Stitches is a much bigger fiber event than the Midwest fair and draws amazing teachers from around the country. There were many classes that tempted me (both design and dyeing), but between CFS and pregnancy (30 weeks as of the time of the event) I'm just not comfortable driving myself 50 min for a full day event only to have to drive myself home. This is why Vogue Knitting Live Chicago worked perfectly for me because I could take the train downtown. Unfortunately Vogue Knitting Live this year is taking place 2 weeks after my due date, so I won't be attending!
I failed at my yarn diet for the year (I blame it on the pregnancy), but I am still trying to be good about adding fiber to my stash. While at this expo I was looking for things that would catch Keith's eye so that I could make a special project for him. While I didn't come home with any yarn, I did come away from the expo testing out two new fiber based techniques: Needle Felting and Tunisian Crochet.
|Keith tried needle felting, too!|
At the needle felting demonstration in the Esther's Place booth, we got the chance to make felted beads. This was the first time I had ever tried needle felting and I loved it! In fact, I liked it so much that I purchased two little kits to bring home. One of the kits includes the foam piece (to protect yourself) and needle. I will be making a 2d purple seahorse ornament from the first kit and a 3D penguin from the second. I hope I can do this new craft justice.
I can see this being a technique I explore more in the future. I know that KnitPicks sells crochet hooks that can screw into the interchangeables needles set, so I think this would be a perfect chance to fill in my collection of hooks at the same time as plying with a new way of stitchery.
If you have never been to a yarn expo, I highly recommend it. It is certainly worth the admission fee, even if you aren't planning on purchasing a lot of yarn!