Though it was slower than usual (compared to the other winter TNNAs, even), those of us who went had a fabulous time. I have some photographic evidence:
Imaginary internet friends made real! Larissa Brown, who I’ve known online forever, and who was in a fiber arts show I curated, and sold on my old online shop, and etc etc etc was at TNNA promoting her new book, coauthored with her husband. This is a blanket made from squares knit by dozens of other knitters, assembled by Larissa. She reports it made an appearance with Kaffe Fassett on TV that weekend, too.
(I taped a segment for the same show and the editor said, as we finished, that I was a “soundbite talker.” First take, no retakes, no stumbling. I’m inordinately proud of that, for some reason. Maybe if this knitting gig doesn’t pan out I should be a politician? It is one of my undergraduate degrees, after all…)
There were classes! I taught some, I took some. Here’s Cat Bordhi’s “Open Up A Moebius and Anything Can Happen” class — we’re learning the cast-on through hula here, apparently. My fab friend Kristi Porter at far right.
I’m not kidding about the fun fur. It’s dead, y’all. I’m tempted to gather up as much of it as I can find, stick it in a coffin and stab it with a wooden stake — a real stake, not needles. (Just in case I inadvertently knit a stitch and bring it back from the dead, you see). There’s a time and a place for good quality novelty yarn. Crystal Palace Shag comes to mind. It’s wool, and the black looks really nice as a trim or in a Rockstar. But the neon plastic eyelashy stuff? Oh please, no.
What’s in? What’s always been in — quality natural fiber yarns in a wicked good color palette. I could’ve seriously fallen over in a swoon over some of them. A tomato red from Shibui (“Chinese red”) wins my Partridge Family I Think I Love You Award. Malabrigo has a new 50/50 merino/silk in 46 special colors that make my heart flutter. Good stuff.