Here are some of the things I enjoyed most:
Beautiful setting (Manchester, NH):
Amazing yarn bombing (organised by Jennifer Ryan):
Crochet rocks. (Doesn't it?) :)
The Marketplace, also known as Yarn Heaven:
Incredibly inspiring design contest entries (for a slide show of all the entries, click here):
|"Backyard Visitors" by Sachiko Adams|
|"Nicky's Caribbean Adventure" by Dot Drake|
Having a helpful and hilarious chat about technical issues with this famous crocheter:
Taking an advanced slip stitch class with Vashti Braha, and learning how to make all kinds of fun slip stitch shapes:
Adorable ladies from Australia, wearing matching Jenny King-designed dresses they crocheted to surprise her:
A great roommate (another Sue) - we got on like a house afire:
The thrill of having one of my designs featured in the banquet night fashion show:
|Atomic Rose Poncho by yours truly :)|
Oh, and let's not forget The Loot! About half of these things were giveaways:
Other highlights: Riding in the elevator with crocheters and knitters whose work I've admired for years, such as Lily Chin, Dora Ohrenstein, Kathryn White, Jenny King, Stephen West (with a cart full of his amazing designs), and many others. You never knew who might get on the elevator when the doors opened!
The very best part of the conference? The amazing camaraderie. Walking up to complete strangers and feeling their crocheted clothes. :) Trading crochet stories. Being surrounded by women carrying bags of yarn and hooks, who thought nothing of whipping out a project and crocheting at the dinner table. Sitting down with groups of ladies I'd never met, and falling into conversation as though we'd known each other all our lives. Laughing and making new friends.
It was a wonderful weekend.
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