I've finally returned from the hectic two week hiatus I had! What was I doing? Well, first we had the 3rd Annual Mid-Iowa Shop Hop, so I was helping hopping knitters from all over the state (and neighboring states) find delicious yarns to take home, patterns to make, and projects to start. It was a lot of fun!
Then, we had a two day break before heading off to the summer TNNA (The National Needlework Association) show in Indianapolis, Indiana. I always love TNNA because I get to see all these amazing people I never see in real life -- including Kristen Kapur, who I have worked with multiple times and had never met in person, all the amazingly talented women I work with year-round at Shibui Knits, Bristol Ivy & Julie Hoover from Brooklyn Tweed (I almost died when Bristol said she follows me on Pinterest!) Of course, I also got to connect with my boss, Michael, for Yarnbox and we picked out a bunch of stuff for the club's shipments in the next year or so.
I'm not sure what most people think happens at shows, but we get lots of samples. Little bitty skeins of lots of different yarns. So I end up with all these little bits and bobs for swatching and trying out new stitch patterns. I kind of like the look when I overturn my bag at the end of a show and get to see all these tiny fluffs of yarn, rolled into balls or still twisted in mini-hanks. So many of the booths get creative with their samples, too -- Blue Sky Alpacas actually made ultra-tiny mini-balls with labels and all! So cute!