Wednesday, June 16, 2010

the weekend

You know what last weekend was? TNNA, where like past years, my mother and sister and I had an awesome girls weekend. I saw some amazing yarn, and MANY sweaters I would love to knit.
Check out this display at blue sky alpacas. Can you stand it? All those beautiful hand knits! I wanted to move right in. Posters and all. (Would love to make that sweater in the top right.)
Spud & Chloe. I know. Cute, cute, cute. (How about that baby and pattern in the poster!)
Classic Elite. One of my all time favorite booths to check out. SO many great patterns for the fall. I am in love with that sweater up there. That one over there. The one with the purple shirt under it. I know! I would love to make it.
Amy Butler. Did you know she has a line of organic yarn? Yep. And a pattern book to boot. Chalked full of beautiful things. (I wanted to move right in here, too.)
Veronik Avery. Veronik has another new book out. Filled with fabulous projects from small to large.
And guess what? She gave me a signed copy to give to one of my readers. If you are interested, leave me a comment by Saturday the 19th at 12 p.m. EST. I'll draw a name.
Oh, happy knitting.

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Kylie said...

oh, all that yummy yarn!

Jess said...

I have been test knitting for Blue Sky Alpaca, and my friend Merri is the graphic designer for them. That booth looks just like their headquarters here in Minnesota. It's all light and airy and full of creative energy.
Someday I have to finagle a visit to TNNA it looks like a hoot!

Quiltnbee said...

LOVE that sweater in the top right, too! What a fun excursion =-)

katieb said...

oh what fun you must have had!

Gorge Us Family said...

All the choices, what to knit?

mamaacorn said...

Wow! Just wow! Love all of the possibilities!

CraftyKate said...

I wish I could have gone! So much knitting goodness!

honeypumpkin said...

*Drool*

Prairie Girl said...

thanks for the peek at the booths - they all look amazing!

Trisha said...

Looks like fun! I didn't know AB had a yarn line, cool! Looks like a great book.

Jennifer B said...

what great inspiration to see all of that yarn and all of those fantastic finished items!

Deb said...

I'm quite jealous of your trip to TNNA, it looks like lots of fun!

Chris said...

I'm SO ENVIOUS of your trip there! One of these years...

Kim said...

Oooh thanks for sharing tidbits from TNNA! Love to see what's new! And I'm always looking to expand the knitterbrary! Would love to win the book. Thanks!

Cutzi said...

What a fabulous weekend! Must check out the Amy Butler stuff.

caknitter said...

The Blue Sky Alpaca room looks so cozy; The baby knits are so cute, too.
The book looks interesting. I'll have add it to my amazon wish list and to my collection, but hoping I might win a copy. :-)

Charity said...

Beautiful pictures!!

Anonymous said...

It would be hard to decide where to start. TNNA sounds wonderful. Susann

Sally said...

Thanks for taking us along for a bit of your visit to TNNA, what fun!!

Lisa said...

Oh to have been so lucky! It would have been difficult for me to not touch everything there. So many beautiful sweaters!

C. said...

Great pictures.

3 M's said...

I would love to attend this event- I live in Idaho, so things like this are a bit of a tease- all that gorgeous yarn in person! :) what inspiration! Lucky you!

passingdowncrazy said...

I love Veronique!!! Looks like you had a fabulous time!

Jani said...

Thanks for the tour! Oh, and the contest, too!

diane_s said...

what a great place to go ... all that yarn :)

Casey said...

Love that sweater too! Spud and Chloe sure knows how to do cute!

Tina said...

ohh...it all looks so good!! I will have to go check out the Amy Butler yarn and patterns. I have several yards of her fabric and bag patterns.

the socks in the new book look lovely.

Tina

Journeying Five said...

ooooooooooooooh that all looks lovely!

Anonymous said...

OOh, I would love to win that book, it looks fabulous. The TNNA looks like it was great. -Martha

Clare B said...

The booth's look so amazing - such beautiful yarn and patterns. Almost makes me long for some cooler weather and autumn knitting.

Lani said...

What fun! Isn't is nice to enjoy working so hard? Thanks for the tour.

Marmee said...

Looks like you had fun, I would love to go some year!! I really enjoy your blog and cookie ideas!

gMarie said...

Oh some day I need to make it to TNNA. Lovely stuff. g

Carol said...

I love to see all the great photos of your weekend. It looks like you had a very nice time. Did you buy some? What?

sue said...

