Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Another June, another TNNA...

And another finished pattern from Hooked for Life, LLC

Just got back from TNNA (The National Needlearts Association - a trade show for the fiber industry). I go twice a year, in June and January, to see all my yarnie buddies, check out all the new products and colors, and basically suck up for more work. All of which I accomplished, amen.

This year I unveiled my very own pattern line - Hooked for Life - but in a smaller way than I had anticipated. Between the genius stabbing myself in the hand with a seam ripper move, and the weeks of lets see how many barely related illnesses Kiddo's father can fall prey too, I only had eight patterns ready - and frankly four of those were done in the 48 hours before my flight!

Anyway, I had a wonderful time as always - it's pretty cool to talk about yarn for four straight days with people who are at least as interested as you are. The best wrap up of the show I saw was Franklin's In fact it is so wonderful I am not even going to try to do a wrap up post! He was so much fun to meet. We talked a bit about falling in with a bad crowd (some of us perhaps do not pay as much attention at the fashion show as we might - they called us the Dirty Thirty because a whole troop of fun-lovers was lined up against the back wall instead of sitting politely in our seats...)
In addition to stalking wonderful yarn, I was also stalking wonderful guests for Getting Loopy! Booked up for the next four weeks now, and I got a stack of very cool gifts to give away on the show (many of which I would prefer to keep - that's how cool they are...)

Now that I am home I am hating the heat and humidity in a big way. Hard to believe that during the wonderful knitting class I took on Friday with lovely and talented Chris Bylsma that I had to borrow a shawl from her because I was freezing my rear off in the convention center!

I am also sounding a little gravely, voice-wise, but at least I fared better than Amy Singer who lost her voice entirely and had to exclaim over gorgeous yarn in sign language.

This pattern is called Field of Flowers, and it is crocheted in Noro Kureyon Sock, but would work in any fingering weight yarn. Even though it is a fine gauge, it worked up very quickly because the lace pattern is only a four row repeat, and two of those rows are pretty darned tall.

I am off to plow through business cards and figure out how many designs I promised to whom so I can rough out some sort of a calendar for the summer. Catch you all soon...


Vashti Braha said...

Ravelry won't let me heart the scarf more than once! wah!
It was so great to spend time with you at TNNA and to witness the birth of your pattern company.

~drew emborsky~ said...

It was so great to see you at TNNA! I can't believe we didn't have time to get a drink together - that's so unlike us!! ;)

Congrats on the new pattern line - it's really great!!

Nichole said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that scarf... so much so I already asked my Mom for one for my bday (I don't crochet...) and she already spilled the beans that she bought the pattern today! =}

Glad you had fun at the show... hoping to see you in NH in a few weeks! ;-)

Darcy knotty Knitter said...

This makes me wish I new how to crochet. I know it is 101 degrees here hiding in the house knitting a baby hat for charity:)hugsDarcy