It is such a comparison to my 1st Stitches West. The first was filled with classes everyday.
The 2nd was 5 days of working the Intwined booth.
This became the norm for Stitches West, Stitches East, Stitches South and Stitches Midwest for the next few years. Talking to any where from 2,000 to 10,000 people over 4 days, means that I met some amazing people over the years. I recognize the faces of those I have seen every year either in class or shopping the market.
Each event, my favourite thing has been "Vendor Dinner". I am not sure how it started, but everyone seems to blame me. I collect people, it's true. I gather together my favourite people, they add their favourites, we wind up at some amazing restaurants. The best way to sum it up was one year, we were all laughing so hard, about 30 of us. The man at the next table over told the waitress, "I'll have what they're drinking." The waitress smiled, "They are drinking water."
We were so dehydrated from working all day at the market! We were exhausted, loopy and totally enjoying each others company.
This year was a smaller group, many of our old friends were not in attendance. The Sharks game next to the convention center created parking and traffic issues. But they still was the most wonderful evenings.
And there was some very nice wine as well.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of Intwined Pattern Studio.
Which meant a $5 off coupon, good until March 31.Code: STSWXV
But lets get down to business, you want to see what was going on!
My friend Anne Berk was teaching Intarsia, Intarsia in the round, and several other mind blowing classes. ALSO this year Anne was doing book signings for her new book Annetarsia.
There were some great things going on in the market place as well.
Chicken Boots set up sewing machines for Design-Your-Own kits that were sewn on the spot.
This was awesome and I can not tell you how much I appreciate a straight seam!
Sheila and Michael Ernst were there with the most stunning glass needles and buttons.
This was dangerous! As I stocked yarn, I found many lovelies that needed to come home with me.
There were several new bases introduced:
Tibetan Jewels Merino,yak,silk blend!
and new for my needles Bouncy.
Kezziah and Zemeria brought home yarn and fiber from Lisa as well. Rod spoiled us with snacks and stories. It was so much fun just being with the Souza's.
They girls also worked at Slipped Stitch Studios and they brought home new bags.
They new Constellations fabric was easily my favourite this year, dreamimg of stars, coordinates with Doctor Who and it was just elegant.
I brought home some amazing colours.
But apparently I have a colour rut for this year.
I love the old Victorian Painted Lady house colourings.
So that was this year.