Note: This post was written on Saturday (1/26) but apparently the publish button did not get pushed.
Every six months TNNA appears. I always have it in my sights, but it takes some doing to get ready for it, even though I don’t have a booth.
I have new designs that have to be ready for the fashion show (they are!!) and new things for yarn vendors to have in their booths that may not be really new, but are new since last TNNA. So today I need to make my list of what I’m taking to TNNA, what Linda needs to print on Tuesday so my catalogs are up-to-date, and then to figure out my dinner plans!
As much as TNNA is about new products, it is also an opportunity to catch up with people I don’t see otherwise so what I do after the show is closed for the day is sometimes the highlight. But the fun takes some planning too, and I have a spreadsheet that I now need to fill with details and then see who wants to dine with me.
This year I am doing the behind the scenes coordination of the Fashion Show, which has moved back to Friday night. I have to coordinate garment intake and return, and work with the front end folks to make sure we have models dressed and appearing in the proper order on the runway. Fortunately there are lots of fashion show veterans who valiantly volunteer year after year to help make this happen. This is not the big show for yarn, so I am grateful that I get to cut my teeth (I’ve been a dresser many times, but not in charge) before the big show in June.
Sunday evening before we can go to dinner there is a Designer/Teacher meeting at which Jeane deCoster and I will moderate a discussion about tech editing and style sheets. In between those two responsibilities I get to look at yarn, look for things I need, and talk to vendors.