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Sunday, June 27, 2010

My short TNNA visit

Every six months there is a big to do in the world of needlework and fiber. It's called TNNA show. TNNA stands for The National NeedleArts Association, the professional organization that unites yarn producers and dyers, designers, publishers, retailers, and companies that produce all kinds of tools and gadgets. At this show you can place a wholesale order, make great contacts, take wonderful classes, touch, pet, hug, and admire all kinds of new yarns that are not available yet to the general public, attend a fabulous fashion show with real models and huge audience eager to see new designs, see an author signing her or his new book, go to a dinner with a memorable crowd, go to the Ice Cream Social hosted by Ravelry, or just have a sit at the lounge and talk. Here is the overview in pictures, if you are interested.
You would think that 6 months is not much, but everyone is surprisingly productive in between the shows and it is always exciting to be there to see what the new trends are and what new inventions and designs are coming. In January TNNA takes place on our coast in Long Beach or San Diego and in June it is in Columbus, OH.
I have never been to a Fall/ Winter show which is in Columbus until this summer. I was on the East Coast anyway, so I left my family for two days and made a trip to TNNA. At first I thought that it is probably silly to come there for a very short time, but I knew how much fun it is, so the decision was: yes, I am going.
The show is very well organized and there is a schedule of events that attendees know ahead of time. For example, on Friday there was a fashion show and the Ravelry Ice Cream Social, on Saturday the market was opened for the first day to all who came with all kinds of goodies in the booths of vendors. On Saturday night there was a great party with Stitch Cooperative that I was invited to attend. I missed all this because I came on Sunday.
So I do not have many photos to show.Some of the photos here are from Marly Bird's photo stream. I hope she does not mind.
This is a great shot of Simona Merchant-Dest and Marly Bird.

These photos show the booth of Bijou Basin Ranch which is a great yarn company. Their primary fiber is yak in two natural colors. During this TNNA they unveiled new yarn Gobi which is a limited edition yarn 70 % yak and 30% camel.
On the right side of this picture you can see a little bit of my Caprice tank that I designed for this company. There is also a new colorway is coming and it is wonderful! Here is their announcement on Ravelry. com.

On the next photo the owner of BBR Carl Koop, Marly Bird, a designer and the creative director of BBR, and Kristin Omdahl are in the process of taping the Knitting Daily episode featuring BBR yarns and designs. Here you have another chance of a glance at a little part of my Caprice on the left of Carl.
The group of wonderful crochet designers left to right:
Ellen Gormley, Linda Permann, Kristin Omdahl, Marly Bird, and Simona Merchant-Dest.
The dinner on Friday night. Same crowd as above plus Eillen Koop and Marly's mom. I love these guys.

When I came on Sunday, my dear friend Simona was waiting for me at the hotel and we went to the show. So many nice and interesting people in one place! I went to talk to Claudia from Claudia Hand Painted yarns. I design for her and love her yarn. She has such beautiful colors and it is a luxurious yarn, so soft and pleasant to work with. When you come to her booth, you are immersed in gentle combination of colors. I am very grateful to Claudia that she is using my designs for her ads in Vogue and other places with my name mentioned. I did not take pictures in her booth, but these are my designs that were there.

Later we went to the booth of Cascade Yarns and Simona and I had a nice chat with Shannon Dunbabin. Her adorable Cascade sheep "have found" me at their booth and Shannon took a picture of me with it. I was very pleased to see my La Bella Tunica in the center of their display of designs made out of Cascade yarns. La Bella Tunica is made in Soft Spun and I loved to work with it.

And then the Sunday dinner organized by most energetic Marly. We had 43 people there and we had to split into a few groups because there was no table big enough for all of us. We were in the same room and could interact, though. So here are the dinner pictures.Brandy Fortune, Kristi Porter, Ellen Gormley, Robyn Chachula, Alegra Wermuth

Amy Polcyn, Kristin Omdahl, Mary Beth Temple, Julia Grunau, Linda Permann, Simona Merchant-Dest.

Ann Kuo Lukito, Kristen TenDyke, Cecily Glowik MacDonald , Melissa LaBarre

The Ravelry crew.

Stefanie Japel with her husband and little Olive.

And the highlight of Monday morning for me was meeting Nancy Marchant.
Before we came there she told me where she is going to be, but we tangled up on the way there and I was sad that I did not meet her on Sunday. So, on Monday morning Simona and I were in line waiting for our breakfast order and right next to us stood Nancy. We were happy to see each other and had a nice long talk. Later we bumped into each other again at the booth of a new for an American market yarn company Abuelita Yarns. The owner of the company, Alejandro Balian, Simona, Stella Balian, Nancy Marchant, and I.

I am sorry for such a long post, but I was late with all this as it is, so there.

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