap my friend’s and my excursion to Stitches West.  You’ve read my side, but my friend’s knitterati encounter is pretty special, I’d say!

https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/stitches-west-recap/

Stitches West 2014 recap

Phew! Stitches West was great! I ended up spending a good chunk of the day helping out at the Mother Bear Project booth! I was glad to be able to help out, telling people about MBP and selling bear kits and other items. 🙂 I donated 4 project bags and a slew of stitch markers to sell.

I spent much less time than usual perusing the market, but that was just fine with me. I was able to see and buy all that I needed wanted, and then some.

This was the first year that Plucky Knitter was at Stitches, so I checked it out and bought some pretty gray sock yarn. Wonderland Dyeworks is also a favorite of mine, so I bought roving and sock yarn there. I also love Miss Babs, where I got yarn for a sweater. At Hiya-hiya, I finally replaced my sad old circular needles on which I’ve made most of my socks. One last tour of the market led me to Huckleberry Knits, where I bought some gorgeous roving. Good haul!

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