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Stitches East 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
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It’s finally here!  This weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center, Stitches 2009 will be in full swing.  We’re excited because this is the first time a Stitches will be this close to home for us.  Although it’s also a little strange.  Usually when we go to these shows, we’re immersed 100% in only the show.   This time the rest of our life will not be on hold or on the backburner while we’re “away”.  Working at th show will be fully integrated with hockey, cooking meals, getting the laundry done, etc. 

We hope to see many of you this weekend.   You’ll find us in booths 301-309 & 400-408.  Ten booths PACKED with yarn.  The highlight of which is the debut of Blue Moon Fiber Arts at WEBS

The show runs today and Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 10-4.  The Connecticut Convention Center is a brand new facility and with free wi fi – my new favorite place for a show! 

There will be lots of great activities throughout the weekend – demos in the hall, classes being offered, book signings, etc.  If nothing else, you’ll come away inspired and maybe with a slightly larger stash!

Be sure to stop by the WEBS Booth and say hi!

Kathy

Events Past, Present, Future

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
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Hi Everyone

To say we have a lot going on in October would be a MAJOR understatement.  It’s only October 7th and we’ve already been busy and we have three events still to come this week alone!

Before we get into what we have upcoming, a couple of belated thank yous.  First to the fabulous Amy Singer who was at the shop just two short weeks ago.  For those who made it to her “No Sheep for You” presentation, it was a great evening. 

I only had time to make a quick introduction and snap a couple of pictures before I had to speed up to the boys’ school for Back to School night.   As I left the classroom, it was already full of laughter.  Her class the next day was a hit and then – she was gone.

Last week we hosted author and designer Mary Beth Temple.  She was in the shop on Thursday night to sign copies of her latest book Hooked 4 Life and offered a free class on Friday that she’s in the process of refining. 

This past Sunday was our annual Knit for the Cure event.  We once again partnered with the Cancer Connection and this year we knit chemo caps.  Thanks to everyone who came and participated.

I told you it’s been busy!

Tomorrow, October 8th, we are tickled to welcome Ysolda Teague to WEBS.  She’ll be in the shop from 6-7:30pm signing copies of her book (which we’ll have for sale), selling some of her single patterns and most importantly, displaying many of her garments.  Should be a fun time so be sure to drop by!

This weekend is Columbus Day weekend.  The hockey schedule shifts into full game mode and we are also participating in two major events here in our valley. 

The first is in partnership with Yankee Candle.  If you listened to last week’s podcast, you already know what’s going on.  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf will be a the Yankee Candle Flagship Store  in South Deerfield, MA over the weekend.  Each Day from 12-4pm folks visiting Yankee Candle will have the chance to knit a row on the scarf to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We are donating the needles and yarns to the cause and are truly thrilled to be partnering with such a great company.  For more details, visit the Yankee Candle site

In addition to the Yankee Candle event, we are also going to be participating in the Paradise City Arts Festival.  For those of you not familiar with Paradise City, it is a high-end, juried craft show.  The artists who participate are truly gifted.  Several of our customers participate in the fall show and it’s always great to see them.  This year, we’ll be doing a variety of demos and participatory activities geared towards kids.  Here’s our schedule:

Sat 12-1pm Spinning Demo with Ashley
Sat 1-2pm Wet Felting with Gail (aka The Kangaroo Dyer)

Sun 12-1pm Kool-Aid Dyeing with Gail (aka The Kangaroo Dyer)
Sun 1-2pm Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom with Leslie Ann

Mon 11:3o-1pm Beading with Janet

If  you’re planning to be in the area this weekend, I highly encourage you to check out both of these events and of course swing by the store to say hi and to check out a GREAT trunk show from Filatura Di Crosa.  We have 10 or so amazing garments that will be in the shop for the next couple of weeks.

Also coming up later this month:

10/17 Bus Trip to Rhinebeck - my last update showed only 7 or 8 seats left!

10/19 & 20 Annie Modesitt will be at WEBS.  She’s teaching a class and although we haven’t scheduled a formal booksigning, I’m sure if you are loitering about with her book in hand, she’ll be happy to add a little signature!

10/20ish We’ll be receiving a Trunk Show from Judy’s Colors.  It’s really time to get inspired for holiday and her stocking kits are just the thing to get us rolling!

10/23-25 Stiches East in Hartford.  Did you listen to the podcast a couple of weeks ago?  Did you hear our big announcemnt? 

