Summer Knit & Crochet Show
WednesdayCGOA Professional Development Day
Sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn, the Summer 2013 Professional Development Day will be an intensive day of learning as we take a behind-the-scenes look at proposing and developing a book. This is an outstanding educational opportunity for established or aspiring knit and crochet professionals as well as those who have only dreamed of becoming a professional. The committee has brought together the most notable and knowledgeable experts in our field.
TKGA On Your Way to the Masters Day
Join us for TKGA's On Your Way to the Masters Day, a day for mingling and advice for would-be Master Knitters and graduates of the Program who want to know what comes next.
CGOA Professional Mixer
Sponsored by Crochetville. After enjoying a fun-filled Professional Development Day of expanding your professional skills and filling your brains with so much new knowledge, we invite you to relax and have some fun! Join us for a relaxing drink (cash bar available) and a time to talk with fellow professionals in an informal setting. Enjoy the chance to catch up with friends you haven't seen since last year or (if this is your first time at PDD) a perfect opportunity to make new friends.
If you don't have dinner plans, you're invited to join us for dinner afterward (Dutch treat!).
ThursdayCGOA Conference Kick-Off, Meeting & Gift Exchange
Thursday evening from 6-7 pm, come for a free conference kick-off event. All who bring a $20 (maximum materials cost) hand-crocheted item are invited to participate in the Annual Gift Exchange. Be sure to include a card with your name, address and phone so you can be thanked by the receiver for your gift.
Shopping Preview If you are a pre-registered student, you can browse the aisles before the show opens at no charge during the Shopping Preview 7-9 pm. Buy before the public has a chance to take a look! Sponsored by MbyM Magazine.
FridayFriday Fashion Parade
You won't want to miss Friday's Parade of Fashions from exhibiting companies on the show floor from 1:00-1:30 pm. See the latest and greatest styles, then visit the booths selling the yarn and patterns! Sponsored by Red Heart Yarns.
CGOA Dinner, Fashion Show and Silent Auction
Applaud CGOA member fashions as well as those by designers, and applaud graduates of the CGOA Masters Program. Winners of the Silent Auction Items (crochet) will be announced. Sponsored by Annie's, this is THE CROCHET EVENT of the conference. You won't want to miss it!
TKGA Member Meeting & Fun Night Fiber Meets Fashion: Steven Berg, owner and creative director of the StevenBe brand, will demonstrate his magical techniques of Fiber Fusion, creating current runway trends using a variety of textures and textiles. Their fiber mixology comes primarily from Be Sweet's yarn collection made by South African artisans for the export market. Steven will showcase projects using larger needles and a variety of exotic fiber combinations that create luxurious and truly unique and fashion forward accessories. After this session, you will be able to recreate Steven's magic at home using his fabulous tips and tricks! Knit happy, glitter it up!!
More details http://www.tkga.com/?SummerFunNight
SaturdayDesigner Meet & Greet
All crochet and knit designers are invited to meet the editorial staffs of several publications on Saturday in the Plaza Ballroom Foyer. Bring questions, ideas and design samples. Enjoy some one-on-one time and get on-the-spot feedback.
TKGA Dinner, Fashion Show and Silent Auction
Fashions, food and a flourish of awards and door prizes make Saturday evening the knitting highlight of the Summer Show. Applaud TKGA member fashions as well as those by designers and find out who had the winning bids for the Silent Auction Items (knit). The Fashion Show will be a must-see! Sponsored by Annie's.
CGOA Fun Night
Let's have a party! End your CGOA conference experience on a high note by attending CGOA Fun Night. Spend the last night in the company of crochet friends new and old. Take a look at the fun and excitement we have in store for you. Platinum Sponsor: Red Heart Yarns. Gold Sponsor: Handy Hands. Bronze Sponsors: Jennifer Cirka, Pam Daley Designs, Linda Dean, Edie Eckman, (Craftsy classes), Ellen Gormley, Tammy/KH: Hot Lava Crochet, Susan Lowman and Marie Segares. More details at http://www.crochet.org/?SummerFunNight
It's not too late to sign up for classes with top-name crochet and knit instructors. See the class schedule and get tickets at Show Registration.
Bid on knit and crochet items in the Silent Auction to benefit the Helping Hands Foundation's Needle Arts Mentoring Program(SM), which gets stitching supplies into the hands of children who want to learn to knit or crochet. Bids begin during Show hours and close at the Banquets on Friday and Saturday. Take home your favorite selections while supporting a great cause!
Knit & Crochet Lounge
The Knit & Crochet Lounge, sponsored by Red Heart Yarns, will be available so you and your friends have a place to stitch and relax.
The first 500 pre-registered Knit & Crochet Show-goers who register for at least one class will receive stuffed goody bags (thanks to sponsor Lion Brand Yarn). Register early so you don't miss out!
Grab a shopping bag sponsored by Skacel on the Show floor to fill up as you shop (while supplies last).
Drop your entry in the designated area inside the show floor - and listen for your name! Prizes include great items from the Show's exhibitors and industry manufacturers! Collect your prize at the donating booth.
First time attendees (crocheters OR knitters) are paired with seasoned conference goers in an effort to make the "newbies" feel welcomed and involved, as well as give the "buddies" a chance to share all of the wisdom and knowledge they have gathered. During conference, there are some great events planned for all the newbies and buddies to meet and mingle.
Stage Demos on Show Floor
Attend quick learning demonstrations in the Show Floor stage area (including "Best Cast On & Bind Offs for Ribbing" with Patty Lyons, "German Short Row" with Pastiche Knitwear, and more). See the daily Show Floor signs times and descriptions.
Book Signings - Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Meet authors who are holding book signings in various booths on teh show floor. See the daily book signing schedules and locations sings on the Show Floor.
Master Hand Knitting Committee "Office Hours"
Thursday evening and during daily lunch hours, stop by the TKGA booth to chat with a member of the Master Hand Knitting Committee. Get official answers to your questions.