Fun at Stitches

I had a great weekend in Baltimore! Stitches East was a fun event and it’s always interesting to look around and see knitters sitting and knitting everywhere. (Not to mention all of the handknit items that walk by you as you stroll the aisles. It’s a wonder there aren’t more accidents as people stop and do double takes at some of the beautiful designs going by.) On my first day there (Friday), I was so happy to see several people snapping photos.  When I go to our TNNA Market, there are very strict rules about no phots on the show floor. I always figured this had something to do with not spoiling upcoming yarn line surprises – and I am a rule follower.  No photos.  So seeing photographers here was fun.  I took my camera the second day and happily snapped photos of some of our indie dyers and favorite vendors.  When I got to the last person I wanted to photo, she said, “Ok – but we have to be careful you don’t get caught – you’re not supposed to take photos!” So holy cow – I broke rules I didn’t know about! (I continued to see people photo-ing. I guess they don’t have Photo-Police patrolling the aisles.) Since I took them, I’m sharing them with you. But don’t tell.

I picked up a few new ideas and potential yarn lines for us (you’ll love them) and bought way too many skeins of yarn. (For “research” – you know.)  Mostly it was just fun to connect with old friends, and meet new ones. I went up to every person I saw carrying a clear Loopy Ewe totebag, just to make sure I didn’t miss any Loopies!  I’ll keep you posted on the new things as we get closer.  I also have some really fun stuff arriving this week and next week – Team Spirit Colorways from Lorna’s Laces and a brand new special yarn base from Dream in Color that I think you’ll love for holiday knitting.

And here are my photos from the weekend! One of the first booths in the first row was Malabrigo and it was so fun to re-connect with Tobias and Antonio. I met them last summer at TNNA and they’re as nice as can be. They were so happy with all of the sock yarn you guys bought last week! (By the way, we have more enroute – as much as they could send us.  And more on order for the next shipment they get in.) They also liked Loopy a lot. When I was done taking him around for photos, I had to bring him back to them so that they could take him home. They want to make a crocheted Loopy.

Across from the Malabrigo booth was the Cherry Tree Hill booth and this is a picture of Cheryl and Ryan. Ryan is their website guy. I should’ve asked him if he knits. I can’t believe I didn’t think to do that.

Then it was on to our wonderful indie dyers. Kate and Gryphon (of The Sanguine Gryphon) were also in that first row. Gryphon likes to dress up in costume and she has the most beautiful outfits.  Their booth had a canvas atop it, painted to look like a medieval tent. Very cool. (More Bugga coming soon.  New Blended Batts going up this week.)

I rounded the corner and came upon Yarn Love’s Katie and Sharon. (Sharon is tall, like me. I like that about her.  She sat down so as not to point out that Katie is a bit shorter.) 🙂 I have a new roving order ready to go in with them.

Next to Yarn Love’s booth was Dianne from Creatively Dyed. Actually, I didn’t even make it to her booth – Dianne tackled me from behind, first!  It was fun to meet Mr. Creatively Dyed, too. I know he’s a big help with the business. I ordered a new yarn base in a dye techinque that puts 15 colors in each skein.  It’s amazing. We’ll have that in a few weeks.

Wandering up the way, I came to Jenna from Indie Dyer. Jenna has done a lot to promote indie dyeing (including a video) and she’s young.  But she was raised with dyeing – her mom is Cheryl from Cherry Tree Hill. (See the resemblance?) We have new Indie Dyer colors coming after Thanksgiving.

And these lovely ladies just looked so cute in their shawls that I had to take their photo. That’s Deb, Karen, Kate, and Alison (seated).  Alison is the author of this lace book, and after sharing my “I really can’t seem to get the hang of lace” woes with them, I left thinking I’d have to try it again. They were very encouraging.

I took yarn to knit a second sock, but instead (of course) started on a new project with a potential new yarn line. I’m hopeless.

Did you know that there is no mail tomorrow? It’s Veteran’s Day. We’ll get all of tonight’s and tomorrow’s orders out to you on Wednesday.

Sheri LoopyLimelightwillshowuponWednesday,whereyou’llmeet
JanieoftheBeanieBaggiesthatyoualllovesomuch

38 comments

  1. What fun you must have had! I’m sorry I missed it, but I spent the weekend doing some knitting, including casting on my first cowl, and casting off my first toe-up sock!
    PS – Love, love, love the Malabrigo sock yarn. Will knit a pair for my aunt for Christmas – she will love it! Thanks for a great order – yet again!

  2. Sheri and Loopy,

    It sounds like you had a great weekend. I’m amazed you both had the energy to go around checking up on so many people/booths/yarn after the craziness of last week! You’ll need to rest up a bit this week, or maybe take some extra trips to Starbucks.

  3. Sorry we missed you at Stitches! Off by a day! Before we knew for sure that you weren’t there on Sunday, I had told the rest of our Loopy “F5” crew that you’re tall. I also had my blue Loopy Spring Fling tote bag with me (as well as a clear Loopy project pouch), since I figured that tote would stand out more & be pretty recognizable. We also enjoyed meeting many of the dyers whose yarns we love so much. And of course, now you’ve got me wondering what yarn(s) you’re trying out and thinking of adding…!

  4. Oh Sheri & Loopy it looks like you had a wonderful time. It looks like I need to order Malabrigo soon! I can’t wait to see what you get next. 🙂 I love to see pictures of the yarn dyers so I know who makes all the great yarn we/I buy.

