Episode 46 – Stitches West

This episode is a recap of Stitches West.

Tuesday

  • The main reason for going to Stitches was to visit the Knitmore Girls (Jasmin and Gigi) and do family photos.
  • I met Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio podcast at the airport and we stayed at Jasmin’s house together.

Wednesday

  • We started our morning with the family photo session. We used a family favorite park as the backdrop and went back and forth between the natural areas and the playground. Jen was an awesome assistant, and I also used my new Instax camera to make the session more fun for Genevieve.
  • Lunch was at Smashburger, which I love. Dinner was at Adelita’s, and I was excited to try some California Mexican food.
  • We also picked up our press passes and met some of the vendors at Stitches.

Thursday:

  • We picked up Joanna Johnson at the airport, who was doing book signings at the Wooly Wonka Fibers booth and staying at Jasmin’s house with us.
  • Lunch was Pho Lang, which was also new for me but it was my favorite new meal of the trip. We had lunch with the amazing and talented Sivia Harding.
  • We came back for the market preview, and Jen and I picked up mugs from Jennie the Potter. Then we headed to the Never Not Knitting booth to meet Alana Dakos and Kate Oates.
  • I bought some yarn from White Birch Fiber Arts in “Killabees.”
  • Jen, Gigi and I went to the Steven and Stephen in 3 Acts show.
  • We brought presents for our hosts. For Genevieve, I sewed a project bag out of Frozen fabric using the tutorial from Nicole from Hue Loco. I knit Rex a Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits out of Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fleece. Jasmin and Gigi both received bags from Knerd, a local screen printing artist.

Friday:

  • Some of the favorite booths:
    • Western Sky Knits
    • Pepperberry Knits
    • Lindsey in Erin Lane Bags
    • Little Skein in the Big Wool
    • Wooly Wonka Fibers – I finally bought my Rainbow A-Long kit for Suburban Stitcher
    • Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
  • We went to Rok for dinner.

Saturday:

  • I decided to put together a project completely at Stitches. I chose the Quicksilver Shawl by Melanie Berg.
    • Yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Company
    • Erin Lane Project Bag
    • Needles from Indian Lake Artisans
  • Podcasters I met
    • Kelly from Two Ewes Fiber Adventures
    • Yarniacs
    • 2 Knit Lit Chicks
    • Knotty Girls
    • Jan from Twin Set Designs
    • Joscelyn from Knitventures
  • I also met Lars Reins, author of The Modern Lopi
  • Dinner was from Kabob at Jasmin’s house

Sunday:

  • Helped Joanna get to the airport and return the rental car
  • Took my first Uber back to the convention center
  • Jen had to go home a litter earlier than planned
  • Went back to the Western Sky Knits to pick up a giveaway
  • *forgot to mention the massage I got. It was perfect and extremely necessary after such a big adventure.**
  • I met Stephanie from Creative Bug
  • I met Danielle Nii (designer and technical editor for Interweave) and Karen of the Windy Hill Knits booth at the airport, and then we flew home together.
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