Alex and I arrived at Stitches West this morning and were amazed by the crowds of ladies entering the conference center here in Santa Clara. The place is absolutely packed! There are lots of wonderful displays of yarns by manufacturers and retailers, and the attendees are having fun learning new techniques, seeing the latest yarns and patterns, and finding the occasional bargain. We've encountered quite a few friends here today -- the folks at South West Trading Company who are giving out bright red bags to visitors to their booth, Cheryl from Cherry Tree Hill, Becca from Bagsmith who's giving demonstrations with her Extreme Needles.
SWTC's biggest hit is their Tofutsies Stitches Collectors Edition bags that should sell out before the show is over. (If you're reading this while you're at Stitches, get over to their booth right away to make sure you aren't disappointed!)
I picked up a softest, most luxurious cashmere roving at the Wild Fibers magazine booth and now have to figure out what to do with it. Cindy, of Foxglove Fiberarts, made a noble attempt to teach me to spin but I was hopeless. I did a bit better with her loom, though, and might want to try my hand at weaving. Still...what do I do with the cashmere? It was just too exquisitely soft to turn down.
Tonight we'll be seeing the fashion show that we've heard is really spectacular. This is our first time at Stitches and we're really enjoying the opportunity to see people from other yarn shops throughout the country, and to watch as knitters discover wonderful new yarns and patterns to enjoy.
Tomorrow I'll write about the fashion show.