I wish I lived somewhere close by to attend that show. How fabulous - the only problem would be that you would want to knit most things there and buy so much more yarn!

Sharonnz said...

Amy Butler plus yarn? Wowzer! I've been admiring the projects from the 24/7 book on Ravelry.

Anna Allen said...

oohh love the picture of that room. so cute and vintage!

Donna P said...

Love,love,love all of those displays. Wish we had things like this in Australia.

Kenj said...

I'm beyond interested!

WingedStrategos said...

TNNA looks like so much fun. I wish I could have gone this year. At least one of my patterns did.

I'd love to add that book to my collection too. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Too much to knit; not enough time! I would LOVE to win Veronik's book though! Thanks for the contest. Kimberley

Elsa said...

Oh, I'd love a copy of the book (although I live in Europe) :)

flowerpress said...

Throwing my hat in the ring for that lovely looking book. (oh and i'm in Australia in case that is too far to send).
Made your toasties for my daughter and she loves them :-) Thanks.

Jill said...

That all looks absolutely fabulous.

I'm loving all the Amy Butler stuff at the moment.

nurseknitsalot said...

Always could use a new knitting book!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post!! I love your blog :o)

Levin said...

count me in for the giveaway!
i feel envious when i see how well knitting is embraced over in america. here it's still taking it's time to become fashionable :(
i wish i could have been there in person.
l
x

Monica said...

what a lovely weekend. My sister is flying on Sunday with her knitting bag and can't wait to sit, knit and catch up...

I'd never heard of Veronika Avery... must check her work out, looks great.!

Little Miss S. said...

How am I supposed to work today while crossing my finger so much ;-)

Kerry said...

I am totally blown away by the displays. Amazing! And I can only imagine how awesome the book is. Veronik is one of my favorite designers.

mooncalf said...

Those are beautiful displays. I wish my craft room looked like that...

sara said...

Wow exciting stuff!

Estella said...

Those displays are amazing! I've been hearing about this book - thanks for having a contest!

lilpixie said...

I'm pretty sure if I went into TNNA, I would leave with a ton of yarn and the need for a second mortgage. Sooo many beautiful possibilities.

Mary said...

I've heard a lot about TNNA on Ravelry and it looks like you had a great time. I love all the photos of the displays, thanks for sharing.

If only I could get on a plane a fly over to the US......

Gotta Knit! said...

How were you able to get pictures? Loved seeing what some of the booths look like.

Jane said...

I wondered if you went this year. I told my LYS owner to look for you! She told me that she might not have time because she was going to be busy buying Malibrigo! Throw my name into the bucket please! I would love to win.

karen said...

I dream of going to that show! Wish I was there!

Margie said...

Thanks for sharing your TNNA visit! Looks like you had a great time and I LOVE the pink short-sleeve sweater in the Classic Elite photo. I also love Veronique and would be thrilled to win a copy of her new book. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Delldgm said...

I loved looking at this post - nearly makes me overcome my fear of flying so I can fly over and visit TNNA.

kristina said...

So envious of your visit--everything looks fab! I've been eyeing that book for a month or so now.So love the patterns.

K x

Barb T. said...

Lucky you; I would've loved to be there! I just sent for some Blue Sky Alpaca to make a Que Sera! Their display looked lovely!

Paula said...

I wish I could knit 24/7--maybe I'd finish a few more things?

bluekaeru said...

I'm jealous. I would love to go to a show like that. And I too love the sweater pair with the purple shirt.

sweetaimee said...

you are soo lucky to have made it to see all of that and get some family time. In the workds of nepolian dynamite "jelious"

Laura said...

So many new ideas and wants. Glad you had a fun time.

Frida said...

I wish we had more such interesting events in Sweden. And I'd love to win that book. :)

Rose said...

I'd love the signed copy. I already bought it, but I'll trade you if I win ?

Beth said...

looks like a great book - I'm wondering about yarn for a new sweater - something that you like that won't pill - is something in the classic elite line one of your faves? has it stayed that way?

Jackie said...

A yarn shop always makes me want to go home and spend the day knitting. Love it!
You must have had a wonderful time together. I love getting together with my daughter.
Would love to win the book, good luck to me.

Caffeine Girl said...

Don't put me in the drawing because I already own the book. Just wanted to say how lucky the winner will be!

Connie said...

