Four of us here at Craftsy recently returned home from STITCHES East in Hartford, Connecticut and boy — did we have a blast! Join Emma, Cat, Karleen, and me during our weekend of knitting, crocheting, meeting new people, and trying new things with the recap posted below. Enjoy!
We arrived at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford Thursday morning to set up for preview day in the market. After six long hours of setup, the booth was complete and looked terrific, especially with the addition of our brand new iPads, which allowed STITCHES attendees to try out the new Craftsy App for iPad. If you haven’t already, be sure to download the App onto your iPad today for free!
Throughout the weekend we had some of our wonderful Craftsy instructors giving demonstrations at our booth. On Friday we had Myra Wood, Marly Bird, and Ragga Eiríksdóttir all giving demos on various topics. Myra discussed her Magic Loop Coffee Cozy, Marly taught us all about the different types of mittens and gloves that you will make in her new online class, Mittens & Gloves Galore, and Ragga felt right at home talking about her magnificent Icelandic sweaters that will be featured in her upcoming Craftsy class, The Top Down Icelandic Sweater.
Friday night we went to the Fashion Show and Dinner where the best knit and crochet designers showcased their work. Craftsy’s fashion show entry was the grand prize winner of our STITCHES East Design Competition, Carla P. Carla’s Isabella Shawlette (pictured below) was modeled live on the STITCHES runway. You can purchase this pattern through the Craftsy Pattern Library. Each and every garment in the show was unique and spectacular in its own way, and we were so thrilled to be able to see them up close and personal.
Saturday started with another round of demos, this time from Craftsy instructors Gwen Bortner, Betsy Hershberg and Edie Eckman. Gwen demoed her famous entrelac technique featured in Entrelac Knitting, Betsy walked us through choosing fiber and beads for knit jewelry, an essential aspect of her class Brilliant Knit Beads, and Edie, who teaches How To Say It: Pattern Writing for Knitters, rounded out the day with knitting and crochet tips.
As day turned to night and the market shut down for the evening, the four of us ventured to the Student Banquet where fellow knitters and crocheters displayed their favorite pieces. One student, Miss Kimberley Townsend, even showed off the Clarus Shawl that she completed in Laura Nelkin’s class, Mastering Lace Shawls.
Sunday was the last day of market, and we finally had the opportunity to meet and mingle with other vendors as well as a plethora of attendees to talk all about knitting, crochet, yarn, patterns, and of course all things Craftsy! Emma even took some time to learn to knit using Stephanie Japel’s class Knit Lab.
Overall we had a terrific experience at STITCHES East and loved meeting members of various guilds, numerous STITCHES instructors, vendors, everyone at XRX, and all of the STITCHES attendees! We’d love to hear all about your STITCHES East adventures too, so post your favorite moments of the event below in the comments area! Be sure to register for STITCHES West February 21 – 24 in Santa Clara. See you next time!