This past weekend my fellow editor, Jessica, and I attended the Stitches Midwest show in Schaumburg, Illinois, a.k.a A Knitter’s Paradise!
Aside from all the fabulous knitting classes and exciting fashion show, there is also more yarn than you could ever imagine in the market room. And that’s right folks, you’re able to purchase whatever you like! As Jessica and I made our way down the aisles, it was hard not to stop and gawk at several booths overflowing with luscious yarn. In case you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry I took plenty of pictures! So let’s get started with the yarn gawking, shall we?
I’m not sure what it is about yarn that’s organized by color, but it makes me gasp every single time I see it! The lovely skeins above are from Skacel’s Simplicity collection. I especially love the shades of blue and green. This yarn would look great used in this Swiss Cheese Scarf pattern from AllFreeKnitting, don’t you think?
I also couldn’t get over the huge skeins of yarn from Flying Fingers Yarn Shop. It seriously took every ounce of my strength not to buy out the entire booth. I did, however, fall prey to a cute alpaca bookmark from Purdy Thangz. At only $8, how could I resist – plus, my mother-in-law loves alpacas so the purchase was justified!
Attention Knitters: autumn is one its way! When I saw these beautiful fall sweaters and cardigans from Cascade Yarns, I couldn’t wait to share them with you. Bold colors and textures are definitely what are in style for the upcoming season. Get a head start on knitting for fall and check out our top sweater knitting patterns on the site.
One of my favorite products that I encountered at the show was this naturally dyed yarn from ilLOOMinated Yarns. Karen, the owner, explained that she was the one who picked all of the Dandelions to dye the skein featured above. Isn’t it beautiful? Karen was also selling yarn that was dyed naturally with walnuts, lobster mushrooms and oranges. I absolutely love that everything she used was all natural. Depending on what nature has to offer, Karen’s skein colors will vary, making her shop a great place to buy one-of-a-kind skeins.
This next picture (below) is from the Oasis Yarn booth. I love all the added pieces of sparkle and shimmer that were infused into these skeins!
Once you finish cleaning up your drool (I warned you that there was some yummy stuff in this post), another part of the show that I really enjoyed was the large knitting needles from the BagSmith Boutique. Besides being incredibly quick to make, I also love the texture of bulky knitting patterns – and with these needles, your pattern will be really bulky.
Last, but not least, what better way to end our day than by taking a stab (quite literally) at needle felting with Natasha Lehrer from Esther’s Place Fibers. Now this was the first time I’d ever tried it before, and please note: there is a very sharp, barbed needle involved in the process so I had a right to be scared! As it turns out, needle felting is actually not that hard and it’s really, really fun. Here we are happily stabbing some wool into the shape of a flower – awww.
After a long weekend of “ooing” and “ahhing” over yarn, we decided to head home in the company car (I wish):
Were you able to attend the Stitches Midwest show? What was your favorite part?