Sunday, August 12, 2012

Stitches Midwest 2012

When I first heard of Stitches Midwest a year ago, I was actually up in the area where it was held, on the weekend when it was held, but I decided not to go at the last minute.  This year, I promised myself I would go, and I did.


This is a show/expo hosted by Knitting Universe, with several events and classes as well as a large market place.  I decided to only go to the market place for my first experience.  Next year I may decide to participate in a class.  There was plenty to do and see.  There were thousands of yards of yarn, hundreds of books and patterns, kits galore, wool  drop spindles, knitting needles, and other items too numerous to mention. There were "yarn tastings," demonstrations of techniques/gadgets  and appearances by some crochet celeb's~ Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, and Kristin Ohmdahl.  There were also representatives from some charity organizations.

Project Linus is one of those groups.  They had an area as part of their booth where people could sit and crochet a granny square that would be added to other granny squares to make blankets.  The colors are red, white and blue, and the blankets that are made go to children that have lost a loved one who was in the military.

Ladies at the Project Linus booth, with a blanket and squares behind them.

I made sat down and made a square, in the Filet Starburst Pattern that I have been using lately.



I also learned a needle felting technique, and made a flower.  When I finished, I realized that the color of the flower would go perfectly on the purse that I had brought with me.



What a great experience!  I can't wait to go again next year.



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11 comments:

Mythillogical said...

The idea of giving the blankets to children who have lost a loved one in the military is a fantastic one- and the blankets look great!

Wendy said...

Sounds like a great event and the blankets idea is such a lovely one.

Emma said...

What a lovely project to be involved with, thanks for sharing!

Bev Newman said...

Fantastic idea about donating the blankets - kids need comfort when they go through something like this and from personal experience I know it'll mean a lot x The event looks fab - I went to one last year in the UK and got loads of inspiration from it. Also took friends who were equally inspired

Diane said...

Looks like fun and a great project. Thanks for posting!
Diane
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Kat Shenton said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun! And the flower is super cute too.

Hannah said...

Love the flower! I can't belive that was your first go!

Pickle Lily said...

What a fab project - you must feel proud contributing to it. I like the funky flower. Have a good week, Jo x

CatkinJane said...

Sounds like a great event, and great to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile project

Your Friend Susie said...

What an inspirational idea, the blankets for the children who have lost someone. I love that. I also love the flower you did, very pretty. I still want to learn to do felting, but it's still just on my *list*. Thank you for sharing.

knitnrun4sanity said...

Now how come you didn't seem to spend as much money as me!? It sounds to be very similar as I could have done workshops but was much too busy looking at all that lovely stuff!