Happy Mother’s Day!

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Mother’s Day!

Even though both my husband and my parents live overseas, and don’t get to share many holidays with us, we will be celebrating in spirit. And what about all our friends who are new mommies or mommies-to-be! Happy Mother’s Day!

On my recent trip to TNNA, I picked up a new potential hobby. Every time I come back from TNNA, it seems like I get a new hobby, yah?

Cross stitch and Embroidery!

My friends at Red Letter Day Stitches are celebrating with a discount on the Mother’s Day pattern! They have a stitches guide for free download if you’re a first timer like me! I actually want to do this on a skirt I sew a couple of years ago. Also if you LIKE their Facebook Page, you can get a code to download a beginner-friendly pattern for free! 

And then another ingenious product I picked up at TNNA is an accessory kit from Red Gate Stitchery. Tell me these are not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Cross stitch on bamboo pendants! And leather bracelets!

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It even had the tapestry needle in the kit so I could’ve just done everything on my way home FROM TNNA. :D

It has 3 patterns to choose from within the kit and has enough embroidery floss to do any of the patterns. The bamboo part is laser cut so it looks clean, and looks so cool when you’re done. I didn’t get this leather one yet, but I know Marty would wear this in a heartbeat if I ever made it. 

I love it when the new generation of crafters bring in new materials and make cooler, marketable products like this! This will make such good gifts too, just as is. 

 

TNNA Review

This past weekend, I made the trip out to Indianapolis for TNNA show. TNNA is always exhausting but fun and productive, since it’s specifically geared towards the vendors, yarn companies, designers, and other professionals in the field, rather than a retail marketplace.

Instead of giving a day-to-day recap of the event, just because SO MANY THINGS happened in the 2.5 days I stayed, and I am sure other people would write about it so much on their blogs, I decided to do reviews of some vendors and other people I’ve met at the show.

LadyDyeYarns. Boston, MA.

5 years ago, Boston became a special place for me. My then boyfriend/now husband went to a bar association convention in Boston, spent 4 days before I found out that I passed the CA bar!! So whenever I meet people from Boston area, I’m excited!

Well, that is not the only reason why I was excited to finally meet Lady Diane from LadyDye I’ve been following (stalking) her on Twitter and Instagram for about a couple of weeks before the show, oagling at all her beautifully crafted yarns. As a designer, sometimes I am drawn to the texture, sometimes colors, sometimes the construction of the yarn. It really depends on what strikes me at the moment. When I first saw a photo of LadyDye’s yarn on Instagram, without even knowing any background of her company or what she does, I immediately thought of spray paint cans.

Which totally made sense after I found out that she does a lot of yarn bombing and street arts in general. I have been doing a lot of classic, simplistic style for my designs ever since I started designing, and I’ve been feeling that I should do at least one design that is totally out of my comfort zone. Neon colors? Unconventional shaping? Non-garment projects?

That’s why I have a new design coming up in Holla Knits Home collection. I have never much home accessories before and thought I had to give it at least one try.

HOLLA KNITS

Which brings me to Holla Knits. I loved the process of designing and knitting something I’ve never done. Home accessories, I thought, hey, it’ll be simple. It’s not like it has to FIT anyone. But then I realized I had that much more room to be more creative, and try something NEW. Stay tuned, because I definitely tried something that I have never ever done, even in my own personal knitting time. Anyways, on Sunday, some of the designers who designed for Holla Knits got together for breakfast.

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(see more pics on my Instagram!)
There is DEFINITELY more I want to share about TNNA but I think they deserve their own posts. So COMING SOON. :)

Overall, this was the most fun I had at TNNA and I’m sure it’ll just get better and better every year. I was so tired, between the time difference and my crazy schedule the week before leading up to TNNA, so when I came back to California, all I could do was sleep.

I am totally impressed with people who already blogged about TNNA recap already.

SweetGeorgia at TNNA

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See the original blog on SweetGeorgia here.

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At TNNA I made sure to stop by the SweetGeorgia booth 1) because I love their yarns but also 2) because I designed my Tweedy Upsized zipper vest in their yarns and wore it to the show.

I met Ginny at the booth who kindly offered me a chance to try out her Schacht Sidekick spinning wheel and then later introduced me to Denise Renee Grace at Schacht Spindles. Whaaaaaat— I know. I was super excited and had a lot of fun with the Sidekick as well as SweetGeorgia’s Panda spinning fiber that I brought some fiber home with me then ordered a new wheel the next day!

