A handful of announcements

Today is very hot (and humid…gotta love Florida in the dead of summer), and I’ve been at the computer all day long. This is my last computer related item on my to-do list and then I get to go sit under the fan and crochet. So, this will be pretty quick. ๐Ÿ™‚

Item #1: Since it’s been brought to my attention that I didn’t clearly announce this a few weeks ago when I wrote that one post. Um, I won’t be at the Summer Knit and Crochet Show. Sorry, but due to health issues, I had to pull my classes. I just could not see making it through the whole week of activities and teaching classes. Especially considering that most days I feel the need to take a nap after running an errand. For the record, I don’t always take that nap, but the fatigue is there. I’m so very sorry and I will miss seeing all my friends. Y’all have fun and tweet away so I can be there vicariously. ๐Ÿ™‚

Item #2: I am, however, teaching another round of classes at Crochetville. You can see the upcoming schedule (starting in August) here at their website. I hope you’ll join me as the last round was a lot of fun. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have over there in the forums. ๐Ÿ™‚

Item #3: This one is really good news. The urge to crochet has bit again (which is good ’cause I was getting worried). I spent this weekend crocheting away on fun stuff for myself and for gifts. I’ve also got some little sparks of inspiration I’m hoping to fan into flames of designs, but we’ll see. I’m not pushing or rushing anything that’s going on right now. Thank you all for your support!

Item #4: If you wanted to get my pattern for the Fearless Scarf but didn’t get a chance to vote in this last round of Flamies awards, fear not! I wanted to have a period of exclusivity for the pattern (and to encourage everyone to go vote), but I was given the go ahead to release the pattern in my line. So…next week come back here for an announcement. ๐Ÿ™‚ It will be available and I’ll have all the info then. I need to do a double check and clean it up and get it ready to go.

Item #5: There are a few other designs that were in the finishing stage that will be coming down the pike in the next couple of months. I hope you’ll check them out when I get them ready. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, that’s all from me for this week! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and a great start to the week. Stay cool, all!

Knit and Crochet Show Summer classes posted

Wow, what a whirlwind week blogging for the Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week. I hope y’all enjoyed it! I did. It was fun.

So much so that I got up this morning and started to look for the next prompt. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I realized I didn’t have to do that today, and went about my morning.

Then I remembered that I usually blog on Mondays, and so here I am again.

Last week, the detailed class listings for the Summer Knit and Crochet Show were released. Registration starts on April 7th (this Thursday). The summer show is from July 28-30 (with Professional Development Day on the 27th) in Minneapolis, MN.

There’s lots going on this year and I’m sure it’s going to be just as exciting as the past two years I’ve attended. But why am I posting about this today?

Glad you asked. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m teaching four classes at the Summer show.

Thursday, July 28, 9a-12p: Introduction to Thread Crochet

Friday, July 29, 2p-5p: Organizing Your Space (Great for both crocheters and knitters)

Saturday, July 30, 9a-12p: Design Your Own Filet Crochet

Saturday, July 30, 2p-5p: Broomstick Lace Cloth (This is great if you’ve never done broomstick lace and want to learn)

If you’re over on the Fibers By Tracie group on Facebook, I have each of these classes listed as an event. So please feel free to RSVP there if you’re planning on taking the class (doing so does not register you for the class, it’s simply to let me and others know if you’re coming). I always love hearing who will be in my classes before I get there. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can see the whole list of all the classes for the Summer show here.

Okay, lunch time over for me and I have to get back to this current design project, so I wish all of you a wonderful week and I’ll talk to you later!

Oh, PS: Yes, I’m aware the website is down. I’m in the process of moving it. Things came up when I went to get help to do it, and it’s taking me a bit longer to finish up (due to my schedule, not theirs). Hang in there! If you buy patterns from me through my website, you can also go here to Ravelry to buy them. You don’t have to be a member of Ravelry to see them (but you should anyway!). Thanks so much for your continued support!

Top Ten Reasons you should go to the Knit & Crochet Show

I see a lot of questions and conversations about whether or not a person should try to go to these shows. Yes, they’re a bit pricey. However, my first one I went to I paid for by saving spare change (I paid for classes by picking up a design job a few months prior, but to at least get there I paid for it with change). So, here’s all my reasons for why you, a crocheter, should really try to go (I’m assuming you’re a crocheter if you’re reading this…if not you’re family and y’all can either read ’cause you love me or skip on by this one…lol).

