All I can say is WOW! The TKGA Conference in Atlanta was great. Aside from the part where they lost my reservation, the trip went really well. Nice hotel, good food, and enough inspiration to get me excited about knitting again. Leaving at 5am was a little harsh–I was up late getting ready. Thank god Terry was driving. A little coffee to go and I was fine.


The Peachtree Westin was a amazing. Alot like The W in New Orleans. I think they are owned by the same company.


Since Westin is home of the Heavenly Bed?, I was really hoping to catch a power nap during the lunch. But, they lost my reservation and this was all I could talk them into during class break.

Certainly not heavenly– I’d say more like purgatory. After class I found the paperwork, and got a real room.

Slept like a baby.

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Saturdays workshop was with Valentina Devine. I had heard good things about her classes from former students David andJacqui.

Ms. Devine teaches a method that works with small freeform patches. She sews and crochets them together with embellishments into amazing garments.

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We worked with remnant yarn form our own stash and learned to make the freeform patches. I am not crazy about some of the flagstone-looking garments, but I love her methods and would like try something a little less contrasty made into a big coat or shawl.

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On Sunday, Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns taught a color workshop. I figured it was going to be a refresher in color theory a lot like what I learned in college. Ms. Bryant’s method was more instinctual and experimental–a lot less fomulaic. I had a blast working so freestyle.

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Using our guts, and maybe a little eeny-meeny-miny-mo, we swatched unusual yarn combinations. Instead of looking for complimentary colors, we looked for different yarns with different values and textures to swatch.

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It was a great chance to knit with the expensive novelty yarns I have not tried. Combining colors and textures not only stretches expensive yarns, it tones down some of the wild stuff that is too garish by itself. Check out Laura’s picture. She used this method to make a nice everyday sweater with some interesting novelty yarns.

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Saturday, I blew off the awards banquet and went to an incredible Vietnamese Restaurant with Terry and 2 other coworkers in town for the weekend. The food was excellent. We got a bunch of dishes to split. A lot of seafood with fruit and veggies, a duck dish, a tofu dish and some Asian beer.
The answer to Minna and Jacqui’s the burning question….No, I did not buy any yarn. I held to my stash diet. I did however collect business card, catalogs and brochures from every single vendor there. I’ll be ready for when the stash diet is over. Oy! the FiberMarket! Cashmere and hand painted yarns were big. The number of novely yarns was mind boggling. No less than 5 booths selling my favorite knitting needles. And I got to see a lot of books I have been wanting to check out. Habu was there. They had some amazing artsy fibers–paper yarns, raw hemp bark, and silver wires thin enough to knit easily. My favorite was a yarn made out of bamboo. It was softer than silk/cashmere. I would love to make something from White Lies out of that stuff. After two fabulous classes that focused on using your small amounts of remnant yarns, I am psyched about digging into my stash and dying some wild stuff to go with it.
The trip home turned into a groovy ambling through the mountains kind of trip. Stopped in Clayton for a sandwich, and in Canton for ice cream. We did not get back until 9:30. I would be taking a littletime off if I did not have a deadline on Wednesday. I do plan to take a few vacation days later in the week. After I attack the overgrown grass(GEEZ was it that hot and rainy this week end?) I’ve got plans to try out my new skills on my stash.