What can I say? The Stitches Marketplace is the best place to see all that’s new in the world of knitting. The exhibit hall at the Santa Clara Convention Center is huge — cavernous — so you can imagine there would be a number of vendors from all over the country (even from outside the U.S.).
My must-visit booths include FoxyKnits for their vast selection of Koigu yarns (it is inspiring to just stare at the selection from afar — the colors!); Habu for their unusual fibers (this year, I may actually buy something); Yarn Barn for books and magazines; Webs for basic yarns bagged and ready to go; and Tess (their rayon ribbon yarns come in the most gorgeous colors — perfect for warm-weather knitting). I also seek out button and closure vendors, as there are so many talented artisans there who sell their hand-made wares. Gita Marie’s enamel buttons and shawl pins are absolutely gorgeous. My friend bought a leaf shawl pin last year, which is just stunning.
Image from here.
But the best is to just browse, aisle by aisle, and stop in and visit the booths that catch your eye — fun! Hope to see you there!