There’s been very little talk in blog land about Stitches East. I had to check my calendar just to make sure it’s still next week.
I took off Friday so I could hit the market on the first day. The prospect of getting early access to the offerings with a smaller number of people (and bonus — less potential to be assaulted) made taking the day off an easy choice. Funny thing is, I think I’m looking forward to the train ride (quiet knitting time) as much as I am to the shopping itself.
I looked through the vendor list today. Here’s what I have in mind so far:
What I’ll be looking for
- Solid or near-solid sock yarn
- Yarn for a Fisherman sweater. After lots of comments (thanks everyone!) I’m currently leaning toward Aurora 8 (based on Julia’s recommendation) but I’m definitely open. If I don’t find something better at Stitches then I will go with the Aurora.
- Tess Yarn. I loved her sport weight Cascade Silk at MDSW but the colorways weren’t working for me. And I’m sure I’ll pick up more of her sock yarn.
- A niddy noddy. I want to do more handdyeing and it would really come in really handy.
Other booths I’ll be sure to stop at
- Cabin Fever They have some nice sock patterns and it’s always easier to see what they’re really like in person.
- Ellen’s Half Pint Farm by the time I found their booth at MDSW there were few choices left.
- Habu I’ve yet to purchase any Habu but I think I’m ready for something small
- Hand Jive They’re new to me but they seem cool. They have their own yarns that they dye with natural substances in a gorgeous palette of colors, and they have some original sock patterns that are new to me. I especially like Aran Clog Socks and Peony Garden Socks.
- Just Our Yarn another handdyer that looks promising.
- The Mannings I wonder if they bring dyes to the shows.
- Rosie’s Yarn Cellar Of course I’ll be stopping by my LYS’ booth
- School Products because apparently 2 cones of cashmere blend isn’t enough in one’s stash.
- Shelridge Farms. Christy made a pair of wristwarmers from their yarn last year and she said they worked up really nicely.
- Webs easy access to cones of yarn. Enough said. It’s probably good I’m taking the train.
- White Lies Designs I have several of her patterns in my library. It’d be nice to see some of the designs up close.