• California Dreaming

Sadly we can only dream about the pool, the mojitos and the wonderful warmth of the sun we left behind. For the first couple of days Anina and I lay by the pool, soaking up the sun like lizards, while Kathleen and Becky energetically toured around town. On Saturday we dragged ourselves out of the sun and into the cave convention centre to check out the trade show. We blasted through the aisles for a full day and bought many, many lovely new things.

We stopped for a visit with Louisa Harding:


Another very sweet member of the Designer Royal Family. We begged her to come visit and she might make it later this year. Stay tuned for details….

We caught up with Jane Ellison and flipped through her fabulous new book, Mirasol 5, with several cool designs for men. Coming soon….

The Stitch Diva’s booth was one of our favourites:


Crammed full of inspiring items… We ordered loads of new patterns. We loved the Stashbuster Blanket:


Jennifer (aka the Stitch Diva) showed us the Tunisian Crochet technique used for this project. We ordered the hooks and patterns and we’ll offer a stashbusting workshop sometime soon.

There were clever displays:


And a fantastic new line of pewter pins, buttons and buckles. We loved this idea:


Accessorize your next hat with a pewter buckle!

The Knit Kit was a popular new item. It’s a compact device that’s loaded up with a tape measure, stitch counter, thread cutter, scissors, crochet hook, stitch holders and tip protectors. A very useful item to throw into your project bags.  They should arrive in a couple of weeks.

Best of all, we slipped a few new things into our suitcases and brought them home with us. Details tomorrow…

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