Let's talk Stitches South 2010 shall we?
There was yarn galore at the Cobb Galleria last weekend, but I carefully avoided it. I'm trying to be good and not blow the yarn diet. Plus the prices there still felt too high. But then, I tend to look for the "workhorse" yarns that give you more bang for the buck yardage wise (sweaterly speaking.) I did drool over some amazing lace weight yarns though.
I didn't quite avoid making a couple of other purchases though. My one impulse buy was these silk caps that I walked by and made the mistake of touching. Heavenly soft! And such glorious color!
The person running the booth gave a demonstration in how to knit directly from the caps which was really cool, but I will probably spin these up instead.
My next purchase was not on impulse. I took a class while I was there with Melissa Leapman. The class was basic pattern drafting 101. The first half of the class concerned stuff that I was already familiar with, but the second half was really good. She had us learn how to design a drop shoulder sweater, which I had never done. But she really blew me away when she put algebra into the mix. I knew how to do the math the hard way, but had not even considered using algebra to get the same answer in half the time. doh!
I want basic pattern drafting 102 now. Like yesterday. It was so much fun and I hope that I can retain at least a quarter of the info. that she threw at us.
But back to the non-impulse buy. It was Melissa's book: Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable
Her cables are just gorgeous and I can't wait to use them.
There was more fiber on the whole than there was last year, which I was really glad to see. That was my one big complaint from last year's Stitches South. There were also more vendors here this year. Oh, if I had just had some more pocket change! I could have done some real damage to the wallet there.