I just got back from TNNA. That, in industry jargon, is the show put on twice a year by The National Needlearts Association. It’s where yarn manufacturers show off their new lines to shop owners, and where publishers show off their titles. It’s pretty much like a giant kindergarten, where we all get to see our friends in the industry. We have parties. We play (with yarn, mostly). And like little kids, we spend a great deal of time talking about and indulging in ice cream. It’s hilarious to follow the Tweets from the people attending the show – a huge percentage talk about what flavor they’re having at the aptly named Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream near the convention center.
The most exciting part of TNNA for me, besides seeing my buddies of course, was the poster in the Cooperative Press booth showing photos from my upcoming book. Shannon Okey (in the photo below) and her team work very hard to bring excellent books to the market, and I’m thrilled that my Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues will be among them.
I’m working with CP’s miracle-worker-Assistant-Editor Elizabeth Green Musselman to comb through every detail of the book to get it ready for publication. It won’t be long now!
Day two of TNNA in Phoenix. It’s been fun showing some of the yarn companies sneak peaks of my book. I’ve had the pleasure of walking the convention floor with one of my very favorite designers, Stephannie Tallent. She has a fantastic book coming out, called “California Revival Knits”, also to be published by Cooperative Press.
Stephannie and I also have In common that we’re part of Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. Here’s me in my brand new February Lady Sweater, Stacey from Knit Picks, and Stephannie. Stephannie is wearing her gorgeous Wrought Iron Cardi from her upcoming book.
What can I say about meeting Alasdair Post-Quinn at TNNA? That he’s the ace of double knitting design? That he shows great heart in the face of writing complicated patterns? No longer a diamond in the rough, he will soon be joining the club of published designers with a book?
If you suspect a playing card theme here, you’re right. I had the privilege of meeting Alasdair in the Cooperative Press booth at TNNA:
It turned out he was knitting playing cards!
He tells about his ingenious double knit scarf design in his Fallingblox Designs blog. A hint as to the fun, unexpected twist to this pattern is in its name: “Fifty-Two Pickup”.
I wanted to learn more about Alasdair, and was delighted to find him in Ravelry, as (no surprise) fallingblox where I found more examples of his patterns. Some very exciting news is that he will soon be coming out with a book titled Extreme Double Knitting. Anyone wanting the scoop on when the book will be available for pre-order can sign up for the Cooperative Press mailing list. Shannon Okey, of Knitgrrl fame and Cooperative Press publisher, tells me, “Extreme Double Knitting is going to be featured in an upcoming issue of Interweave Knits.” I’m really looking forward to that!
I leave you with one final image. Are these not the cutest baby booties ever?
Once again, TNNA was a lot of fun. I took great classes from Melissa Leapman and Cat Bordhi, re-connected with friends, and of course ogled beautiful new yarns.
I was lucky enough to stay on the 19th floor of the Hyatt. The view was incredible!
The down side to being that high was that when a terrific storm whipped up Friday night, the building swayed creepily. Even though I understand that tall buildings are designed to sway so they don’t break, I found little comfort in that knowledge as I watched the water in my glass gently slosh back and forth, and the drapes sway. I high-tailed it for the lobby, ending up on the elevator with a fellow wide-eyed knitter. We hunkered down in a first-floor room together, happily knitting and getting to know each other until the storm blew through.