So, I went to TNNA…

What a weekend! I think I mentioned on the blog somewhere that I have started working part-time. The job involves marketing in the social media realm for yarn companies, shops, designers and products. A perk was that I was able to attend the TNNA Summer show in Columbus, OH. I got to meet the people I work with, my clients, and even make some new contacts for future sample knitting or test knitting work. The experience was completely exhausting and exciting! This was also my first time away from both kids – I had no worries that Dan would be anything less than the super Dad that he is. Everyone managed and we are all happy together again.
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I got such a thrill out of spotting my work on display – especially the green shawl for Romney Ridge Farm.  I loved all the people watching – there were many lovely knits to admire and people to meet outside of a computer screen twitter feed or Ravelry forum.  Then there are the goodies – there were many yarns to see and squish and think about knitting up, or new products I want to get my hands on to use.  I also attended the Designer Dinner hosted by Marly Bird – that was a grand time! She is totally the Oprah of the yarn world!  There was an amazing goodie bag given away there and I was lucky enough by the chance of where I say to win an additional goodie bag! The sponsors are beyond generous – yarn, needles, a book, buttons and more! This is possibly my favorite of all the lovely things that were given as goodies – new to me yarn: Bijou Basin Lhasa Wilderness, an interchangeable needle set from HiyaHiya, and a gift certificate for a subscription for Knitters magazine.

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I also ate the famous Jeni’s ice cream twice – the “Juniper & Lemon Curd” was amazing and the “Cherry Cheesecake sundae” was a perfect lunch! I am quite happy to be back home again, but I really hope that I can attend a future TNNA!

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Yarn Along – July 20

From Small Things

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

Yarn along July 20
“Moby Duck” has been put aside while I brush up on (My) “Pregnancy Week-by-week” – sure, it may be a little late in the game, but whatever. I read this book faithfully when I was pregnant with the Lorax and enjoyed it, as much as one could – several other popular pregnancy books only made me worry needlessly. I am trying to brush up about labor and delivery, and figure out what to put in my hospital bag. I’ve made good progress on the cloche though it has lost some steam – I am at the decrease section and need to pay attention a bit more carefully. I have also reached the decrease section for the Rainbow Marley baby hat.

Like most of the states, it is plenty hot here. And humid. Today the Lorax and I did venture out to the beach – there was supposed to be an informal playgroup with other kids who will be in camp / “school” with her in the fall, but I am not sure if anyone else showed up. I didn’t see anyone I recognized, nor did I spot anyone who looked like they were looking for others. Oh well, we had a good time. Like her mama, the Lorax loves the beach – I haven’t been to the beach since 2001 or so when I brought my Japanese grad school roommate to see it. As a kid we spent days at the beach and it was a blast!
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Seriously, she had a good time. This was a forced break to have some water and a snack! We were there in the morning, from 10:30 to just before noon, so I think our timing was good too. I would like to take her again – but it’s likely not to happen until next summer.

I found a great recipe on Pinterest (if you haven’t joined it yet, do it for the recipes and food stuff – I have yet to be let down by anything I have found there!) – Blueberry Pie Ice Cream – I made a batch with some local blueberries and my word, I could eat the whole thing myself. So yummy, and easy – if you have an ice cream maker and are in need of new inspiration, give that one a try!! Speaking of which, I think it’s probably ice cream o’clock right about now!