These are great pictures! What fun to have attended. I would love a copy of this book and if I am so lucky to get one from you, that would be super.

grammie-meme said...

wow I would love to be the lucky one...........

Kate said...

That show looks fantastic! Eager to see A. Butler's pattern book. Please enter me in the 24/7 drawing!!

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

Oh, that must have been such an inspiring weekend!

Rebekah said...

Looks lovely!

sk said...

Wow!!! I mean.....WOW!!! Gorgeousness overload.

VicKnits said...

What a fun weekend and the book looks great too!

Mary Beth said...

oh, that all looks wonderful! I would love the book. Thanks for the chance.

Carolyn said...

Looks like you had a great time. I'd love to be in the draw for the book...thanks!

Sara Kirby said...

Looks like so much fun! I would have loved to have attended! Must start saving now. Great give away!

Sara Kirby said...

What a great time you had! I would love to go to TNNA someday. I must start saving now! Great give away!

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

i would love to knit with veronique....

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

i would love to knit with veronique....

hricco said...

Great pictures! They really capture the feel of the booths well. And a new book! Awesome!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing. I would love to make it out there one of these years :)

T xxx said...

How fun! A girls weekend and yarn to boot! so much fun. I'll get to TNNA one year I hope ; )

Julie said...

Great pics. Just picked up that book from the library, immediately added to my wish list, so many great projects. Thanks!

Deborah said...

Beautiful pictures-I could move right in!

kimberly said...

That looks like so much fun! all that yarn...

kimberly said...

That looks like so much fun! all that yarn...

Turner said...

Wow! Looks like fun!!

Julie said...

What a fun girls trip! So lucky - Thanks for the giveaway.

Knitting Diva said...

I'm still Drooling over all that loveliness! Oh how I would loooove that book!

Sarah said...

Oh my heavens, all that yummy goodness! I would love to attend TNNA someday! And I would love to win that book. Thanks for the chance!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Oh, that would be an awesome birthday gift (my birthday was yesterday! and my son's birthday is today)! LOL, I'd love to win a copy of Veronik's new book signed!!!

I'm also having a contest all month on my blog for my birthday month - come by & check it out!

xo

sallymi said...

would love to be able to knit 24/7 and the patterns in this book are so great. Glad you got to go to TNNA

Matt, Jen, Addison, & Gavin said...

Looks like so much fun! All that great creative energy would be so inspiring!

Orinda5 said...

Oooo - I am in love with that CEY sweater too!
Off to search for it in rav.

amy said...

With all the choices, it makes it hard to decide what to knit next. I want to make them all! :o)

Andrea Moberly said...

Ok, I'd make all of that! I have got to get to TNNA one of these years!

Stephanie B said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend full of eye candy. I love being inspired like that.

M Griffin said...

Sounds like you had a great time! So many projects for the fall, can't wait to see which you start first. Thanks for thinking of us!

Debra said...

Lovely displays! I can see why you had such a great time.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynn said...

Looks like fun! Love your blog!

Ashley said...

I would love the book - I've been looking for new and inspiring patterns!

-Bekah- said...

Glad you had fun! I enjoy seeing all of your pictures! Would love the copy of the book! It looks FAB!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love Amy Butler. Patterns and Fabric. Would love to try some of her yarn. Thanks for the give away.

Tiffanie
tiffaniemullis@yahoo.com

Mim said...

What great displays. They make you want everthing! I would love that book. Thanks for the giveaway.

stitching under oaks said...

Leslie, looks like a great time...so much eye candy! What a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing your snippets with us!

Courtney L. said...

Wow! I would have loved to go to TNNA! Thanks for letting me vicariously live through you.

MadMad said...

But what did you GET?! What are you going to make? Don't leave us hanging!

CelticCastOn said...

oohhh what lovely booths they had at TNNA! I'd just like to curl up with some knitting in each one..

Susan said...

LOVE those green socks on the cover!!

KellsShells said...

I would love a shot at the Veronik Avery book! Those socks look comfy! I have cut back on buying any luxuries (knitting books included) in an effort to save every penny for my son's upcoming college tuition...UGH! I have a nice stash of yarn and would love to pick a small project from the book to work on this summer...perhaps a going away gift for my son. Thanks for the offer!

Cindy said...

I snagged a copy of Amy Butler's book a few weeks ago and its just beautiful!

Lorie said...

So many things to knit and so little time!

