on my way to TNNA

I'm headed to Columbus, OH this weekend for the 2015 Summer National Needle Arts Association show. I'm excited to be attending with Rowan and rooming with one of my very favorite Rowan ambassador friends, Kristen from Knitionary. I know we will have a fantastic time together and I'm looking forward to meeting up with lots of other knitting pals over the course of the weekend. This will be my first time attending TNNA but from what I've heard, I can look forward to a weekend of exploring downtown Columbus, checking out the new yarns/products/books, attending Marly Bird's Designer Dinner, meeting up with long-distance friends, good food, tasty drinks and the legendary Jeni's Ice Cream that I have heard so much about. I cannot wait.

I am the world's worst over-packer. But the hardest thing is deciding which knitting projects to bring. So much knitting time on the plane! And all of my projects are super bulky. Hmm. Shoes or yarn? Yarn or shoes. That is the question. 

Will I see you there? Have you attended in the past? Do you have any last-minute packing advice for me? I'm all ears.  ;)

CALLING ALL NEEDLES: A Community Fiber Project

 "From the Lake No. 1" by Georgia O’Keeffe

If you're a knitter/crocheter/fiber artist in the Des Moines area, I'm sure you've heard about The Des Moines Art Center's re-imagining of the iconic painting "From the Lake No. 1" by Georgia O’Keeffe! I'm pretty excited about this and will definitely be participating. I lovingly remember studying Georgia's paintings in Art History class and I love this opportunity to help recreate her art in 3D! Piece by piece, the Art Center will be constructing a large-scale community-made tapestry to be displayed on the Richard Meier building of the Art Center. They hope to capture the tone, color, and character of this artwork by assembling hundreds of individual fiber submissions.

The Art Center is providing yarn for you to use if you wish, or you can work with your own synthetic yarn in the same color scheme/palette of the painting. How does this work? Using any technique you like, create a submission no larger than 12 x 12 inches. Submissions should be solid in color, but if you'd like to contribute color work, you may. Submissions are due on June 21st at the Art Center, and there will be a grand unveiling and contributor appreciation event on July 10th from 5–7:30 p.m. You can also join in the public knitting circles in the Art Center lobby! You can find more info here and join the Facebook event here. (Join in – this will be so much fun!)

Organize your knitting supplies with Creative Options

Every crafter and knitter I know is on a common mission: conquering the organization of the tools and notions that are essential to their craft. Knitters and crocheters are always on the go – knitting on the commute, in the car, on a plane, in waiting rooms and baseball games. If a knitter can take their knitting project with them, they’re going to do it. Just try and stop them!

One of the most annoying things that can happen mid-project is when you have to stop working because you forgot your stitch markers at home or you don’t have your scissors. Such a bummer. Luckily, Creative Options has released a new line of cool-looking, functional knitting needle cases, zipper bags and totes with really fun prints – the perfect way to knit on-the-go while keeping all of your important tools organized. If you desperately need to organize your knitting supplies, this is the way to go. No more hunting down your size 3 needles or your tape measure. These bags and organizers will give all of your supplies a home, at home or on the go.

I am a sucker for a cute knitting needle case, and this Creative Options needle case is perfection. It has 8 elastic bands to hold your needles, plus enough space in the pocket to hold even more needles, if you wish. I was able to fit my whole bamboo set in this pocket – sizes US 1 through US 13. The flap in front folds down and tucks into a nice little strap on the front to keep anything from falling out. The awesome knit stitch patterned fabric is not only super cute, but very durable.

This knitting needle case with zipper is a must-have, and you can use it for so much more than just needles! This has become my new road-trip companion – it’s compact but holds all of the small tools I need for my project. It’s exactly the right size to hold a few pairs of straight or circular needles plus a notebook, pen, scissors, measuring tape and all of my notions. And it slides right into my bag or purse.

I love the navy, blue and chartreuse arrow pattern, and the bright solid-colored inner lining ensures that you’re not going to misplace a thing. You’ll be able to spot even the tiniest stray stitch marker.

And obviously, every knitter needs a good knitting bag. The Creative Options 5 pocket knitting tote is just the right size to hold everything you need, and it looks great too. It has a large open interior space to hold your yarn, needles and books. And it has 5 exterior pockets to hold anything else you can imagine – notebooks, pens, more knitting needles, scissors, a water bottle … or more yarn. Throw your needle case and zipper bag inside and you have everything you need, without question. 

Are you excited about organizing your knitting life? It’s such a good feeling to have everything in it’s place. Get inspired to get organized by watching Amy Tan's awesome video showing each of these Creative Options storage solutions up close and personal.

To find out more about Creative Options® Storage Solutions go to www.CreativeOptionsCrafts.com and for crafting tips, giveaways, and product news, 'like' Creative Options® on Facebook.

knitXmidwest 2015

Hey knitters! My friends Erica and Jess from Hill Vintage & Knits and I are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 3rd annual knitXmidwest retreat in Des Moines, IA. knitXmidwest 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th. Space is limited and spots are already filling up!

Want to see what knitXmidwest is all about? Check out these posts with lots of pics from our events in 2013 and 2014. Such fun times. For more details and  registration, visit our website.