Stitches Midwest 2019 and Other Stuff

I hadn't been to Stitches in a few years, but I needed to rent a car for some errands last weekend, so I decided to brave the awful Chicago traffic and make the trek to Schaumburg. I met up with a couple of friends and had a really great time. I did buy some yarn but I'm proud that I only went $27 over my budget. I got this wool-cashmere blend from Apple Fiber Yarns.

It's sooo soft and this photo does not do the colors justice. I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it, but I know it'll be fabulous. I spent enough $$ at their booth that they gave me a free project bag. Naturally, I got the one with martinis on it.

I also got this very cute t-shirt for my niece.

 When we were in the Finger Lakes last month, we went to a goat dairy farm, and she had a great time playing with a tiny baby goat named Chip. So I got her a goat doll in the gift shop. However, she insists on calling it a sheep, very loudly. When you try to tell her that it's a goat, she yells, "Sheeeeep!"I figured she would like this sheep t-shirt, too.

What have I been making? Well, I used up some leftover cotton yarn and practiced my crochet skills by making a few dish cloths.

I also started a lace project using some yarn I found in the stash.

 It's coming along nicely.

Oh, I also ordered yarn from Purl Soho to make the Goode sweater.

On size 3 needles it will take me a lifetime but I'm going to give it a shot. I tried to go clothes shopping a couple of weeks ago and was absolutely dismayed by the poor quality of stuff offered, especially in plus sizes. I really need to get myself in gear and make my own clothes. It's the only way I'll ever have anything I truly like.