Let me just get the whining out of the way. My back hurts constantly since August. And lately it hurts really a lot. And I have a sinus infection. Probably not contagious anymore, but won’t go away. So the idea of taking a two and a half hour Amtrak train to Santa Clara for a yarn convention just didn’t seem fun anymore. Sure, when I bought the Stitch ‘N Ride ticket to the Stitches West Conference it sounded like a great idea. But as the date grew closer I began to have so many excuses. And I whined about it to Paul. All the time. And he kept saying, “You’re going. Just remember how excited you were. You’ve been talking about this since last year.”
It’s all true. I joined a knitting group last year. In the weeks before the event it was all the women talked about. Then after they went, it was all they talked about. They said things like quiviut, and suri, and tops, and roving. I had no idea what they were talking about.
At this point I’ve been around yarn and fiber addicts long enough to know what each of these terms mean. But I had never touched quiviut (musk ox wool) or suri (superfine alpaca).
So this year when the tickets went on sale, the knitting groups were abuzz. People talked about the thrilling finds from years past. All the ladies talked about what fun they had on the train last year. Everybody was asking if was planning on going and if I had my ticket yet. It was pretty exciting. Still, I felt awful. I wondered if I would really enjoy myself. I thought It might be a miserable experience with my stupid sore back and my ridiculously congested sinuses!
But then, in the nick of time I started to feel better. On Friday night my back mysteriously hurt less (this is the way it is with my back) and the sinus infection finally started to get better. By Friday night I still felt a little wonky, but certainly well enough to enjoy the conference.
So I updated my needle checklist just in case I found needles I couldn’t live without. I scanned my favorite patterns to decide what kind of yarn and how much I would buy to make ONE project. (I know–massive self control here.) I decided to buy one skein of sock yarn, enough yarn for a Clapotis shawl, and a shawl pin.
Next time: Stitches West… Did I find what I was looking for?