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TNNA Show in San Diego

So Yesterday I went to Visit my Aunt and she has Chickens.


Mom got me a root beer Float.

I went to go to San Diego this morning for the TNNA Show.

On the way I saw this.

There was Traffic. I took a picture of where I parked, because I knew I wouldn't remember. I took the Misti People  ( ( I got to see the mock up for the Pattern book that was done on the summer Internship and it is awesome) some stuff. I saw Morgaine.

I saw Trish who was great, and Steven of course. Also in the booth was Shelly.

There was mustard being given out with yarn… I know

I saw all the new yarns for the year which were impressive.

I think I might be going blind, or blinder, as on the way Home I couldn’t see so well ( I just got a new RX in October).

On the way home

Me and mom had Fish tacos

I gave mom some yarn she wanted.

The Blue is Blue Sky Alpaca Suri merino, The Pink is Blue Sky Alpaca Silk and Alpaca.

Tomorrow the great trek home.

This week updated. Fast.....

So, Ok, I know most of you didn’t go to College or that It was a long time ago. I also know that yes I have been in College along time, but you know what, every year it seems worse. It seems like the last week of school is Stress, Panic ( chickens), food, Treats, Stress, Driving, then Crazyness of XMAS.


I am trying to take my Final on Monday so I can go to Peru on Wednesday, I have to fly out of LAX, so that means a 14 hour drive, after a two hour Organic Chemistry Exam, and a Chicken critique.

Hmm, more, there is more. Monday and Tuesday I tired to wrap up chickens and projects. Wednesday I had a ceramics "Presentation"; Sherri and Steve came home with two new sheep. They are Icelandic.

Thursday I went to go take pictures of sheep, Louie (the llama had a stroke and needed to have a nice visit from the vet), This made me sad, and so I decided to put off pictures of the sheep ( my own, the ones above are Sherris pictures).

Bye Louie You were the most wonderful Llama, and I will Miss you.

Also found out I didn’t get TNNA intern or any award. Very very sad, but congrats to everyone who won, Ill stick to science and not  fashion classes. All I know is dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting and exotic fiber animals, I am sort of sad that I was the only one who knew about these things, Pipa is a knitter. But Erika did get stuck in Oregon for a bit, in Trishs own words "Erica is lonely and out of food in St. Helens so ANYONE that could go to the yarn factory please do. ":P. I have to admit, I could go with out food, but not scotch, ehn whatever.

So I was sad, and decided to get a cupcake .

Oh that was taken with my new cell phone. I haven't had one in like 5- 6 years, and it is only for pictures, and you know... things of an important nature.

Today worked on Graphic design… Lots and lots of cards, envelops and letterheads and I am still not happy with any of it. Organic Chemistry has filled up my nights. Oh and I got my Super Cool Sweat Shirt from my own logo.

Bad lighting sorry I didn't take the photo.

Here is Zacks sculpture of me made out of packing tape. Cool hu? Lots of time. It is me, we wrapped me in plastic wrap and then packing tape, and it was cut off me. Lots and lots of time, but it is cool. Hope it gets in this years Sculpture walk.

Tomorrow there is a Craft Fair. Sherri is selling hats and I have some yarn but will be in the Library Studying the O chem!

Ohio-The last Day -Bags, Silk Scarves and Crazy spinning.

That last few days were eventful. This were going good until well, Thursday and I completely thought I was going to be able to assemble and everything, and I did and all was going well until I realized that my bag I made was too big to fit around the one they gave us. This is the point where people had contingency plans….. Im not going there

But then also when I was sewing the handle on, the needle on the sewing machine broke. Yes it broke, I was super grumpy  and did a spotty job on it. I think I got a b?



Some of the others had really awesome bags, I stopped taking people pictures because the flash seemed to scare quite a few people. GO figure.


  This is Kelly                                                                                           This is Natalie


Erika Going TO Tangelwood                                                             This is Courtney


This is the whole group



After presentations of bags, I found out I would be the only out of stater in the dorms, everyone else had secured earlier  flights (pippa), or had to drive some where ( becky and Erika). I spun enough and fast enough to give  Rumpelstiltskina run for his money. I spun and plied Pippa this yarn. Which isn’t in the right scale the one on the right was so big I thought it would topple the ball winder.


We went and got our bags and samples. They weren’t gone with mine, so I had to sit there alone. I said good bye to the girls…

 I then walked to the post Office which was much farther then people said, but it was hot and I was wearing a white dress with red flowers on it I know I know.

To morrow Peru if I get all my stuff in my bags, but I just found a drawer full of yarn so I am sure that I need to go back to the post office.

