Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Purl Jam 08!

I went to my 1st knitting conference!! :o) P.url J.am was a whirlwind and jammed pack! (Hee hee a pun!)

Therefore, you know the pictures will be too! I downloaded 167 pics and 3 videos! Of course there is no way I could share them all but below are plenty to get a brief peek along with a couple of slide shows too.


Gina was the brain child and organizer of this inaugural conference.

I heard about this retreat on R.avelry of course! Gina is also a LYS owner of Mosaic Shop in B.lacksburg, VA.

Yep I was in Hokieland!

My gurl Wendy (blogless) and I went together and had a great time!

We arrived just in time for the kick-off meet & greet and the 1st instructor I was able to M&G was

Yep! B.rooklyn T.weed himself! It took me a minute to not call him that, but by his real name! Haha!

Then made my way to meet A.nnie M.odesitt
And C.ornelia T.uttle H.amilton too

Before I could get too "knitter star struck" we had to indulge in our happy hour ;o)Those were not all for me! Just 3 of them! Haha!People were sippin' and knittin'

And trying to act civilized! Haha!But I was feeling really good after drink #2 ;op

I was trying to cram in my homework square in by the AM. And remembered how you really shouldn't drink while knitting! lol

The next day we jumped in with both feet in starting our classes, meeting new people and yarn overload!

Here is a look at how the display/dining room area looked

Of course we were able to make it to the yarn shop!It was so cute!

The class options were great and I wish I could take them all! Here is a glimpse of what some of them were like

Later on Friday night we had a Pajama Party! A knitting one of course! :o)

Did I mention there was also an abundance of smooth wine there being shared!? ;o)

There I go again! ;op So I was thrilled to finally get that very old hibernated project off my needles over the weekend....but not that night though! Haha!

Also made some great Purl Jam friends too!

On the last night the yarn shop had a book signing and dessert for the instructorsIt was nice to see them all together P.url J.am was a great introduction of knitting conferences for me! So glad I went!

47 Comments:

  1. Adrienne said...
    YAY! Glad you had a good time! LOL @ the oreo crew! HEY BROOKLYN TWEED!! you already know I LOVE that man!!! LOL

    HEY DON! ;-)
    Alison Boon said...
    Glad you had a great time. I am so envious. I would have loved to go to somehting like that.
    rubysnpurls said...
    Wow!! It looks like you had a great time! I'm jealous you got to meet some great *famous* knitters. I would have been so star struck too! I don't think I would have remembered anyone's real names and made a complete nut of myself.

    Great photos too!
    Robin said...
    WOW!!! I cannot believe how many great instructors/authors/designers were there - I am super impressed! I want to go next year!
    Cas... said...
    You always find the coolest venues for you knitting hobby! That looks like a lot of fun! I wish I could have just one of your drinks for sure!

    I can't wait to see one of your projects! It looks like you have many to complete!
    TURBOchic said...
    It is awesome how you can just decide to go to an event and then GO! I must remember to stop being a weenie and do that more often. Thanks for sharing.
    MrsPurls said...
    Glad you had a good time! I hate I could not make this trip, but hopefully I can roll next year!
    Pajnstl said...
    Hey Stacey!! I miss you girl. I have to call you later.
    Your skin is glowing in your pics.. whatchu doing over there?! :)
    kim said...
    O.M.G.! You really ARE a rock star! Look at you hobknobbing with famous knitters! I'm so envious. Looks like a great time.
    Channon said...
    What a great time! I'm sorry you were in VA and I didn't get to see you, but maybe next time?
    muchadored said...
    That looks like such a great time! I've never considered a knitting conference (academic conferences can be such a snoozefest), but this looks like a lot of fun. I might give one a shot now!
    Michelle said...
    OH that looks like an AWESOME time!!!
    Renee said...
    Oh my goodness - that looks like so much fun! I need to start saving my pennies so I can go next year.
    urbanknitrix said...
    Looks like you all had a lot of knitterly fun and you were definitely in great company THE BROOKLYNTWEED, i mean Jared. Wowsers.
    Sourire11 said...
    Wow! I'd be star struck, too!!! Thanks for sharing all of the photos!
    Skeinky said...
    I just loved meeting you! Hope to see you next year! or before!
    Nik said...
    OMG I'm jealous!

