More from TNNA

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Although Kellie headed back home from TNNA late on Monday, I did not return until late last night. As a Board Member, I stay for a few additional days after the show for our Board Meeting.

For those of you who have volunteered for boards, you know that this can be excellent knitting time. Due to the nature of this board, no one ever complains if you are knitting, crocheting, or stitching of any kind. Unfortunately, as I left the house last Friday, I had nothing in progress that it made sense to bring along. So I just packed my Addi Click set, a few needles in some smaller sizes (just in case), and figured I would find some yarn to work with after I arrived.

The photo above represents most of the swatch knitting I got done during the board meeting. There are actually several more squares of the lime green done since I made my swatch and then just proceeded to knit the remainder of the ball into washcloths. The yarn is Rub-a-Dub from HiKoo which will be coming out in several colors this spring. I immediately had a design idea once I saw it, so swatching made sense. But after working with it, I just wanted to keep knitting — it is incredibly soft.

The pink is a cotton/linen blend from Louet called Cottolin. Although I have been a fan of Louet yarns for a long time, this is the first time I have knit with this yarn. The white is Euroflax Lace, also from the Louet line. Both of these yarns are fine, so I am playing with using them triple stranded for a project or two I have in mind related to an upcoming adventure!

What is the adventure you ask? Dave and Pam van Stralen, the owners of Louet will be coming with me in the February 2017 Craft Cruise to Hawaii!! I am starting to design some special projects specifically for this trip that tie in with the classes that are being offered. In addition, you will be able to see in person the wide range of colors available from Louet as well as get some great swag to let you experience working with their fabulous yarns. You have a year to plan and get ready, so if you are interested, contact Craft Cruises and tell them that Gwen sent you!!

I also picked up a couple of skeins of Reggae from Schoppel for an exciting fundraising project happening at Stitches West in February (this year)! The teachers have been asked to create some designer Knitted Knockers which will be auctioned off with the proceeds being donated to the charity to help cover the cost of shipping them to mastectomy patients throughout the US.

So, no surprise, there was a lot to see and do, touch and discuss at TNNA this past week. Once again, I return home inspired and ready to start designing.

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