Rhinebeck Roundup 2013

Rhinebeck. For some, it's just an area in New York. For obsessed knitters it is a mecca, a pilgrimage that must be made. It is the biggest celebration of fibers, spinning and knitting on the East Coast and the fact that it coincides with the turning of the leaves and October's bittersweet chill makes it all the more endearing. Best not to mention the cider doughnuts or you'll be booking your trip for next year now.

Unfortunately, Rhinebeck is not within driving distance for everyone and we have to settle for the stories from other knitters who were able to attend. Let's check out what Rhinebeck 2013 had to offer this year:

 

 

UPDATE 10/22: More Rhinebeck blog posts have been popping up. If you haven't gotten your full yarny fix check out these links:

UPDATE 10/23: More Rhinebeck blog posts!

UPDATE 11/1: Even More Rhinebeck Goodness!

Did you go to Rhinebeck this year? Let us know about it in the comments. If you have a blog post about it, email us at angela at knitluck dot com and we'll share it here!

The Stitches Haul

For all the fun I had at Stitches I didn't completely turn my wallet upside down. I only got five things, but I covered all of the knitting bases. I got a book, some sock yarn, some cashmere and some knitting notions. I suppose I could have also gotten some knitting needles, but I do have too many of those anyway.

But enough of that, on to the stash enhancement photos:

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Sock Yarn from Wonderland Dyeworks in Raspberry.

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Hot Pink Stitch markers and emergency stitch fixer

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Cashmere hat kit from Pepperberry Knits

Gee, do you think I like dark pink? Yup.

It was a great trip to Stitches. Can't wait to go again next year!

Previously:

Stitches West 2013

The Five Booths You Must Visit at Stitches West 2013

Stitches West 2013

knitteddresssYesterday I went to Stitches West and had a tremendous time. I got to see old friends, visit my favorite booths, and meet some nifty people. I only wish that I had more time there. One day I'll be able to make a whole weekend of it, but for now with only one car and two kids I relish the few hours I get.

My rule about Stitches is that you have to go there with a plan. Go without a plan and your wallet suffers. Big time. My plan this year was to find some Cascade 220 Sport for the Dahlia cardigan. I wanted to get another skein of sock yarn and still have room for a few knitting surprises. I also made plans to have lunch with a friend back at the Hyatt.

Lunch at the Hyatt was pretty good. The company was the best part of it. My buddy Warren and I showed off our current knitting projects to one another. I met his friend Lila and we all ooooed and aahhhhed over the ridiculous amazing yarns we found. The only downside was the meatball sandwich I ordered. It was the saddest excuse for a meatball sandwich ever made for $12. No salad came with it. No fries. It was UBER LAME. I'm not one for lots of complaining, but note to self: never order that again.

But I don't go to Stitches for the food. I go for the yarn and it did not disappoint.

 

castonbindoffFirst purchase was actually a book, one I've wanted for a while -the Cast-on Bind-off Book, which is totally brilliant. Usually the first question I ask myself when I'm done swatching a project is how should I cast on for it? Half the time the pattern designer doesn't specify so I like to figure out which cast on would be the best for the project I'm starting . This book is going to make that task a heckuva lot easier.

Next I went to Wonderland Dyeworks. I bought a skein of sock yarn from them last year and made a pair of socks that I now share with my husband. I knitted them for myself, but made the socks a little larger than my feet so we take turns wearing them. I rmeember last year wanting to buy an extra skein in the raspberry colorway, but didn't want to splurge so I was pleased to see that they still have the yarn and bought a skein. It made me so happy -especially since the company is based near where I live.

Then as I mentioned earlier I discovered the Pepperberry Knits booth and did not hesitate at spending a little extra money on a cashmere hat kit. Soft cashmere in beautiful colors, sold by a lovely person. I can't wait to cast on for this hat, even if I have to go to the craft store to get some foamcore for the brim.... I feel some start-itis coming on.

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Then I stopped by another booth whose name I always forget, but I always visit it because they have such a great selection of notions and you can never have enough notions. I bought another Susan Bates stitch fixer thing (you know those mini crochet hooks with a knitting needle at one end and a crochet hook at the other). I love using those to crochet provisional castons for my toe up socks. I had another one, but who knows where it disappeared to.  I also bought a set of handmade stitch markers. They were hot pink.

