And then the ATM screamed. . . .

Alright, so yesterday I went to Stitches. Oh, Stitches Midwest, how I love thee!

I bought a, um, crap ton of yarn. And, I am going back tomorrow morning. I think if I go to the ATM again, it will yell at me for taking out so much cash in the last couple days. Oh well. The ATM does not understand the yarn. And the yarn fumes.

Stitches is like Las Vegas for knitters. There was no clock (that I could see), I swear they are pumping yarn fumes through the ventilation system, and around every corner there is something sparkly or squooshy that catches your eye. It is wonderful.

My Stitches experience so far started out with the Ravelry meetup on Thursday night. There were many Ravelry buttons to be had:
Sadly, there were not a lot of people there to take the buttons. But, the people that were there from Ravelry seemed super cool and I am glad I got to meet them. After talking at length about why everyone loves Ravelry, we had to get our picture taken with Bob:
Oh how the Northwest Suburban Knitting Group loves Bob!

Yesterday I took a half day off of work (clearly personal times is meant to be used for yarn shopping, right?) and met up with many of my knitter friends. Much yarn was purchased:
Uh, Jen? I think you have a yarn addiction.

Since it is in a big pile, I will list for you exactly what I got (I know you want to know):

  • 10 skeins of Araucania Limari in that lovely Blue/Turquoise-y color. It will become something awesome
  • 1 skein of Araucania Ranco Multi
  • 3 skeins of STR Mediumweight of Cobalt Bloom colorway (it's for a Clapotis)
  • 1 skein of STR Mediumweight of Moody Blues colorway
  • 1 skein of STR Mediumweight of KawKaw colorway
  • 1 skein of Pagewood Farms sock yarn (there is cashmere in it!)
  • 1 skein of Creatively Dyed 100% Superwash Merino sock yarn
  • 2 balls of Habu Gima (It's 100% cotton, looks weird, but seems like it will knit up nice.) I think everyone from my knitting group that went yesterday got some.
  • 3 skeins of $4 yarn from Newton's Yarn Co. It has a little sparkle in it. I think I might make a little shawl or shrug for when I have to dress up. This is the yarn that I bought because it was cheap. I didn't really want or need it, I was swayed by the price.
  • The Baby Mine sweater pattern by the Yarn Harlot, which you can get from Blue Moon
  • Those crazy little sock circular needles, that you use the one little circular to knit a sock. I don't see how it's going to work, but I am going to try it. It's this one here.
  • The book Cast On, Bets Off. The author was there and totally talked me into buying his book. Someone gets stabbed to death with a size 19 Addi. I think it will be an excellent read. :)
So that's it. I will NOT be buying this much again tomorrow. I want to go back and get a case for my knitting notions, and will probably get a couple more skeins of sock yarn, but that's it.

At least that is what I am saying now. :)

So, now, because I have bought all this yarn, I have to start finishing projects so I can start a bunch of new ones. It's a good thing the other day I finished my July Rockin' Sock Club Socks. I present the Gumdrop Socks:
I love them. And, even though I love them so, I decided that I will be gifting these. My coworker, Amanda, is moving to Thailand in October to try to teach English there, and she said she loved these socks, so these socks she shall get to remember me by. I don't know that she will need wool socks in Thailand, but I know she will like them.

Well, that's all for now. I will report back soon with the Stitches! Round 2! purchases.

Happy knitting!


  1. Wow! Looks like an awesome time!

  2. Nice haul! Will you show me how those circular sock needles work sometime? I do not believe it would be fun to knit on a circular that small. I tried making something with 12" circulars once and it wasn't that fun.

  3. Looks like you had a ball! My ATM would not just be screaming, it would be whimpering and depleted! Nice socks, too!

  4. Mmmm, much yarn drooling going on over here. Looks like so much fun - and makes me look forward to Stitches East here in MD in November. :)

  5. I would just be rolling and laughing my head off in a pile like that. It would take me a little while to knit with it...

  6. Fun times Jen! Looks like a great yarn haul. Love the socks. Mine are almost finished.

  7. Looks like you did your fair share of damage at Stitches! I went today and didn't see you, but with all of that sock yarn around I am sure you were off taking in the "fumes".

    I took home a good haul and found some great deals too! More of that in my post to come!

    Enjoy all the new stuff!

  8. Wow!! You buy yarn like I buy books and scrapping supplies!! Glad you enjoyed yourself, JUNKIE!! :D

  9. I love the socks! I haven't even started mine.


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