Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stitches Expo--Atlanta

After a 6 to midnight quilting party on Friday (which my business sponsored) and a full workday on Saturday, I was debating whether to attend the final day of the Stitches South Expo in Atlanta. I hadn't pre-registered, but on the other hand I didn't want to miss this opportunity when it was so close--in Atlanta. So, I bucked up and hit the road at 7:30 a.m.--and glad I did!

The Cobb Galleria is a good venue for this event--right off the highway, convenient (and free) parking, a short walk to the entrance, and a facility that is easy to navigate (the expo hall and classrooms were easy to find). There was a nice crowd for a Sunday morning. Yarn and fiber vendors and good representation of local and national yarn and knit shops filled the hall.

I chatted with Hal, the President of Universal Yarn. (A super nice guy.) He remembered our last meeting quite well and asked how things were going at the Studio. He briefed me on Universal's new yarns and upcoming colors. I also got to meet Jean Lux, Universal's marketing director, in person. We've had a few phone and e-mail conversations, so it was nice to put a face with her name.
I made my way through the isles of booths--browsing and drooling over the luscious yarns, inspiring books, knitted garments and accessories. Samples really sell product! Here is what came home with me. Alas, now to find the time to create something with these beauties . . .

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