#1: It really is a balanced show. Many many shows that say they cater to crocheters, actually put us as second billing. Granted, Offinger needs to remember how the alphabet goes and put the words in the correct order, but this show is really great for crocheters. It’s the National Conference for the Crochet Guild of America (and the Knitting Guild Association, so it’s nicely equaled out). There is so much for crocheters to do! Classes, events, and even just hanging out with other crocheters.

#2: It’s a whole bunch of “our people” together. That sounds weird, I know. But unless you’re in an area where there is a huge crochet chapter, you have never seen this kind of presence. People wearing crochet everywhere! People crocheting everywhere! People knowing that what you’re wearing is crochet! It’s inspiring and dizzying and thrilling all at once. Want to swatch with that new yarn you just got but don’t have a hook? You can ask the group of people at the table next to you, chances are good someone has the right sized hook and will gladly let you borrow it for a bit.

#3: The market! Okay, before going to my first conference, I’d only been to a couple of small yarn shops. And most of them weren’t really crochet friendly. So while there was a lot of yarn, there wasn’t a lot of tools that I could use. Not so in the market at conference. Now, granted, there still is a large percentage of knitting focused tools, but I’ve watched that get better over the past two years. And it’s still better than most of the other general yarn related events (I’m looking at you, Stitches). There is yarn EVERYWHERE! There are tools and hooks and bags and shirts and so much stuff you just won’t believe. Some vendors are learning that many of us like sparklies, too, and there are beads and buttons and other shiny things.

#4: Classes. Oh, the classes you can take. Now, I’ll throw in that I’m teaching four classes at the Summer show in Minneapolis. You know, if you wanted to come and learn some stuff from me. More on that when the full class list goes live (but you can see my descriptions in a previous post). I learned so much in the classes I took my first year. Yes, they seem a bit pricey, but honestly? $70 for three hours is awesome. Especially considering the amount of information that the teachers put into the classes. And you get to meet really cool people while you’re sitting in class.

#5: Events. Last year there was a dance party sponsored by Caron yarns. I really hope they do this again as it was so much fun to hang out, chat, and party with fellow crocheters. There’s also the fashion show and dinner which is great fun. There’s the wall of Design Competition entrants (I think this year it’ll be at the North Carolina show) which is inspiring and awesome to see.

#6: Networking. If you’re a professional or an aspiring professional, then you want to be there on Wednesday. That’s Professional Development Day and I always leave it inspired and with lots of great information to help my business. Sitting and chatting with other professionals at the presentation, lunch and then the breakout sessions is fabulous. There’s also the Designer Meet and Greet which is great if you’re wanting to meet with publishers and editors. It’s the main reason I’m going to try to go to both conferences (I’m scheduled to teach all day Saturday in MN, so I won’t be able to make the meet and greet and eat lunch. I’m going to hit the meet and greet in NC).

#7: The fun! Most of my best memories from the show are not in the classes or events. It’s sitting around with my new friends and laughing and talking. It’s the jokes that carry on past the event (if you follow me and other designers on Twitter, you’ll see these pop up from time to time).

#8: Meeting designers! I had a moment of total fan girl my first year at conference. I was standing there with Doris Chan and Drew Emborsky and could barely talk. Now, of course, I can do it without freaking out (too much). ๐Ÿ™‚ But the thing I loved about conference was just how accessible the big name designers were. We don’t have a super secret room where we hang out. We’re right there on the floor with everyone else, chatting in the coffee line (which really, that’s where you can find most of us), sitting in the lounge crocheting or chatting, hanging out in the hallways. I have yet to see a designer at conference that isn’t happily chatting with anyone who comes up to them.

#9: Fellowship. Last year when I went to conference I was close to quitting. I was tired, I was overworked, and I wasn’t sure this is what I wanted to do anymore. Let’s be honest, being a designer is sometimes very lonely work. But getting to hang out with my fellow crocheters gave me that boost I needed. It gave me inspiration and confidence and support. Which is why I think it’s great for everyone, not just designers.

#10: Support the shows! This is something I strongly believe in. If you want crochet magazines to stay in publication, support them. If you want crochet shows to stay, support them. The more we show our presence, the more we show what we want, the more shows will accept and support crochet (still looking at you, Stitches). The overall numbers support us, but sometimes there needs to be action behind the numbers.

I do hope you’ll try to make a Knit and Crochet Show. At least once. I honestly believe it’s an experience every crocheter should have. This year there will be two. The summer show is July 28-30 in Minneapolis, MN. The fall show is September 23-25 in Greensboro, NC. You can find more information about the shows here at their website.