More pictures to come tomorrow, I'll show you pictures of my haul from Stitches!

Did you go to Stitches West? See anything new? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Five Booths You MUST Visit at Stitches West 2013

If you're a knitter headed to Stitches West in Santa Clara this weekend you're in for a sea of temptations. Between the many new vendors, new products and free classes on hand you'll find it hard to keep your wallet in your bag. For those who are new to knitting, Stitches West is the annual knitting convention sponsored by Knitters Magazine. It always happens in late February and is your opportunity to take knitting classes from well-known knitting professionals. Registration usually fills up in October, but there's still lots of fun to be had at the marketplace, which has hundreds of vendors with all kinds of knitting gear for you to find.

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The best part of the marketplace is encountering vendors and products that you haven't seen anywhere else. This year's highlights include a new tweed yarn, getting to meet the representatives from online craft class purveyor Craftsy, discovering a brand new knitting bag handmade in the US, checking out the new bags from Jordana Paige (have you seen the Cezanne? Drool, drool, drool), and meeting Heidi from Pepperberry Knits who spins her own... wait for it... CASHMERE -affordable cashmere!!!!!

My favorite booths to visit at the Stitches West Marketplace for 2013

PepperberryKnits1) Pepperberry Knits

Booth 1046

Do you want to meet THE nicest person at Stitches? You'll meet her at the Pepperberry Knits booth. Her name is Heidi. She handspins and sells CASHMERE for a prices that you can't resist. Check out the laceweight cashmere which goes for $16/skein or grab one of their nifty hat kits at $45. Even if you're not in the market for cashmere (what kind of knitter are you anyway?) you MUST see their booth. It's easily the cutest at the whole show.

Skeins of cashmere only $16/each and fantabulous project bags from Pepperberry knits

coloradoranchbag2) The Knitting Ranch Bags

Booths 109-111

Are you in the market for a new knitting bag? Do you appreciate not just good quality, but fine-handmade-in-the-USA quality? Then get over to The Knitting Ranch and meet Suzi, the woman behind these bags that are totally swoon-worthy. Suzi not just puts the bag together, she actualy makes the leather handles herself. The insides of the bags are just as beautiful as the outside. If you like to pamper your knitting with a handmade luxury knitting bag, you gotta at least see the The Knitting Ranch bags in person.

 

cezanneorange3) Jordana Paige

Booth 729

Jordana Paige always has mad exquisite bags for knitters, but her most recent addition has been the Cezanne Bag, which I have been coveting for such a long time. Really. I haven't been able to hint strongly enough to my husband that I really really really want this knitting bag. It comes in beautiful shades gray, orange, burgundy and blue that will accent whatever you're wearing. It's rare that I find a bag that I like so much that I want it in every color, but the Cezanne Bag is so well made and easy to wear that I'm sorely tempted.

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4) Craftsy

Booth 926/1025

You've seen Craftsy everywhere and it's a burgeoning business. If you've been thinking about taking a craftsy class you should definitely check out their Stitches Booth. They have staff and teachers on hand for your to meet in person and you might just find a surprise if you visit their booth. Super nice people making a useful product for knitters. Stay tuned for more from me on Craftsy. I had the opportunity to corner the people behind craftsy to learn some cool things they have coming up soon. I think we're going to be seeing a lot from them in the coming years, making knitting instructors available on your computer anytime.

leilanistudiodonegal5) Leilani Arts Donegal Tweed Yarn

Booth 713

I love tweed yarn. It's my favorite. I stash and hoard it. If there's a tweed sale, I'm all over it. Me and tweed? We're likethis.

So you can imagine how I felt when I strolled past Leilani's booth and and saw baskets of Studio Donegal TweedLeilani Yarns takes fiber from Donegal and mixes it with super soft Australian merino and you get some of the softest tweed you've ever felt, in colors that would wow the Victorians. Must. Have. This. Yarn.

What did you think of Stitches West this year? Did you take classes? Did you find treasures?

Vogue Knitting Live is Coming to Chicago

Hey Midwesterners! You don't have to fly to the coasts anymore to attend Vogue Knitting Live! The knitting conference will be making an appearance in Chicago this October on the 26th through the 28th. Click here to see the amazing crop of teachers scheduled to attend!
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