What is Stitches West, you might ask?
Well, it's a HUGE, annual convention, primarily for knitters, but also crocheters, spinners, weavers, etc. Folks come from all over the country, particularly the Western half, to attend workshops with knitting luminaria and to spend time in the HUGE four-day marketplace. That's where Lisa and I will be! Four days of knitting and fiber heaven, with thousands to gazillions of knitters and other fiber lovers. It's also perfect for me - located in the Santa Clara Convention Center, which is just a 30 minute or so drive away.
Am I a little nuts? Yep! Is there any way I'd be able to turn down this incredible opportunity? Nope!
So! I have a lot of patterns to draft and test between now and the end of February! If you're a knitter - at any level (beginners are most welcome as well as encouraged!) - who is able to knit up one or more of my patterns quickly (a couple of days to a week), shoot me an email or leave a comment with your email. I might also have crocheted brooch patterns, so if you're interested in testing those (you'd need to be both a knitter and crocheter - the leaves are knit), let me know!
I'm excited on many levels, including the exposure to so many knitters and yarn shops. Lisa's yarn is gooorgeous - I'll be designing a few patterns specifically for her yarn (yay!). I love this beautiful sock yarn in rich honeys and ambers and russets.
You will hear more and more about the preparation for this (FOUR days - good grief!), and I'll have lots of lots of photos of the big days, as well.
I don't know that I'll do that many craft/trade shows in 2010 - I'm thinking about one more in July and another in September. I don't know that I'd do another huge holiday show. But we'll see what happens!
Don't forget to let me know if you're interested in testing a pattern or two!