I’ve been home for 4 days, but I’m still exhausted and all I want to do is sit on my couch and watch Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (anybody else totally in love with Odo?).
As expected, I came home with no dearth of ideas and creative stimulation from TNNA. The sheer knitting brilliance that collects there is astonishing! I got to spend some time talking to Cat Bordhi about a book idea I have, and got some great feedback from her. I got to see some old friends, meet other friends in person for the first time, and make great friends with people I had never met before. I could post links, but I know I’d miss someone and feel horrible. You all know who you are.
The really amazing thing about a trade show like this is that everyone really is better than you imagine they’ll be. They are kinder, more genuine and real, and just all around lovely people.
I’ve seen a lot of non-industry people upset that they can’t go to TNNA, but as much fun as we have, it’s really a business activity. It’s about networking (I really hate that word, but it’s the right term in this case), and bouncing ideas off other people who have a slightly different perspective of the fiber universe than you do. Yes, we get free yarn, but it’s with the understanding that we will work with it, and give something back to the yarn company by talking about their yarn.
I got to spend a bit of time with Laura and Ysolda too, which was great fun. They were kind enough to let me stay in their hotel when my first roommates left early. I took a bunch of Face Down Tuesday pictures with Ysolda on Tuesday before I headed home, which just crack me up.
Technically cameras are not allowed on the show floor (taking pictures in your own booth isn’t really enforced), but as a result I don’t have a LOT of pictures from the weekend. What I do have is here.
I also had my first Jeni’s Ice Cream, which is simply amazing stuff. I came home with a t-shirt and an overwhelming desire to pay the $35 in shipping to Utah just to have some more.
I’ve now got a lot of projects that I’ll be hammering out details for and knitting like a maniac to get them all done. I’ve got a sock pattern that will be going out as the September offering for the Knit-Purl Sock Subscription Club.
I’m working on something that I CAN post about right now though, so I’ll show you next week.