TNNA inspiration

Last Saturday and Sunday I walked the floor at TNNA. Lots of yarn and needles and bags and designs and more to see. I don’t have a ton of photos from the floor, because cameras are technically not allowed, but here’s a rainbow from Bergere de France. (I had met Vincent the night before, so wasn’t shy about asking for a photo!)

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The Lantern Moon booth was beautiful, as planned, and the butterflies all stayed in their places (hooray).

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The Pico Accuardi booth had a woodland theme, complete with its own pixie.

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PA fairy

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BTW, his sweet hat is a felted creation by Sarah at Attitude Hats.

I took a few mini-session classes. The first was on social networking, led by Erin Slonaker, editor-in-chief of Yarn Market News. One thing that she told us about that I’d never heard of: Pinterest. It’s like bookmarking, but publicly, and it’s very visual. You can make beautiful pages of things that interest you, and share them. Erin talked about things going viral via Pinterest. Go look! Here’s Erin with the YMN cake at Soho Publishing’s Sunday reception. You may know her as the designer of the Leyburn Socks on her Pepperknit blog.

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I also took a class on blogging/social media with Benjamin Levisay (CEO) and Kimberly Reynolds (social media director) of XRX, Inc. Their point? Do it! But don’t stress about it. They said that a company should have four things in the social networking world: blog, Facebook, Twitter, and a Ravelry page. We’re getting there…I need more hours in a day.

I had two mini-sessions with Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting. One was on teaching, and one was a color forecast for spring/summer. I’ll tell you about the colors later, when I can take a picture of the color card. So gray here in PDX this weekend, and I haven’t been home during the day.

Lantern Moon had a champagne punch reception to celebrate their 10th anniversary TNNA show.

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The team from Soho Publishing brought us a cake!

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Jess, Casey, Sarah, and Mary-Heather from Ravelry helped us celebrate.

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I love Mary-Heather’s shawl, and I can’t remember what it is. I tried looking at her gallery on Ravelry, but couldn’t find it. Do you recognize it?

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Kristin Omdahl (far right) came by to showcase her new book, A Knitting Wrapsody. She had some friends model samples of a few of the designs. They are really lovely. The book comes out next month, and it looks great. Best feature: it comes with a dvd to demonstrate less familiar techniques. What a great idea.

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wrapsody

You can see how I was wearing many hats at TNNA last weekend: blogger, LM blogger, designer, LYS teacher! One last cool thing: Unicorn Books had a book signing/giveaway almost every hour. It took me a while to figure that out, so I just ended up with two. I’ll tell you about them later, after I can take a picture or two, and maybe even get a chance to sit down and look at them!

This weekend? The Day Old Pastries played at a MLK Workday and Celebration for the Portland Backpack Lunch Program. It was a fun gig, and that’s another hat for me!

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10 responses to “TNNA inspiration

  1. Re: Mary-Heather’s scharf – it’s her new pattern “High Road” from A Verb for Keeping Warm.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/high-road

  2. WoW, what a show and a whirl of fun time at the show. I didn’t realize there were classes offered. Next time I may tag on one of the vendors so I can experience it first hand. I love the rainbow. Glad you were able to take a shot to share. THANK YOU for a virtual tour.

    • These were just the free mini-session classes. There are a lot more classes that are longer, but I was so busy last quarter that I never got around to registering for any of them. When I finally thought about it again, it was too late! But I had plenty to keep me busy, as you can see…

  3. Wow – lots to share with us. The classses you took sound like they would be incredible helpful to an entrepreneur like yourself. I loved the butterfly theme.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful time! I love that you were able to take some classes on social networking for companies… I totally would love to do that one day.

  5. Such a great weekend!!! The social media class sounds especially great.

  6. You’ve been so busy. So wonderful to have the chance to meet so many great knitters!

  7. It looks like everyone had fun! Thank you for sharing with those of us who can’t go to this one!