I can't believe that just a few days ago I was at the Knit and Crochet Show, surrounded by friends that I had known for years online, but only just met in person! It was like a dream to be able to see and talk to so many online friends. It was a busy week of meeting, socializing, and learning!
There were so many highlights, like finally meeting my crochet career mentor, the lovely Margaret Hubert, and meeting and signing books with my co-author of "Crocheting Clothes Kids Love", the amazing Ellen Gormley. It was strange that didn't really feel like I was meeting anyone for the first time, because I have gotten to know them so well online!
Taking classes to learn new techniques was also a great highlight! I learned about Tunisian Eyelets from Vashti Braha, Hairpin Lace from Jennifer Hansen, and Aran crochet and crochet cables from Karen Klemp. All such wonderful teachers and interesting techniques that I hope to incorporate into my designs in the future.
The icing on the cake was getting to debut the kits and frame pendants that my husband and I created. We had a great response to them, which was so encouraging, and it has made us even more excited about the future of our new venture!
The show was really an amazing experience and I hope I might attend another one day. Next year it will be held in San Diego, which is a very tempting location!
|Meeting My Mentor Margaret Hubert|
|Signing Books With Ellen Gormley|
|Our Kits On Display in the Elegant Ewe Booth|
|Meeting Andee Graves|
|Meeting Mary Beth Temple|
|Meeting my Mentee, LeAnna Lyons|
|Fun Banquet Dinner with Laurinda Reddig and Linda Permann|
|I loved Jennifer Hansen's freeform style of hairpin lace. So many possibilities!|
Vashti Braha showed us her incredible Award Winning Weightless
Tunisian Shawl, enlarged to show its intricate details!
My entire family was with me at the show, and it was nice to share the experience with them, since they have supported me throughout my crochet career. I loved getting to crochet with my dear daughter in the relax lounge in the Lobby. She has recently learned how to make a granny square, and is determined to make it the largest one she has ever seen!