I am sitting in my hotel room on Sunday morning in Phoenix. I’m here for Phoenix TNNA 2015, also known as the Winter Show, preparing myself for day Two. I had planned to run this morning, but it seems I forgot my running pants. The dangers of packing with too many things on my mind.
Phoenix TNNA Report
I haven’t had time to really walk the floor of the show. I’ve seen bits and pieces, but somehow spent most of yesterday talking to people about a variety of industry-related things. I’m catching up with my TNNA friends, which I love, and making new connections which is also a big part of my TNNA experience. I’m not really in the market for yarn. Hard to believe, but I don’t take yarn unless I need it. I’ve got samples in Elemental Affect’s booth: Esperance and Windsor Capelette, each in Civility; I also knit a version of Limestone and made mitered squares in each color of Civility.
I had a fun dinner Saturday night with two Bay-area knit friends who have become shop owners and are at their first TNNA. Yay for Pamela and Ceilia! They participated in the all-day Building Better Business education program which grew from the Yarn Group Education Committtee. I was on the committee, but didn’t actually do anything beyond participating in the masterminding of the idea. So far nothing but good things for this first time out. I’ll meet with the new chair of the Retail Council (they run the education arm of TNNA) about how to create a track of similar classes for Creative Services (non retailer or/wholesalers) that can dovetail with these business classes.
So I have nothing really to report yet. The fashion show was good–from my perspective backstage. It seemed like it was perhaps a little more relaxed than usual, but this is a smaller event, and that is good. I like being able to see the garments come to life as they are put onto the models. It was a little crazy before the show because we ended up with seven models, not eight–but no one told me that, so I’d ordered the show based on eight. There was a bit of last minute reorganization getting the garments reallocated to the correct model. We ended up with 54 garments, which divided nicely over the seven models but where I had sorted it out so that a model wore every eighth piece–it needed to be every seventh piece! A couple of wonderful volunteers helped me do it. Paige, Director & Program Manager of the Christmas at Sea program is great. Always upbeat, she did that, dressing, and helped me haul racks of garments. Another nameless person was dragged backstage to help with this task. Paige, Sara and I had a lovely dinner at Nobuo at Teeter House after our work on the show was finished.
Before I close, you can read this interview with me if you are interested!