Friday, February 28, 2020

Episode 213 - Stitches West 2020

Gayle and I have just returned from spending the weekend at the Stitches West event in Santa Clara. Stitches West is a large retail needle arts event with a large market place and classes. We also worked at the Western Sky Knits booth, helping with set-up, sales, and tear-down. One of the best things about any large fiber event is the people watching. Or in this case, the sweater watching. Trends we noticed included combining two or more strands of yarn together to create fabric; colorwork sweaters are still popular; new textures, such as the slubby yarn we saw at Western Sky Knits; and we noticed that many dyers are bringing back non-superwash bases. There is so much to see at a show like this and even though we try to at least walk the whole show floor, we still miss things! But we had a fabulous time and enjoyed spending time with friends and listeners. We hope you enjoy our brief recap!
- Sharlene

Slubby fingering from Western Sky Knits
The wedding dress we saw in the Forbidden Fibers booth

Super Simple Summer Sweater by Joji Locatelli
stitchinsenorita's Super Simple Summer Sweater
Old School by Veera Valimaki
Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Vad

Sorrel by Wool & Pine
Sharlene's Sorrel
Magnolia Sock from Western Sky Knits
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
Gayle's Ranunculus

Love Note by tincanknits
Sharlene's Love Note
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Clio
Sheer V sweater by Jessie Mae Martinson
Paper Daisies by Lisa K. Ross
Calan Mai by Voolenvine



Thank-you to our sponsor Western Sky Knits!














Puntilla by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Puntilla
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Gayle's Maypop

Handspun Hope - handspun yarn from Rwanda
These felted animals are just adorable!
Grace by Jane Richmond

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