Better late than never...
The first stop had to be Blue Moon, of course, and it was first purchase of the day!
STR in heavyweight, Mill End in lightweight and Rare Gem in lightweight
The rest of the day is a bit of a blur, but purchases were made...
Tess' Super Sock & Baby (I see a couple of baby sweaters in my future)
Silk lace weight from RedFish Dye Works (this booth was one of the prettiest in the entire show - a million colors all sorted via color gradient - just beautiful!)
Saturday Krys and I had our Estonian Lace class with Nancy Bush. Being the slow knitter that I am, I did not finish the sample we were working on, but the class was really great. Very informative with tips and tricks for approaching Estonian Lace. Upon Nancy talking about her upcoming book and showing examples of shawls, she indicated that one of the patterns in her new book was identical to one of the samples she was holding up but done in a pink laceweight from the Yarn Place. Yep, I was sold, and at the break I just had to get the yarn for when her book is published in the fall:
Also during the break, I purchased a few things I held off on from Friday until I had seen the entire Market:
Everywhere Wrap pattern from Hemp for Knitting, with the Cashmere Canapa in Espresso for it
After class, we met up with the nut graf at the Yarn Dogs booth. There we met the owner of Curious Creek Fibers. She was telling us about her coloring technique and the new colorways she is offering. She also told us that she just released a laceweight.... and that Yarn Dogs is the only place where you could buy it, even though she is based in San Diego. She used one of the knitters enabling phrases - so of course I just had to buy a skein!
Lastly, we stopped by the Black Water Abbey booth, and I just had to get these buttons:
We learned an important lesson this year - it is much better to shop the Market on Friday than on Saturday. Saturday was a complete zoo, making it impossible to get in and out of booths, being constantly ran-over by rolling carts, and being belly-bumped (because it does stick out a bit) without apologies at every turn. On the plus side, the Hyatt must have taken some suggestions to heart, and was actually prepared for the large number of people in the hotel. In addition to their normal restaurant and bar for food service, they also opened up a ballroom that maintained a reasonably priced buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A great success on their part - we hardly had to wait to eat the entire weekend.
It was a fantastically exhausting weekend. Stitches is high energy as it is, and with the pregnant belly in tow I was just completely spent. I was bummed because we missed out on a knitting get-together on Friday, as well as Saturday night knitting at Purlescence. Honestly, I was completely exhausted. I definitely plan on catching up with everyone next year - DH has already promised to take the baby for the weekend so I can have a knitterly weekend with the girls! Who's game?!