Suzanne said...

I don't know which part of the weekend would be better--the time with your peeps, the TNNA temptations or the getaway. I will admit that I've noticed my knitting queue grows longer every time I read your blog. :-)

kellyr said...

How beautiful. Thanks!

Kar said...

The TNNA looks like it was a blast!! How fun. :)

Mirjam said...

O yes,please! 24/7 isn't even time enough to knit/wear/enjoy anything by the lovely Veronique.



mirjamvdb(at)telfort(dot)nl

Katrina said...

After looking at your beautiful pictures, I think I really need to try to get to TNNA some year soon!

Thanks for sharing the book with us!

Mami Dearest said...

I just want to touch all that yarn! Looks so soft!

nicole said...

wish I could have gone!

ColorSlut said...

The Amy Butler blanket is just so inspiring. I love her stuff. And all the yarn makes me want to knit more and work less :)

Rachel said...

I've never been to a show like that. I think I'd be tempted to move in as well!

barbara a hoffman said...

Love, Love, Love it! I remember the first time I went to the TNNA show, I was like a kid in a candy shop, just couldn't get enough.

KateinIowa said...

If I had seen all that, I wouldn't know where to begin. I admire your self-control!

Poshyarns said...

Oh Leslie, lovely, lovely things, I am in love with the Blue Sky/Spud & Chloe booths, so pretty.

Now that Classic Elite cardi, perfect, absolutely perfect. Autumn is the very best season for knitters.

Kim said...

Wow! I had no idea Amy Butler had her own yarn!! Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

You got some wonderful shots of these booths. At first I thought they were rooms in a house. Beautiful displays and beautiful knits and yes, I'll take that book! But then again I never win anything ( :

Ginger said...

That book looks awesome.

Kristyn Knits said...

looks like a perfect show for you! the thumbnail made me think you were redecorating your creative space...
can't wait to see a few of these knits modeled by you!

sew nancy said...

oh! that looks like so much fun.
that pink one by classic elite looks nice.
and i always love blue sky alpaca yarn!
would love to check out that book

AmyT said...

What a great trip this must be. I would love to take my mom and a sister or two or three.

Missy knits said...

I love, love, love the green knit bag in the bly sky alpacas booth. Wow, I may have to hunt down that pattern and yarn!!

Shannon said...

That sounds like such a wonderful trip! How can you sleep at night after going to one of those shows? I know knitting patterns and yarn would be whirling through my head all night!

Alexis said...

How lucky you got to go! I hope I'm lucky and win the book!

beautifulshell said...

oh i NEED amy butler's book....some new ideas would be great!

Jenny Bennett said...

OMG!! I love those rooms!! And that book-must have it :)!!! Thank you for always inspiring me with your website!!

Debbie S. said...

Love to see more of that Classic Elite sweater jacket. Will have to investigate new fall patterns from them.

Maggie said...

I hope she gave you two so you can keep one!

ninironi said...

Looks like you had a lovely time. Thanks for the giveaway!

kristofer and ivy said...

Thanks so much for sharing the great photos! If I won this book, it would be my FIRST pattern book! (My library card gets lots of use.)

.ivy

Kat said...

Looks like heaven.

Chris said...

Hey you! Looks like your trip was awesome. Would love that book! Maybe it's my lucky day! Enjoy the weekend.

Nicole said...

Lucky you to see all those goodies! I knit with my mom too! Isn't it the greatest?
...Thanx for the chance!

Holli said...

I'd LOVE Veronik's new book!

K said...

I'd love to win the book as well! There are some great glove and shawl patterns in there!

sewstylish said...

Oh Wow the projects and all that wonderful yarn.. Love it all....

Kathy said...

Oooooo pick me! I'm a sock fanatic and the socks on the front cover make me feel all faint! Must find out if there is some fabulous yarny event like that somewhere in the North West - it looks delightful.

ChrisInWI said...

Would love to have the book - it would be a lucky day for me: my baby's birthday - he'll be 17!

I also love that Classic Elite striped sweater over the blue shirt - do you know any more about it? A book name? yarn? when it will be available? Love, love , love!!

opportunityknits said...

Love the first photo ... the cute pink vest hanging on that lovely dresser in that shade of green.

Katrina said...

WOW...that looks like a lot of fun girls weekend. To be with family and see the all that yarn & new patterns. I'm glad that you had a good time. YEAH! for a giveaway!

