This year my dad and step mom were visiting us from the frozen tundra that is the Northeast this winter. They have gotten storm after storm, piling foot after foot of snow on their doorstep and so I think the break and the sunshine of a CA winter was just what they needed. We spent the week doing touristy stuff and smack in the middle Susan and I went to Stitches. I was kind of kicking myself for not being able to get into the market preview on Thursday night this year. I tried and tried to find a class that interested me but there was just nothing I wanted to shell out the money for. I think I made the right decision but once I found out that Jennie the Potter was going to be there, I was sure doubting myself. I knew her booth would get picked over big time during market preview. That's the #1 reason why I made us get there 1/2 hour before the doors opened on Friday and why I basically ran to her booth first thing when we walked in. It was the right decision, because a lot of her mugs had sold already. All that were left were the show special bear mugs which I didn't LOVE. Don't get me wrong they were gorgeous, but I had my heart set on one of her tree mugs. Since they were all gone, I looked at everything and carried around a few different mugs for a while and finally settled on this beauty! I also got two sweater ornaments and a set of buttons for my Larch cardigan. I could easily have spent my entire budget on her pottery!!
I have had every single cup of tea and coffee out of this mug since I got it.
As usual I had a list of booths I wanted to visit and things I wanted to do. Next stop after Jennie was YOTH Yarns. They were new to me and I had only learned about them from reading on Very Shannon that she and Jane Richmond would be doing a book signing at their booth. I did some research and immediately fell in love with their palette of colors. Once I set foot in their booth it was over and I quickly settled on a sweater quantity of Big Sister to knit Epistrophy in. Look… how could I walk away without this, the colors sea salt and blueberry reminds me so much of Maine for some reason! :-)
Here's a lame iPhone shot of me at their booth trying to justify the armload of yarn I am carrying and was about to purchase.
After YOTH I went right over to the Never Not Knitting booth where Jane and Shannon were book signing and had them sign my copy of Journey. It was a fun fan girl moment for me as I kind of have a crafting crush on these two. I even wore my Gemini for Jane to see.
They were totally sitting down! I am not a giant!
They were both super friendly and we chatted for a bit before I moved on to get the rest of my shopping done. They totally reassured me that I would not regret buying that yarn at YOTH! Next on my list of must sees was definitely Canon Hand Dyes. I love love love my green and grey self striping socks from last year and this year I settled on two new skeins to take home.
It was seriously hard to choose with all this awesomeness going on, but I settled on the blue, white and grey skein (Netherfield Ball) and one of the rainbow skeins (My Favorite Things). Now looking at this picture I'm wondering why that burgundy and grey one on the left didn't come home with me!!
All in all it was a great day, although I totally missed my best stitches buddy P. I didn't buy a ton of stuff but I truly love each and every item I got. And, one of those sweater ornaments went straight to Colorado so P didn't feel like she missed out on too much. There's always next year!