7.09.2012

Knit & Crochet Show Summer 2012: Part 2

 Today's post is Part 2 of a series of posts about my trip to the Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, NH a couple of weeks ago.  You can see Part 1 here.  The first picture here was taken at the CGOA Member meeting.  I didn't go to this meeting last year, so this was a first for me.  It was pretty basic, and focuses on the business and finances of the Crochet Guild.  It was interesting, and there were door prizes at this meeting and just about every other meeting.  I'll get around to showing you my haul after I post about everything else to do with the conference.

Amy Shelton is the President of CGOA.  Board members are Cari Clement (not pictured), Karen Whooley, Jane Rimmer, Jack Blumenthal, Mary Colucci, Tammy Hildebrand, and Susan Lowman.

 At the market on the showroom floor the CGOA had volunteers winding yarn for donations to a charitable organization.  I wish I could say that I remembered which organization it was.  Pretty sad that I don't, considering that I was one of the winders on Saturday.

I bought some Chiaogoo tunisian hooks at this booth called Glory-ous Knits at the market.  They had a nice variety of sizes of cable tunisian hooks as well as knitting needles and standard hooks.


 The Crochetville booth was also selling RedHeart yarns and they had lots of the new Boutique yarns as well as some of their classic yarns in new colors.  It was a hopping place what with the beautiful samples and the energetic Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka of Crochetville, and Bobbie Matela and Kathleen Sams of Coats & Clark.

 I found this booth for North Light Fibers out of Rhode Island and really loved their yarn.  They had a really nice feel to them that is hard to describe.  It was very soft, but not overly fuzzy.  The owners, Sven & Laura Risom, make the yarn on Block Island, RI.  I met them and will hopefully get to help them provide some pattern support for their beautiful yarn.

 This and the next four pictures are many of the beautiful entries in the CGOA design contest.  So many talented crocheters out there!  The 2nd and 3rd place afghans there (center, and right) were made by my two talented friends Nancy Smith and Brenda Bourg.

 This beautiful blouse was my personal favorite!

The green shrug just left of center in this picture (with the red ribbon) was made by a new friend I met at the conference named Jennifer Ryan.  She has been published a couple of times in Crochet Today.

 The little top here is a newborn size tunic made by yours truly.  This design hasn't been published anywhere, but maybe someday...


In other news, I've been swatching for a future design project the last few days, and knitting (I know, I'm sorry!)

The girls and I started our 2012-13 school year today.  We are using a year-round schedule so that we can have more frequent breaks -- we get to take off every 5th week.  It's going pretty well.  It is 3:15pm here and we just have a little science reading left to do.  Not bad for starting around 9am.

I'd love to hear what you see that you like in the design contest entries!  (Nothing negative please). There are close-ups of all the winners on Doris Chan's blog.  Did you attend the conference?  What was your favorite part?

Happy stitching!

April:)

2 comments:

  1. Dear April,

    Excellent recount of the conference in NH last year! From your writing I'm guessing that you are a home school mom? For the record I am (also) a home school mom and crochet designer. Do you plan on attending the conference this fall in Charlotte? If so, it would be fun to meet if we haven't already! (My brain is old and in need of more storage or better memory chip, hence I have to work very hard to remember names and even common nouns at times...) Wishing you and yours many blessings.

    Resting in His grace,

    Bonnie Barker
    bonniebay@me.com

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  2. Hi Bonnie,

    Yes, I do homeschool! I won't be attending in Charlotte, though I WISH I was! I have entered the design contest though. I am determined to attend one of the conferences next year, so maybe we can meet then! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
    April

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