Snapshots from Stitches East in Hartford and
the Craft and Hobby SuperShow in Anaheim.
Warm Up America and the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) sponsored the Share & Care Cafe at Stitches East held in Hartford, CT. With the help of the enthusiastic members of the Happily Hooked on Crochet Guild that meets in Danbury, CT, and the Creative Crochet Guild of Long Island that meets in East Meadow, NY, we taught dozens of first timers how to crochet and knit. Other volunteers joined us in knitting, crocheting and assembling sections for Warm Up America afghans. Thanks to the Stitches staff for organizing such a great show!
Thanks to the terrific members of the Happily Hooked on Crochet Guild and the Creative Crochet Guild of Long Island for their help at the Share & Care Cafe! at Stitches.
Dee Stanziano taught an entire family to crochet.
Cari Clement, noted designer from Caron International (center), taught numerous Stitches visitors how to knit.
Craft and Hobby SuperShow
When the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) decided to exhibit at the Craft and Hobby Association's first-ever consumer show in Orlando last summer, we wondered what type of response we would receive. Well, we were delighted with the response and signed up for the second SuperShow held early this year in Anaheim, CA. Learning from our experiences in Florida, we crammed lots of activities into our island booth. There were demos about how to dye wool yarn with Kool-Aid and how to use a variety of tools, including afghan hooks, hairpin lace looms, knitting looms, and I-cord. We even had designer Kathy Perry demonstrating the table top Bond sweater machine.
For those who wanted a more hands-on experience, we offered several crafty make-it/take-its using yarn. These were brief session where people could sit and complete a project. We offered kumihimo (Japanese braiding), needle felting with yarn, hanger wrapping and pompom making.
Even with all of these activities, the Learn to Knit/Learn to Crochet areas of our booth were always the busiest. Thanks to the amazing members of the Slipt Stitchers of El Segundo Knitting Guild, we taught more than 200 people to knit and crochet in two days.
It was standing room only at the
Learn to Knit/Learn to Crochet
tables at the SuperShow.
People were amazed at all of the fun projects that could be made from pompoms.
Svetlana Avrakh from Bernat taught needle felting and answered a variety of knitting and crocheting questions.
Knit 'N Style readers will recognize this woman, Kathy Perry, a regular contributor to the magazine. Kathy shared her passion for machine knitting and show visitors were fascinated.