TKGA 2014 Conference wrap-up: with Photos!

The TKGA conference this year was phenomenal!  And not just because I got my pin there (although that will always make it special for me), but it was really so well run and it was even better than the two conferences I’ve been to before (not that those weren’t good too – they just keep getting better and better, it seems!)   :-)

The venue was fantastic, the people were (as always) so friendly and nice, and the events were well done and wonderful.  The classes I took were really good, too!

As promised, here are a few photos from the week, and feel free to check out my Flickr Photo Album for even more photos!

Hotel lobby

Stylish doggie out front.

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Suzanne giving me my pin.

Getting my pin!

The presentation was just great!

Yarn Tasting

Now to just plan out how to get myself to San Diego for next year’s conference! :-)

Happy Knitting!

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TKGA day four recap

I’m home now from the conference, but here’s my quick day four recap from yesterday!

My roommate and I had no classes, so it was a very relaxing day!  We walked over to a little French cafe for coffee and breakfast in the morning, and then on our way back to the hotel we stopped by the cupcake shop again and got cupcakes for later.  :-)  (That was the way to do it – they had such a great selection in the morning, compared to the afternoon we had gone earlier!)

We relaxed and knit in the Serenity Zone until the afternoon, and then walked over to a nearby Hungarian restaurant and got sandwiches there for lunch.  Then we chilled out in the room until it was time to go to the Yarn Tasting that evening.  The Yarn Tasting was absolutely wonderful!!  We got perfect tiny little skeins of each yarn to sample, and got lots of goodies to take home with us, including many sumptuous yarns!  (I’ll do another blog post next week with some pictures and show you what I got in detail.)  StevenBe and Stephen West were an absolute hoot as our MCs.

We then said goodbye to all our friends and got up super early to fly home this morning.

I’m exhausted and happy to be home – but I had such a good time the whole week, and will forever cherish the memories and friends I made during my time in NH.  :-)

Stay tuned for some photos and pictures of my purchases in the next day or two.

Happy Knitting!!

 

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TKGA day three recap

Hello again! Day three was busy busy, and fantastic!! I had an all day class, Textured Twined Fingerless Mitts, with Beth Brown Reinsel. It was such a wonderful class! Beth is a phenomenal teacher -I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I’ll have to post pictures of my mitt when I get home. It’s a very interesting technique.

I had lunch in the hotel with some friends and then ran over to the marketplace to help model in the Exhibitor fashion show. :-)

Last night was the Summer Soirée – the TKGA banquet/fashion show/pinning ceremony.  It was so wonderful to get my pin and to show off my sweater in the fashion show.  I’m still kind of living in a dream right now – I really can’t believe I’m actually a Master Knitter, and a Committee member to boot!  The food was wonderful and of course the company was just lovely as well – the best part of these conferences is the people that you meet – I’ve made so many friends over the course of the three conferences that I’ve been able to attend!

I’ll post recapping today (and the whole conference) tomorrow once I’m home, and I should have some photos to share with you!! I’m really looking forward to the yarn tasting tonight! :-)

Until tomorrow, Happy Knitting!!

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TKGA day two recap

Wow, have I only been here two days? It seems like so much longer than that (in the best way possible!) – so many experiences crammed into those couple of days!

Yesterday I had a morning class- Spinning for Lace with Galina Khmeleva.  It was awesome!  Then I had the afternoon off – so I walked to a local deli for lunch, and then after that walked to a cupcake shop with my roommate (and we each bought two cupcakes – one for right then and one for later!) The shop was Queen City Cupcakes, which we thought was interesting, since we live in the Queen City! :-)  (I guess Manchester must be known as the Queen City as well?) The cupcakes were divine.

I spent the afternoon pleasantly knitting and chatting in the Serenity Lounge – it was very serene. :-)

My roommate and I had dinner at a nearby Irish pub, and then we shopped in the marketplace preview (I fell down hard at the RedFish Dyeworks booth!! (Pictures will be forthcoming when I get home!)

I’m super excited about today and tonight – I have an all day class and then tonight is the banquet!! :-D

Happy knitting!!

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TKGA Day one recap

I’m in New Hampshire for the TKGA conference.  I’m so excited to be here! I flew in and am rooming with a friend, which is so nice!

Yesterday was On Your Way to the Masters day, where Masters hopefuls and folks interested can have a chance to find out about the program, have their swatches looked at, and ask questions of the committee. This was my third Masters Day, and I got just as much out of it this time around as I have at the other two. I was able to sit in at all three of the swatch review sessions and get an idea of what to be looking for now that I’m on the committee! :-)

I had lunch and dinner with my fellow committee members (that still seems so surreal to me!!), and it was wonderful having a chance to get to know them a little better.  I’m hoping to have even more of those chances over the next few days – they are a fantastic group of people.

So, that’s what I was up to yesterday!  Today I have one class in the morning, and then the marketplace opens for a preview tonight.  I’m sure my suitcase will arrive home heavier than it left.  ;-) (and my wallet emptier!)

I’m taking pictures with my camera (when I remember to!), so stay tuned at the end of the trip for some of those when I get home.  (The yarnbombing here at the conference center is awesome!!)

I hope to pop in again tomorrow for another quick update! Until then, Happy Knitting!!

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