Recently, on Ravelry, there was much commotion and going-on about Stitches East. Like every Stitches fiber festival, there was the usual excitement - a chance to see all your favorite vendors in one place, maybe score a picture with the Yarn Harlot - and the now-mandatory stop by the Ravelry tent to try and recognize your fellow fiber lovers. I used to live on the east coast and never knew that Stitches existed, until I moved out here. They've got them planned for everyone really - West, Midwest, East - and these dream festivals occur far enough apart that you could probably attend all three. I'm one of the unlucky few who had to move into her new dorm on the exact day of Stitches Midwest, and missed our venue entirely, though it was only a mere six hours away, and for the next few days after had to endure the onslaught of 'look what I picked up' and 'wow, we got free samples' from those who went and scored.
This year, however, I was incredibly envious of those attending the East show, simply because one of my favorite yarn vendors - yes, you guessed it, Malabrigo - was going to have samples of a new yarn they're testing. They're not even sure yet when it will be available for distribution, this yarn (named 'Dos'). All the Malabrigo oglers just know that it comes in lovely colors.
So, imagine my surprise when, after jokingly stating to a Stitches goer, "Why don't you stop by the booth and pick me up a skein?", she did just that. And even mailed it to me. In fact, she didn't pick up one skein, but two! And in the most lovely of colors, as well! Yes, Tamara is a tricky one! I'll let you know what I decide to knit up with it soon enough - I've been busy with super secret Christmas gifts lately!
(The lovely khaki color is called 'Distant Thunder' - it's twin is named 'Blue Bellis')