Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chain Link

Holy canoli was my first Chain Link experience phenomenal. I learned more than I could have imagined, more or less from the moment I picked up my suitcase from the baggage claim in Minneapolis.

I met so many people. Kate Steinke was amazing as Buddy Program coordinator. I had the fortune of bunking with her the first night. Her enthusiasm and bubbly personality got me off on the right start.

Professional Development Day blew my mind from the minute I walked into the ballroom.

I only took 2 classes, but any more would have been overkill. The 2 I took were with designing in mind. Marty Miller's "Create Your Own Crochet Stitch Pattern" got my brain turning. Her break-out session at PDD about tech editing has me chomping at the bit to get a CGOA mentor and start my hand at tech editing. The second class was Joan Miller's "Crochet Your Cables from the Center Out" was chock full of jumping points for considering cables in new ways.

I have big news that I'm still wrapping my brain around. There was a lot to wrap my brain around the whole 6 days of Chain Link. I'm not ready to share it quite yet, but hold on.

One of the key things I took away from PDD was the importance of social networking. This blog was been pretty pathetic. I had big dreams when I started it, but to say my posts have been sporadic is generous. It's time for me to make use of the smart phone I reasoned purchasing for the camera and crochet blogging. I hate Facebook, but it's time for me to join the rest of the world and log in daily instead of every few months. And tweeting, I need to do that more.

I'm still overwhelmed and decompressing. It'll be tricky to find a balance between all the things I want to do and create vs what my physical limits are. Chain Link has left me energized and excited, and I need to ride it out.

I'm hoping to write up a day-by-day summation of Chain Link 2011. We'll see if I'm able to get it together.

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