Monday, February 23, 2009

Stitches West 2009

Stitches West Knitting Expo 2009 will be here in Santa Clara this Thursday, and I decided to try it out this year. Back in November when I decided to take a few classes, many of the classes were already full. I was able to register for two classes.

My first one is a three hour class on learning how to cable with Melissa Leapman. There are a lot of patterns out there that have cables in them, so it's time to learn.

My second is called "Adaptations-Customizing a Published Pattern." with Gwen Bortner. Class description: The pattern is just what you were looking for except for a few changes. A different yarn, maybe a different stitch pattern, change the sleeve length or make a different neck line. Gain hands-on experience converting a published pattern to meet your design ideals.
I am always seeing patterns that I like, but want to change something about it, and this sounded like the perfect class for me.

With this being my first Knitting Expo I am not sure what to expect. I understand that the market place is huge and to be prepared to be overwhelmed. I don't really plan on buying much, but I do want to get some nice yarn to use for my class on Saturday. Fortunately because I have a class on Thursday afternoon, I will be able to attend the Market place preview after my class. Then on Friday it's open to anyone who wants to attend the Expo but not enrolled in a class.

I crocheted my first pair of baby booties, so very cute. I am working on a matching hat, when I get it finished I will post pictures of both the hat and booties.

Off to prepare for Stitches!

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