For The Labor Day Weekend Show. Okay – sorry – carried away. We’re not quite going to San Fran and it’s nowhere near Labor Day but as we work our way through the final punishing weeks of winter here, I can’t help but channel some Jimmy Buffet. Thanks for indulging me
Truthfully, we are heading close to San Francisco and we do have a weekend show – Stitches WEST in Santa Clara! I have to admit as I prep to leave tomorrow, I am still a bit in denial that it’s actually here. I think I’m a bit out of sorts because I should already be there, but “Mommy Duties” trump everything else and as our kids wind down to their version of spring vacation, it’s a jam packed week of performances and such. I’ll share today’s event at the end – I know you all just want the yarn!
Let’s start from the beginning, which is planning:
Then it’s pick, pack and ship – one gigantic order:
Hmm – what is in those boxes? I am not being entirely untruthful when I ask the question. I’m involved in most of the planning, but honestly, Steve & I debate so many of the closeouts back and forth I’m never quite clear what has made the list vs. what hasn’t until we get set-up! What I do know is this:
Noro – how could we leave the lovelies of Noro at home?? Just not possible. Silk Garden, Kureyon, Silk Garden Chunky (breathe Noro-lovers, breathe)
Valley Yarns - there in full force, including all of the faboo designs from the Spring ’09 catalog AND some early completions for the next catalog! That’s right – the incredible Kirsten knocked out a couple of new things just for WEST including a crocheted scarf out of Rainbow that you will just love! C’mon non-crocheters, give it a chance!
The cream, sprinkles and cherry on the top of the best dessert ever:
Lorna’s Laces - Shephard Worsted & Sock, Helen’s Lace (we don’t even carry it in the shop!) and brand new to market the spectacular Pearl. Oh.Yeah.
Madeline Tosh - Oh so yummy – worsted weight (just added in the store and on-line) and sock. (The worsted just came in and has not made it’s way to the site. Click on the link and refresh tomorrow – it should show up )
Malabrigo including the elusive Sock. We spent so much time picking colors with Tobias at TNNA based on his availability (not what we normally carry) and what showed up was – well – a ton of yarn in some colorways we carry, some we picked and some who obviously just wanted to come along for the ride. Show them some love, okay?
Kauni - Many, many colors.
Plus, plus, plus. . . . . .I’m sure there will be some surprises. That’s what is so great about these shows.
We are so excited to see all of you – that’s the most fun! What was interesting as we prepped for this show was the worry/wonder if people would come due to the economy – would you pick classes over marketplace, shopping over classes? If you are coming or not, I’d love to hear why. Not trying to pry, just trying to get a gauge (no pun intended) on things.
I will do my best to post from the show. For the best updates, you all need to be following me on Twitter. I know, I know, one more thing to check, but I *heart* Twitter and I can zip off an update in 5 seconds. For those of you on Facebook, my Twitter feeds post there so you can avoid Twitter and find me on Facebook with the same info.
For those of you not attending the show – have a great next few days and join in the fun via the above options, here on the blog & our Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast!
Last, but far from least, here is Jonathan’s “Family Story” he presented today – the dedication says it all:
Daniel is my nephew/Jonathan’s cousin who is all grown-up and pursuing a PhD. He’s away at school and Jonathan doesn’t get to see him much – this tells us how much those times together mean. The three page story about Daniel and what Jonathan thinks of him is awesome.