Thursday, July 30, 2015

Knit & Crochet Show 2015

Many people are confused, let me try to explain. The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) used to have a convention that they called "Chain Link".  People some times refer to this current event as "Chain Link" but that is just an affectionate nickname at this point.

Several years ago, the CGOA and TKGA (The Knit Guild of America) both hired a management company to help with all their business stuff. The management company suggested that CGOA and TKGA create a show that benefits both guilds... hence THE KNIT AND CROCHET SHOW (consumer show) was born. (Not to be confused with Knit and Crochet Now!, the tv show).

At this annual event, the CGOA and TKGA hold (independently) their membership annual meetings, classes, banquets, fashion shows, competitions, etc) But both knitters and crocheters may attend classes for both and we all share the vendor market.

This year's Knit and Crochet Show was in San Diego!  (whoohoo!  I had never been to San Diego so this was fun!) Thursday night was the big market preview! We get a crack at all the vendors before the general public. Above is me with designer/author Tammy Hildebrand and designer/author/writer Brenda Bourg. (I can't wait to see Brenda's new book!)

 Here I am with designer, Kristin Lynn.  If you don't recognize her name, pay attention to it and tuck it in your mind for later.
 Again, here I am with Brenda.  I have learned from experience that I should get as many photos as possible from the very first night because it only gets more busy from there. I designed the top I am wearing a few years ago and never wrote it down. It's made of Southwest Trading Company yarn.

A little selfie with designer/author Karen McKenna and designer April Garwood.  So much talent these ladies have!

And of course, me with super-pal, Marly Bird. Her description is too long: designer/author/podcaster/personality/spokesperson/design director, etc... I'm sure I missed something awesome that she does... oh! teacher! 

More tomorrow!

1 comment:

Vashti Braha said...

Love these photos, Ellen! What a great conference.