A few weeks ago I went to TNNA, The National NeedleArts Association, Tradeshow in Phoenix, Arizona. I had such an awesome, inspiring time seeing friends, meeting new people, and let's not forget all the yarn! Here's a quick rundown of my trip.
First, Sample It! On Friday evening, yarn store owners are able to purchase at wholesale prices special items from some of the vendors. I helped Erica at the Kollage Yarns Booth, where they were selling kits featuring their Riveting Yarn and the My Kind of Saturday and Bonnie Jean Scarf patterns.
I was good and didn't succumb to the call of the pretty yarn. BUT, knowing my knee surgery was coming up, I used that as a reason to get the new Namaste Boardwalk Backpack! And it sure has come in handy while walking around on crutches the past two weeks (side note: looks like it is going to be another 1-2 weeks at least on these crutches, so I'm really! glad I bought the bag).
I bought the eggplant one. Sherri at The Loopy Ewe has a bunch still in stock!
The rest of the weekend I was in the Deep South Fibers Booth, as they distribute my IGK patterns to retailers!! I'll admit, I was a bit nervous, with this being my first TNNA where I was really hoping to get my designs out there to shop owners. But Donna and Linda from Deep South Fibers were so incredibly welcoming!
Here are my designs on display, right between two amazing designers, Tot Toppers and Ysolda. Deep South represents a wide range of talented designers and the booth looked fantastic. CocoKnits had all of her new sweaters and also these cute little nests and necklaces.
The necklaces would make such great gifts too. I'm definitely picking up this pattern from Julie's booth at Stitches West.
Here is Grace Akhrem's designs. Grace is another designer with Deep South and she is a riot!
So sweet, but sassy! She convinced lots of us to strike a mustache pose. Check everyone out here.
Anne from Crafty Diversions has such lovely work. She is beyond nice and such a talented designer. It was so nice to finally catch up a bit with her and soak up all of her design experience! Thanks Anne!
Ysolda was also in the Deep South booth signing copies of her new book, Whimsical Little Knits 3. Another winner!
I met Michelle of Fickle Knitter Design at last year's TNNA and it was so nice to see her again. She continues to inspire me with her amazing shawl designs!! Check-out her recap of TNNA here. I'm excited to be teaming up with her for a project with Knitted Wit and Sincere Sheep....more to come soon, but here's the info.
Let's not forget the yarn!! I fell in love with Zen Yarn Garden's new colors!
And this Dreamy skein of Anzula Yarns has already been swatched and I'm ready to cast on my new design!
One last surprise. I also did my first interview as a designer! FiberStory TV did an amazing job interviewing a number of vendors, designers, yarnies, etc., at TNNA. I'm featured here, in the Part 2 update (watch for me at the 16:00 minute mark). Crazy nervous fun!