Crochet Classes at Knit and Crochet Show

The class list has now been announced at the Knit and Crochet Show website. If you look on the list for the Summer Show, you’ll see a familiar name. ๐Ÿ™‚ (The fall show listing can be found here).

That’s right, I’ll be teaching at the Summer Knit and Crochet Show in Minneapolis, MN. The show is from July 28-30 (with Professional Development Day on July 27th) at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. All the details for travel and such are located on the main page I linked above.

So, what are these classes I’m teaching? Well, let me tell you, I’m very excited about them. I did some poking around in Ravelry forums to see what people would want to learn, and designed classes around that.

Intro to Thread Crochet is just what it sounds like. If you’ve ever been daunted by crocheting in thread, don’t fear! I go over the tools needed (and tools that will make it easier), how you can still work in thread and not have to use tiny tiny hooks, and we’ll slowly step down from yarn to thread in the hands on portion of the class.

Design Your Own Filet Crochet is going to be a lot of fun. I love filet work and think it holds a ton of possibilities. It’s not just for thread work, either. We’ll discuss how to design and make projects in filet, and these can be done in anything from thread to worsted weight yarn (and above if you’re really adventurous).

Broomstick Lace Cloth is based off of my pattern by the same name. It’s a great intro to broomstick lace and when you’re done you have a pretty little cloth to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Last year this class was a lot of fun with everyone giggling and enjoying themselves. I’m looking forward to teaching this again.

Organizing Your Space is going to be a lecture based class where we discuss all different ways to organize your stash, patterns, tools, and your work space. I’m going to have a ton of resources available ranging from really snazzy ready made options to do-it-yourself options. What makes me capable of teaching this? Well, if y’all remember back a couple of months, I’m living in 225 square feet of space with no closets. Not only am I living in here, but I’m maintaining a full working studio space in here as well. My studio takes up half my room and I am very organized. I have to be or I wouldn’t have room for the rest of my space (which is my bedroom and pseudo-living room). So, I’m going to share what has and hasn’t worked for me (because what might not have worked for me, may work for you). I’ve been collecting tons of great ideas and links and such that will be in a super packet available in the class.

I’m really excited about these classes. I hope that they all “make” (which means I need to have at least 5 people to sign up for them so they don’t get canceled) so I can teach them all. Also, depending on how my classes go at the summer show will determine if I will be able to make it up for the Fall show (in Greensboro, NC).

The website says that more information on the classes will be available in March. I hope you’ll consider going to the conference. I’ve been two years in a row and it has been awesome every time. It’s so neat to be with people who are like minded and understand the need to have crochet with you at all times. And it’s just so much fun.

Wait, what? How’d it get to be the end of June??

I am sincerely sorry I have not kept up with this blog. The last two months have been a whirlwind of work and I just haven’t had time to sit and compose a post (other than in my head while I’m supposed to be sleeping).

So, let’s catch up a bit, shall we?

I’ve been working on a super huge project that of course I can’t talk about yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s been the big thing that’s been taking up all my time. It shipped on Friday and now I just need to write the patterns for it and it will be done. I can’t wait to tell you about it. It’s really cool.

I’ve had easily five or six other good sized projects to go out, both for yarn companies and publication. I’m excited about those, too, and can’t wait to share those either (are you starting to see why I haven’t been able to post much?).

Things haven’t slowed down yet. I leave in a week for Chain Link (also known as the Knit and Crochet Show) in Manchester, NH. I’m very excited about this as I love Chain Link. This year I’m teaching two classes. One on Thursday morning on Amigurumi and one on Friday afternoon on my Broomstick Lace Cloth pattern. Other than that, I just have the events and will spend the rest of my time catching up with my crochet friends from around the country. If you’re going to be there, come find me! I’d love to meet you, too!

My to-do list is still incredibly long. I have to finish two samples for my Amigurumi class (those may end up getting done on Tuesday afternoon at this rate), I need to finish the hat I’m donating to the silent auction, and I’d like to finish a wrap to wear to the dinner Saturday night. That’s just the stuff for Chain Link. I also have three projects due very soon, and today I’m finishing up a submission package. I need to write the patterns for the big project before I leave as well.

I’m still planning on writing the series about being a designer, so if you have questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments. I’m going to try to get them up after I get back.

If I don’t post before then (very likely at this pace), I hope everyone has a great start to July and for my fellow Americans, Happy July 4th! Also, for those traveling to Chain Link, safe travels and I’ll see you there!

Want to learn about felting?

