Report from Stitches West 2003
by Kelley Dean-Crowley

A Visual Journey

You can try one type of knitting machine... the knitting machines

Or a different type of knitting machine called a knitting board. the knitting board

Check out the local guild, or learn to spin. the guilds booth

Button, button, who's got the button? Button Shoppe did. The Button Shoppe

The Yarn Barn of Kansas had three long tables of books, patterns, and magazines.The Yarn Barn

Learn to use a Russian spindle, or knit Orenburg lace or gossamer webs.Skasa

See what your Chow's fur looks like knitted up! What better way to memorialize a favorite pet?spun pet fiber

See some fabulous designs up close and in person, such as these from Cheryl Oberle Designs. Cheryl Oberle

About the author:
Kelley Dean-Crowley has been knitting less than a year. Spinning also has her by hook, wheel and spindle. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from UC Davis, and must create to stay sane in an insane world.

Her husband actively encourages this latest obsession with fiber. Together, they have a two-and-a-half year-old son who may be a budding fiber artist himself. Kelley's current day job with a large multinational financial institution in the San Francisco Bay Area is punctuated by brief respites at the Knitter's Review forums.

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