How do you describe a convention center full of enthusiastic “fiber-fiends” strolling aisle after aisle of patterns, yarns, books, needles, notions, bags, kits, etcetra?
Answer: You DON’T describe it, you CANNOT describe it…you must EXPERIENCE it!
Stitches Midwest 2010 took place this past weekend in Schaumburg, IL and the Knitistas were THERE!!
This is US! From left to right beginning with the back row: Jonna, Amy, Laura and Maureen. From the left to right in the front row: Autumn, Missy, Renee, Angi and Layla. We had this picture taken at the close of our adventure. Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory was a welcome celebration of Jonna’s birthday and Amy’s upcoming birthday…pictures of a few cheesecakes will follow later, I promise. By the way, this is the first official photograph of all NINE of us together…another reason for celebration.
Here’s a little of what we saw (and because cameras were not allowed inside we did the best we could in photos afterward).
This picture gives credence to my above comment…there are no words to describe some of what we saw beginning in the parking lot! The Flying Fingers van stuck out like a sore thumb with 3 balls of yarn and 2 needles piled on top. I wanted so bad to find the owner of this van and ask, “how did you do it?” I can only imagine the looks it drew as they drove from NY to IL for this extravaganza…I know I’d do a double take!
This is a “cake.” Really, it’s a “cake.” This is Maureen’s “cake” and if you know the size of a time notice there are TWO dimes next to this “cake.” It’s a big honkin’ hunk of yarn! And Maureen plans to make the “Two Movie” shawl (also known as the “One Kevin Costner Movie” shawl)…take your pick. I’d much prefer one “Dances with Wolves” over one “Waterworld,” or my personal choice the “Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice” shawl…now THAT I’d go for. :)
I’m sure once she lives through the movie(s), Mo will be happy to model her new shawl for the blog and then the rest of the world will know what a “cake” makes! Stay tuned…
When we all returned to the Fox Valley, we made a short stop at Angi’s to dump our purchases and frolic in our fibers for a few minutes like a child coming home from a super successful night of trick-or-treating. Laura needed more than one bag for her purchases and insisted her husband said she could! :D It must be noted that Laura was probably the most organized Knitista because she prepared a binder of patterns needing yarn! We all made the decision to be better prepared for next year for a lot of reasons…most importantly planning to spend the night!
The really cool thing Laura bought were her clear clogs. Only a knitter of socks would understand the importance of clear clogs. It’s probably safe to say Laura will have all the Knitista’s finally knitting sock when she shows off her skills in those shoes!
If an award were to be presented to a person with the cutest purchases of the day, that award would have to go to Layla. Without a doubt, she is the little apple that didn’t fall far from the tree…her mom has got an eye for cute, fun things and so does Layla. The little Tooth Fairy is so adorable and I’m sick I missed it!
This was Missy’s first Stitches and she was Pro up and down the aisles! Check out the cute bags in the back (another missed item on my mission)! She’s got a cute shawl pin on the far right, new needles and The Kit. The Kit is important because we ALL got The Kit…in different colors of course. The Kit makes a Scarf in a Scarf and ohhhhhhhh what you can do with that scarf! We were all oohing and aahhing and sqealing in this poor man’s booth when we found The Kit.
Check out some of the colors we bought:
These are going to be so cute…all of them!
Okay, that’s it for this particular post. There is more from our Stitches Midwest 2010 adventure and more photos too. But this blogger only has so many hours in a day. Until next time…Happy Knitting!