 We are partnering with the amazing Tina Newton of Blue Moon Fiber Arts and will be carrying a wide array of her yarns, including the Socks that Rock family in our booth at Stitches East and after the show, back at the shop

It’s so beautiful and exciting I can barely stand it.  Tina is one of those amazing women that I just wish lived closer so I could just be around her more often.  We are incredibly honored to be carrying her yarns.

We will not be carrying any BMFA on our website and it will not be discountable.

November is pretty jam-packed as well and we kick things off on November 7th with the lovely Clara Parkes.  She’s teaching a class and will be signing copies of  her NEW book The Big Book of Wool

She’s also our guest on this week’s podcast so be sure to tune in!

There’s more, but I think that’s enough for now!  What events are you most excited about?  Anyone we haven’t had at the shop that you are hoping to see on the schedule?

Kathy

Sock Summit Wrap Up

Saturday, August 15th, 2009
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It has been so fun getting to read about different experiences at Sock Summit on Ravelry and a bevy of different blogs.  The one common thread I’ve found is how deeply personal the journey to Portland was for so many along with the pure joy of just being able to participate and be part of the community.

Prepping for, traveling to and setting up for a tradeshow is a ton of work.  We love doing it – as I’ve said before we actually kind of thrive on it which I know sounds really weird.  Although we always make time to shop the marketplace – heck we’re all in it for the yarn just like everyone else – we rarely get to take classes or participate in events.  In all honesty, we’re usually  just too tired and have usually used up every ounce of social skills while working the booth during the day. 

At Sock Summit it was a wee bit different.  Our amazing team in different combinations were able to attend some of the evening events, Barbara Walker’s talk and more.  On Friday, I went to the Guiness World Record attempt.  Initially, I had planned to just sneak in the back, take a couple of pictures, maybe a short video to document it and scoot back out.  Before I headed up to the ballroom I grabbed a pair of straight needles and a ball of Valley Yarns Superwash and took it with me, just in case.  So glad I did.  Here’s a couple of shots from inside the ballroom ahead of the attempt:

What follows is a video of Stephanie’s entire opening comments.  It’s long – 8 minutes+ but worth your time.  I usually try to keep videos short and sweet but this was just classic Stephanie and much too important to edit.  I did my best to really try to capture the essence of what it was like to be there:

 

Funny story, as Steph was wrapping up her comments and getting ready to hand things over to Tina for the kick-off, the young lady sitting next to me whispered to me “It’s time to stop video taping”.  I said, “I will as soon as we are told to start knitting”.  She responded “I REALLY think you need to stop now and pick up your knitting”.  I think she was afraid I was going to blow it for the entire room.  No worries.  I accomplished my 15 minutes of consecutive knitting AND caught it all on tape :)

 

I am so glad I stayed and participated.  I was there by myself and it was just a magical moment for me.  We’ll know in a week or two if the attempt is accepted!  Stay tuned!

Friday night, we all attended the Sock Hop at the Portland Museum of Art.  It was a great time.  I love to dance and probably would have stayed all night but the team was hungry.  Sorry the picture is dark – the lights were very dim and my camera was not cooperating:

Ron of Buffalo Gold spent most of the show with us in our booth – we had his LOVELY yarn.  On Saturday morning he brought us Voodoo Doughnuts:

Like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  I’m only sorry that J1 and J2 missed the Fruit Loop and Cocoa Puff topped doughnuts.  Then again, not so much.

We saw lots of amazing knitting but this my friends, was the winner:

Yup – knit crutch covers.  She did these in a very short period of time and although I’m not 100% sure of the construction, the yarn is Noro Kureyon.  They were just awesome.

Lastly, I have this very special trinket given to me by Stephanie:

Why you ask?  Well, let me tell you.  One of the SS09 volunteers came down to our booth on Friday morning looking for straight needles for the Guiness attempt.  Fine, no problem.  Turns out they were for Barbara Walker.  I’m ringing up another customer and Steve was dealing with the needles.  Next thing I know, out of the corner of my eye I see a credit card being slid through the machine.  I then had what can only be called - An Outer Body Experience.  I looked at Steve and said “You are NOT charging Barbara Walker for needles!”  He looked at me and the lovely volunteer said “Oh, I’m paying for them – no problem.”  I said “NOBODY is paying for needles for Barbara Walker, it’s Barbara Walker“.  At that point I may have stopped raising my voice and switched to my scary, quiet voice – the voice the boys know means they are in serious trouble.  Steve tried to cover his tracks but it was no use.  He knew he was wrong.  The needles were delivered to Barbara Walker and the planets stayed properly aligned.  Can you imagine if that transaction would have happened?  WEBS would have been doomed with bad yarn karma forever!

