Friday, June 20, 2008

Kristin Omdahl

I had the pleasure (or excitement...) to meet knit and crochet designer Kristin Omdahl at The National Needle Arts market earlier this month in Columbus, OH. I actually met her on Sunday afternoon of the show, but didn't get to talk to her much until we were both stuck in the airport waiting for our flights. (Kristin had to hole up in Columbus one more night, while Cis and I got out about 1-1/2 hours late.)

Kristin is the designer of the Infinity Wrap that I completed earlier this year. She has had numerous designs published in Interweave Crochet among other publications, and she has a book coming out later this year!

In addtion, she seemed like a genuinely nice person (as most people I met at the show were). I'm hoping that maybe if she does a book tour for her book, we can convince her publisher to send her to the Twin Cities so she can come to 3 Kittens. Wouldn't that be fun?
(By the way, Kristin designed and whipped out the broomstick lace top she has on in the photo the weekend of the market - Friday-Monday!)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

TNNA Market

Do you remember last year at this time when I bragged about going to the Needle Arts Market? Well, I'm here again! It is so much fun - although very exhausting. Let's see, who have I had the honor to meet at Market? So far: Jess and Casey from Ravelry; Nicky Epstein; Melissa Leapman (who we had dinner with last night - what a lovely person); Maggie Jackson; Kristin Omdahl; the Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky; Sandi Weisheart of Knitting Daily; Kristin Nicholas; Iris Schreier of Artyarns; Pam Allen of Classic Elite Yarns; Amy Singer of and Big Girl Knits; Robyn Chachula;and Annie Modisett. O.K., the conversations haven't been deep and in-depth (except with Melissa) because it's hard to talk much when you're bowing low to the ground at everyone's feet!

At the Retailer's Luncheon on Friday, we all got to hear Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot, talk. She is soooooooooo funny! We were laughing the whole time. Did you know that there are twice as many knitters than golfers (in the U.S.? the world? I can't remember), but if you go into an airport how many knitting magazines can you find? Zero. Golf magazines? Usually, between 3 and 10! Yet, you can't golf while you're sitting on a plane... She was great. Unfortunately, I couldn't stand in line to wait for her to sign her new book.

It's getting late, and I've got another class tomorrow morning, so I better sign off. More in a day or two!