I’m back in Chicago after attending TNNA for the first time this weekend. It was a crazy whirlwind of talking knitting and design with a ton of designers I admire, talking yarn with dyers I love, taking classes about the industry, and drinking. Yeah, it was a lot of all of that.
Outfits were one of the hardest parts of preparing for the trip obviously! Friday night I attended a Designer’s Dinner rocking a Holla Knits design – Nachtfalter by Stefanie Pollmeier, in Masi|Knits Bottoms Up. It was a big hit! The design is fantastic AND the color is amazing and eye catching! I was convinced I couldn’t wear that color with my pink skin, but kept being told that it looked great, so I got over it.
The second day I chilled and didn’t wear anything I made, which is what a lot of the designers were doing, so I’m kind of glad I took a day off from pimping to blend into the crowd a little bit! But the third day I was back at it with a new design that hasn’t even come out yet! Here I am rocking my new pattern for the soon to be released Holla Knits Crochet Collection! But more on that soon.
Monday I left the show at 10:30, so I spent the morning running around saying goodbye to everyone! Wearing my 3 color WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Summer Sweater, of course. Here I am with The Yarniad designer Hilary Smith Callis! We talked a lot of baseball all weekend, with Stacey Winklepleck at Knit Picks. Our baseball talk cleared the bar every time!
One of the most important things to do in Columbus is eat as much Jeni’s Ice Cream as you can. And there were 2 within walking distance of the convention center, so eat ice cream we did! Designer Rohn Strong, and designers and my roommates for the weekend Teresa Gregorio and Alison Green, and I made it through the Columbus Pride Parade on Saturday to get some ice cream for lunch.
And Teresa and I got one more pic before leaving Monday morning.
TNNA was basically awesome. We all kept referring to it as knitting summer camp for adults, because we just knit and talked knitting, and were hanging out with our modern pen-pals! The majority of the people I was hanging out with this weekend I had never met in person before, but considered them friends because of the magic of the internet, so it was so fun meeting people in real life and seeing their 3D faces.
We talked about boys and food and TV of course, but also about designing, and the challenges of being your own boss, and working alone all day. About wholesaling our patterns, and being your own marketing and social media manager. About getting screwed over by publications and yarn companies, and about which ones we’d love to work for forever. We learned about new products and new companies doing amazing things.
More than anything? We talked about COLLABORATION. That magical, beautiful word that is scary and awesome. I’m SO excited about the potential collaborations I’ve now got down the pipeline, both for me and The Sweatshop of Love, and my baby Holla Knits.
It might just be true! Nothing is as good for your business as talking about it to people in person, and talking about people doing what you are doing to bring your industry forward.
More soon! Much, MUCH MUCH MUCH much more soon. I’ve got enough in my brain now to last me a nice long while, even though I’ll be trying to get it out of there as quickly as possible.