Greetings from Stitches East in Baltimore, Maryland where I just can't seem to get my hands on enough yarn. Weather is much better here than back in Cleveland where we had no electricity (AGAIN) last night due to snow, I guess.
Several people are here from my knitting guild, we're all walking down to the Inner Harbor later for dinner at Legal Sea Food Restaurant.
What a treat to meet the owner of Berroco yarns, Warren Wheelock, and 2 of the Berroco designers - Norah Gaughan and Margery Winter.
Samples of their yarns were available to take home and I learned some tips about how to solve the online "treasure hunts" at the Berroco website. I complimented them on being one of my favorite websites for free patterns.
I met the one and only KAFFE FASSETT who is here doing book signings. It was really cool, he showed us stuff in his knitting bag that he's working on !! Patterns, designs, and a sock pattern to be engineering into self-patterning yarn. He was very fun. I wanted to get a picture but I didn't have the nerve.....Well, there's still tomorrow and Sunday !!
The most interesting thing I purchased so far is a HAMANKA KUMIHIMO DISC
Stay tuned for more FROM ME from STITCHES EAST - BALTIMORE
Today I walked to the Inner Harbor and visited HARBORPLACE and the Light and Pratt Street shopping Pavilions.
Wonderful lunch at EDO SUSHI overlooking the bay area.
From there I walked a few blocks to HISTORIC FEDERAL HILL. Well worth the trip to visit on St. Charles St. - Lucinda Gallery, the Cross Street Market, Vanessa's Vintage Treasures, the
Life Smells Good aromatherapy shop and blending bar and The Gilded Peach.
E. Cross street featured Pandora's Box and Zelda's Zen where I purchased a most unusual
SOAP ROCK that I got for my mother because she always says, "Keep it for yourself, you don't need to get me anything!"
Zelda's also featured these beautiful wool felted bags from RISING TIDE
Thanks to all the generous donations, no one went home empty handed.
I won 2 skeins of Cascade Fixation sock yarn and one skein of Plymouth BOKU with the felted purse pattern.
Lily Chin was dressed up as "Annie" in full hand knit costume and wig.
It was especially cool to have Judy Ditmore of Interlacements see me in the Beaded Scarf I had just finished made from her yarn and beads. She took a minute to fix the scarf and tied it in a special way on me.
Judy Ditmore also gave away a FREE Feather and Fan Shawl pattern made from 1 skein of her 100% Rayon yarn called "Rick Rack".
Stitches picked Ann Rubin, the founder of afghans for Afghans, as the "Knitter of the Year".
GOOD NIGHT !!
Highlights of the market included meeting the owners of Cascade Yarns,
seeing and feeling the amazing needle felted PUMPKINS from Decadent Fibers,
and seeing the beautiful handcrafted buttons and shawl closures by MOVING MUD.
There were plenty of kits made up to make the Fiber Trends Felted HEDGEHOG which is so cute and I just may have to make one in the future.
My most fun and unusual purchase is the JELLY YARNS PURSE KIT. "Created from a fiber thin plastic, Jelly Yarn® knits up best on metal needles into a cool glossy texture. Jelly Yarn® is not cord or flat lanyard but round, pliable vinyl that is specially formulated for knitting and crochet. Jelly Yarn® is available in 9 yummy colors and 2 weights." The black is called and actually looks like LICORICE. You've got to see it and feel it to believe it !!
My purchases included a kit to make the NONI BOBBLE BAG, including the handle and only enough yarn of each color needed to make the small bobbles.
Also, at the BAG SALE from THE YARN LADY in Laguna, California --- I purchased at 75 % off skeins of NORO BIG BEBE and BERROCO HUSH. How can you go wrong??
I was lucky to get in line at the Information Desk just in time (on the 3rd attempt) to receive a FREE learn to crochet kit from COATS & CLARKS. Free yarn, info, and a crochet hook !!
What a deal !!
I bought 1 skein of OPAL SOCK YARN and 1 skein of On Line Linie SMASH at 50 % off. I was glad to see that there were plenty - but not enough ! - of show special prices on yarns.
Jane Sowerby's book, "Victorian Lace", was well represented as Jane was around to sign the book and her knit lace pieces were modeled and featured at the show.
I enjoyed the Balitmore location of Stitches East better than Stitches Midwest in Chicago. I'll be sure to visit Stitches East again and again !