UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

February 12, 2011

Stitches West 2011: Thursday’s child has far to go.

Filed under: discussion, stuff — Tags: , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 1:57 pm

This is a list of vendors at Stitches who are offering Thursday night specials. If you patronize them on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you will be paying more than other people and getting less selection:

From this thread: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/stitches-west-2011/1521105/

Alpenglow Yarn / Ranch of the Oaks / Little Red Bicycle #1048
Knotty Knitters Calendar (sold by XRX itself)
Ellen’s Wooly Wonders #1445
Faerie Mountain Fibers #1040
Twisted Sunshine Designs #1146

added later:

The Fine Needle #718

I have blacked those places off my copy of the market map because I do not want to pay more than the supposedly fair price the vendor has chosen.

Admittedly those were not places I have highlighted, so it would not be a loss to me, but I will probably refer back to this list so I do not accidentally patronize them in the future either.

This Thursday night sale basically says, “We treat some people specially and you are not one of those people. We would prefer to do business with other people than you. Please go elsewhere.” So I plan to abide by that request and take my money elsewhere, forever.

Bijou Basin Ranch has coupons on their website, so you will pay more if you do not pre-prepare, but they are at least good for the whole show and for anyone. (#602 – 700) I would feel less put upon if I could “mention their website” or a special code word and get the discount, but that is because I cannot print at home so self-printed coupons are a huge hassle. Pico Accuardi Dyeworks is running specials throughout the show (#1144).

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Last year I asked if there was anyone reading here who wanted to accompany me to Stitches West on the Friday market day. I have never gone with anyone else. This year I invited people from the learn to knit group where I volunteer and no one wants to come with me. (One woman does want a ride there if I am going, but did not see the invitation as being to a social outing with me as her friend.)  If you want to accompany me, please do speak up. Email, Rav PM, or comment here. If you know me, feel free to call too. I am seriously considering not going. I have only three booths highlighted and I could just as easily order from their websites later. Between gas and entry fee and lunch, staying home would more than cover any shipping costs. Plus I need nothing. I still have untouched things I bought at my first Stitches in 2008.  It would be different if I was going with someone else and doing something social and fun. Many of the comments in the Stitches West group talk about how great it is to meet other knitters and make lots of friends. I do not think I have spoken to anyone who is not a vendor, ever, at the show. It usually seems like everyone travels in groups of their own friends and have no need of conversation with strangers.

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October 26, 2008

Block, Hem, Next, Out

Filed under: knit — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 4:23 pm

I think I have missed something as to the nature of “blocking”. But I obediently rinsed and spun out my sweater vest pieces and laid them flat on a huge towel which I set outside under the standard white sheet that keeps the neighbors’ demented child (would that I could post the video of an 8-year-old boy imitating a chimera of Harry Potter and Wonder Woman!) from messing with my knitting. I have heard people speak of “blocking boards” and “measuring” but I usually just lay things out approximately in the shape I think they should have without stretching the fabric too much, then I hope for the best. 

Fibery goodness today, aside from blocking sweater pieces, has been hemming my new pyjamas. I am the world’s worst hand sewing person. I hate doing it and it shows. I do not believe in blind hems. Clearly if I have to work that hard, you need to be able to see the stitches. They are not even attractive stitches. But if my DH would ever get off his behind and sew them on his sewing machine (current wait for mending is 27 months and counting, it is hardly worth asking if more things can be added to the pile) my stitches will be easily removed. See, that is how it works. I want something done, so I do it myself and wait until I can make someone else feel guilty for me not doing it right. So far the success rate on this behavior is zero. But in the meantime, I have hemmed pyjamas. Yes, they are badly hemmed, but it is not like I stapled the hem. 

Currently questing for the next project. I think I have a glove thing to knit next. And I really do plan to finish the finishing of the halfaquin first. And I would like to spin some before the next spinning group meeting. That way if I skive off, it will be because I do not want to go, not because I do not want to go without something to show for the past month.

I want a new knitting group. Are there other unchilded people near San Francisco who have enough money to go out for food somewhere? I heard that Stacey’s in Dublin (CA) lets people keep their tables all night on Mondays because it is generally slow that night, but that would be a $25/person kind of dinner (it is not a cheap place.) Personally I almost never go out anywhere because the food is better here and because after 13 years, I still have no friends in the area.  My DH does not like to go out after a long day at work or on weekends because it has always been a long week. I meet people, but there is no friend conversion where they become someone I can call to suggest something that might be fun to do. I could go out alone, but like I said, the food is better here.

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