Off To Be With The Yarn People (Plus a New Free Pattern!)

As you are reading this on Friday, I am winging my way to Ohio, where I'm attending TNNA, the industry's big needlework conference. This is my first TNNA, and so I don't quite know what to expect. I do know that it's an industry-only conference (not open to the public, sorrreee), so there will be all sorts of amazing and interesting folks there: designers, yarn company reps, editors, book sellers, and vendors of Marvelous Knitting Widgets. I've got mysterious little notes in my book: "Meet so-and-so at Booth #XYZ" and "Be sure to look for Person X under the big red banner."

Do you know what those mysterious little notes mean? They mean that I finally, finally get to meet some of my favorite people in the whole wide world in person. Yarn People. People who understand what it is like to have a desk piled high with yarn, knitting magazines, swatches, and yet still would rather go home and knit than do something silly like, oh, do the dishes.

I am so excited. A conference center full of Yarn People. I'm there to talk about Knitting Daily, of course; to see what kinds of plans and schemes we can come up with to make Knitting Daily even more fun and yarn-filled for you in the months ahead.

And as if that weren't enough: I have been told is that there will be Actual Yarn there. Major amounts of yarn, as this is when the yarn companies present their new fall lines. And we all know how I feel about yarn. ("Just put it out on the floor in the aisles, please; I'll just lie down and roll around in it to test it out. Yes, that ought to do nicely, thanks.")

Some highlights I am looking forward to (besides the meeting-favorite-yarn-people thing and the petting-lots-of-actual-yarn thing):

  • I'm going to be sharing a room with Kim Werker (editor of Interweave Crochet). Kim is one of my favorite people ever. We both are energetic, and very enthusiastic about the art of conversation, if you see what I mean. Thus, we have had to set up a Chatting Limit Agreement in order to allow ourselves time to sleep. We'd talk until the alarm went off next morning unless we had that Chatting Limit in place. (And we'd enjoy EVERY MOMENT of it.)
  • The Knitting Daily TV folks will be taping some segments in the Interweave booth, and they've invited me to play! I'll be doing a small on-screen segment that will air in next season's episodes. (My hands will be showing, so I had to get a manicure. Fake nails are weird if you aren't used to them. They click on my knitting needles. Odd!)
  • And the other thing I am looking forward to is seeing a preview of the Knitting Daily TV episodes that are being released in July. No, of course I haven't seen them yet! But they'll be showing some of them in the booth. Whoo!

I have a feeling once I get there that there will be a million other things to be excited about. But mostly, I have to admit, I want to meet the designers, the authors, the yarn people–everyone who has made my life–and our lives–such a pleasure over the years, giving all of us such lovely yarn, such interesting books, and such great patterns to play with. To all of those people I'd like to say: Thank you. If I don't get to meet you this weekend, then please just let me say "thank you" for all the hours and hours of enjoyment your hard work has brought to all of us knitters and crocheters and yarnies everywhere. You rock!!

— Sand

Our featured free pattern this week is the Cabled Vest, by Lisa R. Myers (see the photo at left).
This pattern is an excerpt from Knit So Fine, a celebration of knitting with skinny yarns.

Here's the thing: The Cabled Vest will be available as a free download for ONE WEEK ONLY.

Then, on Friday the 13th, at 5 PM MST, it will be mysteriously whisked away,
back into the book from whence it came…so get it while you can!

Our thanks to Lisa R. Myers, Laura Grutzeck, and Carol Sulcoski, the authors of Knit So Fine,
as well as the Interweave Book Team, for letting me share this pattern with you on Knitting Daily!

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

 What's on Sandi's needles? Still. Working. On. The. Drawstring. Raglan. I wove in some ends yesterday, just to shake things up a bit.

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