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The rest of my time spent at Stitches West was rather intoxicating. I really can’t think of a better word for it at this time. The amount of wonderful yarns and other products is just overwhelming, and the hordes of people and all the people I meet there just make the experience one-of-a-kind. Everyday, I hopped around between 3 different booths doing cross-promotions, helping my friends out and meeting lots of people and friends.

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This lovely lady, Sonia aka Peaceful Knitter, was the first one to buy a Liberation kit featuring my patterns and Anzula yarn. Sabrina (the incredible woman behind Anzula) and I put out the kit on Friday morning. By the end of the day, we only had a handful left and we sold out of all the Alice Paul patterns.

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I was quite happy with the way that my patterns and the samples were displayed and presented at the Anzula and Unwind booths. They seemed to be a hit and I was constantly stopped whenever I was walking the floor by folks asking about the patterns.

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This very cute woman tried out the Elizabeth Zimmermann cloche at the Unwind booth. We styled it by tuning up and pinning the wide brim.

I also spotted Issara in the wild. Okay, technically I know the woman who made it, but it was the first time that I saw her finished coat! Unfortunately, I never got a photo of her wearing it. Boo!

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One of the Stitches events I also got involved in was hosting a yarn tasting with some of the most luxurious yarns you’ll find! I was my friends at Bijou Basin Ranch who was partnering with Windy Valley Musk Ox to do a yarn tasting. We played with various blends of yak yarn from Bijou Basin Ranc and qiviut yarn from Windy Valley Musk Ox. I cannot tell you how fun it was to meet tons of new people, play with some of my favorite yarns and sitting on those comfy couches!

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I also spotted some of the things I designed for Bijou Basin Ranch at both booths.

I have MORE to write about on Stitches, including the really fun Pajama Party and the gorgeous drive home.  Unfortunately, y’all will have to wait until I have more time to catch up and do the final Stitches West post.

Stitches West 2011 posts:

1. The Road to Stitches

2. Yarnaholics Everywhere at Stitches West

3. Stitches West PJ Party – The End

 

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This morning, I picked up my friend Holly and we drove from our homes in North Orange County, California to Santa Clara for Stitches West. We made really good time and the weather seemed to cooperate with us until we were about 2 hours away from our destination, when a few rainstorms slowed us down. However, all and all, the drive was beautiful and we saw 2 rainbows, which I managed to capture while I drove.  Our total drive time was about 6 hours.

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We went straight to the convention center for the preview market, only open to registered students. During the preview market, I was a guest at the Unwind booth (#1245), where they carry and showcase my patterns, including the full line of patterns from the Liberation collection. Unwind had all the samples worked up in Sweet Georgia yarn. I will do another guest appearance at the Unwind booth on Saturday from 10-12.

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L to R: Laura (wearing Amelia Earhart), Stephanie (wearing Elizabeth Zimmermann) and Suzanne (wearing Barbara G. Walker) of Unwind (booth 1245 at stitches), a wonderful LYS in Burbank

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My hat patterns worked up in Sweet Georgia yarn on display at the Unwind Yarn booth at Stitches West 2011. Left: Elizabeth Zimmermann cloche, Right: Alice Paul

In preparation for Stitches, I printed and sleeved several patterns for Unwind and Anzula (booth #840). Anzula is also selling several patterns from Liberation, but they are also selling kits of the hats. I’ll be a guest at Anzula’s booth tomorrow from 10-12, Saturday from 4-6 and Sunday from 10-11. I also made promo things, including these buttons:

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I brought over 100 buttons, but I am quickly running out, especially "posse" with the black sheep. I didn't expect them to be so popular! The posse buttons were inspired by a joke with my friends that then somehow made it to some fun bantering with Benjamin of XRX on Twitter. Benjamin is now officially part of my posse and I have several witnesses to his induction! 😉 So, if you are at Stitches and want to be part of my posse, come find me to get a button before I totally run out!

Tomorrow promises to be even more stimulating and exciting. One of the events that I’m really looking forward to attending and participating in is the Pajama Party. There will be awesome door prizes! I had already planned to donate a special limited edition printing of the Liberation ebook and enough yarns for 2 hats, but then the gears in my head started turning and I thought how wonderful it would be if my friends at Unwind and Anzula joined me and we collectively contribute to make a even bigger prize. Also donating is another California based artist, Slipped Stitch Studios. (Anzula is based in Fresno, while Unwind, Slipped Stitch Studios and I are all based in Southern California.) This fabulous door prize is a great example of what you can accomplish when you and your friends put your heads together:

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Stitches West 2011 posts:

1. The Road to Stitches

2. Yarnaholics Everywhere at Stitches West

3. Stitches West PJ Party – The End

 

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Eyepatches & Eye Surgery

As if my sister didn’t have enough to worry about between her in an intense nurse-practioner program at Yale and her bf’s recent brain aneurysm and craniotomy, she recently had to be hospitalized for sudden and unusual vision loss in one of eyes. After a visit to the school’s acute care center, the ER, 2 nights at the hospital, an MRI, several tests and countless exams from doctors, optometrist, opthalamologists, neuro-opthalamologist and other specialists, she finally got a diagnosis of central serous chorioreinopathy (CSCR).

The good news is that she was able to get a diagnosis and it didn’t drag out for a long time. Further good news is that she doesn’t have multiple sclerosis, other neurological pathology or an autoimmune disorder. The bad news is that while her condition can be treatable, it may not always respond to treatment, and either way, her vision will never be the same again.