Steph was wearing the above button when I told her the story and she gave it to me. 

And with that folks, we bid Sock Summit 2009 a fond adieu.  It was magical and we are proud to have not only been a participant but a sponsor.  I can never say enough about what a great job Tina, Stephanie and ST-1 and ST-2 did.

Would love to hear your experience at Sock Summit!

Kathy

Reaching The Summit

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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We’re back from Sock Summit ’09 and what a show it was.  I can’t remember the last time I participated in an event that was so anticipated, talked about or written about.  For the better part of the past year, since that first phone conversation with Stephanie many months ago, SS09 has been an item on my to-do list.  Other than a bit of post-mortem, it’s completely crossed off now.  It’s sort of a strange feeling.

The event was awesome.  There is simply no other adjective necessary.  Steph and Tina and their team accomplished what few of you (honestly folks) can truly grasp.  I’ve been in charge of several large events in my day.  Nothing compares to the scale of Sock Summit and I stand in awe of how beautifully the event ran.  Kudos to ST-1 and ST-2 – you guys rocked the free world for several days in Portland. 

Being a vendor gave us a unique perspective on the event.  Not that we had any special access, but I did get lots of photos and some pretty cool video that I would like to share with all of you.   If you follow me on Twitter, some of the shots may be repeats (sorry!).  But I want to give a good start to finish recap of what was SS09. 

We were scheduled first to move in last Wednesday afternoon.  Here we are on the loading dock at the OCC:

 

Perusing the program booklet:

 

Let me stop here and say.  It.Was.Gorgeous.  So personal, so perfect, velvety paper and just knock-your-(proverbial)-socks-off photography.  I’ve been in marketing for the better part of the last 20 years and this program book is among the best I’ve ever seen.

They even made sure we had beautiful badges:

 

Move in was move in.  No way to make that romantic:

 

I’ve joked here in the past about us being “Tradeshow Warriors”.  Our team is the best.  We had all of the yarn out and set by the time we said goodnight on Wednesday at 6:45.  Five hours and we were basically done.  Team WEBS rocks!

When we were finished we looked pretty darn good.  We’re never going to be the fancy booth or the prettiest, but we make shopping easy and we think that is what is important:

So there you have it – our excursion to SS09.  Tomorrow I’ll blog about the show experience, but let me leave you with this short video clip.  This it what the crowd waiting to enter the marketplace on Thursday evening was doing just minutes before the doors opened:

 

We’ll be talking about Sock Summit on this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit, so be sure to listen!  If you had the chance to attend please leave a comment about your experience at SS09!

Kathy

What To Knit at Sock Summit?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
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That has been quite the question out in the blogosphere and on Ravelry over the past week.  Even Stephanie agonized over her choice.

The reality for me is there won’t be much time for anything once things get rolling.  Set-up starts in just a few short hours and I have a feeling the only yarn and needles I’ll be touching are the ones folks are purchasing!

Fortunately for me, there is the long flight to and from Portland.  Airplane time has always been a preferred knitting time for me – even better than the car.  Like everyone else, I thought about what to bring.  I felt compelled to bring a sock project, but I didn’t have one going and my sock knitting skills are such that I need to pay attention to what I’m doing.  Socks are not somthing I can pick up and put down on a whim.  I thought about some of the existing UFO’s I have but nothing really spoke to me.

Then, this arrived:

 

I had been hoping the advance shipment from Italy would arrive before I left, but I wasn’t holding out hope.  Then, on Monday afternoon literally an hour before I left the office to go home and pack, it came.  I grabbed one ball of every color and brought it home with me to decide on colors.  Here’s what I took:

I’ve had a design swirling in my head for awhile now and I new this yarn would be perfect.  I packed the above three colors (I actually took four, but only needed three) and this:

Yup – I’m at Sock Summit 2009 and I’m (a) not knitting a sock and (b) not knitting at all!  Yay for crochet!  I actually brought several hooks for swatching purposes.  Good thing I did, I ended up happy with an E hook and I went into things firmly believing G was going to work.  Swatch, Swatch, Swatch folks!

I can’t reveal the project in full, but these little beauties are part of it:

Don’t go shaking your head at my little grannies.  I heard those collective yawns.  You have no idea what these are going to be when all is said and done.  I hope in the end my idea works.  I think it will.

