My God it's covered in yarn: Stitches West 2008
I'm recovering from our trip to Northern California this weekend. I had about as perfect a weekend as a body can have. Stitches West Marketplace was totally awesome! So great I can only muster lame 80's terminology to describe it since mentally the experience left me as giddy as a teenager.
Blogless (and also very lovely) Sandy made me feel like a Rock star. She recognized me as I was completing my first lap in the Stitches and came over to say "Hi." If that weren't significant enough she told me how much she enjoyed reading my blog and watching Maya grow. She even asked after the Husband (who stood three feet taller after I told him). Thanks Sandy for making my day and helping me realize that I'm not talking (typing?!) into an empty room!
Kirsten was my
cohort Stitches Companion. Kirsten formerly-of-Domestigirl-blog was the main reason I had such a fantastic weekend. Her and her incredible family put the Fickle Family up for the weekend, looked after my child, got me coffee!!, took me yarn shopping and all in all spoiled me beyond reasonable limits. I wanted to move in as a permanent fixture in her house and eat the spoils of her aero garden, but alas the Husband insisted on driving back home so he could work today. Silly Husbands.
After meeting Sandy and on my way to get my Ravelry passport I walked right by a striking woman in a green sweater. As I passed by her (like two ships passing in the night) I thought to myself, "Self I wonder if there's anyone here I would recognize from my blog reading?" As soon as I saw Desi Knitter's Stitches West blog entry I knew not only was there someone there I "knew" but I flubbed a great opportunity to meet her. Maybe next year the fates will align and we'll meet in a more substantial way. And possibly she won't find me to be a simpering fan-girl.
Back to the the Stitches Marketplace. Maya was having a moment. A moment to end all moments. One of those melt downs that make me want to sink into the floor because she just won't stop crying. She just didn't understand that I was at an event that only happens once a year, and that I was surrounded by more yarn that I can shake US Size 50 yarn needle at. And then it happened.
Maya was given a beautiful peruvian knit finger puppet from AlisonH at SpinDyeKnit. Alison carries them around to give to crying babies. Maya was transfixed by the finger puppet, its presence immediately changing her demeanor from Birth Control Poster Child to Quiet Angelic Child. And if that wasn't humbling enough, somehow it became known to my person that the giver of the finger puppet is not only a kind spirit but a published author! I stood there, hoping I wouldn't accidentally throw myself to the ground in prostration and awe as I looked through Alison's book Wrapped in Comfort. I flipped through page after beautiful page of lace shawls feeling more and more humbled by being in the company of such a kind and talented person. I can only hope both traits rub off on my a little.
I also talked to Cheryl Oberle. But by talked I mean I managed to say really brilliant and illuminating things like "Oh My Gosh!! Cheryl Oberle! I've knit one of your shawls!!" She was very gracious despite my talking with audible exclamation points. Meeting her reminded me, I don't know what it is with designers who have radiant skin. I spotted Kaffe Fasset when he was in town a few years ago and he also had luminous skin. I'd like to know where they're finding the nectar of youth so I could have some. Seriously. Is it organic produce? Vegetarianism? Wearing magnificent hand woven clothing? Sign me up.
Vickie Howell also subscribes to the cult of beautiful. And coolness. We spotted her while working through the Ravelry passport. Even the Husband recognized her. She waved "hi" to my child. And she has a tattoo. Bitchin'.
Overall I have to give the trip two polka dotted scrunchies and half a pair of hammer pants up. We will be attending next year.
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