Monday, June 04, 2007

CAN YOU SAY OVERWHELMED???

Yes, that is what I felt most of this past weekend at The National NeedleArts Association Convention in Columbus. WOW! It was just amazing to see all the vendors and the incredible yarns; accessories; books; etc.. that are available for everything from knitting to needlepoint. I met wonderful people and had just a wonderful time. Here are just a few of the highlights:




I took a class on moebius knitting from Cat Bordhi. It was so much fun! I wish I could describe what moebius knitting is, but it would be nearly impossible. She describles/teaches it in her Magical Knitting books.. which, of course, I had to order as soon as I got home. Here is a picture of Cat and I after the class was done.















I finished my moebius basket on the turbulent plane ride home (have I mentioned that I don't care to fly.. and turbulence about does me in???). Anyways, it did help to knit, but I still didn't enjoy the flight very much!! Here is my finished basket... The moebius portion of the basket is the handle.. See how it twists? That's the magical part of moebius....

A fun bonus for this class was that the $25.00 class fee was waived because Skacel Co. had donated Addi Circular needles for all of us and Crystal Palace donated the yarn!

I can't wait to cast on another...














I also met Nicky Epstein and was one of 50 lucky people to get a free autographed copy of her latest book 'Knitting Never Felt Better'. What fun! It is a book I had wanted to get and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Lucky me. I also got a free autographed one of her Nicky Knits bags. Just another one of the many free gifts I received.




In fact, here is a picture of more of my goodies: some yarn from Briggs and Little in Canada (which I have been wanting to try); Mauch Chunky and Naturally Nazareth wool yarn from Kraemer Yarns; a pair of Takumi Velvet bamboo needles from Clover; Samples of wool cleaning product from Unicorn; A whole goodie bag from Nancy's Knit Knacks and another autographed book by Berta Karapetyan..'Runway Knits'.














Another author I enjoyed meeting tremedously was Leigh Radford, author of One Skein. I have loved this book and have made many things from it. She also has pattern for a Wobbles Tote that I am just itching to make. I couldn't take a picture, as I met her in the Great Hall of Vendors where cameras were not allowed. Bummer.

Of course, the biggest highlight was spending the weekend with my good friend Sheri! We laughed; ate (way too much!!); shopped and ate some more!! It was fun to see all of the fun new things she'll be adding to The Loopy Ewe. She also helped me start my dream of someday having a yarn shop of my own. Wouldn't that be the greatest???

I will end with a litle something I learned today about the spiders that I have living in my house. They appear to be very special spiders. Most spiders, as you know, eat insects and other things that get trapped in their webs. My spiders seem to prefer chocolate. Here you see an innocent M&M that has fallen prey. It's a goner! At least it's nice to know my spiders have good taste!!



Until Next Time...


8 comments:

Robin said...

Janice, I would shop at your store. I think I could drive there and back in a day. I think it is so neat that you got to go with Sheri. The basket looked awesome.

Shelley said...

Wow..sure sounds like you had an awesome time this weekend!! I'd shop at your store, too.

You know why the spiders are eating the M & M? It's because it melts in their mouths, not on their webs...

rohanknitter said...

That m & m in the spider web is too funny.
I'll bet that was a great weekend. How fun to see all that great stuff and of course spend time with your friend. And the book you won sounds like it is patterns of felted knits - how perfect!!!

Caroline said...

I would go to your shop too. Would you have treats for us to munch on as we shopped?

Those Iowa spiders are very discriminating. M&Ms are much better than Skittles.

monica said...

Looks like you had a great time at TNNA. Your basket looks great. M&M eating spiders, I don't think I will be feeding any in my house, we don't care for them too much..... spiders that is.

Deborah said...

Sounds like that festival was a blast!

...and no, that spider ain't normal, he's cultivated, obviously well trained while watching you in the kitchen!

hakucho said...

Looks like your trip was very exciting :) Pretty moebius basket, and I'm glad you could knit on the plane.I know knitting always relaxes me :)
Love the fact that your spider likes chocolate...hmm do I see a children's picture book about this subject :)

Jknits said...

How fabulous! You met just about everyone of my knitting heros! It sounds like it was a hugely inspirational event. Sorry about the turbulence. Love the basket.
Happy reading and knitting