First, I must apologize for the delayed posting. The infected spider bite threw me off — I am so glad that I went to the clinic when I did, because the damn thing was still spreading after taking the antibiotics for 1-2 days. Although the main swelling had gone down, the redness and the perimeter of the infection grew almost to my ankle. eek! I am fine now. Thanks to everyone’s emails.
The final chapter of my TNNA adventures…
SUNDAY, January 18, 2009
The first event I participated in this morning was a wonderful sweater sizing and design class with Ms. Glampyre Knits, Stefanie Japel. Stefanie was well-organized, very approachable, and a great teacher. The one downside was that her class was a short 2 hours, when the spectrum of material she was covering could easily span 4-6 hours.
After the class, my friends, aka the Handicraft Café “entourage,” and I walked the market floors and stood in line for Stefanie to autograph her first book, Fitted Knits, and her new book, Glam Knits. I absolutely love the photography and stylings in Glam Knits.
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Aside from shopping for the shop, three of my must-see stops were the booths of Stitch Cooperative, Frog Tree Yarns and Southwest Trading Company.
I had to stop by this booth for 2 reasons: (1) we needed to get more info for our shop and (2) I was there to pick up postcards for Knitting in the Sun and to meet Kristi Porter, author of the book personally. I have 2 designs titled “Yehliu” and “Alishan” that will be included in the book.
Postcards front and back. The red top that Kristi is wearing is my "Alishan" pattern!
Check out Kristi’s fabulous sweater (wink, wink) in the postcard! It’s mine! It was really hard to contain my giddy squeeeee in the middle of the market floor after finding out that Kristi was wearing my garment in the promo photos (and it would have been embarrassing because there were other people nearby, including other well-known designers in the Stitch Cooperative booth, and vendors).
It was a good thing that knitting Alishan didn’t kill me. Alishan was knit with KidLin by Louet, which is a fantastic yarn, but not so fantastic when your allergies decide to go haywire, as mine had when I was trying to get the project out. Fortunately for me, Kristi was very kind and understanding. 🙂
What was equally exhilarating was to find out that my other garment, Yehliu, was hanging in the Lorna’s Laces booth:
Beth Casey must have thought that I was a huge dork when I bounced into the booth and asked if I could take a picture with my garment.
If I remember correctly, I think I was kind of like a Mexican jumping bean when I asked. Too bad the lighting at the trade show was crappy because it does not show off the beautiful color and sheen of the garment. The yarn used was the super luscious Lion and Lamb.
Right now, the shop is not carrying Lorna’s Laces yet, but we hope to be able to add that to our shop very soon. (stupid economy has delayed our plans to have the physical shop a little more. )
Frog Tree Yarns
Our second must-visit stop was the fabulous not-for-profit and fair trade company of Frog Tree Yarns. Their yarns are selling very well for Handicraft Café, so we had to do lots of restocking of the Alpaca Sport. My other motive for stopping by was to talk to Frog Tree about doing some design work for them. They liked my stuff and presentation enough that they wanted me to formally submit something, which to date, I have done, and things are looking pretty well.
Southwest Trading Company
We then stopped by the SWTC to do some shopping, where we purchased more yarns, including the new
Aubrey and me with Joe Raffino of SWTC.
Therapi line made with Jade! (All the yarns are still trickling in and we haven’t listed all the ones that have arrived, but you can usually get updates on our blog and on our Ravelry group.)
Again, I had another motive for visiting SWTC, because I was pitching some design ideas to Jonelle Raffino, president of SWTC, and author of a new sock knitting book. Within about 2 weeks after TNNA and my conversations with Jonelle, I formally submitted several design ideas to her, and like with Frog Tree, things are looking very well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and will reveal more information fairly soon.
I also owe Jonelle a big thank you, because a hour or two after talking to her, she called me back to her booth to tell me that she had just personally recommended me to the editor of a magazine that was looking for a jacket pattern for their November issue. I submitted a couple of sketches to the editor, and because it was last minute (literally – no joke), I didn’t even get a chance to do swatches. Luckily, the editor liked what she saw and we’ve hammered out a deal for the magazine. I really don’t want to say more at this point since we don’t have a formally signed contract yet, but I’m sure I will reveal more when I am able.
Last but Not Least…
As we walked through the Interweave booth, my good friend Kristie, who does some sample and test knitting for some known designers and me, spotted “Rick,” the sample she knitted for Cookie A.’s (blog) upcoming sock book. I can’t be more happy for Kristie! We also were able to flip through a galley copy of Cookie’s book, and it looks like it will be a sure-fire winner. The layout, photos, style and text are all very pleasing to the eye, seemingly easy to use and 100% drool-worthy, even for non-sock knitters.
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