Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Interesting Week at the Knit & Crochet Show

This was a busy week traveling north to Manchester, New Hampshire to take part in the Knit & Crochet Show sponsored by the Knitting Guild of America and the Crochet Guild of America. It was a first for Kanine Knits. I have spent the last 10 years with booths at dog shows and this was my first knitting show. I found that they are very similar, except for the fact that there were no dogs visiting my booth (bummer).

I did meet some absolutely delightful knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, yarn manufacturers and more. I made friends with the gals who had the booth across from mine and we found that we had a great deal in common. Ada, Heather and Jody from Great Knit Design Knitware, based in So. San Francisco, gave me insight into the knit show world.

The yarns that are available are amazing, especially the hand dyed fibers of llama, alpaca, bamboo, silk, and wool. Watching the spinners creating the yarn on the floor with only a drop spindle would inspire anyone.

But the best part was all the wonderful people who stopped by my booth and raved about my designs. What an ego trip!!!! Plus I got to hear the stories of their dogs and see the photos they so proudly displayed. They were delighted to find patterns that looked like their own "best friend" and were looking forward to knitting the likeness into sweaters, pillows, afghans, etc.

The books were popular too. Knitters really latched onto the idea of entire books filled with knitting designs on just their breed. They got to purchase the books for the Samoyed and the Labrador Retriever and get a preview of the new Crafty Golden Retirever Knits book that will be out in a couple of weeks.

Well, though I'll still be part of the dog world at shows this fall, I am looking forward to many more knitting and crochet shows in the future. I was inspired, encouraged and made to feel at home by those who love this art as much as I do.

I hope that everyone enjoyed looking at Peggy Gaffney's version of a dog show with all my portraits of dogs in knitting displayed in my Kanine Knits booth and that they will look for me at shows in the future and visit my website at www.kanineknits.com to see even more designs than I had room to display at the show.

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