Oh – you’re wondering about the yarn?  This very special shipment from Italy?  Folks – it’s really awesome – super soft, it’s been great to work with.  Each ball has 137 yards and it will knit at 5.5 stitches per inch on a #6.  We won’t have it available for another few weeks, but we are super excited to introduce:

Our gorgeous 100% Extrafine Merino Superwash (more…)

Sock Summit Time!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
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We’ve been talking about it for months, counting the months, weeks and days.  Now we’re down to mere hours until Sock Summit 2009 commences.  Steve & I are here in Portland and are about ready to jump out of our skin!  We took a crack-of-dawn flight and were here at our hotel by noontime PST.  Although I’m not a fan of these super early flights, it was my preference for this trip.  We have never been to Portland so I wanted to be sure we had at least a few hours to explore the city.  For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I was particularly excited to visit Powell’s Bookstore

Powell’s is not only an institution here in Portland, it is probably the single most successful independent bookstore in the country.  Powell’s is HUGE.  I love bookstores so I had to visit, but I also get very excited about successful retailers so I was equally excited to see what Powell’s and its reputation were all about.  I was so excited I completely forgot to take any pictures, but boy did Steve & I have fun!  We both came away with new books and I think you’ll see a theme.  Here’s my selection:

And Steve’s:

We stumbled onto Kenny & Zuke’s Deli and ate sandwiches that were way too good and way too big.  Then we set out to find Nordstroms.  Remember, where I live in W. Mass, our retail options are pretty limited.  On our way, we stumbled on these cool food carts:

They were on both sides of the street and most were pretty busy.  I’ll have to ask a local about them – if you know the history, please post in the comments!

We took the train back to the Convention Center.  Here’s our home away from home for the next few days:

We went inside and walked around, got our bearings and are REALLY ready to roll tomorrow and get the booth set-up.  We will be right at the front of the hall when you come in – booths 603-607 & 702-706.  That’s where you will find us throughout the show! 

We’ll also be attending the Sock Hop on Friday night and possibly the Ravelry Party on Saturday evening (depends if we’re still standing or not).  Please stop by and say hi and check out all of the great yarns we brought along!  I’m hoping to steal a few minutes away from the booth to do a little shopping myself.  There’s a custom color of Lorna’s Laces that I missed out on that another vendor is carrying and I HAVE to have it (as do several folks back home – I come home empty handed and I’m in BIG trouble!).

For those of you coming to Sock Summit – what are you most excited about?

Kathy

Tradeshow Warriors

Friday, June 19th, 2009
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I am beginning to think that maybe Steve and I should create our own reality show with the above title.  Just back from 9 days on the road with two back-to-back tradeshows.  Driving down our street late yesterday afternoon, I swear the theme music from “Rocky” was playing.

We had a great trip to TNNA.  Meetings, yarn, meetings, more yarn, food, yarn, meeting yarn. . .. .Columbus was a whirlwind.  As always, I did a lousy job taking pictures.  I do not have one yarny picture to share.  I know, I know, I disappoint you once again.  *Sigh*.  I can tell you about yarn though! 

Now, I must preface this by saying that Steve & I do the majority of our buying before TNNA.  We see all of the major lines and many of the mid-tier companies as well.  So just because I don’t mention them here is not a sign that I didn’t like their yarn or that they don’t have super cool stuff coming.  These are show treasures only. 

I have to say one of my personal faves was the new Spud & Chloe line debuted by Blue Sky Alpacas.  A collection of three lovely yarns that are machine wash & try.  Fashion meets function with this collection.  There are three weights – fine, sweater and outer and a limited, but succinct palette for each.  Terrific pattern support for each is a delight as well.  I think what I like most about this line is that it’s complete – yarn, design, packaging – everything is put together, integrated and ready to go.  I love this as a marketer who can appreciate what it takes to make this happen, but also as a shop owner who has been provided with everything I need to be excited about the brand.  The Blue Sky folks have created a wonderful story in Spud & Chloe and were smart enough to give the voice of the brand to the super-talented Susan Anderson.  It all rocks and we’ll have it in the store and on-line shortly.

Steve & I also got to meet the lovely Ron of Buffalo Gold.  We’ve never carried his yarns, but I got to *know* him in the on-line world over the past few months.  I was looking forward to meeting in person at TNNA and we had a great talk.  I’ve admired his yarns from afar for awhile, but my buddy Guido gave me the nudge I needed to really give the yarns serious consideration.  I thought this was one I was going to have to drag Steve through kicking and screaming and was pleasantly surprised when he willingly and with no pressure, not wifely glares that said “I”m buying this yarn with or without your support”.  We even brought in a brand new yarn he debuted at the show which has been hand-dyed by the fine folks at Lornas Laces.  If you click through to her blog and scroll down, you’ll see the lurvely colors.

