Stitches West 2016

Last weekend I attended Stitches West and took a couple of classes.  I went in with the plan that I would take pictures and post all my favorite things, but alas, I got so caught up in looking that I failed to document the experience.

I did get to meet the Knitmore Girls of the podcast by the same name just as I walked in.  Jasmin was perfectly gracious at me just stepping up to say hello!  They recently did a few episodes interviewing Steven Be and Stephen West at last year’s show (I think) which really enhanced my enjoyment of Stitches as well.

I got a lovely blocking mat set from Coco Knits, my big purchase for the show, and I got a sweet project bag from Slipped Stitch Studios which my dear friends who attended with me gave me as a gift.

I also found a new yarn vendor, Fiberlady, which offered a selection of bamboo yarns, beautifully dyed.  I am allergic to wool, so many of the beautiful fibers that are at Stitches I can’t actually work with without blistering.  I feel like I am in heaven when I go into a a booth were I can touch everything!  My purchase there was two skeins of a lovely variegated yarn.

yarn

I enjoyed two classes.  One with Brooke Nico, where we learned about circular shawls, and a mind blowing (at least to me) class with JC Briar, all about how to harness the power of spreadsheets to develop patterns.  I’m currently working on my first sweater pattern and this class was exactly what I needed.

If you are in the bay area, Stitches is one of those must see events at some point in your knitting career!

 

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About Heddi Craft

Heddi Craft is a lifelong fiber artist and crafter. She has been designing shawls since 2014 and enjoys working with simple shapes and unique design features. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Santa Cruz, California, a coastal town with a mild climate that inspires her work.
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