January 13, 2010
Another TNNA Market come and gone. Here’s the morning view from my hotel window (with the Convention Center right there.) The winter one is always in January in CA, and the summer one is in June in OH. I have missed a couple, due to scheduling conflicts, but most of the time, I’m there. I think it’s important to stay up on what’s new in the industry and I know you want me there, scouting things out – right? I knew that I was on the right flight when I saw this person in the waiting area. Dreads with novelty yarn. How …. novel. (I kinneared it. Can you tell?) This must be an ongoing hairstyle for her, as I caught sight of this gal each day on the market floor. Interesting.
I took two great classes with Cat Bordhi, who has now inspired me to doodle up some patterns. I had the best burger ever with cute Marly from the Yarn Thing podcast. (This is Marly’s third burger from this place in two days. Lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday. That’s how good these burgers are.) Marly is also an amazing designer, and we met because I stopped her in the aisle to tell her how much I loved the vest she was wearing (which just happened to be one of her own designs. Available here on Ravelry, and we’ll also have them soon at The Loopy Ewe.) Actually, she is also a long time Loopy customer, so it was doubly fun to meet her in person.
Of course I ordered lots of fun things for all of us. Two new yarn lines from yarn companies that you already know and love. Two new yarn lines with non-wool bases – those will be fun. We’re also adding in Kollage’s square DPN’s and circs, which many of you have been asking for. I found a really fun new accessory line, but when I tried to describe it to a friend in an email, it didn’t work. How about if I just show you when they arrive? I also found three more lines that I will be ordering in the coming weeks. (Some of these things must be spread out a little, you know.) They’ll be perfect for spring and summer. I promise to keep you posted on these things, just as soon as they start arriving. We also have a lot of things arriving that I ordered before I went to TNNA, so the next weeks are going to be full!
The new Namaste bag and wallet were a big hit. I came home with it in …. red. You could’ve guessed that, right? (But I am sorely tempted by the Peacock and Eggplant, too.) Many of you have been asking for photos of the insides, as well as wondering how it compares to other Namaste bag sizes. Here is a photo with (L-R) the Hermosa, the Zuma, and the new Monroe. Also, the new wallet. (The red on the Monroe and the wallet is the same red as the Red Hermosa’s and Buddy Cases we’ve had all along. For some reason, it looks a little different on my computer screen in this photo, but it is the same red.) The Monroe has 3 roomy sections (2 sections snap closed, one zips closed). I had plenty of room for my wallet, my sock project bag, my Kindle, and other misc. things in there. There are also pockets for phone/camera/glasses in two of the sections, as well as zippered pockets in two of the sections. And a clip tab to keep both straps together, if you don’t like purses that let one strap flop off of your shoulder when you’re out and about. We already have the Monroe’s and the wallets enroute to us, and you can pre-order them by sending us an email (email@example.com). They come in Peacock, Lime, Eggplant, Black, Red and Hollywood Pink. The Monroe is $75 and the wallet is $35. They have also just come out with Circular Needle Cases, which will start shipping to us in early February. I will get a photo of one to share with you later.
So that’s the quick synopsis of my time in Long Beach. I wish I could say that I sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather. The days were long and I found that I was over at the Convention Center for 10-12 hours a day, so that made for very little time to enjoy the weather. It was, however, a nice little walk there and back each day. And there was a Starbucks attached to the hotel, which carried me through those long days just fine. (Lest you start thinking that I was working too hard and didn’t enjoy my time there. I did.)