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.
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.
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 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?