I’m coming down off that Stitches high. I missed last year so this year was especially important to me. I drove up to Chicago on Thursday where I stayed with a friend in the city until Sunday. It was a wonderful trip full of friends and yarn.
After physical therapy I loaded up the car and drove from Indianapolis to Chicago, Illinois, where my friend lives. We ran a few errands, including a stop at Salvation Army, where I scored several books at $2 a piece.
Later that evening we went to Captain’s Catch, which is a Cajun Creole restaurant. We had shrimp, crab legs and lobster, in addition to some sides. After we got back home I packed up my bags for Stitches the next day! I even went to bed early!
Friday morning I took the train from near my friend’s place to a train station close to Schaumburg, where Stitches Midwest is held. Stitches was running a shuttle from that train station to the convention center, which was a real bonus. I picked up my badge and went in to get that shopping started. I bought a pair of socks from Buffalo Wool Co. before my friend Tori (check her out on Twitch at www.twitchtv.aDorned_ – she is a creative streamer) arrived. She had driven down from her home in Wisconsin and stayed the night with us on Friday. Our first stop was Pawley Studio so I could see my custom yarn bowl that the artist made to look like my cat Betty. Her attention to detail is amazing, right down to the white feathering on her throat. I’m so happy!
Next, we went to Erin Lane Bags to grab Tori a stitch marker swap button and then we started our shopping in earnest. New to me Black Cat Fibers had not only gorgeous yarns, but some amazing samples.
I saw many of my favorite vendors – BarMaids, CraftyFlutterBy, Destination Yarns, A Hundred Ravens, KnitBaahPurl and Pawley Studios. Also, several new to me vendors such as T’ewe Knit Wits and Stunning String Studio. Friday afternoon I took a one-hour market class called Knitting in Both Directions, which was basically to learn how to knit backwards. I figured out how to knit and purl backwards but not how to still do so continental. For it truly to be more efficient for me, I will need to figure that out.
After class Tori and I headed to my friend’s place. We ran to Michael’s and Joann’s for stitch marker supplies for Tori and then went back home to order pizza from Lou Malnati’s. We ate pizza, drank wine and root beer, and I looked through patterns on Ravelry while Tori and my friend made stitch markers for the stitch marker swap. As I mentioned in my prior post, there is a stitch marker swap at Stitches Midwest each year and the swapping is so much fun!
Saturday morning all three of us headed back to Schaumburg for some more shopping. Outside we saw a car with a knit stitch wrap, which I have since learned is from 614 Knit Studio, a yarn shop in Illinois.
I found another yarn bowl from Pawley Studios. They had a few on a clearance shelf due to small defects (so small I couldn’t find the defect on some) and I found a red one I loved. Plus I got a picture with ceramic artist Amanda!
I ran into knit designer Lisa Ross (paperdaisycreations on Instagram) in the Leading Men Fiber Arts booth. She is a local designer that I have known for a few years and love her work. We were all in red on Saturday. That is her shawl, Double Dipper, up behind us in the photo.
As we were getting ready to leave I saw Stacy Trock, a crochet amigurami instructor on Craftsy. Her class is finally what got me to the point where I could crochet a 3-d object. So, in a bit of a fan girl moment, I got a picture with her. She was very sweet and down to earth.
And with that, our Stitches experience was done. Tori headed back to Wisconsin and my friend and I headed back to her home, where we ordered Indian food and vegged out watching movies. What a nice relaxing end to the weekend! The next morning we went out for breakfast, where I had red velvet french toast and a mimosa, before I headed back home to Indiana. So long Stitches Midwest until next time!