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.

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.

Gift bag

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!

My Needles are Free!

Two projects that have been are the needles are now on their way to their respective homes before going on to a display adventure at TNNA next week. Life happens and as it happened working on these projects overlapped, so they were completed and shipped out within days of each other. One item is still under wraps as it is in a new yarn and a new pattern from The second item was for Lorna’s Laces to showcase a new yarn and new colors, a shawl, Brick House by Laura Nelkin. Once I got going and established the pattern I really enjoyed the knitting. It is the type of project that requires you to notice the row you are on, but is good for semi-auto-pilot knitting. I do not want to ruin the fun of seeing these beauties in person at TNNA, so for now here is a black and white photo of the shawl:
I am looking forward to getting some baby projects knit, maybe a Christmas gift or two done, and some selfish projects at least started.

Almost exactly one year ago I was dealing with girly pink princess flip flops. Hello, full circle:
Those would be princess shoes. Snow White, red sparkle heels with a sparkly blue bow and a picture of Snow White on the bow.
Someone has gotten quite picky about the local paparazzi, so I have to be sly with my photo taking. The shoes were a reward for a successful potty moment. We will take anything we can get, so, no matter how small, we praised it to no end and gave her the prize. We are still quite far from being done of course, but it is getting ever-so-slightly better. Baby steps, little acorns = big oaks, etc, etc.

Over the weekend I made this Strawberry Yogurt Cake. If, like me, you have given in to the temptation of strawberries in the grocery store, give this recipe a go. The strawberries I bought recently were ok, but having come from California they just aren’t the same as local ones. They look juicy and red, but once you cut into them the flesh is still white in the middle. The cake had strawberry flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. I can only imagine how good this would be with local berries. I also tried a Popsicle “recipe” along the lines of this but I was not entirely impressed. They are almost too sweet (which is really saying something if you know my sweet tooth!) and I think I should have let them set a bit before putting the sticks in because when I went to share I pulled the sticks right out, no pop! Oh well, the weather is just heating up – there is plenty of time to try something else.

I’m at TNNA!

There’s a big yarny show going on this weekend, TNNA, and I’m there! In spirit, that is, but some of my work is there as show samples!

First up, one Hopscotch Sock for Lorna’s Laces.
Sample Sock
It’s the Shepherd Sock base, and this fantastic color (not sure of the name – it’s new!)
Lorna's Laces Yarn
It was like an everlasting gobstopper!
Lorna's Laces Yarn
Great pattern and seriously great yarn! (Ravelry details.)

Schaefer Yarn has a new yarn, Chris, that I knit a sample from as well. I was sent “Clare Booth Luce” – a luscious blue-green with hints of gold in there as well. I adored this yarn right away!
Schaefer Yarn Chris
I worked up a cute Wee Vest
Wee Vest
It’s “#407 Chris Woven Yoke Vest” – check out the picture on the Schaefer Yarn Pattern Page – look at that baby in this vest!!
Wee Vest
More of that woven stitch!

Two thumbs up to each of these yarns if you get the chance to try them – and the patterns too!

Two Sweaters

Since TNNA finished this weekend I can post about one of my recent knits for Lorna’s Laces. They sent me some beautiful Fisherman Wool in “Unnamed Grey Colorway” (really, that’s what it said on the ball band! It was grey-blue-purple, quite nice!) and asked me to knit Dulce De Leche from the Spring 2009 Twist Collective.
I was a bit apprehensive at first – for the yarn companies I do prefer to knit child size stuff as they are quicker to turn out and the pattern has a lot of “at the same time…” so I was very careful about my notes. I even emailed the designer, Marnie, at one point and she was great! I am quite proud of this knit – it shows the yarn nicely, was a warm sweater – it was a little big on me in the chest area, but the rest of the shaping fit me well.

Over the weekend I was able to block out “A Little Something”. I think maybe I should block out the front ribbing a bit more, but on the whole I am pleased with this – it took 2 skeins of yarn! Maybe a bit more (I started from a leftover ball, went through 1 ball and part of a 2nd ball)… gotta love that! It’s knit small on larger needles and then you really really block it out.
A Little Something
(So pleased that my posture is in check for those photos!)

I’ve picked up the Necco Wafer hoodie for Lorelai, hoping to get that done in the next week or so. I’ve started the pile-able pups pattern. I’ve pulled out yarn for two Ysolda patterns… always looking at the next project!