TNNA Summer 2017 was so exciting! There was excitement in the air when I finally got to the Friday pre-Event events and it just continued through the weekend.
TNNA Summer 2017 was the first big TNNA show at which I haven’t worked on the fashion show in several years. It gave me a little lee-way on getting to Columbus, so I chose to neither go at the crack of dawn, nor go through an airport that usually has difficult connections (Las Vegas, I’m looking at you). Before I could go to the pre-Event events, I had to get my blog posted. I had written it by hand on the first leg of my trip, but it was too close quarters and a short flight to get it typed in on the second leg. It was about 8:30 pm when I got there, so the bulk of the activities were over, but SampleIt was still open. After quickly greeting some of my Starship friends and some others, I went in to see what that was about. I usually don’t go into SampleIt because it is a mob scene and I would only be looking. Freia Fibers was sold out early so I started looking for Sarah and Tina while chatting with people I know or who stopped me. It was fun and people were so enthusiastic.
As planned, I found my friend Tove Fevang and we went to Lemongrass for dinner. I was recognized by the elderly owner—I guess I’ve bought a few bottles of wine there! Eventually Sarah and Tina joined us. We caught up over dinner and then back in my room I caught up with my roommate Julie Ilsen Turjoman. If we did better at keeping up we wouldn’t have to stay up so late when we see each other! Julie and I got up and had breakfast and continued catching up until we hit the show floor.
After running an errand, I heard my name. There was Sharon, and her friend Doris, who is preparing to open a new yarn shop in Houston. I had met them on a Tuscany Retreat for Y2Knit. We got talking and were soon hatching plans together. We parted because I needed to focus on my class, and they needed to buy stuff. Planning continues.
Caption: 1) Lemongrass has been remodeled and looked lovely. 2) Tina Whitmore of Freia Fibers and Sara Lucas (I’m the eye glasses). 3) Tove listens to Tina. This dinner is for sharing and catching up–we each took our turn! 4) Doris Scott, soon-to-be yarn shop owner and her friend Sharon who provides powerful support for her (and marketing advice).
My class was filled and I think I did a good job communicating difficult material.
I know I’m late getting this up. What a hectic week it has been; when I went to post this last night my website crashed. I went out to hear some music, and I hope you haven’t been too inconvenienced by my failing to show up as scheduled. I’ll post my Friday blog on Sunday, then be back on track. I have more to say about TNNA. It was a great show!