Sunday, August 14, 2005


kryp'-to-nite (noun):

1. Any surviving fragment of the exploded mythological planet Krypton, home of Superman; something against which the Man of Steel becomes completely powerless.

2. Yarn.

While I am no superhero, I am completely powerless against the pull of thousands of square feet of fiber.

This was my first Stitches experience and it was fantastic - and a bit overwhelming. I took two classes and learned some new techniques, as well as a twist on the basics. Apparently, I've been wrapping my purl stitches clockwise all my life, resulting in twisted stitches. Who knew? Turns out this is the reason my cables lie flat, but my lacework is not as "open" as it should be.

Stitches Midwest haulBut I digress. Before and after classes Friday and Saturday, I entered the Market Floor (cue chorus of angels)! Booth after booth of vendors beckoning me (and my credit card) with ever-increasing colorways, fibers, and "touch me" softness. Before going to the convention, I'd set a mental upper limit on spending. This worked the first day, but was completely blown away by day two.

But was this not worth it?! From the top, Brooks Farm Fibers, both laceweight kid mohair "Primero" and worsted weight kid mohair / merino "Duet"; twenty skeins of cranberry-colored Debbie Bliss merino, at $32 per 10-pack; a 10-pack of Filatura di Crosa 501 for $26. And we cannot forget the call of the books: "Knitting on the Edge", "The Knitter's Handbook", "Hot Knits", "scarfStyle" and (not pictured) "Lavish Lace".

My plastic was smokin'! And I've already started the Falling Leaves shawl, which I'm knitting from a CHART! New to me, but I totally like it.

Oh, boy. I better start saving up for next year. Or next weekend, because I may be headed to the Michigan Fiber Festival. Sheesh!


Anonymous Knit Chick said...

Sounds like you had a grande ole time at Stitches this year! You raked in the good stuff. Isn't it great? I know what you mean about smokin' plastic. I had the "cash only" idea, but that only lasted a few vendor boothes. Start saving for next year!

8/16/2005 05:38:00 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

OMG!!!! I thought I was the only one who wrapped my purl stitches the wrong way. I just found out about this this week as well. It seems that the yarn technique gods are feeling particularly generous with us bass ackwards people this week.

So tell me, are the twisted stitches on your Mia intentional then?

I'm going to check out the Santa Monica Fiber Arts Festival this weekend. Pray for me...

8/19/2005 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

I did some research and found out that we're not backwards. What we do is a form of Combination Knitting - neither English nor Continental!

There are those who extole the virtues of the twisted stitch as adding more textural interest to the knitting fabric. See Annie Modesitt's site:

We are not alone.

8/19/2005 01:59:00 PM  

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