Wow! January is nearly over and that Bang I was talking about in the last post has created a sonic Boom.
I came home yesterday from Phoenix, Arizona where this past weekend I attended my first ever TNNA show. And that dear readers is why I have been so quiet.
Even though I was only there Friday afternoon thru Tuesday morning, there was a lot happening before I left home. Simple family life stuff, like making sure the laundry was caught up enough that my husband wouldn’t send the boys to school in garments that can stand on their own. And not so simple household emergencies; like the water pressure dropping so laundry, showers and baths became challenging to schedule.
Of course, life isn’t complete if amongst the household mayhem we don’t have some wild shifting design and writing deadlines. Packing for the trip to TNNA also added its own flavor as well.
Fortunately all was not lost, everything was taken care of as needed and I left bright and early Friday morning for the Denver International Airport. Flight delays and travel adventures aside, I was thrilled to make it to my hotel in Phoenix. A quick change into warm-weather clothing, a brisk walk to the Convention Center and I was officially at TNNA.
The main reason I was there was to help the talented Mary Beth Temple by setting up her display for her pattern line “Hooked for Life Publishing” in the Bryson booth, whilst she was occupied teaching classes. Which is why my badges say “Hooked for Life Publishing” and “Bryson Distributing, LLC”. Of course it was a bit confusing because people kept asking me where Tenafly, New Jersey is. The first time I was baffled.
Once things were set up I was on my own until Monday afternoon to take things down. Saturday, Sunday and Monday during the show hours were all about traveling the show floor and exploring the variety of products that vendors were offering to retail outlets to sell.
There was yarn, yaRN, and YARN everywhere I looked. Colorful, beautiful, touchable yarn. In my opinion this was pretty darn close to heaven. A vertriable visual feast. I made a very long list of yarns I will be encouraging my favorite LYSs to get in store so I can swatch like a mad thing.
Every evening after the show floor was closed I spent going out to dinner and hanging out with my designer friends that were there. It was great fun to talk yarn and design challenges with others who share my obsession.
Clearly sleep was not a priority during this weekend. Once I’ve caught up a bit and recovered the missing brain cells, I will be posting some exciting stuff. Including reviewing some goodies that I was given at the show.