Our local Knitting group headed to Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA last month (2/20 to be exact).  This was my second year and it was just as cool!  There were 6 of us who went, so we took my old, faithful minivan.  And, thank God for navigators as the traffic was in abundance!

We left Woodland a bit late, picking up our last friend in Davis about 8:15, but we still made it down to the conference center around 10:30.  Not too bad!  The drive down was uneventful. Thankfully!

A few of us were pretty systematic in our perusal of the market, but a few jumped around as they liked and I really think they saw more!  But you know me, it would be against my nature to do anything other than up one row and down another! 😉

I collected lots of business cards, but I really don’t remember what I liked about them! ;-/  Maybe next year, I’ll take a moment to jot down why I grabbed their card!  But a few booths/vendors really stood out:

  • White Birch Fiber Arts – probably my favorite yarn in the WHOLE market! I bought one skein but regretted not getting more!  Unfortunately, at this time she isn’t selling my favorite yarn in her Etsy shop, but if you are on Ravelry, you can see examples there.  Not just is it rainbow yarn, BUT there are also patches of blue sky too! BEAUTIFUL!  There were some fun variations – like “Pessimist’s Rainbow” which had a grey “sky”.  But the one I bought was called “Does this rainbow make my black look big?” lol I cast it on for socks already, so I should have some pictures soon!
  • Chicken Boots – a vendor with project bags (and more!) that I really admired!  They are local – Chico – and I can’t wait until I can save up some money to get one.  I didn’t buy one at the show because I thought I’d get to go back and I completely forgot! D’oh!  I really like the clear, boxy bags you can see via this link.
  • Dan Doh Designs – Yumiko Alexander was at the first Stitches I attended and I love her designs.  At that time, she wasn’t on Ravelry and I kicked myself for not buying one of her pattern books.  This year I was so happy to see her there again!  I bought her book “Warm Earth 3” – here is another link – I want to knit that sweater on the cover.  Actually I want to knit several of her patterns – check out this one!  Gorgeous and perfect for California weather! 😉
  • I picked up the Skacel Magalog (magazine + catalog) and love a few things there too!
  • I was disappointed Kollage Yarns wasn’t there with their square needles – I want to get a couple more of those!

We actually left early (about 3:30) because we were all so tired.  Next year we are talking about staying over someplace where we can have a weekend knitting retreat afterwards! Wouldn’t that be fun.  But with the way my budget looks, that’s probably just a dream right now.  🙂

If you haven’t attended a Stitches Market yet (only $10), you are missing out.  I know there is so much more to Stitches than the market, but I’m not in a season of life where more than 1 day at the market is feasible.  Someday! 😉

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