If you are coming to Stitches West, and I hope you are, I have a game for you to play. I think this is going to be a lot of fun. I hope you will participate and think it is fun too.
Wait, let's back up a minute.
First, I need to make a proper announcement.
A Verb for Keeping Warm is going to be at Stitches West 2008.
February 22-24. Booth 840.
I will be sharing a booth with Tactile Fiber Arts. They also use natural dyes. Their fiber and yarn is extremely beautiful. There selection of sock yarn is amazing. You are going to be in fiber heaven.
I will also be carrying Zero Stitch Markers. I am so excited about this. These stitch markers are gorgeous. I bought them for my mom for her birthday. Let me put it this way, we, the people in the world who choose to spend our time and money, knitting, spinning, felting, crocheting(ok, get the point, fiber loving people of all kinds) love color and the tactile experience. Zero Stitch Markers only enhance the process. Imagine, there you are knitting stitch after stitch, you get to the end of your row, how do you know? You are looking at a beautiful semi-precious stone, coupled with a freshwater pearl. I don't think I need to explain what beautiful stones do to the human condition, however, I will add that it makes everything a little brighter. That's what knitting is like when you use Zero.
Ok, now back to the game:
I will not deny, the fact that I am going to be a vendor at Stitches West gives me a certain amount of stress. I try to practice my Buddhist, existentialist principles. "If it doesn't get done, it doesn't get done. What is the worse case scenario? Will I go out of business? Will I lose my mind?" Ultimately, the answer is no.
My personality's natural tendency is to make a long list of things to do today, and an even longer list tomorrow. For the past two years, I have been working to balance that. To listen to my body, to not blindly follow my big brain ideas until my body breaks down (The rib!). Point being, you guys will all come and see me at my booth even though I did not finish dyeing every teensy tiny yarn or piece of fiber in my house, right?
Above and beyond, I want Stitches to be fun. I want to meet a lot of people, talk about fiber and yarn, and to touch as many soft, fibery things as possible. Moreover, fun balances stress, right?
So, I had this idea (thanks mom, and the U.S. Forest Service), and with encouragement from Maia and Brooke, I contacted Casey and Jess at Ravelry. Here's the low-down:
1. When you get to Stitches, go to the Ravelry booth, say hi to Casey and Jess, pick-up a "Passport".Inside the passport, each page will be dedicated to a different vendor/ Raveler.
2. As you make your way around Stitches, visit each vendor in the passport and get a stamp.
3. At the end of your day, stop by Ravelry's booth, drop off your passport, and you will be entered into a drawing. You will be eligible to win lots of beautiful yarn and books, supplied by the vendors in the Passport. A Verb for Keeping Warm will be donating yarn and fiber.
Once Stitches comes to an end, Casey and Jess will draw names and contact the winners. We will ship out your goodies to you.
I hope you play! And I hope to meet you at Stitches.