I went all the way to Stitches and all I got was stuff I really don't need or could have bought online . . .
On the left, 3 skeins of Neighborhood Fiber Co's sock yarn (don't ask me why I keep buying sock yarn, it's ridiculous) in some gorgeous colorways. On the right, 5 skeins of Berocco Peruvia to knit another Laura, because I want to show one done in solid yarn. And on the bottom, the grand prize, Kaffe's new book which I hadn't yet seen in person. A must-have for all of us knitting book collectors!
I have to say I was extremely disappointed in Stitches this year. I've been going to stitches for the last 6 years, always on Sundays, and I am certain that this year there were significantly fewer shoppers in attendance. There were also fewer vendors this year (I didn't keep last year's brochure so I have no way to check, but I'm pretty sure), and a lot less of that excited buzz you usually experience walking around these things. And with the exception of Neighborhood Fiber Co, I didn't see anything new or exciting -- just a lot of the standard stuff everywhere.
Long time blog readers know I rarely say anything negative here, but this was a serious let down. I have looked forward to Stitches every year since I became aware of its existence, and followed it from Philly to AC to Baltimore religiously. I've even worked as a vendor at 2 different Stitches in the past! I considered not going this year because of the Baltimore location (while we're on the gripe-fest, I have to say that I hate the Baltimore convention center! Give me AC any day, a much shorter drive and parking right under the building!), but it's kind of a tradition and I talked myself into going. I did have fun spending the day with my friend Shana, but I could have done that right here in NYC!
Unless something major changes, I'm not going next year. And I can hardly believe it.