Stellanti Siting, hopscotch software, good food and friends

Just slowly wandering the show floor trying not to be overwhelmed and excited and look what I found!

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The beautiful Laura Nelkin modeled Stellanti for me. Only a few more weeks until the fibrofibers yarn arrives and I’m getting everything in place for the KAL. Laura talked with me about construction, beads, and placement. I also bought some bracelet kits, a nice lace and bead combo which will make a great class. It sure was nice seeing these projects in person! Can’t wait to get going on them.

Another stop on day 2 was the Visionary Authors booth where I was able to talk Knit Swirl! and see them all in person once again. We talked about methods for shortening sleeves in particular. I feel so much more confident about helping customers choose yarn, style and fit now. The combinations of colors and fibers used is fantastic!

And, I also spent time learning about the new Hopscotch website CMS from Benjamin Levisay and Brent. I have a couple new ventures in mind and this might be the tool to help.

New yarn ideas? Well, I have those too. I have new choices in superwash, new hand-dyers, and some restocks of existing yarns in new colors. There is so much to do but all so exciting!

At the end of the day, Haley and I had some great Italian food (yesterday was Greek) and visited with Cari Clement and Susan Levine. Their experience and information about yarns, retail, wholesale and publishing is invaluable and I’m so thankful to know them and spend time picking their brains.

Reflecting back over the course of the day I had the opportunity to meet and talk with many people who will be instrumental in my business plans the next several years (ravelry, craftsy, spinrite for the USM, various yarn companies, to name a few). I can’t wait for this next season! Hard to believe it’s been twenty years and I’m still excited!

color, inspiration, overload

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day #1 at tnna: arrive in Columbus, secure hotel room for two nights, register at market – check

mystery yarn club #4 yarn: found, ordered, paid for, delivery date confirmed – check

Lorna’s Laces booth: drool, pet, overload – check

Superwash Search: verify washability, good colors, pattern support, reputable company, supply availability, shipping time, arrange for colorcards – check

North Market for lunch – check

feet rest – check

shopping for more inspiration: new sock yarns, yarn with sequins – check

list for tomorrow: visit more New booths, make plans for late fall arrivals, don’t go on overload – pending

What’s hiding in a box?

Love the yarn that arrives in recycled containers…. Any guesses?

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How the Internet changed my knitting life

So, it’s been twenty years since Tom and I started Knitting Today. I know the Internet has been the single most contributing factor in changing my knitting life and back in 1993, was the start of my being able to work from home and raise my family. But let’s break it down, what one thing, page, event, project, tool, yarn, or ??? has had the most impact on your knitting life and how?

Lorna Miser Date Change

By popular request, we’ve changed the date from Wednesday to Saturday, June 29. Details on the original post here: http://knittingtoday.com/knews/2013/05/31/lorna-miser-new-look-for-hand-dyed-yarns/

Lorna Miser: new look for hand dyed yarns

Lorna Miser returns to Knitting Today to teach a whole new way of working with hand dyed yarns. Join us on Wednesday, June 26, Saturday, June 29, 10-4 to learn how this special technique makes your knitting look as if it is painted in vertical stripes with brush strokes. Here’s Lorna’s description about the class:

Here’s a fun technique to use with hand dyed yarns that will make your knitting look as if it is painted in vertical stripes with brush strokes. The colors will align and flow like a gentle watercolor. And all of those individual colors in that skein you love will all be seen separately, not get blended nor pool unattractively. It’s magical!

Other things you will like about this workshop:

  1. No gauge swatch required.
  2. It’s easy and fun!
  3. Project is a scarf or cowl. Very quick knit and will fit anyone.
  4. No counting required. You may never need to know how many stitches you cast on!
  5. It’s a whole new look for hand dyed yarns!

Odd rules about this class:

  1. You may not knit this in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  2. You may consume adult beverages while doing this technique if you are inclined (meaning it is not difficult).
  3. If you own a interchangeable knitting needle set, this is the time to use it!
  4. You won’t get bored.
  5. If you do get bored, we can make it more interesting by adding lace or stitch patterns.

To register online: http://www.knittingtoday.com/product/class/lorna2013.html

Questions: call Lea-Ann at 260-351-2260 or via email lea-ann@knittingtoday.com

faux painted knitting swatch

 

Colors galore

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Friday before the long weekend and all is well! Look at lisa trying to decide what color she likes best. Mountain colors Crazyfoot is one of our favorite yarns for both socks and shawlettes. I think I may have found my colors for the Color Affection.

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I’ll have the colors in the website for ordering soon!

Shopping experience at http://www.knittingtoday.com

Hi everyone, I’m working through trying to improve the shopping experience on our website at http://www.knittingtoday.com . . . . would love some feedback. Are you finding what you came for? Is there useability issues? How about the checkout process?

Where Should I Put It?

Twitter
Facebook
Ravelry
Website
Blog
E-News
Groups/communities
Mailings

My dilemma ….. Where should it go? It used to be the www was all about email delivery. Now I’m not sure. I used to update the website, then send an enews announcing the update. Since my website has changed, it isn’t so easy to pop things on the front page. And it is quite easy to blog and facebook, but no so easy to get those formats to the enews and if you are reading the blog, then get an email for the same thing, isnt that annoying? Then, too, I think the expectation of what is in an enews is a little different now. It seems like its all about the sale, not the news. Since I’m restructuring everything and trying to figure out the best way of communicating, I though I’d ask….

Where do you expect to find information from Knitting Today? How do you want it delivered?

Lea-Ann

The loom moves on

We’ve enjoyed the company of Day Carr from Mt. Pisgah Handwovens the past several months. It’s sad to see the loom empty ready for move out day. And the “wall of wovens” will be repurposed for the next artist. Here’s a glimpse ….

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