We tried to bring back the California sun but had no such luck. Sometimes it seems like the rain never stops in Vancouver this time of year.
As usual, the show was a crazy whirlwind. All the new products and designs seemed fresh and exciting on the first day but by the end of the second day, after many miles of aisle-walking, we were bleary-eyed, blathering and exhausted.
Some highlights of the show included Kaffe Fassett telling us he’d love to visit Vancouver – stay tuned, we’re working on that one. His new book, Kaffe Knits Again, will be shipped to us this week:
We had a lovely chat with Louisa Harding and Jane Ellison and we’re hoping for a visit from them later this year. Louisa has an uber-cute new baby book out this Spring and Jane is excited to be involved with the Mirasol project. A new book of her designs for the Spring/Summer Mirasol yarns will arrive very soon.
We chatted by the pool with Debbie Stoller and Shannon Oakey and with Kim Werker on aisle 300. Saw Erika Knight at the Rowan booth and met Ken, Mr. Big of Westminster Fibers. You’re going to love the new products and pricing from Rowan, RYC and Nashua. More news on that subject later… We also met Russell, Mr. Big of Sirdar and Sublime. He told us that some great new products will be released this year but wouldn’t divulge any details, even after a couple of glasses of wine.
Gina and Austin Wilde of Alchemy yarns were as charming as ever. They’ve self-published a new book that will soon be in our stores. We’ll have an Alchemy trunk show sometime this Spring. Their booth is always stunning, with unbelievable colours, textures and edgy designs everywhere you look: