This past Winter TNNA — just this last weekend! — was my first time having a (half) booth of my own. I exhibited under the auspices of Deep South Fibers, which distributes my hard copy patterns. Â I’d post a pic, but the one I took is incredibly blurry. Â I didn’t realize that from my phone display! Â Anyhow, you can see it here on Facebook.
First off, I have to say how lucky I was to share a booth with the adorable, sweet, funny, smart Toby Roxane. If you’ve not seen her designs, check out her Rav pattern page. She does lovely things with variegated yarns — gorgeous shawls, mostly, but other patterns as well! Â (She also has a great sweater pattern in Stitch Mountain.)
Winter TNNA is generally a lot slower and less attended than the summer TNNA show. Â This one seemed smaller than last year’s at Long Beach (which in turn seemed smaller than Phoenix). Â However, it being close to home means that I go to it. Â And, because it’s quieter, it’s sometimes easier to catch up with folks, walk the show floor as a designer, and so on. Â Having a booth I was able to meet with LYS owners, which was great.
I can’t resist Anzula. Â They bring suitcases full of yarn. Â I just want to fling myself down and roll in it.
Anyway, much of the yarn is slated for a small collection for later this year.
I also coordinated for yarn for the soon-to- be-published series of eBooks with Anzula and Zen Yarn Garden.
I also was given a really nifty tool, that I’ve already begun using regularly. Â It’s a Needle Keeper, which is basically a little anodized aluminum tube with a silicon stopper-like thing on the end with a slit that you insert your circular needle tips through to keep them from getting everywhere (tangled in your yarn or project, poking through the sides of your bag, etc). Â I’m not sure what they retail for, but I’m certainly loving mine. Â I chatted with the owners of the company, and they were super nice, and very excited about their invention. Â I’ve included a pic below using the Needle Keeper and one with the needles out for comparison.
Let me know if you have any questions re: TNNA in the comments!