Have you been wanting to up your skills as a knitter or crocheter? If you’d like to find classes and have the opportunity to build relationships with fellow yarn lovers, you should attend one of the Knitting Universe events being held this year. STITCHES is sponsored by XRX, publishers of Knitter’s Magazine.
STITCHES is a truly unique fiber experience for yarn lovers, knitters and crocheters. The fun-filled weekend includes classes, shopping, friendship, and is one of the biggest events in the knitting industry. I have been to quite a few STITCHES events over the years, and I can tell you that they are the most fun for long weekends spent with people who love and appreciate our passion for knitting and crocheting.
If you are on the west coast, STITCHES West is being held later this week in Santa Clara, CA from February 19-22, 2015. Knitters, crocheters, fiber artists, designers, and manufacturers migrate each year to STITCHES West for a long weekend of classes, shopping and fun. You can sign up for packages that include events and classes for all three days or just choose to sign up for one day’s activities. I have always enjoyed the classes, because I have had the opportunity to learn techniques I would not have been able to find classes for in my local community. A recent favorite was the hand-dying yarn class at STITCHES Midwest; we had so much fun and I never knew how easy it really was to dye my own yarn!
The STITCHES Market is a yarn lover’s paradise — a fabulous shopping experience that I suggest you do not miss! Vendors come from around the world to display the latest yarns, gadgets, and trends. I always have a great time at the Market, finding truly unique products and yarns. My creative inspiration runs wild while I am wandering with new friends, and we always have fun! Some of my favorite purchases at Market have been exclusive hand-dyed yarns and one-of-a-kind yarn related pottery.
After the festivities of the weekend, you might not be ready to leave. For a more personal and in-depth experience, look into a little extra time spent with STITCHES ETC. This two-day event occurs following the close of main STITCHES events. You have the opportunity to spend two days with a select teacher delving into a single topic and covering it in more depth than can happen during the regular STITCHES classes. It is nice to use this time to focus on a specialized topic and really get in-depth lessons.
If you’re thinking of joining the fun at STITCHES West 2015 in Santa Clara, CA next week, our readers at Stitch and Unwind get a 50% off discount coupon for the biggest knitting & crochet market in America. Just print this page and bring it to STITCHES West. Happy discount, happy knitting & crocheting!
For more information and to register for classes and events, visit http://www.knittinguniverse.com/west. Register soon because classes are already filling up!
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