Last week I got a real treat and I went to Stitches West for opening day. I am very lucky in that I only live about 20 minutes away from the convention center where stitches is held. Even more lucky, my Mom came with me and we had a wonderful time. It is so fun to share my obsession with my mother! Stitches opened with the author of Victorian Lace giving a presentation about how and why she wrote the book, her research in to victorian knitters and a fashion show of the shawls from the book. It was very interesting and absolutely amazing to me that she could remember how she made each and every shawl! That was followed by a luncheon where we met some lovely ladies from around the state and then we took a class on edging. I learned a lot on how to have a more finished item. After that, Mom and I hung out a bit and had dinner and then the best part . . . they opened the market from 7-9 p.m. for a special market preview only open to registered students. Two hours was not nearly enough but we zoomed around the market and checked everything out. I bought this gorgeous turquoise silk from Tess yarns to make a shawl (what can I say - the speaker inspired me). It was a splurge but I figure if I'm going to take all the time it takes to make a shawl it should be fabulous when I finally finish. Also following in the shawl obsession I bought this gorgeous golden alpaca and silk blend. I bought it from the folks who raise the alpacas so that's always fun. I also bought an beautiful dragonfly button that I will sew on to a felted bag I think. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend any of the other days of Stitches but I'm glad I got this one day. I really want to get started knitting with these fabulous yarns but I'm trying to make myself finish some items first. Wish me luck!