A stitch in time...thoughts from an addicted knitter.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Stitches Stash

Ok, I know I suck for being away for so long, but I've been busy trying to buy a house. It's not that simple of a process in the Bay Area as every stinking piece of property usually has at least 5 offers on it. Anyhow...

I wanted to share photos of the yummy stash I purchased at Stitches West. Please note that this does not include the gifts I bought for my sister (who is also a knitter). Here it goes:

The first item is this beautiful Peruvian Tweed Alpaca yarn I purchased from The Village Spinning & Weaving Shop.

Peruvian Tweed Alpaca Yarn

I want to knit myself a sweater and immediately fell in love with the color and softness of this yarn. I bought 1lb (approximately 1,200 yards) which came in two hanks. Unfortunately when I got it home and started knitting a swatch I discovered that I'm allergic to alpaca! The horror! I'm so bummed. However one of my contractors knits and she might be interested in purchasing the yarn from me.

I also bought these two hanks of hand-painted yarn from Royal Hare.

Handpainted Yarn from Royal Hare

One is 100% Merino and the other is Mohair. I have 140 yards of the Merino. I seem to have lost the label for the Mohair so that's a mystery. I'm planning to make either a scarf or small bag with this yarn.

I saw these three balls of yarn at WEBS.

Wildwood by Valley Yarns

They're made up of Viscose, Mohair, Metallic & Polyester. They're so bright and sparkely! Each ball has 98 yards, so I'll probably make a long, skiny scarf out of each one.

As for patterns, I bought three great sweaters from White Lies Designs. Sarah's Cardigan, the Angelina Vintage Jacket, and the Milinda Pullover. My sister wants me to knit her the Milinda Pullover. We'll see.

Sarah, Angelina & Milinda Sweater Patterns from White Lies Designs

I also purchased the Casual Glamour Capelet pattern from Stitch Diva Studios, along with these super cute notecards.

Stitch Diva Studios Capelet

Notecards & Yarn Yardage Table

The Yarn Yardage Table also pictured was purchased when I bought the Alpaca from The Village Spinning & Weaving Shop.

All in all I had a great time at Stitches and I'm already looking forward to next year!

~ Christina


Blogger spinnity said...

Hurray, you're back! I hope the house hunting is not too horrible. I am thinking positive thoughts for you to find a great place.

Your stitches stash is awesome. Too bad about the alpaca! I can't believe how many people are coming up with that allergy. If you contractor doesn't take the alpaca, you can try me on it.. it would go nicely with my multicolored stash!

It looks like we got several things the same.. super-cute note cards and capelet.. and I got different White Lies patterns.

I'm so looking forward to finishing my knitting for R's wedding so I can dig into my new stitches loot!

10:21 PM

Blogger Wiz Knitter said...

My thoughts are with you on the house-hunting, which as you know, we abandoned once the wedding took over our lives.

Nice stash, babe! I have two of the White Lies patterns, as you know, as well as the notecards. I'm going to borrow that capelet pattern from one of you eventually...

I actually resisted temptation and didn't buy anything for myself when I was at Knitting Arts yesterday -- I figure my Stitches stash should last me a while!

2:37 PM

Blogger Lori said...

good luck with the house search! Sorry to hear you found out your allergic to alpaca :( it's such a lovely fiber.

The stuff from Webs looks yummy!

11:29 PM

Blogger Julia said...

Good luck on the house search! I have seen a crazy premium for houses right now (at least in Los Altos and Palo Alto) and there is just no inventory. Hopefully, as the weather improves, people will be more interested in showing and listing their homes.


10:23 AM

Blogger Christina said...

Thanks for the well wishes on the house hunting and the sympathy around my allergy to Alpaca!

~ Christina

1:15 PM


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