I started writing a post for you when I got home on Sunday. It was supposed to be about some of the fun times I had at the show, but it rambled into something else. Instead of “fixing” it, here it is with some pictures added in for fun. I will still write a post or two more about some of my adventures last week, and about some of the amazing people I met.

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One of the wonderful new friends I made at the show.

Well, I am home. What a trip. I’m not sure at what point my head will stop spinning from the awesomeness of it all!

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Meet Margaret, and her cool cap. More on that cap and the amazing project it was part of, in a future post.

I already shared about Tuesday and Wednesday with you, and just a bit about Thursday. Thursday, wow, Thursday, the day my life changed. I really never thought that the blanket I made for Kyla, the one that has been used for constructing numerous blanket forts, and for comforting Kyla when she isn’t feeling well, the one I keep meaning to write a pattern for, could change everything. But it has.

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CGOA booth!!

I had a plan to learn how to approach magazines and yarn companies on this trip. I wanted to learn what I needed to know, so that I could properly prepare myself and then start pitching ideas, and requesting yarn support. Suddenly, that blanket has caused me to skip the whole getting~prepared~part, and tossed me right into the talking~to~everyone~part. It has been very crazy and very fun.

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Some of the design contest entries. The black skirt with octagons is one of mine.

I guess sometimes life has it’s own schedule, and you just have to roll with it. I have been consistently happily surprised with how easy everyone is to talk to. I understand the yarn company/designer or publication company/designer relationship should be a symbiotic one, that neither can thrive without the other, but I was still so very pleased to see those companies seeming to understand the same thing.

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More entries. The white with zig~zag skirt is mine, and the ombre sweater next to it is Lorene’s.

I have met many wonderful, kind, fun people in my various adventures throughout my life, but I have to say, this industry, the crochet industry, holds the highest percent of those amazing individuals of any industry or profession I have been a part of. I really think every single person I met, be they new or veteran, unknown or famous, crocheter, designer, editor, or yarnie ~ every single one ~ was kind, friendly, and just plain excellent.

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More design entries.
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Still more entries.
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Some of the winners!
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My Octie blanket with it’s ribbon!
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I took a class from Margaret Hubert and she baked us granny square cookies. It was amazing!! (The class and the cookie)
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Doris Chan looking especially adorable with her sonic screwdriver.
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Doris and me. (and the sonic screwdriver)
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Doris and Lorene. (and the sonic screwdriver)
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Lorene and I with Mikey and Diva Dan (The Crochet Crowd), having a bit of fun at the CGOA fun night.
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Crochet and Star Trek ~ two of my favorite things! I’m glad Susan had that phaser on stun!

Be excellent to each other, my friends.

Jessie-At-Home

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6 Comments on A bit about the Crochet and Knit show

    • Thanks! I have heard about some event in the UK called Yarndale. I thought that was similar, but I’m not sure. Do you know?

      • Hi Jessie, Yes we do have Yarndale & we also have the Knitting & Stitching show. Although I haven’t been able to attend either, from what I have heard on Twitter & read online it’s more “knit” orientated. Crochet isn’t as bit as Knitting is here as in the US (sadly) but hey – Crochet Rules as far as I am concerned. :0) Ali

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