Wow. What a trip. We made fabulous time getting there on Saturday. Just as we were leaving the car, we ran into Rachael and Lala. Last year I met no one so I was thrilled to meet them. And I gave Rachael the green pulsewarmers and she gave me a cool CD mix she had made. Thanks Rachael.
‘Course we made a beeline for the Koigu booth. After reports of insanity at Stitches–we figured we had better get it out of the way. Thank goodness we did. They were sold out within 2 hours! My mom says they brought 250 lbs of yarn. On Sunday, all that was left was a few scraps. I bought mostly blueish/turquoise colorways. I am hoping to make a modified Alligator Wrap.
We walked around the Main Exhibition hall and my mom bought more Koigu at Mannings. I bought a bit of lace weight yarn. They are such a nice group of sellers. I was considering buying a drop spindle and a bit of roving but kept putting it off and never did so. My mom has one somewhere in her stashaster. Gracie might enjoy it.
Outside the Main Exhibition hall we ran into Rachael and Lala again as well as Nathania and some of my mom’s friends from the KBTH. It was great to meet Nathania. And Gracie did a pretty good job as my official photographer. We grabbed a quick lunch and I phoned Nancy. She was just across the way from us so I found her and brought she and Rinaldo back to picnic table. It was wonderful to finally meet Nancy–we have been trying for almost 6 months. I gave her the black checkerboard pulsewarmers I made. And we promised to meet up in the city very soon.
I did go to the 12:30pm meetup by the t-shirt booth but didn’t recognize anyone I knew. My mom, Gracie and I wandered around a bit more. I really wanted to buy something from Brooks Farm but I didn’t really have a purpose in mind and thought I would have a think on it. I did the same at Tess Designer Yarns. There is a cute little angora children’s sweater that I love but the latest baby knit is for a boy. So I purchase a really cute sweater kit and Green Mountain Spinnery. Unfortunately, upon better light at the bed and breakfast–two different dye lots were found. Green Mountain exchanged pretty easily and refunded the difference.
I was still on the lookout for Norma, as she was the recipient of the orange/rust pulsewarmers. I figured she might be by Stephanie/The Yarn Harlot’s get together at 1:30pm. I didn’t find Norma but I did find Jody, Christy and their friend Sabrina. If you haven’t guessed by now…I am knitting pulsewarmers for all of the bloggers who contributed to my Spa Day–which I plan to take very soon. Be on the lookout–3 down and 7 pairs to go!
While I didn’t find Norma, I did finally meet Cindy and Carrie, formally C & C Knittingworks. Cindy and I somehow missed each other at Rhinebeck so it was a delight to find her and meet she and Carrie. I miss their blog. I also met Leigh from Woolflowers. And seated nearby was Greta and Maggi. I didn’t meet Greta–or anybody last year. It was wonderful to finally meet her in person. She and her kids are such an inspiration to me. And they give me much hope for Owen’s future. Thanks Greta. I saw her new design and it is lovely.
My mom was busy meeting up with her friend Catherine of Catherine Knits. They met up and Koigu and my mom found a few more things she could add to her collection. I was sorry not to get a chance to talk to Catherine. She is a fabulous spinner and I haven’t seen her in ages!
We hit one more barn after that in search of Socks That Rock at The Fold. It had been picked over but we were able to find something! And guess what else I found? Yup–Norma! I very rudely bumped into her. I had, unfortunately, given her pulsewarmers to Carrie. I know I could have mailed them but they were the ones I struggled with and feared I wouldn’t finish. She needed to have them that weekend!
After that we headed out to our bed and breakfast. While they–or Expedia–made a mistake with our accomodation (one king rather than a king and a double) they brought in a roll away for Gracie and were just so kind. The place itself was absolutely beautiful and relaxing. Gracie wanted to use the hot tub. And she was impressed with this little room. And made the most of all that was offered and just thoroughly enjoyed herself!
We went back for a bit on Sunday. It was much less crowded. The t-shirts had been picked over and there were no coffee mugs left. Gracie watched a bit of the sheep herding and we ran into Sheila and Vanessa. My mom and Sheila have known one another for quite some time so it was terrific to meet her in person.
The drive back was the absolute pits. We hit horrendous traffic in NJ and in NY. So bad that I am not sure I will go back again next year. All in all, it was a great trip but I really need to start knitting through my stash!
Speaking of stash…those pictures to follow in another blog post. I probably need to finally upgrade my blog after this post.