I also got this lovely silk scarf from Professor Jennings they are from silk from Cocoons in Madagascar, they are handspun, woven, and dyed. The dye in mine is Eucalyptus. All the ones she had were beautiful and I an going to try and finagle a picture of them out of her.

Ohio-Thats when It started to get weird- Fiber Seminar Bags


  So I get that it has been well a bit since I updated. But  a lot happen. Sunday after we got home from the show, I started spinning my embroidery thread. That is when it started to get weird. Yes you read that right and it didn’t seem like such a bad idea. I did some golden silk , and white mohair.  That is when things started to get a little weird, I called mom and had her scan me the article out of spin off that told how to make your embroidery thread……. Well come back to that. But let me add I am eternally grateful to professor Jennings for letting me use her wheel, it balanced me back.

This is the yarn tensions thus, reason for calling professor Jennings on a Sunday night.


 We watched a lot of cool historical movies for costumes, While we worked n our bags… Then I tried to embroider the alpacas with said floss…. Well, I used a lot of twist, it broke some but not as much as I thought it would, the silk was good but I wanted to use what  I had.


The side panels you know I forgot to take a picture of my board I think the professor has one. I knitted them and then I was going to felt them, well I was knitting and it was too bug so I bound off, then, well cabled it . To separate the regions I did like a back stick and cut… I know I gasp myself, why am I so lazy who knows? But I t worked and worked well.


The Cross stitch was of some drop spindles beyond that I don’t want to talk about it really.

Oh Pippa who was taking breaks between her almost completed bag, on Tuesday, used the large over sized knitting needles and made a scarf in like 45 minutes. Nice going

Ohio-TNNA PiPN interns in Columbus!

Warning this post has pictures of food in it.

 So after we did our presentations on our boards, we left to go to ColumbusIn Columbus was the TNNA yearly trade show.The car ride was long and I was kind of sick. But once we stopped and check in the hotel, Where one of the professors gave me my box from mom, which had jeans, silkworm cocoons, mohair locks, dyed roving, alpaca roving, Oh yeah my passport, as well as a few snaps of my niece, and other useful things. YAY MOM! Also a package from a friend with movies YAY friend!

This picture is roving of Silk Cashmere, wool, and mohair locks      These are dyed and undyed cocoons.

 We then went to the Convention Center. Where we saw the yarn gally way. There were a lot of really cool yarns. We then waited to go into the galleria, where we saw a bunch of really cool art and met a lady who did nifty designs.

After that it was on to the Fashion Show which I hadn’t seen in January at Long Beach. a had a great dress in there called gypsy lips. Some of the other great designs were by MagnKnit, Blue sky Alpacas, Cherry Tree Hill, Himalaya, Trendsetter yarns. I would tell you the names of the outfits but us weee people can’t even get them yet so that would be pointless. After this even was the first spotting of the YARN HARLOT!Ravelry. Oh and Shay Pendray at the fashion show, who I really like. Both Pippa and I failed at out attempts to meet her. Then we met Jess from

We all went out to dinner, Katie and I meet Miguel and Lisa who will be hosting us on our internship. We had great food at a Asian infusion restaurant called Lemongrass, and discussed the finer points of the internship. It is going to be great.

The next morning Pippa and I had a breakfast that gave us the chance to talk with a lot of TNNA people. At the Convention, I had the opportunity to spin on the new Schacht Lady BUG! As Well as meet with

huamanand Jan Van Stralen, where we talked about the Louet Victoria.

I really enjoyed seeing all the yarn companies and seeing full range of products that you usually don’t have the change to see in a regular shop. As well as needlepoint from Alice Peterson. ( I think if this you contact me so I can correct this). Which was extremely nice and greatly appreciated. Until I took this course with PiPn in the Fiber Seminar, I didn’t really know about needle arts and a have come to appreciate each one and  execute them, in an acceptable manor. Thanks it meant a lot to all of us!


We then had lunch at the North town market, where for the first time ( with the exception of the dinner the previous night) Pippa and I were able to find food we were use to eating, like lime honey salmon, and I got a Napoleon egg plant with shitake mushrooms, summer squash and ricotta cheese, and a pancetta wrapped asparagus. It was super good and rejuvenate us.

We then saw the Yarn Harlot at the Book signing but still didn’t get to meet her. We also saw Shelli from Knitterly, it was nice to see someone from Northern California, as were then Unicorn people. ( smiles and waves)I HAD to see the Possum people, as well as the fur people. I never made it back to cover an extensive coverage of the new Lady Bug Spinning Wheel but ah.