  5. Wow you sound like you had a ball. I am glad you could connect with so many dyers and loopie groopies as well. I was thinking you while i was sitting at home. Going anywhere was out as the roads werent cleared until late Satureday.
    Loopy looks just cute in the pictures. Amazingly i still have mine, I just wont give him up easily. YAh I take my red tote everywhere when i go for longer. I just love it.
    I am so glad more malabrigo is going to be there soon. Maybe by then I will be abvle to make an order.
    SAbrina

  6. Oh, Sheri, what a great weekend! I think I speak for all of us when I say this:

    *DROOL*

    Glad you’re back safe, second sock or no. 🙂

  7. Sheri and Loopy,

    I saw you twice on Saturday, once with the Sanguine Gryphon, where you were busy talking, and the next time when you were catching a bite to eat. I didn’t take the opportunity to introduce myself as you were busy first talking, and second eating, and I didn’t want to interrupt either activity. I was glad that I got to see you from afar, and Sheri, you are taller than I anticipated, but just like you look in your pics. Next time I hope to be able to say hello.

  8. I was with Susan and we were sorry we missed you! But we had fun. Antonio at Malabrigo told me not to pause before ordering next time and I won’t lose yarn.

    We love loved the Yarn Harlot people- but we also loved their booth mates Three Irish Girls!

  9. Oh it looks like so much. I very much wanted to go but I had family in town this weekend. And of course they are moving it all the way to Hartford CT next year. 🙁 Maybe Stitches Midwest will move closer to Ohio one of these days. 🙂

  10. Sheri, it looked like you had a great time at Stitches. I always say if I ever win the lottery I am going to Stitches. Since I don’t play the lottery I better start saving. I just wanted to let you know if I can do lace so can you. I am doing the Kiri shawl on a size three and so far it is turning out great. So I know you can do it. Go Sheri. Is one of those second socks hanging out in the car?????

  11. Stitches looked like so much fun, hopefully I’ll be able to make it to one one of these years 🙂

    Looking forward to the new lines that you will be getting in

  12. Oh, what wonderful pics!! thanks for posting them. I’m not too far from baltimore (a mere 4 hours) and keep saying we will go next year. But definitely will.
    Now you can knit lace. I said that for the past 5 yrs. finally I just was able to, and my first project, ok , 2nd, is a huge, shawl in the round.
    Now if I can do it you can also. (i just took a break to work on 5 other project.. LOL

  13. Boy, did you have fun! Thanks for all the photos—now I can put faces to the names behind all those gorgeous yarn lines! I’d be so jealous if you weren’t such a nice person and totally deserved to have such a good time (and besides you were working for us, right?)! Can’t wait till all the new goodies arrive at Loopy Central….

  14. That sounds like such an inspiring trip! Maybe I’d better check out that knitting book about lace that you mentioned. As you know, I, too, could use some encouragement in that area! To be able to make a shawl like that (and enjoy making it) is something I would like to accomplish some day.

  15. I am so glad you shared the pictures! I had just chosen a ball of Creatively Dyed yarn (mmm, with cashmere) for my next socks, and there you showed me the dyer! I love to have an idea of who did the yarn I am using, so thank you so much!

    I went to a much smaller yarn festival over the weekend, but I had the same kind of fun. It’s just heaven to be around “your people” and all that yarn!

  16. I heard you were there, now why didn’t I see you?? I was looking. I too was incognito as my Loopy Bag wasn’t large enough to carry my current project and purchases. I’ll have to let Tobias and Antonio know I want a crocheted Loopy for my own too. It was great meeting them, but wish I’d met you too. You’ll have to come down to Atlanta for the FIRST Stitches South!! 🙂

  17. Great pictures, thank you for taking them for us. I can’t wait for the next bugga batch. I really hope there are some crickets in there.

  18. You were in Baltimore!!??!! I tell you, if we are within an hour of each other one more time this year, we HAVE to see each other!

    I hope you’re doing well 🙂

  19. I go to a lot of boat shows for my job, and I always think -“oh, what fun it would be if this were a yarn show!” Jealous (1,000)!

    thanks for the sneak peaks!

  20. It was nice meeting you on Saturday at Gryphon’s booth.

    And the no photography thingie was being announced all day Sunday over the PA system. I wish I had taken the camera out Saturday to get a photo of you, Kate, and Gryphon.

  21. Looks like you had a great time at Stitches. I was there on Friday too and had a fabulous time and bought way too much yarn. I fell in love with Madelinetosh and bought my first skeins of her sock yarn. I’m wondering if that might be a line you’d consider adding? If so I know someone who will definitely be buying it!

  22. Everyone looks like they had a lot of fun at Stitches. For some reason I always thought of that event as being for yarn sellers and shop owners more than the rest of us knitters.

  23. HEY!

    Thanks for the photo op! It was great to see you. I am pretty sure the deal is no photos with out permission of booth owners, at least that was how I understood it.
    I am glad you got to spend sometime in my booth and I hope the new colors go well for you.

    FYI Ryan of CTH does NOT knit, but he is single as far as I am aware.

    🙂
    Jenna
    Indie

  24. Sherri sorry I missed you, I was at Stitches on Sunday for a ladies day with my mom and a good friend. If I had only known! It’s so much fun having so much yarn in one place. Can’t wait to see what new yarn you add.

  25. Sherri, you came up to my friend who was carrying the loopy tote, and I was apparently overcome by yarn fumes at the time and didn’t put 2+2 together. It was a great event!

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