TKGA 2016 Day 4 Recap – and Final Thoughts

Saturday was a pretty calm day – there weren’t any more TKGA events, although the crocheters had their banquet, I believe.  Education classes were still going on, though!  I puttered around here and there – went to the Designer meet and greet with a friend (I just talked to the Interweave representative – who was the crochet division person, drat! Still got some good information, however.  The meet and greet was very crochet centric, come to find out.)  Shopped some more (and bought some more!), talked with more lovely folks, and then had one last dinner with the Master Knitter committee and co-chairs before calling  it a night.  I headed home Sunday morning.

The whole week was great – I had so much fun teaching my classes, and I’ve learned from the experience, so hopefully my next large classes go even better.  (Not that these went badly – it’s just that there is always room for improvement!)  It was so nice to see so many of my friends again – especially the committee members who I haven’t seen in 2 or more years!  It’s the people that make these events so great – truly the strangers there are all simply friends you haven’t met yet.:-)

It is bittersweet that this will most likely be the last conference like this for TKGA for a while, but hopefully sometime soon it will be possible to have a national conference again.

As promised, here are some photos of my purchases, and some other photos too!

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Vintage buttons – from ‘Dusty’s Vintage Buttons’.  The villa relief one is Victorian.  Not sure on the others – some are from the ’20s I think.  SO many unique buttons – it was hard to choose which to buy!

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Beads from ‘Bead Biz’.  Didn’t mean to do Christmas colors!  The green will go on a jade/green color lace shawl, and the red will go on a burgundy lace shawl.  (That’s the plan, anyway!)

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Jumbo skein of fingering yarn from ‘The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For’.  (Yes, I know I can get it locally whenever I want, but I wanted to support Debbie at the show this weekend!) :-D  Plus, the yarn is gorgeous – I couldn’t pass it up!

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Three cones of Mondo Fil ‘Japon’ from ‘The Frayed Knot’.  They had lots of unique and interesting yarns – this yarn is a laceweight paper yarn!  The drape on the sample was divine – can’t wait to play around with this!

More photos from Magnolia Plantation and Gardens:

What a fantastic week!  To all those folks I met and who were in my classes – I hope to see you again soon – it was lovely meeting you all!

That’s it for now!  I’ll be posting again soon- I have another new pattern coming out VERY soon that I’m super excited about, and I’ll be posting about it here as soon as I can.:-)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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TKGA 2016 Day 3 Recap

Hello from Charleston!

Today was day 3 here at the TKGA conference.  I didn’t have any classes to teach today – but I still happened to get up pretty early.  So I decided to do some sightseeing while I’m here.  I drove over to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and toured the plantation house and spent a good amount of time walking in the gardens.  It was a lovely morning, although it was hot and humid!

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I headed back to the conference center around lunchtime.  Then I went to shop some more at the show floor (made a couple more purchases-  the button vendor!!  Dear me I fell down hard in her booth – I’m going to need to lock up my wallet tomorrow!) and then hung out for a bit at the TKGA table.  I ran into a friend by chance, and we went and had dinner together – that was a lovely unexpected happening!
Tonight was the TKGA Yarn Tasting, and it was a wonderful evening event.  There were desserts on a buffet, and a cocktail bar – but the real ‘buffet’ was getting to sample tiny yarn balls of loads of different yarn brands!  (Arenda had wound ALL of the tiny balls by hand – all by herself!  There had to be over 1000 little balls!!)

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Yarn ‘tasting’ samples

There were lots of door prizes, and there was also a fashion show of items attendees had knitted with some of our sponsor’s yarns.  So many lovely knits on display!

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It was a fantastic evening event – lots of fun!

Today was another full day for me! I’m having so much fun!
And I promise I will post pictures of my purchases tomorrow or Sunday after I get home.:-)

I can’t believe tomorrow is our last day – the time here has just flown by!  I’ll post again tomorrow, so keep an eye here!

Happy Knitting!!

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TKGA 2016 Day 2 Recap

Hi again!! (I’m now able to post from my laptop – yay!)
Today was day two here in Charleston, and what a busy day it was!  I taught ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ in the morning, and then ‘Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs’ in the afternoon.  My students were great and I had a wonderful time teaching!

Then this evening we had a cocktail reception to celebrate the newest Master Knitters and see them get their pins and be able to see their wonderful sweaters.  What a fantastic evening!  All the sweaters were stunning – it’s really lovely to be able to celebrate their accomplishment.

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TKGA Master Knitters in attendance (newly pinned Master Knitters sitting in front)

After the reception, the Marketplace opened for the Thursday night ‘preview’.  It’s a smallish market, but there are so many great vendors there!  (I made a couple of purchases, of course – how can you help yourself?? Pictures will come – tomorrow maybe.)  I know for sure I will be making a few more purchases over the next couple days – I just have to mull over what colors I want… :-)  The beads at the one vendor (I’ll find out the name and post it tomorrow) are breathtaking – I have a friend (you know who you are!) who would be in hog heaven in the bead booth!!

I’m calling it a night tonight, but I promise to post some more pictures tomorrow (internet is SO slow here, so uploading is a chore – but I will post  few!)

Happy Knitting, and I’ll check in with you again tomorrow!

 

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TKGA Conference Day 1 Recap

I’m here in Charleston SC for the annual conference! I arrived Tuesday afternoon and spent the day helping the Masters committee set up for Wednesday’s On your way to the Master’s day. I wasn’t able to go to the conference last year, so  it’s been two or more years since I’ve seen many of the committee members.  So lovely to see my friends again!

Yesterday’s Master’s day went very well. We have,  I believe, three new Masters who will be getting their pins tonight.  So exciting!

At the end of the day, the announcement was made about the changing TKGA. Be sure to check Facebook or Ravelry if you haven’t heard the news.  (I’m tediously typing this on my phone, so forgive me if I am brief here!)

Today I have two classes I am teaching. Should be fun! I’ll check in later (and hopefully from my laptop if I can get it to cooperate). Pictures later too!

Say hi if you are here! Have fun, and Happy Knitting!

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Noctilucent Shawl

Hi again!

Have you gotten the newest issue of Knitscene?  Well, you should!  It’s a fantastic issue!  But, on top of that – I have a pattern in it!!

Check out my ‘Noctilucent Shawl’ on page 49.

It’s a bottom up 2 color shawl.  Shawl begins with a ruffled bottom, and then moves into 2 different slipped stitch patterns.  I’m super happy with how it turned out, and it’s a fun knit!  I hope you like it!

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Happy Knitting!

Oh – I’ll be teaching next week at the TKGA conference in Charleston SC. I’m really excited and can’t wait! I’ll be posting from the conference throughout the week, so keep an eye out here!

Happy Knitting!

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