The “official” days of the TNNA trade show are marked by what they call “Market Days.” This just means that they open the exhibit halls and buyers can shop all the booths. However, usually there are 2 days prior to the Market that are just solely education. Members of TNNA are able to take classes taught by a variety of experts and nationally recognized teachers. The classes are wonderful and not too pricey, so I find that they are definitely worth the cost, especially since I’m still pretty green to all of this.
THURSDAY, Jan. 15:
On Thursday, I took a class on customizing sweaters for just about every shape and size with Leslye Solomon. Leslye was a good teacher – she was interactive, responsive and very approachable and is the person behind those wonderful stainless steel lace blocking wire sets that we all love. (I ordered some for Handicraft Café.) If you plan on going to Stitches, she teaches there too.
I was pretty quiet throughout most of the 6 hour class, just absorbing everything discussed, including side conversations and things off-tangent. I am all self-taught in sweater design, so it is nice to hear and learn from other people because there are always different ways of doing things. I learned quite a bit from Lesley and from all the off-tangent and side convos (sometimes those are the best). I sincerely hope that Leslye did not think I was bored though. At one point, she asked me if I was okay. LOL. I wasn’t bored, just observing and absorbing. If anything, I was slightly (okay, maybe a little more than slightly) annoyed at one particular woman. She interjected a lot and some of her side convos were not related to the class, but rather about herself. I have to admit that I was relieved when I didn’t see her in my other classes.
Later that night, thanks to Aubrey’s excellent exploratory skills, D., Kristie, Aubrey and I went to a little cafe called Chocolat, located in the Gaslamp District of San Diego. It was a creperie, a gelaterie, a chocalaterie and a cafe all rolled into one! The only thing it was missing was a wine bar! I am a sucker for crepes, so I ordered a fantastic portabello mushroom crepe followed by some yummy dark chocolate grand marnier gelato. I was not overly sinful at all because I had all my food groups covered. 🙂 Plus, grand marnier is made with orange, and chocolate comes from beans.
After dinner, we found a Trader Joe’s (and almost got lost – stupid iPhone GPS) and stocked up on cheese, fruit and snacks to go with the wine that I brought from home. We “partied” in our room, and after everyone left, I decided to finish my champagne without using anymore cups. Classy, eh? Aubrey was thoroughly impressed.
(Coming in My Next Few Posts: Classes with Sally Melville, Cat Bordhi and Stefanie Japel; a wild sample sale and strange needlepoint; walking the market floor; knitting with SWTC; seeing my design hanging at the Lorna’s Laces booth and the mock up of Knitting in the Sun; book signings)