Stitches Midwest 2006

I was so tired when I got home from Chicago that I actually went to bed at 8:00 PM that evening. Such a quick trip, and I didn’t get to make any side forays into Chicago as I hoped (Millennium Park, or the King Tut exhibit at The Field Museum, for example). (It also was a bit extra stressful traveling due to heightened security.)

The hotel was fairly nice; I liked our room, the furnishings and linens had been updated in a pleasing, less-hotel-like fashion. The wireless network didn’t work very well, so we spent very little time on the laptop. There was a cafe/coffee bar open 24/7 which was very convenient for quick breakfasts or lunches. That same weekend, in the hotel itself, there was a BeatleFest, so the lobby/main floor areas were very crowded, but it did make for very fun and interesting people watching!

The Convention Center was okay as far as convention centers go. There was plenty of seating next to the concession stand, which I thought was great. But there was only one food counter, which seemed odd. The food was also high-priced and based on what other people mentioned, not very good. (We didn’t find out until later about the Expoteria located on the other side of the building; I don’t know if we would have been able to eat there, or if the food was any better.) I went to the Market twice on Friday. First at 10 AM when it opened and it was packed. I couldn’t really browse in the central areas because there were too many people. But I got glimpses here and there. Later, after my afternoon class, I went back there about 4:30 PM and it was much better then.

My first stop was at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth. It was great to see the STR in person because the colors are a bit different than what I see at their website. I also enjoyed seeing the other yarns they offer.


I bought the above for myself, while Mom got something for an upcoming Silent Auction. I’m to knit a moebius-type shawl with the Rio (below) for the auction.


I really liked the colors, yarns, and samples at Black Water Abbey Yarns, and couldn’t leave empty handed.


At the Yarn Barn of Kansas booth, I picked up several books, and got a couple more through the XRX booth. (Mom pre-ordered Victorian Lace Today (not pictured below) as a gift for me. There were some samples from the books, and Mom has become fascinated with lace!)


I’ll post about my Stitches Classes experience in the next entry!

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4 Responses to “Stitches Midwest 2006”

  1. sp8 Says:
    August 20th, 2006 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for the great descriptions of your trip. I felt like I was there with you. Love the STR!

  2. hege Says:
    August 22nd, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Sounds like you had a great time. I went to Stitches East a long time ago, and got such a lot of great yarn that I still have some left! I hope to be able to go again this year, but it’s kind of far, too far to drive. I look forward to hearing about your classes!

  3. Chris Says:
    August 22nd, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, you got some great stuff – I particularly like that Tanzite. Have you caught up on all your sleep now?

  4. Jenn Says:
    August 23rd, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    I’m so jealous of the books! I took the train and didn’t want to carry the extra weight.

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