On the bus, I was knitting my Ghostie socks. I was getting frustrated because my gauge didn't work out and my ghosts weren't lining up so...with a lot of belly aching on my part and hand holding along with encouragement from those seated around me, I tore my sock apart.
|The sock prior to tearing apart|
I added about six stitches to my original cast on then as I was knitting my 1x1 ribbing, they looked at the pattern and noticed it should be 2x2. Boy, oh boy did that ever make a difference. I was able to decrease those six stitches and low and behold, the pattern started working itself out.
It made for a fun trip.
Once we arrived at Stitches, I expected magic. I didn't get it. I guess the fiber festivals I have went to have spoiled me. I visited all of the vendors which were plentiful but bought very little. So much commercial yarn (I know, that's what we are there to support) and an insane amount of shawl patterns and displays. Lots of vendors where you can buy yarn in bulk for big projects and lots of ribbon and novelty yarn.
I found a beautiful support spindle that I wanted to buy and when I asked the vendor to demonstrate how it was used, she said she wouldn't. I was bummed. Her booth wasn't busy and there was plenty of space. She was spinning on a Turkish Spindle so I knew she could spin. I have been looking at the spindles on Etsy but to see one in person and have it demonstrated would have been perfect especially when it was going to cost at least $75 to buy...so I didn't.
I enjoyed my day and the trip but I probably won't attend another Stitches.
I was super tired by the time we got back to Battle Creek. We had left the yarn shop around 7:30am and didn't get back until 11:30pm. I did manage to make a bit of progress on my Ghostie socks on the way home from Stitches. Maybe I will get more done while camping at the Michigan Fiber Festival this week.
Now, for the goodies I bought! A new sock bag (Tardis Themed) from Slipped Stitch Studio. I love her knitting bags. A zombie themed yarn from Miss Babs. An amazing spinning batt from JazzTurtle and my new favorite coffee mug from Pawley Studios. I spent a lot of time at JazzTurtle's booth talking about textured yarns. She had some amazing displays of finished goods using the handspun.
In the end, my heart is a spinner and second a weaver so a show focused on knitting (although I love to knit) just didn't draw me in. The convention center was beautiful and so was the set up.