Swag and goody update

So I didn’t get a lot of things while at Chain Link. Coming in to Buffalo, my checked luggage was at 47.3 pounds. So I didn’t have a lot of room to play with.

When I registered I bought the commemorative hook. It’s really pretty and I picked that up on Wednesday:

Here’s a closeup of the carved info:

I also got a Lion Brand goody bag. It was a huge bag but didn’t have a lot in it. Two skeins of yarn, some plastic circular knitting hooks, the Just Wraps book, and a handout that was all knit hats. Here’s what I kept:

I’m likely going to give my niece the yarn since I didn’t get a chance to pick her up anything. 🙂

During Professional Development Day I got an Annie’s Attic book along with all my handouts. Everyone got different ones. I got Comfort Crochet:

I also won a door prize! A Tahki Stacey Charles pattern book (that I’ve wanted for a while) and 9 skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic. There’s a Doris Chan pattern in there that I wanted to make and I have just enough yarn for it! How awesome is that?

On Thursday after the Getting Loopy show, we ran over to the market preview where Mary Beth Temple was signing books at the Leisure Arts booth. Leisure Arts was giving away copies of the book! I was stoked about this since I had planned on buying it anyway!

It feels weird to me to get an autograph from someone I consider a friend. But I did it anyway. 😉

Friday during lunch I broke down and went to buy the Tulip Etimo hooks. I held one in my hand during the Thursday preview and had to have them. Here’s the case closed (I love how fancy it looks):

And open:

Yes, it came with all the hooks from D to J (including the 2 sizes of G), a pair of really sharp scissors, a hard ruler, and 2 needles. There’s room for 2 more hooks if I move the scissors to the zippered section.

Saturday after the Meet and Greet we stood in line for Drew’s book signing. Again, Leisure Arts was giving away books. They were totally random but it worked out great! Margarita got a hat book and I got the pet book.

It has so many cute projects in it! Midnight currently sleeps on an old memory foam topper that has been cut into two beds. There’s a cover in this book that I think I might make (better than the blankets tossed on it). I need to do it with a zipper so I can take it off to wash it. Anyway, also got an autograph:

On Saturday I finally broke down and bought a Nantucket Bag. I’ve been lusting after one of these for months now. As soon as I heard they would be at Chain Link, I knew this was something I was coming home with. I just wanted to see it in person and make sure I liked it. Well, I do. I love it!!! They had it in purple (guess what color I got?), too! This thing is so neat and customizable. I spent one day with it as a backpack and then traveled with it as a tote bag. I plan on pulling out some of the stitches to customize my pockets. Plus, I can hang it flat on my studio wall to hold my tools and then when I’m going somewhere I can just grab it and zip it up and go! Here’s some pics of it:

As a tote bag:

Two shots of it open:

And the view of the back showing the shoulder straps:

I also picked up a pair of crochet earrings on Saturday in our last run through the market before heading down to the dinner. Aren’t they cute?

The last thing I got was at the dinner on Saturday night. There were double ended hooks and knitting needles on the chairs. I grabbed a seat with a hook. It’s a G double ended hook which I can use as a Tunisian hook by simply putting a stopper on the other end.

So that’s all the swag I came back with. And for the record, my luggage was right at 50 lbs on the way back. 🙂 And that’s with putting most of the yarn swag into my carry on bag. 🙂