Where to start? I can tell you I am waaaaayy tired. I've been back for three days and I still haven't caught up! It was a whirlwind - and lots of great things are headed our way. I ordered some amazing things for summer and fall, and can't wait to get everyone (me too!) knitting with the new goodies!
I went by myself, which afforded me some great alone time, but also left me hangin' solo quite a bit. I am just way too introverted to walk up to a group of people and introduce myself....case in point: in the lounge area of my hotel, I walked by a group of knitters hanging out, knitting and having a beer. Oh - let me clarify - by "group of knitters" I mean: Stephanie, Jess, Casey, Amy Singer, Jillian Moreno...and the list goes on. I know all of those people are probably sweet as pie - but talk about intimidating!!! At any rate - the travel and alone time resulted in a LOT of knitting - we're talking a whole pair of socks, finishing my Hourglass sweater, and knitting an entire summer tunic (more on the knitting to come).
For now I'll just show you a bit of the goodies I brought home:
Moving from left to right is Alpaca With A Twist Punch - a brilliant, super-soft alpaca/tencel blend in a sport weight - perfect for kids and summer alike, and coming in almost all colors available. I also ordered (for Fall) their hand-dyed worsted alpaca, Mojito, an alpaca/merino tweed, Highlander, and Socrates, their new Alpaca/Bamboo blend sock yarn! Next is a Shawl Stick from Annie Adams, and I ordered all manners of Shawl Sticks, Pins, Buttons, and jewelry from her amazing wares. Next are a bunch of little miniskein samples from various companies. Last is a cute little bolero kit from Lanaknits Hemp for Knitting in their new allHemp6 Lux. I didn't order the Lux, but I did order their Cashmere/Hemp/Cotton yarn and a couple of kits and patterns.And underneath it all?? The map of the floor of the show - FREAKING HUGE.
Not pictured but also on the way: Mission Falls! I ordered both the 1824 Cotton line and their brand new Merino 136 - a dk weight washable wool. And? Blue Sky Alpacas!!! Yay! Coming from them is their new Skinny Dyed Organic Cotton and Alpaca Sportweight - interchangeable for gauge - and many of their great patterns. I also ordered some blocking wire kits, Pattern Tamers, new patterns and new colors of our favorites from Nashua Handknits.
Are you tired yet? Just typing this out is making me tired, thinking of all the work to come to make room for these new things!