Phew! I'm back from a whirlwind trip to Southern Cali for TNNA. As usual I was too busy and involved to take pics, but I'd love to share some highlights with you!
On Friday I got up early to set up the Schaefer booth, which went impressively well with the help of two of my reps, Lisa and Elaine... I don't know what I would have done without those two! I was in done time to take a class with Jared Flood (of Brooklyn Tweed fame). I love trying to make time to take classes when I can, it's a blast to see other people's teaching styles, and I always learn something new... and this time I def. did. It was a class on colorwork, Jared and I decided that the way I had taught myself to do it worked just fine. I did, though, hone my skills on not twisting the yarns in the back... too bad I didn't take the class BEFORE I knit Venezia! I look forward to hanging with him more in June at SQUAM (more on this in another blog post...).
Then it was off to Sample It! where I had skeins of Schaefer's new yarn, Audrey, for sale (we almost sold out, that yarn is like crack I tell ya!) and then to the fashion show with my Ravelry buddies where I spent the whole show in peels of (muted) laughter, I really liked some of the pieces in the show, but somehow knitwear doesn't always translate well to the runway (and that's all I'm going to say on the subject....). I went out to dinner with a bunch of old and new friends that night: Jess, Casey, Mary-Heather, and Sarah from Ravelry, Romi Hill (my new friend and roomie for a few nights), Kristi Porter, and Anne Hanson. It was a great meal, and quite goofy, but that's not surprising : )!
Saturday I was in the Schaefer booth all day and it was BUSY! I showed Schaefer's Yarn and my new designs, both were incredibly well received. I talked and talked and talked and showed and laughed and suddenly it was 6 pm and the show was over, a wonderful blur of a day! That night I went out with the Schaefer reps, it was great to catch up with them on other things besides yarn (though of course we talked about that too!). Sunday was a repeat of Saturday though it ended with a fabulous glass of wine by the fire pit with the Rav folks, Amanda from Lorna's Laces, Kate Gilbert from Twist Collective (that girl is a hoot, in love with her sense of humor), and Kristi. Being able to eat and drink outside in January is reason enough to move to California, seriously... especially when it's fish tacos!
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