If you haven't already, now is the moment to pull out your datebook (or iToy) and highlight 14-17 April 2011 for STITCHES South.
You can download the brochure in .pdf form by clicking the link at the bottom right, or you can view it on Flickr by clinking the link in the upper left. In the midst of all the holiday hub-bub, isn't it nice to be able to curl up with the STITCHES South 2011 brochure, read up on all the great classes, pick out a few (or a few more than a few), sign up, and then fantasize all winter about how great the weekend will be? And the beautiful thing about this is that the weekend will be even better than the fantasy. If creativity is one of the big factors in keeping America competitive in the 21st century global economy, then knitters will have no trouble continuing to do their part. XRX asked teachers to come up with more new and unusual classes, and the teachers responded in full. If you see a class description that looks interesting but you'd like more information, extended descriptions are available online when registration opens.
Opening Day begins with Anna Zilboorg, author of Knitting for Anarchists, Magnificent Mittens and Socks, and other books including Fancy Feet: Traditional Knitting Patterns of Turkey and Simply Socks: 45 Traditional Turkish Patterns to Knit. While the objects may be small in size, they are big in color, pattern, and knitting interest. I hope she brings LOTS of samples.
There are several fashion shows this time. In addition to the usual Friday night fashion show, there is a show on Friday at noon featuring Jean Frost jackets and a show Saturday at noon featuring projects from Knitter's magazine. Teachers á la Carte is still Thursday at lunch. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers in person. If there is a still-open class you are thinking about or a teacher you are curious about, Teachers á la Carte is your chance to go straight to the primary source.
And the Pajama Party returns on Friday night. Glee!
The weekend wraps up with the Saturday student banquet for all you Show & Tell junkies (myself included) and the Cash Grand Prize Drawing on Sunday at 1 PM. And, of course, the Market is open the whole weekend. Do notice that this year STITCHES South falls at the end of tax season rather than after it, so do be sure to file early if you expect a rebate. You never know who is going to show up in the market with something that isn't normally in stock in the local shops. (I know, it is hard to believe there is anything that isn't normally in stock around here, but I've found a few.)
While you are online registering, head over to this link to register to get a digital copy of Knitter's magazine issue 100. You can also sign up to receive your subscription digitally, which is very useful if your bookshelf space seems shrink. Digital copies are also handy if you want to print out and mark up a pattern so that the magazine isn't dog-eared beyond recognition after a couple months' journey in a knitting bag.
Registration for STITCHES South opens Monday 22 November at 10 AM Eastern time. Early bird pricing runs until 10 February. This gives all those dear hubbies/sweeties out there a chance to indulge their knitters for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Yule or later for Valentine's Day. I suppose they could surprise us for Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Dr. King's Birthday, and Groundhog Day too.