Stephanie said...

Oh, to be surrounded by all that creativity and possibility! What fun you must have had!

Karen said...

I've been knitting about 5 years now but I never venture far from starter projects. Looking at some of these beautiful yards & designs really tempts be to break out & try more challenging projects. Thanks for the inspiration :)

katieleigh said...

I'm jealous I didn't get to go. Such beautiful yarn!!

Bonnie said...

I'd love this book. I wish I could have been there with you. You truly were a "kid in a candy store". So jealous.

Sara said...

Gorgeous stuff! It looks like the best scratch and sniff show ever. :D Great giveaway!

Becky said...

It sounds like a great time and a great giveaway. I hope I am the lucky winner!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

A day late and a dollar short to compliment you on your blue cardigan! I love it - it turned out so well!

TNNA looks like it was SO much fun. I'm jealous.

And Veronik gave you a book! You lucky thing, you. Is she enchanting?<3

Carolyn said...

Glad you had a great day with your mother and sister! I agree - the brushed suri tunic looks amazing! I look forward to the "headless" final product! ( :

Lee said...

Ohhh I wish that I could have gone to that. Thanks for showing us all those great pics. That books sounds wonderful!

Kathryn said...

TNNA looks fabulous!!

marykathryn said...

Thanks for the peek at the show and the great giveaway, I'd love to be entered!

:0)MK

funtimeswiththebeckers said...

oh, i would love to win that book! thanks for the giveaway.
~Katie B.

Colleen Wheeler said...

Looks like a great book! Love your blog!

Ashley said...

I love, love, love the display at blue sky alpacas! I want my bedroom to look like that- with the hand knits included!

Dragons Knitting Lace said...

I would love to go to TNNA! It sounds like so much fun. I would also love to have Veronik's book!

Melissa said...

Veronik Avery is the reason I started knitting...so that I would be able to understand the strange code the pattern for the lace ribbon scarf was written in. I still haven't knit that scarf, but at least I now understand how to do it!

Jennifer said...

Looks like you had a great time! I would love to win the book!

Beth said...

Great pics! Wish I could have been there.

K Starr said...

Thanks for passing on the inspiration to us. Can't wait to start some fall knitting!

Alycia said...

That book looks like so much fun! I'd love to get my hands on it. :)

Sandee said...

ooh ooh ooh... feel like I need to get my knit on!

elizabeth said...

Lucky you! Sounds like a wonderful trip!!!

Kari said...

Looks like a fantastic time!

Joan said...

I like a lot of things in the blue sky alpaca booth! the bedspread, the bag, the coat is beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!

Charmaine said...

Sounds like an awesome time!

mle said...

Wow, thanks for sharing the pictures! It's cool to see what is new and fresh.

Diane said...

lovely patterns, and I love the way the designers shaped their areas for display...

Mrpablo said...

Amy Butler yarn and patterns! Oh my...

Jen said...

Interested in a knitting book? Um, of course!

GMGKnits said...

And you brought a second suitcase for your fiber purchases, right!?

Anonymous said...

thanks for the booth tour...what inviting displays
oh yeah!
i have been lusting after her new book!

Colleen

murphycolleenATrogersDOTcom

Pam said...

your time sounds fantastic. would look to win that book. thank you for the offer.

Julia said...

oh wow! that book looks great. sounds like you had a wonderful time!

Diane said...

wrong email on previous posgt

Sarah said...

I like the sound of a book with large and small projects - where I live, it´s hot all year round, and I sometimes struggle to come up with viable knitting projects. Maybe there are some ideas in there that could work?

Full of Heart said...

Ooooh, that book looks FUN!

sarah said...

What fun the TNNA looked. Thanks for the fun giveaway too.

a pink-bee said...

WOW a neat book :)
Have a happy day :)
crystal

bradandann said...

great photos as usual. Thanks for sharing!

Ellen said...

what a fun place to visit! thank you for sharing all those pictures with your readers. It gave me some cute ideas for my knitting corner at home. And I would love to win that book! thanks for running the contest.

sara said...

Um... Yes! I'm interested!

Faith said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who can visualize herself in some of those rooms, all cozied up with some knitting and music.

betseykerr said...

So fun! Would love to go some time! The book looks great too!

Seona said...

I'm so jealous - those booths look amazing, glad you all had a great time!

a day in the life of a davis said...

Oh! Please pick me!

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