Category Archives: Events

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival

We had a taste of summer weather this weekend so Kerin, Jenny K., Hannah and I all went for a scenic drive - which, of course, ended at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival.  None of us can resist pretty yarn & fiber! Photo of the Upstream Alpaca booth

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TNNA Fun

So as I said last week, Alisha, Jenny & I all headed to sunny Phoenix for The National Needlearts Associate (TNNA)'s winter show.  It was so much fun!  Not least of which was the beautiful Arizona weather we got to enjoy.   But sadly, we weren't there for vacation - we were there to work!  First step was  to set up our booth for yarn shops to order needles & tools for their stores.  

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Roadtrip – TNNA!

So Jenny, Alisha, and I are all heading out to Phoenix AZ for TNNA!  This is a industry only trade show for retailers, wholesalers, designers, and other professionals in the needlearts community. You may remember our trip from last summer! We are all very excited to be attending, getting to meet local yarn stores from all over the country that carry our needles, meeting with designers we work with & getting to look at all the new product being offered.  What I want to know is what sort of new products would you like us to carry?  We've been expanding our accessories & tools recently but we're always on the lookout for new things to play with!

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Fibery fun in the sun

  Last weekend was the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival - a big favorite of those here at the office.  While Oregon has a lot of fibery festivals, OFFF is one of the largest.  Lots of yarn & fiber vendors and a lot of fun to be had. And Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day, so it was the perfect thing to do.  My mom even came up from Eugene to go with me, so it was extra fun! To the shock & horror of many of my coworkers, I don't spin and my yarn budget is maxed out this year from all the festivals & yarn shops I went to this summer so my main interest was looking at all the animals!  It's my favorite thing about OFFF.  I wish I had the means to have them, but I'm afraid my little house would not support something like an alpaca, :)    

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My Grandmother’s Knitting

For anyone that lives in or around Portland, Oregon - we all know how lucky we are to be in the middle of such a crafty city! And here is just one more example - Andersen Fiber Works is holding a book signing party for My Grandmother's Knitting tomorrow evening! Not only will Larissa Brown, Chrissy Gardiner, Leigh Radford, Joan McGowan Micheal, and Stevanie Pico be there, but there will also be snacks and karaoke! Could it get any better?

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Sock Summit Classes

  Believe it or not, the only time I have ever taken a knitting class was at Sock Summit 2009.  And I only took 2 classes (you can see my write up here, my very first Knit Picks blog post!) So this time around, I decided to fill my schedule - I took a total of 4 classes, one each day, plus I attended Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's lecture as well.  I was very busy all weekend but it was a lot of fun (of course!)  

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My day at Sock Summit!

Yes, I know, that is really thick yarn! It is a photo of two irresistable braids of 80% Merino/20% from Wonderland Dye Works that were my first purchase of the day. After sorting through my stash a couple of weeks ago, I realized that I still had fingering weight sock yarns from the first Sock Summit! The good news is that I was still completely in love with those yarns. That got me to thinking about the first Sock Summit and what I say to people when they ask me about it. I always explain it as being like visiting a large art museum. Each independent dyer has her, or his, color sensibility. Seeing booth after booth made that clear in a way I couldn't resist. Sort of like Monet and Picasso and Degas.

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TNNA – the designers!

  One of the best things about TNNA for me was meeting all the wonderful designers I work with all the time - both in the IDP program as well as on other projects.  I tried not to be all fangirly with designers I've loved even before I started working here but it was hard not to be starstruck. First up (once I remembered to start taking pictures) was one of the original IDP designers - David Castillo.    

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TNNA trip!

Last weekend, several of us from the office flew out to Ohio to go to the The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Market.  If you are not familiar with TNNA, this is an industry-only event for wholesale vendors to show off their wares.  Alison & Angela attended the one in Long Beach, CA back in January and had a great response, so for the market in Columbus OH, we sent out more people and had a bigger booth!  

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Kerin’s Knitting in Norway!

In yesterday’s picture, did you happen to notice anything special about Kerin’s outfit?  That’s right, she was wearing her Norwegian-inspired sweater!   Today, Kerin is happily knitting away in the snowy Norwegian Fjords, bundled up in her beautiful sweater and that very nice hat!  Are those alpacas?  We wonder where she could be off to tomorrow…  Remember, use hints from this picture to guess where Kerin will be tomorrow.  Look closely because this one’s a ...

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