We bought some cool new bags & accessories from Namaste, Della Q and Lantern Moon.

We hung with some old friends and made new ones.

We stayed up past our bedtime, ate too much good food but a great time.

We left Columbus and headed to Beantown for a conference of another nature.  We went from TNNA where “everyone knows your name” to an intense business conference where people wonder if anyone can actually  make a living selling yarn.  Even one of the speakers, who also spoke at the Yarn Market News Conference in March, mentioned her experience at the conference and found it rather unnerving to see an audience knitting rather than typing on their Blackberrys.  As always, we learned a lot, had some fun along the way but boy oh boy, did Dorothy get it right.  “There’s no place like home”.

Remember – our Berroco giveaway wraps up tonight at midnight.  Go to the previous blog post for the details, read all about the Berroco Fall line and get yourself in on a great giveaway!

Kathy

Bits and Pieces

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
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I have a list of a gazillion items I need/want to blog about.  Some of them are worthy of their own post and that will happen this week.  There are a few items that I’m opting to combine together in this post for efficiency and brevity.  Allow me to jump right in:

1.  Thanks to EVERYONE who particpated in the shared blog contest with www.mi-spa.com/blog.  Mimie and I will be randomly selecting our winner and we’ll make the announcement on our respective blogs tomorrow.  I’ll get the yarn portion of the prize sent out and Mimie will get her portion sent out.  Please remember to continue to visit both our blogs when you can and continue to comment.  If you’re in the market for yarn or some wonderful spa products, I know we would both appreciate you visiting our sites to shop!

2.  This week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit!, Show #127 is available on our website and on iTunes.  This week Steve reviews the May Sale Yarns, some new closeouts and Pixie and I kick of the next KAL.  We are knitting the Shay Cap Sleeve Pullover - one of our own Valley Yarns designs.  We hope you’ll be knitting along!  (Full Disclosure – I am not knitting this project).

3.  I was catching up on some blogs earlier today and stumbled onto a very funny post from Being Beata.  She was at Stitches South and is a listener of our podcast (thanks!).  Here’s the part of her post that just cracked me up:

“I’ve been listening to the Webs podcast for a while, although I haven’t really kept up lately.  It was totally weird to see one of the owners, Steve Elkins, there.  He’s just normal guy running a booth at a yarn show.  But weird because I heard his voice in person.”

I will be using the “just a normal guy running a booth at a yarn show” description for sometime to come.  I’m sorry I wasn’t there to say “hi” Being Beata!  Thanks for shopping in our booth and sharing it with your readers!

4.  This weekend was Twist 2.0 www.twistfair.com  here in Northampton.  Twist is the labor of love of Lexie Barnes and her lovely husband Corey.  The event features amazing handmade items.  WEBS was one of the sponsor and we were there doing a variety of demos on Friday night & Saturday.  Steve & I didn’t get to spend as much time at Twist as we would have liked.  The schedule was a bit over the top for us this weekend.  I did get to hang out for a bit late yesterday afternoon and snapped a couple of shots:

Deb & Elizabeth chatting with our Asst Store Manger Tina (a Twist exhibitor) and a couple of our customers.

 

Elizabeth was working on a project – one of those lace projects that is just a jumbled pile.  She was asked what she was working on and although I missed the pattern name, she put on her jumbled pile and look what it turned into:

 

She’s using size 3 needles and our 10/2 Bamboo.  She didn’t want me to take a picture as it’s still in progress, ends hanging out, etc., but it was just too stunning to NOT take a picture.  I was speechless and therefore can’t tell you anything about it other than what I’ve already shared.  Hopefully Elizabeth will post in the comments and if not, I’ll get the low down on the project this week.  All I can say is WOW!

5.  Last but not least, this weekend was Maryland Sheep & Wool.  Steve & I have never been.  That schedule thing I mentioned above seems to be the culprit.  Our friend Guido of It’s a Purl Man blog & podcast  pulled together a fabulous afterparty on Saturday and we were thrilled to be a sponsor.  He did this in less than a week, which for anyone who has ever planned anything involving 150 people, sponsors, door prizes, etc., you understand it’s no small feat.  By all accounts the evening was a great success!  Thanks for letting us be a part of the fun Guido!

I think that covers things for today.  In addition to revealing the winner of the contest, I will be making another big announcement.  Be sure to stay tuned for that!

