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Jen and Ivo's Wedding Quilt
That first trade show was just a little overwhelming, meeting designers, podcasters, and editors I had been following online since I started designing. Some I'd even emailed with, but never met in person. Not to mention so many different yarns I seldom knew where to focus my eyes.
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for A World Too Wide
A crocheter may pass on a project that uses a yarn they cannot find or simply cannot afford. When it comes to large projects like afghans, you are going to need a LOT of yarn, so cost will certainly be a factor. So I was keeping this in mind as I perused the many MANY booths of yarn on the show floor at TNNA.
On the final night of TNNA, I ended up joining Mary Beth and her friends for dinner. It was so fun getting to hang out with all of these experienced designers and learning more about the business and life of a designer. At the end of the evening, Mary Beth offered to help me figure out which other yarn companies I should talk to who carried reasonably priced, washable yarns that would work for my book.
With her suggestions, I was able to make a strategic plan for the last day of the show and made contact with numerous yarn companies who I might not otherwise have approached. After I got home, I had to request lots of yarn sample cards. I also visited my local big box stores snapping pictures of yarns I wanted to try to balance out the ones I found at TNNA.
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