Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Stitches West!

I know it’s been a little over a week since we returned from Stitches West, but whew it’s been busy!  I finally feel like things have calmed enough around here to catch you up on the fun time we had there.  Thanks so much to all of you who visited our Stitch Red booth at Stitches.  It was so fun to see all of your faces and meet you in person!





Our main goal for this booth was to get the word out about our Stitch Red campaign and wow, did we ever!  Our booth looked as if the color red had exploded everywhere—it was so great!  We arrived and unpacked and set up our booth in now time at all, and it went surprisingly smoothly.


 


 We were selling tons of great Stitch Red Products like the Shibui Silk Cloud, Artyarns Rhapsody Light Glitter, Lantern Moon Heart Stitch Markers, Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere 2 ply, Classic Elite Magnolia, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, and so much more—all in the Stitch Red colors. 





We also brought with us whole bunch of the Mini Red Dress Kits which feature Classic Elite yarns, a pin to sew on, and the pattern which is bonus pattern from our Knit Red book that is due out in June.  They are so cute and fun to make too! In fact, Diana bought one and knit it while we were there.  It was such a fast knit!




Thanks to the Stitches event planners (XRX) who graciously donated the booth to us for the Stitch Red campaign.  It was so much fun to be able to go to the event and promote something we all care about so much.





It was my first time at Stitches and I definitely came away with some awesome new yarns to play with including: Bijou Basin Ranch’s Bliss yarn (a blend of Cormo and Yak fibers), A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Floating in "Magic Bean" and Even Tinier Annapurna in "The French Monks Finest", Ranch of the Oaks’ Icelandic Lamb, some gorgeous sparkly sock yarn from the Chicken Boots booth (I think the skein was hand dyed at a shop in Humboldt, CA called "Yarn- A Sweet Shop for Yarn Addicts", and Knitted Wit’s Bulkan in "Peacock."  I am flat out in LOVE with all of these skeins and am busy plotting projects. 






I bought a copy of “What Would Madame Defarge Knit?” after one of the designers, Erica Hernandez stopped by the booth and introduced herself.  She was just the nicest person and I was so inspired by the book (which comprised of knits based on characters from classic literature) that I had to get a copy for myself!  She is working on some other collections based on similar ideas including a Shakespearean themed one.  I am so excited to see what’s next from her!










I also bought Ysolda’s newest book: Whimsical Little Knits 3 (which I believe we should be getting in the shop very soon) and got to meet her and have her sign it for me!  It was so awesome to meet one of my long time knitting idols in person.  I’ve followed her blog for years…since she first started designing, and it’s true what everyone says, she really is one of the sweetest gals around!  I even got my picture taken with her in her little photo booth.  So much fun!

We all had such a great time-- thanks so much to Jimmy for letting us be a part of this year’s Stitches West!  Hope you all have a great rest of your week and happy knitting!

Kristen




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