I survived my first Stitches West but I'm not sure my Visa did. The yarns for sale at the Stitches Market were amazing but I $pent the most time at the booths featuring unique hand dyed or painted fibers. My favorites were Brooks Farm Yarn, Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm, Abbey Yarns and La Lana Wools. I didn't purchase any La Lana
as my yarn budget was already blown to smithereens but I can see why their yarn is legendary. Here are some yarn shots of what I walked away with.
First up: Blackwater Abbey Yarns
from Aurora, Colorado:
A 2-ply worsted weight in a deep purple colourway. I simply HAD to buy from this booth as the proprietoress looked me over and exclaimed, "Oh, you MUST
be a size SMALL!" I plan on using this to make my first Aran sweater.
Next up: Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm
from Norwich, Vermont
I bought one skein (275 yards) of a 50-50 merino silk + 1 skein of matching 100% silk in a gorgeous blue-purple colourway AND a yummy turquoise 50-50 silk/merino that comes in 1,375
yard skein! This is a booth where it pays to get at early in the games, as each of these 1,375 skeins of yarn is unique and get snapped up quickly.
Finally, my favorite booth at the whole show: Brooks Farm Yarns
from Lancaster, Texas. People were just ooohing and ahhing over the beautiful rich colourways they had on display.
I bought 2,500 yards of, sigh, a GORGEOUS Deep Red 100% kid mohair that is to dye
for and one skein of their duet mohair-wool blend that I fished out of a Sale bucket.
The show is still open through to Sunday but I'm broke and tired and I've heard the crowds are vicious. Plus, I've got some serious Knitting Olympics to catch up on!!Theme song of the weekend: "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne
Trouble, because I got into a lot $$ at the yarn market but mostly because I love this guy's voice.