April 23, 2012

Stitches South Treasures

First of all, I would just like to say that I MET ANNA ZILBOORG!  Not only that, but I have an autographed mittens-to-socks book, had my picture taken with her, and was treated to an in-person explanation of how to turn double-stranded mittens into double-stranded socks.  How awesome is that?!

And now about the rest of the weekend ...

My mom and I went to the Stitches South 2012 convention this past weekend.  We've been anxiously awaiting this weekend for a year.  After the awesome experience of last year's convention, we were super excited about taking all day on Friday for the market--something we wished we had done last year.  And you know what?  We were SO DISAPPOINTED!!  Almost none of last year's major vendors were there; no Mission Falls, no Yarnmarket, no Webs, no Crystal Palace, no Ravelry!  Craftsy was there, and that was the highlight of our Friday market experience as we were given free t-shirts, bags, and a FREE CLASS ON CRAFTSY! WOOHOO!  Every vendor that was there had only a few pidly things, pretty much all winter colors that they hadn't been able to sell over the winter--LOTS of remnants from last season with not many skeins and not much to choose from.  Some vendors had maybe 25 skeins of yarn in their booths--one had that much and a couple batts of fiber and that's all folks--or they had specialty yarn like muskox that was $80 for 200 yards. I have been holding off on knitting something with last year's possum yarn because I wanted to get another skein or two this year, but even Fantail Fibers was missing from the vendors list.

And you know what was the worst part?  Everyone had cotton. I don't mean they had some cotton and then they had other fiber varieties of yarn, I mean the only thing they had was cotton.  Cotton, cotton, cotton.  If I want to purchase cotton, I'll go to Walmart.  You know? 

Anyway, here's what I took home with me between two days of market time:

3 skeins of hand painted silk from Dragonfly Fibers

an autographed copy of this awesome book
And that's it. Last year I spent $400 in two days.  This year I spent $67.  I mean it.  It was a sad weekend for yarn lovers throughout the South.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, but now you still have money to spend! :) Sorry it wasn't what you were hoping it would be!


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