Saturday, June 10, 2006

Live from TNNA (plus a little contest)

I'm here, and attempting to post from my Palm, since I left my laptop at home. I saw SO MANY COOL THINGS, and met SO MANY COOL PEOPLE, including Amy Singer, Vickie Howell, Louisa Harding, Lexie Barnes, Nicky Epstein, Stephanie, Yahaira, Suss Cousins, Annie Modesitt, Ann and Kay, Jordana of Jordana Paige, everyone I've been designing for, other yarn company people, and saw pretty much anyone else you could name in knitland. Really. Plus I drank too much free wine. More later.

ETA: It's later (and I'm really tired and will ramble). Who would have thought you could have so much fun NOT buying things? The best part was meeting everyone at SWTC (all soooo nice) and seeing their great booth FULL of my designs. There was even a huge poster of the corn yarn sweater! I dropped off the alpaca one at Alpaca Yarn's booth (a huge relief) and spent most of my time chatting with people and waiting in line to get books signed. And they just give you the book too- some are the "real" book, others are uncorrected proof copies of books that aren't out yet. I got signed copies of Mason-Dixon Knitting, Alterknits, Andean Inspired Knitting, and a yet-to-be-published book by Suss Cousins. I got a signed tote bag from Nicky Epstein (her books were gone by the time I got to the front) and missed out on a few others (pout). I saw the Great Wall of Yarn and got to put yarn clippings in a book to take home. I saw my swatches (Chrissy-I saw yours too). I fondled all the needles and bags at Namaste Needles and petted lots of quviut. I went to a meeting with all of the designers from AKD. I had a great class on creativity with Sally Melville, and tasty crab cakes at the Vogue Knitting booth. I felt more yarn than ever before, and saw lots of stuff that isn't out yet (including new prints of Lexie Barnes bags that I totally need, even though I already have TWO of her bags). What else? I got through almost an entire sock and a swatch for Classic Elite while waiting in line for book signings so I'll have a new FO soon. The best part? More than a few people knew me by name- that was weird but really, really nice. And now? I just got home, have to go to work tomorrow (but only 4 more days until school lets out) and I am exhausted from all the sights, excitement, and WALKING. Too bad you can't bring cameras in- I'd love to have lots of pictures to show. Just use your imagination, okay?

As for the contest, I now have 2 copies of Alterknits and Mason-Dixon Knitting. No, you can't have the signed ones (they're signed to me, anyway) but you can have the old ones! Leave a comment if you're interested and Emma will make a random selection on Friday.

19 comments:

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Kristyn said...

Sounds like you're having a great time. I am somewhat jealous but I don't think I could handle it - sensory overload. I would love your extra books.

yahaira said...

hey!! it was great meeting you too!! I don't go back till tomorrow, so one more day of constant walking and quick yarn buying.

pout...I missed out on those books and I got cut off for knitting nature and knit cafe :( lol oh well! like I need more stuff to carry.

aija said...

Sounds way cool!

I'd love to be in your contest, too!

trek said...

I've got the M-D one but Alterknits looks cool! Count me in please.

Pauline said...

I'm interested in Alterknits. Please count me in.
Pauline
19ptpl70 at gmail dot com

sherry said...

What a great report!! oh, I wish you were able to take pics.. gosh, like I am ready for more yarn. But always fun!!!
sherry

Joan said...

I would love the Mason-Dixon book!

Dana said...

I have yet to get my hands on the Mason Dixon book. Pick me, pick me!!

knittinmom said...

How cool! I was going to ask you if you thought it was worth the trip, but I think your post answered my question... How totally fun! And that's awesome that you saw my swatches - nice to know they actually got there :-)

Ragan said...

Oooohhh...me! I would love that! Ok, please enter me! I do not own either book!

Diane said...

What a fun weekend! I have fiber envy! I love meeting authors--sounds like a great weekend. I've had my eye on the M-D book--I love the log cabin pattern for the blankets. Cool contest!

Heide said...

Oh, oh, oh! Can I be in your contest for this book too? I want to read it very much, but there is a waiting list at the local library and I can't afford it right now. Thank you!

PBnJ said...

I'd love to be in your contest. Sounds like you are having a blast. So much fiber-y fun! :)

tbrockmeier at msn dot com

Susan Sturgill said...

I wish could go to TNNA. I am going to try to go to a Stitches convention later this year. Right now, my husband and I are anxiously awaiting the birth of our son, due in June/July. Your blog is always a source of inspiration. OTN: Fair Isle baby cardigan/cap in Plymouth Sockotta, baby blanket, and a scarf....oh..and my dad's hat for fathers day.

Betty said...

I'm interested in Alterknits. Already have Mason Dixon.

Lolly said...

Tell me you got some pics!
Great to hear about the fun time and everyone you met ;)

I have both books already - but great contest idea!

Beth said...

I'd love a copy of MD - haven't seen Alterknits.

Janette said...

I'm so jealous! Sounds like you had a fabulous time. I just picked up the Mason Dixon book today, but I would dearly love the Alterknits book.