Winter TNNA was good! Â Tiring, fun, all that. Â I left my house early Friday morning (5am) to meet Jeane De Coster (Elemental Affects) at her home in Desert Hot Springs. Â I tossed my stuff into her car, then we headed to Phoenix. Â The 4 hour drive went quickly — we talked nonstop the entire way.
I’d not really been back to Phoenix since graduating high school. Â I’ve driven through it once or twice, but that’s about it. Â It was basically unrecognizable.
Once we got to the convention center, we grabbed lunch at the food court (overpriced, but serviceable, and hey, at least there were options other than burgers & fries) then went into booth set up mode. Â We both knew if we didn’t eat…we wouldn’t. Â The convention center is apparently new; Â it was very nice, nicer than the one at Long Beach (though I much prefer being able to stay at home!).
Jeane made up kits for my Peacock Mitts for Sample It (exhibitors can elect to sell a few items (samples of their wares) at wholesale prices to attendees). Â I’m so happy about how excited people were by them! Â Jeane will continue doing kits, so if you’re wanting a kit, check with Jeane.
That night, Jeane dropped me off at the Â airbnb I was staying at. Â If I had to live in Phoenix, I would want a house just like this! Â Kate, the home owner, is an absolute sweetheart — smart and funny and generous. Â Plus she shared her pets with me — I got lots of cuddles from her adorable dogs & kittehs. Â I finally got to meet Lindsey, who also stayed at the house; Â we had a nice walk to the Convention Center on Saturday.
Over the weekend, I met Stacey from the Knit Picks IDP in person. Â She’s fantastic & very funny. Â I was interviewed for the Knit Picks TNNA podcast. Â I also was able to hang out a bit with Michelle (Fickleknitter) and Holly. Â I met Johnny Vasquez from Fiberstory TV. Â Carl & Eileen & Marly Bird from Bijou Basin were there as well.
I visited various booths, listed in no particular order: Â Imperial Ranch, Baah Yarn, Dream in Color, Lorna’s Laces, Shibui. Â Â I also met the people at Namaste — and proudly showed off my go-to bag, my red Namaste Monroe bag. Â I didn’t realize how local they were to me! Â They’re in the Los Angeles area.
The Craftsy folks had a booth, too — it was great to meet them. Â I got a t-shirt, great for bumming around the house (working on my projects for the Craftsy BOM class, lol).
I’m planning on (finally) going to the summer TNNA in Ohio — already looking forward to it!