My God it's covered in yarn: Stitches West 2008

Posted on Feb 23, 2008. 7 comments

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.


  • Posted by Sandi Hovey on Feb 26, 2008

    Oh guess what FickleKnitter??? I do have a blog, you can find me in Raverly under nanado. I forgot all about that, shame on me I just met Casey from Raverly and showed him my needle chart. I’m so glad I took the second step backward to check Maya out and you of course. I also enjoyed the two days we were there, I don’t think I could afford a third day!!! Thanks for good words and thank you for your blog!!!

  • Posted by desiknitter on Mar 05, 2008

    Let’s definitely make a plan to meet next year!

  • Posted by Kirsten Jones on Feb 25, 2008

    It was wonderful hosting the entire Fickle Clan, and we all miss Maya terribly already (and her handlers). As soon as my teeny tiny test sky sock from the loopy sock book is done, I’ll have a picture of knitting on my blog. And then I’ll probably be inspired to put cooking stuff there. Perl/Purl/PearlOnions/Whatever.
    And someday, when the ravelry folks let me in, I’ll see if I can integrate some flippy photo coolness into their site.
    Thanks for brightening our doorstep and dragging me back into the world of things-to-do-besides-coding.

  • Posted by AlisonH on Feb 25, 2008

    Thank you! I’m so delighted that finger puppet helped so much! I had four children in six years, I remember the days when I could carry on for weeks just on the strength of a smile from a parent whose kids were grown, who remembered the days and who thought my kids were cute even when they were tired. And those puppets? They put food on the table of some creative person in South America, they cost virtually nothing, they make everybody happy… Everybody wins.
    Oh, and, that shawl I was wearing? (The black one my friend Cris is wearing on my blog today is the same pattern.) Six stitches over and over and over, that’s it. Easy.

  • Posted by lyssa Kaehler on Feb 26, 2008

    Sounds like Stitches was awesome! I’m bummed that I couldn’t join you guys, but we had too much to get done. I did get most of two fronts done on Mariah, though.

  • Posted by Lorraine on Feb 25, 2008

    Oh.. how I must live vicariously through you… The only thing our weekend had in common was the crying meltdown baby. :-) Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Now you have to show your spoils… :-)

  • Posted by Christie on Feb 25, 2008

    Sounds like fun! I wish I could have gone…damnit…I should have gone. There is always next year. :)

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