The first day of Stitches was fantastic! I took a class (barely finished my homework for the class!) on zippers, ties and closures and it was very interesting. I had a tough time because I'm not very good with sewing and took this class for that very reason.
However, I was behind the curve because I did not know the names of the stitches. She would say, ok, "first you baste the facing and the zipper." Hmm. No idea what that means. I was taught the basting stitch by my mother but in Chinese so I was familiar with the actual stitch but lacked the vocabulary. Same with "tacking the hem" and using whipstitch and then backstitch for the front.
The instructor was charming and helpful and I so enjoyed seeing her sample knits too. Later at Stitches student mixer, the projects were so much fun to see. Many of these knitters are NOT bloggers so it's not the usual wave of things that make the rounds in the blogosphere.
Jane Selby also gave a short Q&A about her research for Victorian Lace Today (which is such a gorgeous book) and she was really a lovely speaker.
Oh, and the Stitches Marketplace? Utterly insane and so jam packed with goodies. I know why women bring suitcases with wheels to this. FTA put up their Sea Wool by Fleece Artist/Handmaiden and it was snapped up in a heartbeat. There isn't likely to be any left on Sat. unless Hollis has some set aside. The Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth had some lovely colorways out that I'd never seen online or at the Purlescence store so that was a treat. A pricey treat, but I'm thinking about doing Sockapalooza if Alison hosts again so I wanted to be prepared :)