Wow, what to say? TNNA was fantastic! Being there for my first time was a bit nerve-wracking but once you get to talking knitting and yarn with everyone, those nerves do seem to just melt away. It's really nice to share a hobby with others and know they are just as passionate about it as you are. The trip to Ohio was relatively uneventful. Mr. Zen and I headed out early in anticipation of border trouble but having cleared everything with a broker before heading there, we got across with no problem at all. Once in Columbus we settled into our hotel and ventured out to see the Convention Centre and downtown Columbus and even got to see the showroom floor while it was being set up. Security was very nice to us and let us in to ask the few "newbie" questions we had as well as pick up our registration badges for the next day.
Move-in day went smoothly as most of the larger booths were being set-up already and those of us sluffing/slogging and generally huffing our own stuff in were few so getting in was easy for all of us despite the really hot and humid weather outside. Leave it to Murphy's Law to have the warmest day yet on move-in day! It was so hot a horrible thunderstorm rolled in later that day as well as hailstorms. Thankfully we were already set up and back relaxing at our hotel. The best part of move-in day? Barbara Walker walked by my booth and I quaintly said "hello" to her to which she stopped and greeted me with a pleasant hello back and I looked at her and said "I know who you are!" to which she politely replied "Yes, I'm Barbara Walker". It was a very cute moment and I squealed a little and said "Oh, I just bought two of your books!". She handed me some info on her new DVD and kept walking. What a nice moment that was.
The highlight of my weekend? Putting so many faces to so many names! It was sure nice to finally meet all those people I see online so regularly. It makes each and every one of them seem very real. Meeting new people was also a lot of fun especially since we all shared a love for yarn.
So, without further adieu, here's a few photos of my booth:
Since returning, I've been busy in the dye pots and managed to come down with a horrendous cold. Apparently I don't travel so well anymore...LOL!
Now back to the yarns...the weekend definitely left me full of inspiration and lots of new ideas to come. I am definitely going back in 2012 and may even venture to Arizona for January's TNNA show.