We left here Friday morning and leisurly drove down to Atlanta, arriving just in time for check in at the Renaissance Waverly where Stitches South was being held for the first time ever!!!
We got the car unloaded and found our way up to our room. John settled in with his carving and I immediately set out to find the location of the Market. I had decided not to take any classes this time and spent my whole weekend SHOPPING!!!! What fun.
Knowing that I would be there for three shopping days, I took my time and took in all the sites, bookmarking my favorites. I knew that I wanted some sock yarn so that I could start fresh on Wendy's new book KAL that will start in June, so I kept that in the back of my mind. I got a little distracted when I found this (sorry for the flash reflection). It's called "Child's Otto Patchwork Jacket".
It didn't take me long to pick this up for Maggie. I went back up to the room and pulled out my new square needles:
These needles as such are great to knit with. They wonderful between your fingers; however, they are horrible as circulars. It's hard to get a smooth flow with your knitting as you have to stop and straighten out the kink in the cables as you go---very frustrating to me.
I called Alicia to ask what size I should make. Maggie just turned two, but she is still tiny. The pattern comes in size 3-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6. She will be 2 1/2 in the fall. We decided to go with a 3-4, fearing the 1-2 would be too small. I was able to get almost all of the back done and realized this was going to be waaaaaaaaay too big. May fit her at age 6 or so.
I was also not too sold on the light blue in the kit. The middle band is actually a dark purple. I was thinking maybe a shade of lilac might just look better. What do you think? I'm going to have to rip it back to the beginning anyway. I'm going to start over in a size 1-2 and I'm going to add an edge stitch on each side for easier seaming.
Alicia's favorite colors for Maggie right now are pink, green, and white. So, I thought about it through my shopping on Saturday and went back down to the market on Sunday morning before we left and bought enough yarn to do another one:
I think I'm going to like it better than the purples. Also, note that I switched to my regular circular needles. It's going much faster with these. Oh one more thing---the yarn in the kit is Trendsetter Yarns Merino VI---machine washable---great for children's clothes, in my opinion.
More Market news and friends coming tomorrow. Stay tuned.