…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:
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:
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 Ravens, Green 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).