Before we came home we went back to Northtown market and I got nine chocolates (do not ask how much they were from Pure Imagination).And possibly the best ice cream (jeni's Ice Cream) I have ever had ( I have had a lot of unique kinds). I had pistachio honey, pear Riesling, and a goat cheese with cherry compote. It was so good I went back for seconds five minutes before they closed.So yest my total Ice cream count for the day was 6 scoops.Pippa took this when I was into the ice cream, I didn't know.



We trouped home, and then well we contemplated our bags but mainly went to bed.

I felt that by going to the convention (even thought I have been before), if gave the group of us the feeling of how big this industry is and the range of opportunities. That we had a great chance to speak with professionals in the business (when they weren’t busy of course). I loved the wall of yarn and would love to post pictures of it but I am not so sure that is right -:)

Ohio-Crochet day 6- Fiber Arts Seminar

Day six of class really?

We’ don’t tell any knitters but today I crocheted.

It was fun, and despite Professor Buckland having to keep telling me I was doing my granny square not right it was fun! Thanks Professor it made me all the better for it. As many of you know I can become quite annoying, even pestering if I don’t understand something. She had great patience, explaining and re explaining and I think about the fifth time, I got it. Good teachers are wonderful finds.


Anna and Katie-( this is a new effect on my photo program)


Books and lots of yarn.


We learned about the gauge, stitches, history, hooks and patterns. The stitches we learned included, slip stitch ( slip st), Single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tr), chain (ch), yarn over (yo).

We then trouped to the stores to buy stuff for our projects. I don’t want to give it away until I finish my concept board so I won’t. But I bough, yes bought wool yarn! The same color we had in class, I might be taking it back J

This place I is growing on me, no ocean but I could go to school here. Now if they could only do something about the snow…..

Oh yeah my sampler and granny square :





Ohio-Cross stitch day 5- Fiber Arts seminar



We finished up with embroidery.

We also got to see some of Mrs. Firestones (Elizabeth Parke Firestone) undergarments. She was a big player in the fashion area of couture. Her tissue silk undergarments had had embroidered monogrammed designs with handmade lace. SO cool and it was the one day I brought the not so good camera.( click here for dresses, more dresses, even better, wedding dress).



We then started Cross stitch that afternoon. We had Professor Buckland who was fun, and discovered I like cross stitch.

 We covered the history, fabric, thread, Needles, Hoops, stitches and how to read a chart. Also although she didn't use this word the importance of preserving needlework genealogy. Needlework that a grandmother,Aunt or some other family member might have done.

 My unfinished cross stitch.

Here are also some shots of the class and all out stuff every where:

Ohio-Embroidery day 4- Fiber Arts Seminar

Well today we started Embroidery and well it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought.

We learned the  back stitch, stem stitch, buttonhole, chain, French knot , satin, and long and short.

My knowledge of embroidery had included the one I worked on for my nieces birth quilt ( it was a chicken).

Dr. Leslie showed us some great examples, and books. Crazy quilt stitches,

Floral stitches

Embroider garden.

We also watched three videos one was really great,

Philippa Turnbull's "An introduction to Crewel Embroidery”, .

Needle Arts by Shay Pendray,

Embroidery-Legacy of needle arts

Pippa had also made a hat, in like two day in addition to our homework.


This is Katie she is going to,  Knit one Needlepoint Two



This was us last night , we watched Elizabeth II, where we had to explain some history.


Yes, and by some total freak accident. I dropped my computer and broke it , good news they can fix it bad news this is the second time in not even a week of being here that something has befell my computer. Hmm. I just found out that the YARN HARLOT! is going to be at TNNA Pippa and I are hoping we get to meet her as we are pretty big fans. hint hint Sherry :)

Ohio-Interns take a trip-Kent State Museum and Stitch Piece and Purl ( a yarn store)

Kent’s State Museum and Stitch Piece and Purl

 We went to the Kent state museum ( Fashion School) today. And say a great exhibition on In Bloom- Patterned Silk Design Innovations in Eighteenth Century France, Galanos,  Belle Epoque Brides, Moods Indigo,  National  Americans through the Prisim of Culture: Edward S. Curtis and the legacy of Collection, Carnival Glass

Erica (going to tanglewood), ME-Misti alpaca, Becky- Coats and Clark

I got mom two books on silk and a post card one books was a biography of silk, and  post card.


We then went to the Store that is called Stitch Piece and purl.

They had a great selection of yarns and fabric. Some of the yarns were Classic Elite, Misti Alpaca, Tofusties, classes and some spinning stuff

Erica, Becky and Pipa ( Classic Elite) 

                                                                                                             ( Pipa who bought lots of yarn!)

The lady who owned the shop was super nice and even knew about THE PIPN Program!