The weekend before last I spent 5 days in Columbus, Ohio for the industry trade show of the year for all things fibery and needley. We had a time.
I roomed with the fabulous Andrea Rangel (who is pictured above and is the best at colors – check out this palette she rocked one day.) And I booth-shared with the awesome Alexa of Tin Can Knits; we had tons of fun:
Our booth was in the Deep South Fibers cluster, so we were booth-neighbors with lots of great people, yay! Like Hilary Smith Callis (pictured below, adorably giggling about posing with the issue of Knitscene in which she was the featured designer!) and Carina Spencer, posing with me below, and lots more lovely people I don’t have photos of, like Carrie Sullivan of Irish Girlie Knits (my birthday twin!), Juju at Loop, Olga Buraya-Kefelian (one of my all time favorite designers of ever), Woolly Wormhead… the list would go on but I’ll stop there because that’s who was immediately next to us… It’s great being around all these other designers once in awhile, since they are kind of like my co-workers but we all work alone in our homes with only twitter to connect us (basically, usually).
So, my booth! I started out with the hanging spray-painted frames on the back wall:
Then I hung lots of photos along the side wall, with mini-clothespins (closeup):
Then I built a ceiling! I ran wire from bar to bar across the top, then more and more wire from wire to bar and wire to wire, and so on, until I had a spiderweb-esque mesh ceiling. The photo to the left there is after I’d already started taking it apart a little at the end, but you get the idea. Then, from the ceiling, I hung trays:
And I put things on the trays, using them as mini-tables, instead of having a big table. And I hung lots of samples along the tops of the side and back walls.
So my business cards, postcards, buttons, and lots of smaller sample knits, were all on the tray tables. It was a bit unwieldy, functionally-speaking… people were afraid if they walked into the booth and bumped into the trays everything would fall; but that wasn’t true, I made sure they were very stable. Overall, it didn’t turn out perfectly, but I was pretty happy with the booth setup :)
Here’s me standing in it, photo by Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches!
Here is our whole booth, with Tin Can Knits on the right:
Besides the actual trade show booth stuff, TNNA weekend also involved lots of eating (not just ice cream), a bit of drinking (Columbus has some good local beers!), and tons of talking! Alexa and I were pretty darn into our truffle mac n cheese at Barley’s!
Click to enlarge the photo to the right below to read all the amazing flavor options at Jeni’s! My personal favorite out of the EIGHT flavors I tried throughout the weekend (that’s only 4 servings – my favorite thing about Jeni’s is that you get 2 flavors in a small size) was Queen City Cayenne, yum!
Much fun was had at the Grass Skirt tiki room with the ravelry crew (where I took this photo of Mary-Heather, Jess, and Ysolda being supercute). And, after all the mac n cheese and ice cream, I was happy to fill up on veggies (and a local beer, of course) at a pretty good greek place. Good job, Columbus, I like you!
I also hung out with lots of other designers and yarn-type people I didn’t photograph – some people I met last year at TNNA, and I met loads of new people. Yarny people are the greatest! Everyone is the best!
So then on Monday I broke down my booth and packed it all back into the suitcase it came in, but it was much harder to close this time!
I brought home all the yarn I could possible fit! There’s some secret hidden yarn I can’t show you yet, and lots of glorious Anzula!! Enough Cricket and Squishy to make into two shawls (one 2-color and one 3-color) – these yarns will eventually become the samples of the colorwork shawl in the Betiko collection!
And then lots of bits of awesome yarns for future use - Imperial Yarn, Fibre Company, Sincere Sheep, and Cestari are pictured below, all so lovely! There were a few others I talked to but have nothing to show now (notably Phydeaux, Space Cadet, Sweet Georgia, Cephalopod, Briggs and Little) – yummmm yarrrrrn. And I didn’t even walk the entire floor or spend much time seeking out yarn, since I was focused on my own booth. It’s overwhelming how much there is to see!
Lastly, I treated myself to some new clothes for TNNA – I really love this dress (found at Village Merchants, my most favorite secondhand shop), so yay, because good dresses (for affordable-on-an-indie-designer’s-budget prices) are hard to find, man! I think I scored this for about $12, with the original tag still on, so possibly never worn. Oh how I love a good deal, so I had to share with you ;) And another shot of me in my booth, to round things out, all covered in knitwear (too much air conditioning works out well when you want to show off your wooly samples).
That’s TNNA! Good times!