Stitching Bitches

Today was the Stitch ‘n Bitch Dag Nederland in Rotterdam. I drove by myself down, not knowing what to expect really. I haven’t managed to make it to a single meeting in Amsterdam yet. I had met a few knitters at Nancy Marchand‘s workshop several weeks ago, but otherwise I know no one in the knitting world here. Yesterday at work I Googled the website for the event to find out what time it started and one website that Google found was “Andy in Amsterdam“. He blogged about the event so I left a comment that maybe I’d meet him there. Who knows?

It was held in a renovated factory on the outside of the city center. Good thing I had my TomTom with me! As my colleague Ellen says, “TomToms make you stupid”, and that’s true, I had absolutely no idea where I was. But I knew I was in good hands with ol’ Tom. He got me there and home, even though roads had changed and I had to re-route a couple of times.

I had promised myself I would only buy yarn to finish a scarf I had started and didn’t have enough yarn to finish it at a good length. I want to make it a double sided brioche, with the multiple color on one side, and a matching solid color on the other side. But you know how it goes when you promise not to buy yarn in a place that has thousands of skeins to choose from…. Ha!

I bought gold colored sock yarn to complete that scarf, plus sock yarn to make 2 pairs of socks from a stand selling Finland imports. They also said I could find out more about the yearns at www.garnstudio.com.

I bought this lovely wool from Carina from De Schapekop (the sheep’s head).

The photo doesn’t do it justice of course. It is hand dyed, very soft and still has that raw wool smell and feel. There’s still a bit of lanolin in it. Fabulous. I’m going to make a vest out of it. There’s just enough to make that.

I bought some cute markers from Ballee who bills herself as a maker of children’s toys. I can’t imagine anyone letting a child play with these!

I DIDN’T buy yarn from Wolhalla that I just fell in love with. It’s a 75% wool and 25% bamboo mix, and once again, the photo just doesn’t show the amazing colors and sheen of this yarn. It comes from Germany, is called Trekking Pro Natura. I will HAVE to buy some. They didn’t have enough on hand to make a sweater, and besides I have to give some thought to what I would make with it. But it’s definitely on my wish list now.

I also saw a fun fat yarn called “Loft” from Atelier Zitron (another German yarn). It was thickly spun but seemed to weigh almost nothing. No wonder they call it Loft. This yarn was at a booth run by Astrid and her family. Again, on my wish list!

So, what else was going on besides shopping? There was a fashion show with prizes to be won (next year I’ll have to enter!):

And lots of workshops. I signed up too late to make it into any of them. Next year I’ll have to sign up earlier. There were also long tables set up upstairs where people were meeting and chatting. I saw one table for Ravelry members. Damn. I’m still 7,302 places away from being admitted.

Oh yeah, I did run into Andy and I introduced myself. There were not so many men there so he was easy to spot. šŸ™‚ We chatted for a minute. I told him I thought he had a really nice blog. He said I should come to the Monday night S’nB meetings. I’ll just have to do that.

1 Comment

  1. I stumbled upon your blog and thought I would drop you a line. I am bringing a group of 80+ American knitters in August to Amsterdam and Rotterdam to embark on a knitting cruise. Nancy Bush, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Lily Chin and Myrna Stahman will be the instructors accompanying us on this trip. While I am familiar with Copenhagen I have never been to Amsterdam or Rotterdam and am wondering the best way to find yarn stores and connect with local designers and fiber artists as well as how much time one should allow in each city (we are going on a 12 day cruise so we will want the bare minimum in each city as to not overdo it and to allow time for Copenhagen at the end of our cruise).

    Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Melissa

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