Classes at the Knit and Crochet Show this summer are already filling up fast! If you’re considering going, you should register soon. And if you’re planning on going and want to learn all about felting, you should take my Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Felting.

This will be a really fun and hands on class. We’re going to go over how to plan for felting, what stitches felt better than others, how different colors deal with felting, and then do some hands on felting in class.

It’s an all day class, but I promise it will be fun. Do come join me for this class! I would love to see you there!

Long overdue post

Sorry about that, folks. I was doing so good with keeping up with the blog, and then life did what life does and threw me a curve ball.

Right, so this is a quick post because I need to get ready to head out the door in about twenty minutes (will be explained further down).

Thing the first: Due to aforementioned curve ball, I’m now residing with my parents. This may seem like a horrid thing, but it solves a couple of issues. One being that I can continue designing and teaching full time (which, if you follow any other designer, you know that this job really doesn’t pay a lot). It also allows me to be a great help to my family by being around to keep my dad company during the day and serve as a driver to get him where he needs to go.

Now, this also has other benefits. The first being I have a lot more time to design. So, expect to see a lot more coming out from me. I know I missed a March pattern release, but I will get it (and possibly a second pattern) released this month. The other benefit leads us to…

Thing the second: If you live in the Polk County, Florida area and would like to take crochet classes or workshops with me, then you need to go check out Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven. If you go to their site and check out the classes link, you will see a whole array of crochet classes and workshops that I’ll be offering there at the store. Laura is super crochet friendly, so I highly encourage everyone to go there!

Thing the third: The main reason I’m leaving in now 15 minutes? I’m going to pick up my first spinning wheel today!!! Yes, I’m highly excited about this. Although, I’m unsure as to when I’ll have time to get on the wheel this week (gotta love deadlines as they mean I’m going to get a check later). But, I’m very excited as this is something I’ve wanted for a while. I was able to secure a great deal on the wheel and just couldn’t turn it down. Pictures later once I get the lovely home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thing the fourth: Registration for the Knit and Crochet Show (aka Chain Link) opens tomorrow. Remember, I’m teaching three classes, and I hope you not only can make it to Chain Link, but that you’ll take one (or all) of my classes. I’m nervous about class counts and all that, so if you’re interested in any of the topics (amigurumi, broomstick lace, and felting), please consider taking my class. We have a lot of fun when I teach. And in the amigurumi class, there might even be games of catch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, time to finish getting ready and head out. I’m going to get back on track with posting here. I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to be teaching at Chain Link!

Finally, I can announce my big announcement!

I’m going to be teaching three classes this summer at Chain Link (aka the Knit and Crochet Show) in Manchester, NH, July 8-10th.

Here’s what I’ll be teaching (with links to the descriptions on the K&C page):

T102C-Ami, Ama, the little Crocheted Toys! (Crochet) This class will be Thursday AM from 9am to noon. If you’ve ever wanted to make those cute little amigurumi and wondered how to get started, then take this class! We’ll go over the basic tools, the various types, how to read symbol only ami charts, and how to design and make your own. It’ll be lots of fun so come on out!

F212C-Broomstick Lace Cloth (Crochet) This class will be Friday PM from 2pm-5pm. This class is based on my Broomstick Lace Cloth pattern and will be a great intro to broomstick lace. We’ll be doing the project in class and depending on how quick you crochet (and catch on), you could have a finished project by the end!

S308C-Everything You Wanted To Know About Felting, But Were Afraid To Ask (Crochet) This class will be all day Saturday. I’m the most excited about this class. If you’ve ever been intimidated by felting, come take this class. We’ll be felting in class! We’ll also go over different stitch patterns and how they are affected by felting. We’ll also explore color and how it affects the felting process.

I’m extremely excited about this opportunity to teach and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone up at Chain Link!!!! I hope you’ll make plans to be there, too!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ And that’s with putting most of the yarn swag into my carry on bag. ๐Ÿ™‚

Overview update

Since I’m avoiding writing a pattern, how about a post with pics about Chainlink? ๐Ÿ™‚

It all started very very early in the morning on Tuesday. John had to drop me at the airport before work so I had to get up at 5:30am. I was at the airport by 6:30. And then I waited. Margarita got there around 7:30 and after getting her mom checked in on her flight (she was leaving for Rochester just before we left for Buffalo), she came to check in with me. Then we hit security and got to the gate where I finally got some coffee.