Until her eye improves to a point where her brain does not have too much trouble reconciling the disparity in images, she will have to wear an eyepatch whenever she reads or studies. Otherwise, she will suffer intense headaches and migraines. She had one so bad at the hospital that they had to administer her IV pain medication.

My sister is an artist by trade – a medical illustrator to be exact. She loves things like skulls, bones, anatomical things and other things that people might consider macabre. So, since she’ll have to wear an eyepatch, there’s no rule that it has to be boring black, right? Plus, I’m a knitting designer so I designed and knitted her some fun eyepatches: Skull-patch and Eye-patch (<– Ravelry project page links)

"Skull-patch" - this one is reversible, side 1.

"Skull-patch" - this one is reversible, side 1.

"Eye-patch" - I got carried away and made this one too big.

 

I got carried away with Eye-patch and made it waaaay too big. Thus, I had to perform “eye surgery” before I sent it off to my sister.  I didn’t get a chance to do a photo shoot of Eye-patch post-surgery, so I just did a self-portrait and the photos aren’t as nice. My sister is really excited about the patches. 🙂

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sis wearing her patches with her skeleton, Virgil, in the background

Stitches

Stitches West is Feb. 17-21, 2001 in Santa Clara, CA. I will be attending again this year, only I imagine it will be even more fun than last year’s. Not only will several of my friends from my knit group be there, I have made lots of new friends on Ravelry and Twitter since last year and am looking to meet them. Also, I will be spending some time at a couple of really wonderful booths: Anzula (#840) and Unwind Yarn (#1245).  Both booths will be carrying some of my patterns, particularly the ones from the Liberation collection. There will be samples at the booths for you to see in person. So, please stop by! I’d love to meet all of you and also I will try to give you and tips/help if you need.

At Anzula’s booth, you will see lots of fantastic yarns by owner/dyer Sabrina. She really has a create eye for color and has some really fantastic yarns.  At her booth will be samples of Barbara G. Walker and Alice Paul worked in Squishy (merino/cashmere/nylon). I’ll be at the booth on Friday 10-12, Saturday 2-4 and Sunday 10-11.

At Unwind Yarn’s booth, you will see samples of all the hats in the Liberation collection as well as Pacifica. Stephanie (owner) had all the samples worked up in another one of my favorite yarnie’s yarn: Sweet Georgia.  Felicia (owner/dyer) is truly an artist and has some of the richest hand-dyed colors around. She provided yarn support for my sample of Elizabeth Zimmermann. I will be at the Unwind booth on Saturday from 12-2. Traffic permitting, I will also attempt to be at the booth Thursday night at the student preview market opening.

If there’s any updates or changes to where I’ll be at Stitches, I’ll post them on Twitter (you can read the feeds on the sidebar of this blog) and on my Facebook page.

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Luminary Panel

I my last post, I signed off with a little talk about the wonderful luminaries of the Luminary Panel at the Sock Summit.  The Panel presentation was held in a very large ballroom. When I mean large, I mean large –  I tried to walk around the giant room to document it so that you can see all the people that were crammed into it!!

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It just so happened that the Sunday was also the great Elizabeth Zimmerman’s birthday.  So after the luminary panel and as part of the closing ceremony, we celebrated her birthday. Of course, it was only fitting that Meg Swansen cut her mother’s cake.

After a the cake cutting, with the urging, behest and support of Kristie and Denise, I went over to talk to the great Barbara Walker.

You see, I’m working on a hat collection that will be released in late October/early November. All the hats in the collection will be named after notable women who lived in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. So, since Barbara Walker has made great contributions not only to the knitting world with her Treasury series and Knitting from the Top, she has also made great contributions to women and society through her feminist and religious writings.  (Did you know that she was named “Humanist Heroine” in 1993 by The American Humanist Association and received the “Women Making Herstory” award from the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women in 1995?

Anyway, I talked to the honorable Ms. Walker and told her about my project. I explained that I would love to name one of the hats after her, through my beating heart and bumbling words, I managed to convey that I would like her to pick out “her” hat.  And she did!! Squeeee!

After talking to Barbara, Denise suggested that I name one of the other hats after Elizabeth Zimmerman. Good Idea Denise!! How do I select which hat to name after EZ?  Ask Meg Swansen of course!! So I did!

With Meg Swansen and my presentation sheet for my hat collection. The hat in the orange is the one that Meg chose and signed for Elizabeth Zimmerman. Woohoo!

Sunday was the best Sock Summit day evah!! I was sad to see it end.

Decadence

Later in the evening, my friend Sherri and her beau took me out to eat at a really cool local hideaway (was it called Maverick? I don’t remeber), where they’re known not only for their good food, but also for their aluminum foil doggie bag sculptures.  I ordered a fantastic tiger shrimp jambalya downed a awesomely spicy bloody Mary, and left with a little foil squirrel. While there I spotted some other foil sculptures: crab, fat man, 5 foot tall bird of paradise and a swan.

After dinner, we went to a really cool dessert and wine bar called Pix.  Every single dessert looked so scrumptious and decadent – it took me about 30 minutes to decide!  I forgot the name of my dessert, but it was a chocolate lover’s heaven: hazelnuts, a little orange, dark chocolate mousse and a lovely shell.  I got so excited by its beauty and taste that I forgot to photograph it.

Before we left, I bought 3 yummy desserts to bring back to Denise and Kristie, who were too pooped to join use for dinner and dessert.  They got a little bruised during transport, but they still tasted so yummy. nom nom nom.  Left to right: A creme brulee chocolate tart; A dark chocolate shell with gold dust filled with chocolate mousse on a hazelnut base; a lime and citrus cake with lime and raspberry mousse.

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