Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Stitches Midwest

Chicago is fortunate to play host to two big crafting events this year: Stitches Midwest and Vogue Knitting Live!

As always, Stitches Midwest takes place in August to kick off the knitting season.  It's an event I always look forward to, though there have been instances in my 7 years of living in Chicago that I have been unable to make the trek - and it is a journey for us city mice - to Schaumburg.  It's always worth it, of course, but us urban knitters who rely on mass transit are pretty much SOL if they can't justify the car rental expense or find a friend with a car...hence I am looking forward to VK Live! this October, which will be conveniently located in the downtown loop at the beautiful Palmer House Hilton.

I ended up helping a client set up their booth on Thursday, and then went to the market on Friday to shop and schmooze. I was surprised at how busy it was on a Friday afternoon - the parking lot was COMPLETELY full! I'm guessing it was a very successful show for the vendors; many had lines of folks at the register waiting to check out. My goal was to shop tantrically, since I've been treating myself to lots of new yarn via Craftsy Deals of late. Here's my modest Stitches booty:
Qiviuk/Wool/Silk blend yarn from Windy Valley Muskox;
Miss Babs Top in Fog Bank (Merino/Silk) and Green Eyed Monster (BFL/Silk)
Don't get me wrong, there were tons of pretties I wanted to buy: sock yarn from the Plucky Knitter, sock blockers from Purrfectly Catchy Designs, squishy yak yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch. All in good time; I think I'll save up for VK Live! and have a little blowout, if I can just quit ordering yarn online between now and then!

1 comment:

  1. I agree, I wish Stitches would return to Rosemont or some other venue that was mass transit friendly.