Stitches South 2010 Day One

I woke up at about 9am to find that Matt was already awake. No sleep for him, but he was able to finish his butthurt project for Stitches. Rubberhoars must all bow to the acrylic Pea Pod Hat in adult size (pictures to come soon). We refer to it lovingly as the Pod People Hat. We laughed at the awesomeness, then I went downstairs and made some coffee.

After much coffee, we showered and headed out for lunch so we wouldn’t be shopping on an empty stomach. Cici’s Pizza buffet, thankyouverymuch, then off to Stitches! Once we arrived at Cobb Galleria, we bought our admission passes and headed in to the market. Right away, we were met with hugs by Bumblebee from Ravelry (sorry I can’t remember your real name, sweetie!). After talking a bit, we  started browsing the market. One thing we noticed almost instantly was the diversity of the booths this year. There were many who were at Stitches last year, but this year there were some new ones that were very exciting. It seems that vendors this year traded real estate for heavier stock in a smaller booth, which only makes sense.

For fear of crossing WAY into the territory of the Teal Deer, I’ll make a list of highlights.

  • Meeting Dawn (Tatmia) and Rebecca (ZanyBookGirl) after the Ravelry Party Thursday night. Always great to see you, Dawn, and I still want to learn how to spin a bit!
  • Having my picture taken an odd number of times, including having a photo of me licking Bob, the Ravelry Mascot (in poster form), that went on to be released into the Twitterverse.
  • Meeting Bumblebee from the Ravelry Party as well, then seeing her again as we worked on the “Big Sock.
  • Finding Hiya-Hiya needles within minutes of entering the building. That booth also had some harder-to-find Susan Bates needles and hooks. Score!
  • Seeing TigerB from Ravelry’s LSG community. Love her!
  • WE BOUGHT BUGGA!!! (photos to come of that little expenditure)
  • Meeting a Stitches instructor/designer whilst on a smoke break.  She’s Debbie, a designer with FiberTrends. She was there teaching the introduction to  knitting class and an introductory class for lace knitting. She was so incredibly cool.
  • Seeing the author of Knitting With Balls, Micheal Del Vecchio. We didn’t stop to chat, but we will!

No Stitches today, as I have to do my duty and show up for work. Tomorrow, though, Matt and I will hit the market with a venageance. There are needles to be bought. There may also be more Bugga. We are totally hooked on this yarn.

That’s all for now, but I’ll update again Sunday evening.


Taking It Easy

So I’m on vacation this week, and loving every second of it. This is only the second day, but I’m so relaxed.

But just because I’m on vacation, that doesn’t mean the hands are staying idle. I’ve got a couple of new projects on the needles that I’m going between. The first one was inspired by Jared Flood of BrooklynTweed. It’s a simple garter stitch scarf in Noro Silk Garden. I’m letting the colors do the talking on this one, rather than the stitch pattern. At first it was going into the gift bin, but now I may just have to keep it for myself. Such are the dangers of knitting. Here’s a sneak preview.

On the flip side, my other current project is a lacy leaf scarf made out of a recycled wool J Crew sweater. My boyfriend loves ripping sweaters apart, and we share a love for thrift stores. This amounts to an almost unending source of inexpensive and good quality yarn. Here’s a look at the leaf scarf.

This leaf scarf is going to make a cozy, bright and cheery addition to someone’s Winter wardrobe this year. Once it’s blocked out, this scarf going to be huge!

And for now, I’m out of here. It’s time to get some lunch and park my butt in a quiet sunny place to get some work done on these two beauties.

My Other Obsession

I’ve only obliquely mentioned in this blog that I knit. If you’re curious about some of my other work, you can visit my scantily-updated knitting blog WoofKnits to see more. There’s a good chance I will integrate my knitting blog into this one, but for now go check it out!

My favorite knitting work is hats. They’re easy, fun and cover up my bald head. This hat is my latest finished project, and the pattern is called “Turn A Square” because the round stripes turn into squares at the crown of the hat. The pattern designer is Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. Check it out.

I’ll take some better photos, but that gives you the general idea. Great hat, no? Due to the cool mornings we’ve had so far this Spring, I’m actually wearing it as I type this post. More projects are in the works, but they’re not hats. I’ll post them here in the event someone stops by to check them out.