The next day brought the opening of the show floor and I began my trek from one side to the other, hoping not to miss anything or anyone. This was about the time when I realized I had forgotten to take my extra business cards. Do you sense a pattern here? :sigh:
I was really taken with how nice the yarn companies were to designers, and I so appreciated that. I tried to stay out of the way of buyers, but I think that most were looking Saturday and buying Sunday.
Anne had introduced me to Sylvie from Fiber-Isle the day before, so I made it a point to drop by her booth first. Her yarns are absolutely incredible. She's the creator of Mooi which is distributed by Louet, but she also has other amazing goodies. Here are a few mini skeins I picked up from her. I can't wait to swatch. The yarn is a mixture of bamboo, bison and merino. Yummy!
It turns out that although Sylvie rarely gets on the internet, my site is one that she frequents! I was honored. :)
Onward to Kraemer, where I picked up some color cards and a skein of merino, silk and sterling silver sock yarn. Wowza. I love sparkly stuff. Sparkly purple stuff. Mmmm. I think this one will become a shawlette. I'm really looking forward to knitting with it.
Speaking of beautiful things...I also made sure to stop by The Fibre Company. Can I just say how much I love hanging out in that booth? It always makes me happy. Kate and Courtney are fabulous and the yarn just puts a smile on my face! Last year, I got sample of Road to China and Canopy. This year they gave me sample of Terra, one of the most incredible yarns I've seen. It's difficult to see in the picture, but the yarn has slubs of different fiber and they take the dye in a really unique way. I'm trying to think of the perfect use for this skein - I love the color.
After wandering the floor, I met up with Anne, Cookie A. and Janel Laidman. I was excited to see Janel, and to have a chance to get to know Cookie. Anne, Cookie and I went out for sushi in Little Tokyo. Janel was exhausted and crashed.
Here are a few bad cell phone pics of the most amazing sushi I have had in years and years.
and Cookie. After dinner, we all went back to Anne, Cookie and Janel's room and chatted away.
The next day, I scored some gorgeous Schaefer Audrey, a merino/silk single. I wish my pictures did it justice!
And there might have been a little bit of Schaefer Anne, as well. It's a merino, mohair, nylon blend. Yummy!
I wandered more and ended up having a really lovely talk with Veronik Avery. Her new yarn is really very nice. It's like a Shetland wool, but softer, and it knits up beautifully. I was a little star struck at first, but she was so wonderful (and she actually knew who I was!), that I felt at home almost immediately. Speaking of star struck, I saw Norah Gaughan and I think I may have made a bit of an *ss of myself. Heh.
I left Sunday from Long Beach Municipal airport where I was patted down. Apparently I fit the description of a dangerous yarn smuggler. Either that, or the 30 or so TSA agents didn't have anything to do since there were more of them than passengers. But I made it through without having any yarn confiscated and the boys (all three of them) met me at the San Francisco Airport, where I worked on filling my hug deficit! It was a wonderful time.
Next: a couple of book reviews.