Friday, February 21, 2014

Stitches West 2014 Market Preview

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This year I volunteered to help a vendor set up her booth on Wednesday so I will have vendor access to the market for the rest of the weekend. I really enjoy watching the market come together.

The half off playpen gets filled up
Someone setting up a magic castle behind the curtain

Thursday night the market opens for vendors, teachers and class participants. It's a much smaller crowd than the next three days when the door opens to the general public and the muggles flood the floor. Even so there are lines at some booths and it was hard to move around the clusters of people.

A few random pictures from the market:

I'm sure I've taken pictures of these wheels before, love seeing them again.

the Gryphon herself
fingering non-superwash BFL
Twirl yarns at the Knitterly booth
Audry Nicklin's Southern Sky on the back of a bearded man
Every year I spend a few days in the market, and every day I try to wear something I finished in the previous year to show off. Every year there'd be someone asking me "What are you wearing?" and often times I'm too busy or tired to give the right answer. This year I decided to print out a "name card" for my knitwear, with a QR code that points to my Ravelry project page. This was the one I wore Thursday night, two more are prepared for the next visits.

I learned to make stitch markers on our knitting retreat last month, so I joined the stitch marker swappers and these will be my contributions (I don't have nearly enough). I have already swapped with a few vendors last night, but more serious swapping is going to be this evening when more people show up and the official event happens.

Off to make more markers and get ready for some serious shopping!

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Cathy said...

Oh how I wish I could be there too!! Your idea of "name card" for your handknits is brilliant, so 21st century!! ;)

Audry said...

The Southern Skies is on Sam's back. I think it is awesome that he wore it AND that you took a picture of it.