Lisa and I had a great time at Stitches Midwest this year. This was the first time either of us attended the event. If you’ve never been to a Stitches event, I recommend it highly.
I took 2 classes with Edie Eckman (hi, Edie!), and I have to say that she is just an amazing teacher. The first class I took was Pattern Writing 101. Frankly, I went into it not expecting much because I’ve written knitting patterns before, but wow, that class was fantastic! I truly learned more in class that day than I have in the past year. Edie is a knitter/crocheter, published designer, book author, and tech editor, so we learned how the whole pattern writing process works from all angles. She gave us REALLY helpful tips on how to submit to magazines, what kinds of elements to include in swatches, how to keep your patterns consistent, etc. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in publishing your knitting designs. It won’t disappoint! That said, I was slightly disappointed by the 2nd class I took, but that is entirely my fault, not Edie’s or the course material. I took Where do they get those numbers? Unfortunately, I was imagining that the class would be more advanced and discuss pattern grading and design (such as how different sizes of the same sweater change in relation to each other based on body shapes and sizes, but that would probably be more of a design class than a numbers class). I should have read the course description better. It turns out I already knew about 90% of the course material. But I think this class was well taught, and I would definitely recommend it to someone who has never designed their own sweaters using basic algebra. At least I know now that I’ve been doing things correctly all along (more or less).
I highly recommend classes taught by Edie. 🙂
There was a really cool wall of yarn outside the market where we lined up to take single strands of yarn for samples. Did you know there’s yarn made out of 100% corn? And milk? Just add tofu yarn and you’ve got yourself dinner!
We also went to the market and wandered around until we were overloaded with color and texture. The market had over 200 vendors, and I ended up buying some lovely 100% merino sock yarn from the Blue Moon Fibers booth (although they don’t have the latest colorways Genevieve got from her Rockin’ Sock Club because they haven’t been released to the public yet). The funny thing is the yarn I got was not by Blue Moon Fibers at all. I can’t remember what brand, but it is hand dyed, so the 2 hanks I got are just a smidge off in color. Well, they’ll be on seperate feet anyway…
The pictures I took of the market make it look like no one attended. I took these about a half hour before closing, so by then it was pretty empty, but let me assure you, it was packed earlier in the day.
So all in all a good event. If you get a chance, go next year. I have lots of other stuff to share about my mom’s quilt and the other things Lisa and I did while staying with my parents, but that will have to wait for another post.