Love going away but sleeping in one's own bed is really sweet. I'm not sure exactly why I decided to drive but I made it. 790 miles round trip. On the way up we stopped over at Avila Beach. One of my favorite beaches, along the California Hwy 1 route, very picturesque.
Stitches West was a lot of fun, lots of "crazy" knitters and the market place was overwhelming. People were really helping the economy buying yarn and goodies left and right. Great classes to learn new ways to do things and after sitting around telling each other what we were learning. The lobby experience at the hotel was half the fun.
They served french fries with "Gilmore Garlic" (Gilmore Garlic Festival) that not just smelled incredible but the taste was out of this world too. We gathered in the lobby of the hotel between activities to discuss what we bought, what we saw and learned. And a few good laughs. A good time was had by all.
On Saturday evening they had the "Student Banquet" dinner. This is the event where you can submit 2 garments to show off to the rest of the attendees and organizers your designs and knits. Sort of a "show and share" on steroids. At the end they pick the best "Editor's Choice". There was a lot of beautiful knitting showed I'm honored to be picked. The editor is Rick Mondragon and I was surprised he picked my two shawls as his choice for the best. Thank you Rick!
This was my second time to Stitches I was there in 2008 I won that time too with this one: