Saturday, January 8, 2011

5 Reasons Why TNNA Rocks

There are more reasons than this, but I thought I would share some of my highlights.

1) I got to see Cookie A. and get a signed copy of her new book Knit. Sock. Love. She was charming as always and remembered me because of my cool pimp huggie bear jacket that I wore when she came to teach at Common Threads January of last year. Her new book is a compilation of 19 patterns, 12 which are previously published and 7 new designs. The book is beautifully made with breathtaking pictures and is an inspiration to flip through. I do admit, I am biased and Cookie will always be amazing to me even if she decides to design a sock shaped like a potato sack.

Cookie @ TNNA

2) Meeting the Knitmore Girls in person! Jasmin was very easy to spot with her pink hair, and yes, her mother Gigi was within arms length. I was immediately greeted and hugged with warmth and kindness. It is a little weird to feel so comfortable with a person you've never met, but I felt like an old friend. I LOVE listening to knitting podcasts and I listen to quite a few. But there are 2 or 3 that I will always listen to first when I see there is a new episode on my Ipod and theirs is on that short list. I'm a big fan and always enjoy the show.

3) I got to have my picture taken with Ravelry Royalty, Jess, Casey and Mary Heather. Try to visualize the picture not blurry.
Me & Ravelry crew
Like this one...
Wendy & Ravelry

4) Seeing the nice ladies from Mountain Colors again. Not only do I love their yarns, I think they are super sweet people. When I entered their category in the Think Outside the Sox contest 2 years ago and didn't win, they sent me a consolation prize with a skein of yarn, a tote bag and free pattern. I didn't feel like such a loser after that!

5) Seeing the latest and greatest the yarn companies have to offer. One of the new exhibitors that really stood out was Arctic Qiviut. They have a sock yarn blend with 65% Merino, 25% Qiviut, and 10% Nylon. I think it's the most luxurious sock yarn I've ever beheld. I highly doubt any skeins of that gorgeousness will be in my near future, it sells for around $84 a skein. Now that's a fancy pair of socks! I was also lucky enough to obtain a sample of Sterling Silk & Silver by Kraemer that I will dye and knit up. It is 63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon and 2% Silver. REAL silver! I've always liked my bling.

It was a very exciting day in my world!

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