Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stitches East Report

My friends and I are back from Stitches East... Can you believe it?

I love these signs - someone said that they have something to do with one of the Baltimore sports teams. It was very uplifting to walk around and just see the word 'believe' printed on mundane objects. I think they are onto something here! As mentioned, Stitches East was in Baltimore, Maryland this year and we had a room at the Hyatt Regency courtesy of Michelle's husband, Frank (Thank you, Frank!). This was the view from our hotel room:

This is Baltimore's Inner Harbour and it reminds me very much of the inner harbour in Victoria, BC. It was an amazing view at night as everything was lit up with old product signs like "Domino Sugar." See the building on the left with the triangle shape? That is the Baltimore Aquarium. We didn't get a chance to go in this time, but I would love to come back here and take Willow someday.

I haven't gone through all my goodies yet, but I won't be able to post pictures of all of them as some of them are intended to be Christmas presents and the recipients are regular readers... but I can show you my freebies:

Berroco was giving away free samples of their yarn - they had these huge cones and you could ball up whatever amount you wanted and take it home with you. The middle one is Hip Hop, the right-most and second-from-left are Keltic, and I can't remember the names of the other two... but they are very soft and pretty! I wound enough of four of them to make Dulaan hats out of - but the left-most ball is just a little guy - maybe 30 yards. I suppose if there is enough of the blue-and-purple leftover we will have a mixed up hat. Thank you, Berroco!

I did bring my camera along with me, intending to take pictures of all the neat things I found in the Market, but soon found out that cameras were verboten. Michelle, Patty, Kathy, and I did soooooooo much walking on Saturday and Sunday! We also spent a lot of time at the baby hat tables knitting baby hats for Caps for the Capitol. I really like this idea - a rest area where people can do something useful and I hope it is something they continue at future events. Our friend Denise was also at Stitches - and she was lucky enough to sign up for classes and learn some new things. We didn't spend all of our time at the Market (though we really could have!); we had dinner in the hotel restaurant then walked around all the Inner Harbour shops, then sat and had coffee in the B&N (which was built in an old power plant). I burned my tongue - what else is new?!?!

So, since I couldn't take pictures at the Market, I started taking pictures of the fall foliage. Baltimore is further south than where I live and they had some beautiful colours out.

Not to be outdone by Baltimore, this one was taken in Michelle's front yard:

And this one in the parking lot our apartment complex:

I love fall colours!


turtlegirl76 said...

Beautiful foliage! And how cool is that? They had cones of yarn for you to wind whatever you wanted off of? Neat.

Jenn said...

The cones thing sounds really cool! They didn't do that at Stitches Midwest. :(

tara said...

A trip. How fun. Bret saw the pictures and said it looked like Victoria too.

mf said...

Great yarn smaples Love those rich fall colors!