Today’s post is brought to you by the letters E, L, and V

Las Vegas was… exhilarating! Mom usually travels to Las Vegas once a year for a trade show, and I always ask if I can tag along. I know that I probably never would get a chance to visit the so-called Sin City otherwise.


It was so much fun to see all the places shown on TV and movies, like Caesar’s Palace, MGM Grand, or the Bellagio. Everywhere we went, there were slot machines and card tables. I can certainly understand the allure of winning money. I have the worst luck when it comes to card games, so I only dabbled a bit at the penny slots. I’m not a big fan of multi-line slots but Wheel of Fortune was fun to play. Also, the smoke wasn’t as bad as I expected, because most of the time, it was only the casino area open to smokers.

Las Vegas was… exotic! At the trade show, Andrew Zimmern, local (as in MN, not NV) chef and TV/radio personality (he is host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods), spoke a couple of times. Afterwards, he had “bug candy” to pass out and share. (I did not eat any, but I saw the boxes. The “candy” included Mexican-spiced larvae and crickets spiced with a flavor I’ve since forgotten.) This is my Mom with Andrew.


The Hilton has a cute Star Trek store and restaurant/casino. I never did see any Klingons or Ferengi, just people who were wearing the Deep Space 9 uniform. I didn’t take any pictures or try the Romulan Ale. (Guess I’m not a good Trekkie.)

Las Vegas was…. exhausting! Seriously, I had no idea how much walking was involved! The Strip with the newer casinos is closed to pedestrian traffic, so you either have to drive and brave the traffic, or cross the street via bridges. Mom says it this is a fairly recent development with the arrival of the mega-casinos and the increased influx of tourists and workers.

On the other hand, while my Mom was busy with seminars and meetings, I got a ton of knitting and reading done. It was nice to have a break from the computer (I didn’t try very hard to find free WiFi).

Las Vegas was… expensive! The shows and restaurants were all pricey. (At least the food we were served was both delicious and generously portioned.) It was mentioned somewhere that the average visitor spends $600 in the casinos during a visit! We went to the Fremont Street Experience (downtown Las Vegas, where the old casinos are) and were made dizzy by the light show every hour or so. The Forum Shops was a gorgeous place with its artificial sky and high-end stores that I rarely see. We missed out on the Fashion Show Mall and its outlet shops; by the third night, we were too tired to go out.


Las Vegas was… extreme! There was so much going on that it was impossible to even see everything. The convention center had three different events running concurrently, the MTV Awards had taken place a few days before we arrived, and a volleyball tournament was winding down. (The Las Vegas Convention center was a bit nicer in the food department than the one in Chicago; in addition to a pricey self-service cafeteria with tons of seating, there also was a Starbucks, Sbarro, and Nathan’s.) The temperature reached 106F while we were there. At least it was a dry heat, as the saying goes.

Las Vegas had… evidence of fiber! There are three yarn shops,* and we had time before our flight home to stop in at two of them. I forgot to take a picture of Gail Knits, which was rather spacious. There was a couch in the front and plenty of tables. And the yarn? It filled the neatly arranged shelves along the sides and in the back section. I may have misunderstood, but they didn’t seem to have much cotton in stock (blends, mostly). As I was leaving, I noticed several carousels of Berroco pamphlets and Rebecca magazines near the door.


We almost didn’t go to the second store, Wooly Wonders because the website address no longer works and the phone seemed to be out of service. Luckily, the people at Gail’s told us it was still open. Wooly Wonders is tiny, but chock-full of yarn, and includes supplies and classes for weaving and spinning.


There wasn’t much sock yarn at either store (TOFUsties and Fixation at Gail’s Knits, and JaWoll and Wildfoote at Wooly Wonders). I guess it’s too hot most of the time to wear socks in Las Vegas? I got a gorgeous hot pink skein of TOFUsties and a rose pink skein of Hempathy to take home with me.

Here are more pictures. (They aren’t exactly in order… I thought I had uploaded them in a coherent order, but apparently not.) 


Gail Knits
Wooly Wonders
Nancy’s Quilt Shop
8450 West Sahara
Ave, #112
3421 E Tropicana Ave,
3290 North Buffalo Drive,
Suite 1
Las Vegas, NV 89117 Las Vegas, NV 89121 Las Vegas, NV 89129
702-838-7713 702 547-1661
(Doesn’t work?)

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10 Responses to “Today’s post is brought to you by the letters E, L, and V”

  1. lorinda Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Sounds like a trip you have to rest from when you come home!

    I loved the dramatic stage show–gods, goddesses and The Cheesecake Factory for a backdrop. That really epitomizes Vegas, don’t you think?

    Love the Tofutsies yarn you bought. Isn’t it nice to knit with? So soft.

  2. bellamoden Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Boy, what a trip! Sounds fun.

  3. Guinifer Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Sounds like a great trip – we took the kids and they even had a good time. Don’t need to go again anytime soon though. I love the Hempathy – what are you going to make with it.

  4. Jeanne Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Sounds like fun. It’s been years since I was there last, but I did have a great time. It’s hard not to.

  5. Chris Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 11:41 am

    I’ve never been, either – but sometime I will have to. I’m always up for a good spectacle.

  6. Opal Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    What a whirlwind of activity! Maybe you need a vacation from your vacation now?

  7. Rina Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    LOL. I knew you were going to say LV is expensive. But it’s a well worth trip I think. I would love to go to LV someday. Uuuu Tofusies, I have one skein but haven’t knitted it.

  8. mrspao Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Looks like a brilliant trip :) I’d want to visit Minnesota afterwards though….

  9. Renee Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time. I wouldn’t want to live there, but visiting Vegas is so much fun!

  10. Sydney Says:
    September 21st, 2007 at 1:59 am

    Looks like a fun trip1 It’s been years since I’ve been to Las Vegas. There’s always something to do at any hour.

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