Part of the fun part of TNNA is hanging out and meeting people who love the fiber arts industry as much as I do! I was a bit disappointed that I was horribly sick with food poisoning or some stomach bug on Saturday, the first day of the show, and I couldn't hang out with anyone. Well, except for SnBLeslie, who was also horribly sick. So Sunday and Monday I tried to make up for lost time and catch up with everyone!
At the Deep South Fibers Booth, I met Megan and Julie from Creative Bug. I can't wait to tell you more about Creative Bug (future blog post!)! You can go take a quick peek if you must. Beware, you're going to be inspired to be creative! I know I was.....guess what I'll be doing this weekend.
I was able to say hi to Maridee and Barbra from Yarnover Truck and congratulate them on their new venture! If you haven't heard of them, check them out. At our knit nites, we are always wishing there was a yarn truck, similar to the food trucks that have become so popular. I hope they do a Northern California road trip eventually!
The best part of having my own booth this year was meeting yarn store owners. So exciting to hear which patterns of mine they like, what their customers are wanting more of, and planning ways to support each other's business (e.g., trunk shows, teaching classes). I met Nancy from Noble Knits. Her online yarn store is fabulous and carries many IGK patterns (and free shipping too!).
Then there are the knitting designers. I never ever imagined this path that I'm on and I'm trying to soak up so much knowledge from the designers I've looked up! I met Michelle from Fickle Knitter Designs two years ago at my first TNNA. She was so helpful then and has continued to be since. It is so exciting to see how her business has grown. Check out all the lovely shawls!
Jen, from Knitting Like Crazy, and I were able to hang out a lot this weekend. She was at TNNA to promote her new book release, Sock-Yarn Shawls . I'm so excited for her! Congratulations Jen!!
Pretty awesome to see her signing her new books!
Miriam Felton, an uber-talented designer and Craftsy teacher (love love loved her class!), and Sabrina, from Anzula Yarns, were having fun going over yarn for new designs! I love Sabrina's yarn and you'll be seeing a few more IGK patterns in her gorgeous yarns. I did finish a sample of Lilianna in Anzula Cricket. Such a quick knit! I now have the yarn for the little boy version....coming soon!
Now, I don't know if you have taken a Craftsy class or another online class, but if you are like me, you feel like you know the teacher after seeing videos of them. So, when I saw Laura Nelkin, I forgot that she really didn't quite know me (ha! at least we are friends on twitter, but still). It was great to gush over her class too!
And she just finished filming another one, so keep your eye out for that.
Such a busy few days! And these were just the people I remembered to take my phone out to take pictures of! Next post....the stuff! So much stuff!