We got on our plane on time and settled in to our seats. Here’s out “going to conference” pic:

We got to Boston (our first stop) with no trouble. But then that plane was late. So we sat and dealt with brat children sitting next to us. Seriously, the mom dropped them off by the outlets so they could charge their game and dvd systems and then she went to sit somewhere else. The kids had a nanny who wasn’t really watching them either. These children were brats. Gah.

Our flight finally arrived and it was small enough that while we were separated by an aisle, we didn’t have anyone next to us on either side. It was nice. We got our luggage pretty quickly and headed out to grab a taxi to the hotel (the shuttle had just left and this was about the same price).

Our room was pretty nice. Here’s some shots of the room (taken some other time during the week):

We wandered downstairs after we got checked in and found a whole group of people. We met up with Mary Beth Temple and her daughter (Little Loopy) and grabbed dinner down the street. We found a place that served chocolate martinis (if you were following our Twitter updates back and forth before Chain Link, this was a topic of discussion) before heading back to the hotel. When we got back there we found Vashti, Doris, Drew, and a bunch of other people. We then decided there was no time like the present to head back to the Chocolate Bar (yes, this is what it was called). That would be a strawberry something or other and raspberry truffle martini. The raspberry one is mine. The strawberry one was Margarita’s.

That night we also met and hung out with Dee, Amy from Crochetville, Kim K, and Dee’s family. It was a fun time and great to meet everyone.

Wednesday morning came bright and early. And I learned that it’s really important to block cotton items a bit earlier than midnight the night before you are going to wear it. Yeah, thank goodness for a hair dryer in the room. And I still went to Professional Development Day with a slightly wet top. And because of that I forgot to grab my camera. The day was great, though. I learned a lot, met some of the members of the online CGOA chapter that I’m a member of, and touched base with some people. I met Margaret Hubert, which was really cool for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also got to meet my mentee, Linda. It was nice to finally put a face to the name and we sat together at lunch and chatted.

I skipped out on the last two breakout sessions in the afternoon because I was just so tired. I came back (with camera) and was able to get a pic with Linda (she was only going to be there on Wednesday).

That evening I had dinner with an editor (not sure if it’s cool to say who, so we’ll leave it at that) and then went over some design ideas. It was a great meeting and I was happy to sit and chat with her about other things over dinner.

Margarita went to Rochester during the day on Wednesday so I waited for her to get back that evening. It was during this time that I discovered that most of the vending machines were sold out of soda (I only checked 5 floors, but they were all sold out) and the gift shop was closed. When Margarita got back we went wandering looking for a store, but nothing was open. Such a culture shock to see places roll up after 5pm.

Thursday morning we got up and headed down to the lounge. I had one class and Margarita had a full day of classes. Here’s a picture of us in the lounge waiting for class to begin:

And yes, that’s the green baby doll top. I finished weaving in the ends Wednesday night. I wish I had brought more yarn with me as I need to tighten the neckline up a bit more. I’ll do that in the next couple of days.

My class on Fine Shaping with Lily Chin was great. A lot of it was a “duh” moment since she is able to explain things so well and they make perfect sense once she does.

After class I met Margarita for lunch and we wandered down to the farmer’s market a few blocks down. I bought Midnight some homemade dog treats since I’d heard he was being a good boy while I was gone (he’s right back to being whiny for me, so maybe it wasn’t a good plan). I had my first street vendor hot dog. Yes, I know, everyone’s shocked. But hi, I grew up in Florida. We didn’t have them where I grew up. ๐Ÿ™‚ We also had a quick meeting with the online chapter.

After lunch I met up with Mary Beth to go over the technical bits for the Getting Loopy show that was going to be that night. Since it was too much of a hassle to get internet at the convention center, my idea was for me to sit in the room and run the switchboard while she was on the show floor doing interviews and such. So we had a quick overview and sat and chatted for a bit. Then she took off to take care of something and I worked on sewing and weaving in ends on the top for Friday (have you noticed a trend yet?).

When Margarita got out of class we stopped and picked up soda and snacks at a food mart near the hotel and then tried to get dinner. We were going to eat in the hotel but the service was really slow. We ended up eating the appetizer super fast and getting our dinner packaged to go. While waiting on the checks to go through, I ran upstairs and dropped everything off. Once we paid, we ran over to the convention center for the design contest announcements. That’s when I found out I won honorable mention for the corset top. As soon as that was over, I had to run right back to the hotel to get the show set up. Here’s a very blurry shot of the final winners of the fashion division (including the grand prize winner). Sorry for the blurry shot, I was still shaking from winning.

