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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled FiberCamp Programming
February 24, 2016
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…to bring you this Special Report on the Stitches West Marketplace! One of your Roving Reporters traveled with a group of former Stitches East pilgrims (::sadface for the now-defunct Stitches East) to check out the marketplace at Stitches West in Santa Clara, California.

It’s a good thing we allowed two full days to explore, because there were (OMG!) 229 separate vendors at Stitches West!

What kind of marketplace yarn shopper are you? One of our group races through at warp speed, only stopping at booths that physically grab her by the lapels and yank her across the aisle to shop. Others of us are obsessive completists, but that’s pretty dangerous with 229 vendors.

After going methodically up and down about 8 rows, seeing way fewer than half of the booths, I had to Facebook message the other two plies in the Common Cod Roving Reporter yarn (hi, Gina and Amanda!) for support:

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After those words of wisdom, and with the support of my fellow completist, I was able to go on. We only covered about 70% of the marketplace that first day before I had to concede defeat because my eyeballs hurt from all that look-look-LOOKing. Also, I had to sit down. [Meanwhile, my shopping buddy was still going strong! I really dragged her down.]

Anyway, here are a few of the things that struck me:

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Baa-ble Hats Are Still Popular!

 

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Long lines at the Miss Babs booth

 

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And you couldn’t even get into the Habu Textiles & Fiber booth!

 

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OMG YOU GUYS LLAMA PUPPETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Day 2, I had a mini Common Cod meetup with Board Member-At-Large Ann. We had a lovely stroll through the marketplace and a fun chat with the folks in the Machine Knitters Guild of the San Francisco Bay Area booth. Later, she showed off her spectacular Girl Friday cardi in the student fashion show!

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As for what seems to be trending these days, I noticed:

  • CHEVRONS!
  • Lots of spinning supplies
  • Cashmere
  • Colorwork
  • Very fine yarns and needles
  • Also, CHEVRONS!

Pompoms made of both fur and yarn continue to be popular, and there just might be a resurgence of novelty yarns going on (I know, I know, but these are in much higher-quality fibers…).

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CHEVRONS ARE WHERE IT IS AT PEOPLE (Laura Bryant, Prism Yarns)

 

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Is this not insanely gorgeous? (And like a jackass, I didn’t write down anything about it — this was in the middle of my being overcome by yarn fumes on Day 1…)

 

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I SAID CHEVRONS (Prism Yarns again)
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Very floofy pom-poms at Great Yarns
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Not your grandmother’s novelty yarn. The fluffinosity was actually quite spectacular; it felt almost like marabou feathers. (Another missing credit because I SUCK!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the category of LYSs I’d love to visit in real life: Neighborhood Fiber Co. in Baltimore had some lovely things, including a gorgeous Fox Paws in progress. Bluebird Yarn in Sausalito, CA had some delightful kids’ patterns by Chiaki Hayashi, including a great Fair Isle done in reflective yarn, plus there was a very cute Golden Gate Bridge hat kit. The people at FoxyKnits:(All Things Koigu) were probably starting to get scared of me because I visited their booth, like, 4 separate times.

And finally, a shout-out to some of our local friends who traveled all the way across the country to Stitches West. It was lovely to see A Hundred RavensGreen Mountain Spinnery, and WEBS in sunny surroundings, not to mention Common Cod’s own Alasdair Post Quinn (or at least his book on the Teachers’ Book Table).

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