    I wish I was there.
    "Meems" said...
    You Rock! It was so nice meeting you in person!!! I seriously cant even remember your first name because I called you Crimson Purl the whole time!!! I loved your slide show- how the hell did you do that?? Blog tricks... I am out of the loop!
    Hope 2 see you soon!!!
    Mimi
    StarSpry said...
    That sounds great! So glad you were able to go and had fun :D
    KimT said...
    soooooooooooooooooooooo jealous!!!! Looks like you had a blast!
    peacockchic said...
    Holy Cow that sounds AWESOME!! You are so lucky and you good to bee BrooklynTweed. That would have definitely been my knitting celebrity moment.

    It would have been like rock concert and I would have to throw my knitting needles at him...ummm...hoping not to impale him of course :OP
    Sheila said...
    WoW!!! Awesome time had by all and to top it off you got to meet BrooklynTweed. I'm always hoping to run into him on a brooklyn train...lol.
    Wendy said...
    Looks like you had a blast! I need to get myself into gear and attend some knitting classes to learn something new.
    Shanda said...
    You got to meet Jared?!?! I'm soooo jealous! I need to get out more...Glad you had a good time. I live vicariously throught your exploits!
    tina said...
    Just so you know.............. I am painfully jealous. I think I'm either whining or whimpering, I can't be sure. I do know that I wish I could have been there and want to go next time.

    So there.
    Jeanine said...
    WOW!!!! I KNOW you had a great time. It looked like sooo much fun!!!
    Carmell said...
    i'm so jealous!

    LOOKS LIKE A BLAST
    Connie said...
    Great post and looks like you and Wendy had a blast. I've not heard of that Purl Jam and wow on meeting some famous knitter's.

    Loved the oreo cookie too!

    Looks like that homework had some math involved..eek! You are really becoming the know it all person to go to...you hob knobber!
    Julia said...
    Oh, lucky you!! Look at you shmoozing (sp?) with the big wigs, hehe. :o) I'm so jealous you met Brooklyn Tweed!! I'm glad you shared a pic because I've never seen him in person!! Just glimpses of his beard in his knitting shots, haha! What a cutie. Looks like a great conference.
    Rosi G. said...
    My oh my, that looks like SO much fun!! GREEEEN with ENVY! (the good kinda envy tho!) :o)

    i'm glad you enjoyed yourself! what classes did you take?
    Zonda said...
    How awesome was your retreat!! Looks like a fun time and meet up!
    cici said...
    wow great post... Thanks for sharing that with us!:D
    turtlegirl76 said...
    I am so jealous! I wish I could have joined you for this. It looks like you all had a fantastic time!
    Ava said...
    Oh, I wish I had gone! It looks like you all had so much fun. Blacksburg is in my state! How did I miss it?
    Sereknitty said...
    To echo everyone else ... WOW! I'm so jealous that you got to meet jared, not to mention all the others! I wish I didn't live so far away :( Your photo display was fabulous and I truly felt as though I was in attendance. Nice Job!
    cpurl17 said...
    A former roommate of mine loved Doris Day because "she always looked like she was having a good time" and I love you for the same reason!
    Ms.Erika said...
    That looked like so much fun! They should bring it to Vegas!

    BTW I like my h2o at room temp too, my husband thinks I'm strange.
    diddlinaknits said...
    wow lucky lady-you got to see some knitting royalty. how cool is that.
    take me with you next time! :)
    can't wait to see what you learned and made :)
    tiennie said...
    Damn girl!! You are so stinkin lucky. I am so stinkin jealous.
    Knitaholictoo said...
    Ditto, Tiennie!
    Liz said...
    Wow what a fab time! Wish we had something like that here!
    Judy said...
    Wow! I'm so jealous! :) You met 'Brooklyn Tweed'? Glad you had a great time. I haven't yet gone to a knitting conference. One day.....
    nillakitty said...
    Aaaaaaah so jealous! Lucky girl!
    cindi said...
    Hey There Ms Crimson Purl! It was a blast last weekend at PJ wasn't it? I cannot imagine how big it will be next year since the word has spread. Loved the pictures, especially the slide show. Where in the world did you discover that little gem? Must go on a search...so glad I got to meet you & hope to see ya next year! cindi
    doreen said...
    I'm green.
    maybe next time. . . looks like you and Wendy had a blast all that drinkin' and knittin'.
    Janet Richards said...
    It looks like so much fun! Again I can't believe I missed getting the live scoop from you this Saturday. I totally lost track of the date!
    Deborah said...
    someday soon, i'll be an empty nester and get to do growd up stuff again! For now, I'll delight myself vicariously with your adventures!

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