The show went pretty well. Only a few technical glitches since the internet was so slow. After the show was done, we ran back to the convention center for the market preview and to see Mary Beth who was doing a book signing for her new book from Leisure Arts: DIY Afghans. I got a pic of my entry on the wall with the other entries:

We picked up our books, chatted with Mary Beth, wandered the market, then headed back to the room so I could actually eat dinner. I finished the tank top and then we went to bed.

Friday morning was another early day. This was my all day class with Lily Chin on crocheting from the top down. SO much information. But it was great. I really think this will help my design career go in another direction. It all made so much sense to me. Now to start putting the information to work!

During the lunch break we went and had some great open sandwiches at a little Greek place around the corner. When we came back, I got a pic with Drew before heading up to the market. Yes, I was wearing a lot of crochet that day. I had on my bamboo tank, the sample shrug from the book, and my summer beret:

Side note, yes, I’m short, but he’s really tall, too. And it was so nice to finally meet and chat in person. After that we went upstairs and I dropped a nice chunk of cash at the Tulip hooks booth for my new Tulip Etimo hook set (pictures of all my goodies will be another post). These hooks are so awesome. I love them.

After that I headed back to class and had my brain fried a bit more with tons of great information. So thrilled to finally learn all this information.

I met up with Margarita (she was in the room) and we headed downstairs for the CGOA member meeting. It went pretty quick and then we stood and chatted with a few people before heading out for dinner. I got a picture with Charles (aka StitchStud on Ravelry and Twitter) before he headed out:

Then Margarita dragged me out for dinner (otherwise I would have stood there talking all night). After walking down the street to the place we thought we would go, we turned around. It had a long line and was full of partying kids (wow, I sound old). We ended up at TGIFriday’s and had a nice meal. We got back and crashed a bit. At one point we headed downstairs for a bit and I stayed down there to chat with some people.

Saturday I finally got to sleep in. I still had to weave in about 50billion ends on my blue tank top, but I got it done in time to head downstairs. I didn’t get coffee, which made me sad, but I had to get down to the convention center for Designer Meet and Greet. Margarita got a picture of me in front of my entry and you can see my blue tank top:

I stood in line for the meet and greet and after 3 rounds in line (after you meet with someone you get back in line) I was done. There were still a few people to talk to, but I was out of things to show. Everything I took ended up being picked up for review. Sweet!

After that I found Margarita, got a book signed by Drew, and then succumbed and bought a Nantucket bag (again, pics on that stuff tomorrow) in purple. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then we went to this great little coffee place called The Spot and had a yummy lunch and sat and crocheted for a bit. It was looking like it would rain so we headed back to the hotel and started getting ready for the dinner.

We found a place to sit and relax and I crocheted while Margarita just rested. She was crocheted out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I ran into Kim Guzman and got a pic with her outside:

Then we headed in. Because I was modeling, I couldn’t sit with Margarita. ๐Ÿ™ That made me sad, but I enjoyed chatting with the group I was sitting with. Then it was time to get up and go get ready. I changed into a green lacy tank top that would match the shrug. Andee and I stood in the dressing room and quietly chatted while we waited to show off our items. Then it was finally my turn. I got on stage and heard people cheering. That threw me. LOL! Margarita got a couple of pics (her camera was having issues in the dim light and all the movement) of me on the runway:

Then, just like that it was over. ๐Ÿ™‚ After the dinner a group of us headed back to the Chocolate Bar to celebrate Mary Beth’s birthday.

Here’s a shot of Margarita and I:

After the very loud and very fun party, we went to leave. Only it was pouring rain. Now, Margarita and I are from here and this is totally normal. So we headed out. Elisa and Amy went with us and we walked the few blocks back to the hotel. Here’s a pic of us all in the elevator soaking wet from the rain:

We got up Sunday morning and headed to the airport. We got there so early we had to wait to check in. Once we did, we headed to the gate and the food court and sat comfortably in a booth and watched a movie on Margarita’s laptop. Then it started storming. Bad. Our flight was delayed by nearly an hour. Once we got to JFK we found that flight was also delayed. They said it was only by 45 minutes, but it became a lot more. Then we sat on the tarmac for 45 minutes. We finally got to our airport just after midnight. John picked me up and we got home around 1am.

I spent yesterday on the sofa sleeping off and on. Today I’m feeling a bit better. Still coughing (picked something up while there), and still tired, but I’m upright more. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still need to unpack and now I need to write a pattern. So much for taking some time off. LOL!

There will be another post later with all my goodies. Right now, this one post has taken me nearly an hour to write. Later!

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