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Stitches West Recap!

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Ready to go in my Range Shawl, with my trusty helper sharing the load!

Ready to go in my Range Shawl, with my trusty helper sharing the load!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I was at Stitches West last weekend with my good friend (and Naturally Straight Forward partner) Annie Rowden! Both of us are work-at-home-mamas, and this was a big trip away from the littles. Ashley was also able to sneak away from her business trip to join us for a couple days! We sacrificed sleep to soak up every spare minute of knitting and girl time, loading up our days with classes, yarn squeezing, knitting and meeting new and old friends!

Veronika from YOTH and Dami from Magpie Fibers! Veronika is wearing the Marley Shawl knit up with a combination of their amazing yarns!

Veronika from YOTH and Dami from Magpie Fibers! Veronika is wearing the Marley Shawl knit up with a combination of their amazing yarns!

The YOTH & Magpie Fibers booth made you feel like you left the convention center and walked into a trendy yarn shop, complete with clothes, accessories, YARN, and couches (where I crashed with my knitting for most of the day Sunday - it was glorious!) As you can see from my yarn picks below - I apparently was in a very blue mood.

It was amazing to see the ladies of Spincycle and their yarns in person! Their booth was overflowing with color inspiration! This two-woman company sells yarns made in the USA from "sheep to skein" (which sets my heart a flutter) and offers truly unique products (more on them coming to the blog soon ;) .

Kate and Rachel of Spincycle!

Kate and Rachel of Spincycle!

I was also hugely drawn to yellows this weekend - can you tell I have spring fever? This colorway from Spincycle is called Greed - and I love it!

I was also hugely drawn to yellows this weekend - can you tell I have spring fever? This colorway from Spincycle is called Greed - and I love it!

Kristine from A Verb for Keeping Warm

With our love of naturally dyed yarns, Annie and I were in heaven at the AVFKW booth. Gorgeous isn't a big enough word to describe the amazing collection of yarns. A picture might say it better (because you know I couldn't leave without some of this yarn! Naturally...)

I wish you could reach out and touch them, and turn them over in your hands to see all of the amazing subtleties in the color.

One of my absolute favorite keepsakes from the trip is Sincere Sheep's Sheep Tote! I mean - come on! How cute is this bag? Love it!

One of my absolute favorite keepsakes from the trip is Sincere Sheep's Sheep Tote! I mean - come on! How cute is this bag? Love it!

If you read my previous blog post, you know that we were lucky enough to release two new patterns with Brooke of Sincere Sheep (click here to read all about it!) And I'll say it again - if you haven't had the opportunity to work with Brooke's yarns, you should really head over to her site, because they are amazing! And while you shop you can listen to her awesome Woolful interview. She has a company you want to be supporting!

Inspiration was not in short supply - between stunning yarns, beautiful tools, and motivating classes - I am already busy plotting and scheming for well into next year! Stay tuned for some amazing collaborations, including some Yarn Babies posts with these amazing people.

And Stephen West - because the knitting world just wouldn't be the same without him!

And Stephen West - because the knitting world just wouldn't be the same without him!


Congratulations to Carmen Bockman - the winner of last weeks giveaway! I've emailed you :)