I’ll make the big reveal when the wheel arrives!

TNNA brief

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TNNA’s very first show in 2014 was in sunny San Diego. The Convention Center is located in the Historic Gaslamp District and it was a really good getaway weekend, full of knitting and chatting and shopping. Not much sleeping though.
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I hung out mostly at the Crafty Diversions booth.

Crafty Diversions Booth

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Anne was one of the designers I enjoyed working with as a sample knitter while I was in law school. A couple of her earlier works even has my pictures wearing her designs as I modeled for her too, as we live pretty close to each other in Orange County.

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When I first got there, the artist was still working on it, and I had no idea this was what she was doing. On Day 2 of the show, I finally saw the finished product and was blown away!

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This place, Lion Coffee, is a bit farther away from the Convention Center and Gaslamp District, but it was so worth it. I had to be up early for my 8 o’clock class and I didn’t know any coffee places that were open in the area. I Yelp’ed and this place came up. I got a large caramel macchiato, and an Acai Bowl, which is a delicious combination of strawberries, banana, granola, and blended frozen acai, finished with honey drizzeled all over. YUMMY~

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Shot during my Sunday morning class, “Joy of Finishing.” I was the only designer, the rest of the class were shop owners. I was a little bit disappointed as I didn’t really get to learn anything truly new. There were some tips I picked up, but the techniques themselves weren’t new to me.

By the way, the weather was really weird! You’d think: Hey, Sunny ACalifornia. But this was shot Sunday morning. It was cold and foggy.

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At least it cleared up the next day.
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I stayed at Omni Hotel and they brought me a glass of OJ and apple every morning!

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My room. I kind of really liked the room, and felt a little bit sad leaving it on Monday.

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I don’t have that many shots of the exhibit hall as this was my 3rd TNNA show and was more interested in talking to people than taking pictures of it :P

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So while hanging out with Anne in her booth, I learned to STEEK. I’ve always wanted to try it, and had seen a lot of tutorials on it but never really tried it in real life. Anne kindly took the time to explain the easiest way to do it and that’s the end result. Will I use it in my next design…??? PERHAPS.

Day 2 was very long. After the show, Anne, Stephanie (of Sunset Cat Designs), Pam (of Pam Powers Knits), and I went out for dinner/happy hour then dessert at this gelato place, Chocolat.

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All in all, it was a great show. I picked up some yarns and fibers from SweetGeorgia and Anzula, and needles from HiyaHiya, as well as some tools from other vendors.

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TNNA Recap~!

Here we go! I just uploaded the pics from my camera last night.

Day 1

I left early on Friday. My flight was at 6:15 am from Orange County to Phoenix, and then from Phoenix to Columbus. All flights were ON TIME! yay! I was able to land in Columbus by 3:30pm. One thing that I really took an advantage of on this trip was online check-in for EVERYTHING. I checked into the hotel from my phone at Phoenix airport, so when I arrived, I went straight up to my room. There are kiosks now at the front desk that dispenses your room key, so without having to a single living soul, you can complete the entire trip.

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back from TNNA (recap soon/just not now)

No photos yet (they’re on my new Sony Nex!) but I just wanted to report that I’m back in California in one piece.

Last day was totally hectic. I had to go to a class at 8, which ended at 9. Had a short break time, knitting with Teresa (of CanarySanctuary), Allyson (of HollaKnits & The Sweatshop of Love), Andrea (of Andrea Knit Design) and Amy (of Knitscene). Then off to meet with a vendor who wanted to have a short interview with me for their website.

And then the vendor gave me a lot of yarn samples for yarn support which was great, but I only had a small bag.. and so I had to frantically find a box to mail a package from the hotel! And then it was time to leave already. :(  I had missed the lunch gathering with designers.

Next time, definitely going to stay until Monday!

Here I am in Columbus, Ohio!

i woke up at 4 this morning and headed to the airport! my DH was able to give me a ride before his yoga class so I was glad i spent that extra bucks to be able to fly from Orange County.

4 may sound super early for most people but not to yours truly. This actually meant that i was able to sleep an extra hour haha. My DH however, was not amused, and neither was Bagel.

Anyhow, im really looking forward to the rest of the weekend, as this is my first time in Ohio!!!

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