Designs on Display
Aside from all the wonderful people that I get to see and meet every time I attend TNNA, one of the highlights for me as a designer is seeing my garments on display at the various vendor booths. It’s a great way for cross-promotion and how can one now be happy saying “Look, this is mine on display!”
At this particular show, my garments were on display at the following booths: Stitch Cooperative, Bijou Basin Ranch, Mountain Meadow Wool and The Fibre Company. I usually try to take photos of my stuff at the various booths, such as this photo of the Empyrean Tunic on display at the Interweave Knits booth, but I forgot to take pictures of the Stitch Cooperative and The Fibre Company booths.
Photos above show my garments at the Bijou Basin Ranch booth. Clockwise from L: (1) my color work hats; (2) my color work hats Spectacle beret and the Mahika beanie; (3) Kate Oates modeling the Mera shrug (it has reversible cable edging!); (4) Mera on display.
Photos above, clockwise: (1) Me modeling Cocoon at the Mountain Meadow Wool booth. The Cocoon pattern will be released in mid-July; (2) Valerie of MMW posing next to the wrap on display at their front table; (3) from a recent photo shoot taken on World Wide Knit in Public day
Photo above: While working and hanging out at the Stitch Cooperative booth, I had an opportunity to flip through Annie Modesitt’s new book, 1000 hats. I was pretty elated to see that pretty much all my submissions made it into the book, so much so that I hardly noticed that smack in the center of the cover is my Threesome hat, modeled by my friend Jeff and his cute daughter Gigi.
I Missed My Garment at the Fashion Show
The Fashion Show is a TNNA event that occurs the Friday night before the TNNA exhibit hall opens. It’s where designers, yarn companies and publishers show their products and garments to the industry and buyers (retailers, LYSs). Because I didn’t get into Columbus until Saturday morning, I missed the show.
It was quite unfortunate, because I later found out from Lisa Shroyer and Sharon Riggs of Interweave that their boss, Marilyn Murphy had elected to wear my Empyrean Tunic (Interweave Knits, Summer 2010) to accept an award she was receiving! Click here to get to the Ravelry page for Emyprean.
Interweave posted a video of Marilyn Murphy’s acceptance speech. You can’t see much of my garment, except for the neckline, because the podium pretty much blocks everything. However, nonetheless, it’s a nice speech.
One of the the most fun booths (besides the Stitch Cooperative one, that is ;)) is Ysolda Teague’s booth, which was located caddy-corner from Stitch Coop’s. Ysolda had a quirky, creative and brightly inviting booth with garment samples of her work and other designer friends works. Everyday she had a little tea party, where folks stopped by to chat, socialize and have tea and snacks. One of the main highlights of her booth was a photo booth! Click here to see her photo booth photos.
Photos from top: (1) Ysolda’s photo booth wall; (2) Melissa Werhle, me and Bobsolda and me wearing one of my favorite Ysolda garments; (3) Melissa, who was my roommate for one night, and I hanging out during teatime on Ysolda’s couch.
Other Events & Goodies
Among the many TNNA events, there are usually other business and activities to be conducted, such as several meetings I had for the Association of Knitwear Designers and a dinner for designers, editors, publishers, etc. hosted by Marlaina Bird. I didn’t take any really great photos from the designer’s dinner, but Cecily Glowik-MacDonald, Jess Forbes (Ravelry), and several others did! You can find all their great photos and many others in the Flickr Hello from TNNA group.
Monday night, after TNNA officially ended, some of my friends and I went out for a nice fun dinner and shopping, where I spotted these sexy shoes. I didn’t buy them, though I think they look freaking hot, but I just know that I can’t rock 5″ heels (that I’ll only wear very infrequently) without doing some serious damage to my face or ankles when inevitably trip and fall.