On Saturday Misty and I went to Stitches East in Hartford. "Stitches East?? What in the world is that??" you say. "Who got stitches?? Are they okay??" Well, in fact Misty DID get stitches on Friday night trying to be freaking Martha Stewart making Halloween cookies (WHO makes cookies for halloween??), but that's not what I'm talking about.
Stitches East is a convention for people who knit, crochet, spin...anything to do with yarn and fibers. The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford is pretty damn big and it was just about full of vendors selling yarn and anything to do with yarn. There were classes for beginners and advanced knitters and all kinds of knitty stuff.
I did not have anough money to buy everything I wanted at this thing, but then again, if I did buy all that I wanted, I don't think I would have the time to knit it all. I DO think I touched it all though!!
I did buy (clockwise from top right) a long-coveted set of Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles. (Love them already!) Two skeins of Stardust merino yarn that has a strand of nylon throughout that makes it shimmer, an 'orphan' skein of handpainted Ambrosia (alpaca, silk and cashmere!!!) that I got just because I loved the colors (ooohhh), and pink and blue Shui Bui mohair and merino wool yarn to make a couple of Christmas gifts. Not too bad, ya think?
I also got to kit on The Big Sock! I saw this on the Stitches website before going and was determined to contribute. The story is on their blog but in short, someone wanted to make the biggest sock in the world and it is going around the world to different venues and a lot of people are contributing to it both by donating yarn and by knitting on it. It will eventually end up back in the UK to be formally accepted into the Guiness Book of World Records. There. I hope I am at least semi-accurate. After I knit a few stitches i gave my spot to another knitter and signed the log and got a pin commemorating the momentous event. Sorry, lame, I know, but I'm a sucker for stuff like this.
It was a fun day. We took our time wandering and we sat in Starbucks for a while on a funky little couch relaxing and talking to other strangers who knit.
I am already planning on going next year and I'll wear my fabulous new shawl made from this year's yarn and maybe I can pretend I am from far away and stay in the Marriot there at the Convention Center. Maybe, just maybe...