It's all about control.
I BOUGHT NO YARN AT STITCHES.
Not. One. Skein. I was there every day of the event even. Can you believe?? I bought a few things, of course, as I haven't TOTALLY lost my mind. But this is it, baby,...
Blocking wires, circular needle tags, an Offhand Design circular needle case (on sale, even!), and the Poetry in Stitches book. Yay me,... yay me,...
Classes this year were pretty good. My first class was all about The Perfect Sleeve. Jean Frost walked us through the process of making a set-in sleeve actually fit. She is super knowledgeable, and fairly clear in her explanations, though if you're a little math challenged, there might be some issues as there isn't one schematic or example (using numbers) in her handouts.
My second class was Vintage Socks with Nancy Bush. She is pretty damn cool, and to say that she knows a little something something about socks is a screaming understatement. She walked us through her research process for the Vintage Sock book, and then we knit up a little sampler to try out a few of the more unusual techniques.
How funny is this little sampler? All the elements of a sock, but not quite a sock, is it?
My last class was with Ms. Sally Melville on First Choices. Sally is fabulous, but the class itself was just OK. I should have read the class description a little better, as half the class was devoted to basic pattern drafting (yawn).
So that's it! Hope everyone else had a good Stitches weekend (if you went, of course) and enjoys the week ahead.