Kathy

Bessie And Her Flock

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
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NOTE:  Remember – to qualify for the faboo prizes in our latest contest you must comment here on my blog AND on Mimie’s at www.mi-spa.com/blogComments should be left on my post of 4/28 titled “New Contest”.  Thanks!

April has been a crazy month.  I’ve been less than a stellar blogger and for those of you who take the time to read, my apologies.  Steve & I were gone for a few days on trip that was actually his 40th b’day gift from last year.  It was a planned trip – very special.  Although I share an awful lot of our lives – both professional and personal here on the blog and the podcast, this is one of those things I’m not going to say much more about.  We had an incredible time, we truly disconnected as much as we ever have.  I know I can say in all honesty, I cannot remember the last time I was as relaxed as I was on this trip. 

We came back with only a week before Steve headed to Stitches South.  I did not attend South – the first Stitches I’ve missed in nearly 4 years.  Being a Mom took priority and I stayed behind to run a big fundraising event at the boys’ school.  The boys both ended up being sick so that through a bit of a curve ball into the week’s plans.  All turned out well – Steve had a great time at Stitches South.  Thanks to everyone who came by the booth to say hi and to shop.  The event was a big success and the boys are healthy.

A shot of the tent at the event:

Here’s Jonathan the next day at the kids’ fair – kinda says it all:

I would be remiss before going any further in this post to not wish Steve a very Happy Anniversary.  Today is our 14th wedding anniversary, the last 7 of which we’ve spent running WEBS together.  Jonathan asked me this morning if I was going to wear my “married” dress to work today.  I figured it might be a bit much – with the sparkles and all :).  Thanks for 14 fabulous years honey!  I love you!

One of the casualties of the past month has been Bessie (Sorry Pixie).  If you don’t know who Bessie is it means you’re not listening to our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit.  You can listen via our website or iTunes – just go subscribe and then you won’t be out of the loop.  With weeks of anticipation, I presented to all of you, Pixie’s chicken, the lovely diva chicken of the coop, Bessie:

 

Isn’t she awesome!  Look at her detail – the beading, the embroidery, the buttons on her tail feathers!

 

I just love Bessie’s attitude – she rocks!

 

 Bessie is not only one cool chick (hee hee), she’s quite popular.  She has had visitors.  Here – Bessie meets the lovely MIss Loretta:

 

Then, handsome Henry showed up one Saturday to call on Bessie:

 

But I think her first visitor will ultimately win Bessie’s heart.  He travelled all the way from Canada via his owner Lucy Neatby:

 

 I think they’re both smitten.

Here’s the happy extended family together:

As for my Lily, well, she’s still a work in progress.  Despite my pledge at the beginning of the year, my completion rate continues to be embarrassing.  My darn chicken has travelled more miles in the past two months than most of you will travel all year – still unfinished.  Not good. 

Even worse – this is making me all twitchy:

 

Not good at all.

But it all does come full circle – at least in terms of chickens.  Here is Steve’s favorite photo from Stitches South:

The beak opens and closes, eyes move.  Priceless

Kathy

West Rocks!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
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Hmmm – it’s Thursday already and I swear it was just Monday and we were all flying home from Stitches West.  Some of us had better luck with that than others – I made it in only a 1/2 hour late, the gals were pretty much on time around midnight.  Steve & Pete – well, they had to get brand new flights on a completely different airline and Steve rolled in around 3am, but at least he was home.  We heard one of our associates spent 23 hours in the Philly airport and finally just gave up.  Let’s hope this was winter’s swan song.  We’ve all been beaten into submission and are yelling “uncle” at the top of our lungs.  Please Mr. Winter – it’s time for you to take a vacation or at least go bug another hemisphere!

Okay – enough about the weather.  Let’s talk yarn!  Stitches West was a blast as always!  It’s the largest of all of the Stitches shows and my personal favorite.  The facility is great and I love getting to see our west coast friends.

I have two short video clips to share with you.  The first is from Friday morning – a quick tour of the booth and a check on the knitters/crocheters waiting to come into the show.  I hope this gives you all some perspective of Stitches:

Next up is the morning after.  A shot of the booth on Saturday morning AFTER the insanity of Friday:

It was a great weekend.  Thanks to everyone who came by to visit and even if you didn’t shop with us – thanks for making it to the show.

If you were at West – let me know in the comments!  What did you think, what did you buy?  If not – are you coming to South?  I’d also love to hear what you are working on!  Any chicken knitters out there??

Kathy