NOT a WIP Wednesday

I don’t know why, but I have this mental block where I feel like it “isn’t right” for me to blog on Wednesdays if I don’t have a WIP to share, or on a Friday if I don’t have an FO.  I realize this train of thought doesn’t exactly make sense and so today, with lack of WIP to show you (the pants are in sad shape, they’ve definitely been ignored due to some Sooper Seekrit knitting, but I can’t show you the stuff I have been working on either! Gah!) I’m posting about a yarn supplier I was introduced to at Stitches South.

We were just cruising the isles of the marketplace, minding our own business, discussing the subtleties of knitting, life, boys or booze (or some such nonsense) when BLAM!

Something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye.

The colorway. Gorgeous.

The weight. Perfect.

The colorway: Cleopatra (image from http://www.ravelry.com/people/syracuse/stash/yummy-superwash-sock--baby-yarn---2-ply-7)

The broke-student budget. Pissed.

The supplier? Miss Babs.

And you know what? I came away with a small sampling of their yarn in such a way that my broke-student status didn’t cry (and no I didn’t steal it!).

They had a very nice woman handing out samples of their yarn.  Samples!  Like, samples of food in the grocery store, samples of yarn at the Stitches South marketplace.

Definitely one of the best modes of getting your name out there if I do say so myself.  Its a great way to play with a yarn, maybe even knit up a tiny swatch and see how the colors knit up and then fall in love and go back with your checkbook to get some more and know you’re going to love it.

Stitches South 2011 Recap

Skeins used during the trip: 2

Skeins added to stash: 15

scrumptious

Experiences had (not counting classes)

For Next Time:

  • Bigger spending budget
  • Bigger suitcase

    I colored it myself!
  • Something handknit to wear everyday – Can you believe I only brought two sweaters? (Really? What was I thinking?)
  • Something to show off in the student show
  • The juevos to show something off in the student show
  • Cute pajamas for the pj party

    some class materials

Classes I took

  • Where do they get those numbers? – Edie Eckman
  • How to say it: technical writing – Edie Eckman
  • Art of knitting backwards – Candace Eisner Strick
  • More than one way to skin a sweater – Jolie Elder
  • Join as you go knitting – Lily Chin

    One of my favorites from the fashion show

What I came home with (not even including what my momma came home with)

  • 3 skeins Malabrigo worsted and a corresponding hat, scarf and mittens pattern set (I’ve never worked with Malabrigo before, these are my first skeins!!)
  • 2 skeins Malabrigo lace – to match with my Paris yarn
  • 10 yds sample skein from Miss Babs
  • 1 yarn caddy from Purty Thangs – won during dinner after the fashion show
  • 10 skeins elsbeth lavold silky wool in taupe – for a new design coming this fall
  • 65 pictures – should’ve taken more
  • 6  business cards – handed out 4 of my own (again, should’ve handed out more)
  • 14,578 new ideas

    one of the many booths in the marketplace

There will be a more comprehensive post on the yarn this week sometime (or maybe next if I get too busy).

Bottom line:  I will be going to another Stitches event and more knitting weekends/retreats/conventions in general and I think you should too.