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TNNA Recap

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This was the view from my hotel room. Quite different from my Colorado views!
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Jill Wright, Kara Gott Warner, Tabetha Hedrick, and Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia Yarns
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Annie's Booth
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Fino Yarn
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Yarn Art
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Gadget Trays
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Lilly Brush
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Classic Elite Yarns' Boardwalk Booklet

Let me just start off by saying, "YEE-HAW!" Getting away for a long weekend was positively blissful, rejuvenating and energizing. Surrounding myself with fiber, friends and fine food was exactly the muse I needed to juice up my design mojo!

Now that I have that bit of excitement out of the way (grin), I'll share what you really wanted to know about.

TNNA stands for The National NeedleArts Association, and this past February, I attended their winter trade show to see what is new and exciting in yarn, tools, and publications for the spring/summer seasons. There was so much to do and see that it is impossible to highlight them all, but here's a brief synopsis:

Friday Night

I arrived just in time to check into the hotel, grab some dinner, and then head over to the Fashion Show! I failed miserably to get good pictures, but it was exciting to see all of the pieces by different yarn companies and publications. Creative Knitting had a couple of beautiful designs showcased! It also became apparent that designer Jill Wright is the one to keep an eye out for this year, as she dominated the show with her work.

Saturday was filled with meetings and an impromptu video interview with Kara Gott Warner, editor of Creative Knitting magazine. I know she'll be posting the video up on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for it. I did manage to get a picture with her to share!

The Annie's booth was beautifully put together and run by a wonderful team. I would wager to say that their booth was one of the best, especially when they were giving out s'mores! I got to meet Candi Jensen there!

In between meetings, I was given plenty of opportunities to walk the show floor. I ogled the new yarns, such as Fino by Manos del Uruguay and Silk Essence by Art Yarns (which aren't even listed on their websites yet!).

And there were some awesome new products that I can't wait to try out! The Lilly Brush is absolutely on my wish list, as are the Chic-a gadget trays.

I popped in to the Lorna's Laces booth for a quick hello. I shared that my mom is quite possibly their biggest fan ever, so we took a picture just for her. My mom was beyond thrilled!

I always get the giggles when I discover things about my own work, like having my ribbed tank top make the cover of Classic Elite Yarns' Boardwalk booklet.

The best time, though, was making new friends and learning more about the friends I already have in the business. It was very hard leaving on Monday, but I am home now with a renewed vigor for my work and plenty of new things to share with you in the coming months!