Tomorrow would be 4 weeks from when I left on May 20 for my teaching extravaganza, culminating with the TNNA Convention in Columbus, OH.
#1 – Money
Yes, this is my job, and earning 5 months of mortgage by working for 4 weeks is a decent trade off. Our mortgage is very low, by the way…
#2 – Inspiration
I find so much to excite me and make me think when I’m on the road – plus I just crave the “white line meditation” time that driving gives me.
With a good amount of non-expectant thinking time, good thoughts, intricate plans, seem to sift up to the top of my head where I’m able to pluck them when I need them.
Thinking time is precious, I’m lucky I can get mine in a car.
#3 – Visibility
This sort of goes with #1, but when folks know I’m out there teaching, my book and pattern sales do better and folks want to take more classes. When I go through months of not teaching I feel rusty, and scared to get ‘back on the horse’ – but after these 4 weeks of interacting with all types of students, shop owners and fiberistas I’m feeling in good form.
I’d obviously jinxed myself when I bragged to Cecil at Buffalo Gold that I’d gone 4,000 miles without a ticket.
I don’t speed much, I’m a cruise control gal, but I was SO eager to get home last night I slacked off and now I will pay. Damn. Teaches me a lesson, that’s for sure!
Waking up in my own bed – heavenly! This morning Max and I rode our bikes over to Lookout Park, then met Hannah and Gerry for Breakfast at the Louisiana Cafe.
We arrived first so we played a new game, “That’s not Hannah…” snapping surreptitious photos of folks at the door who were NOT Hannah.
I’m absolutely fine! Minorly scraped leg and arm, that’s all. A little jittery, but fine.
Max was scared, but handled it well.
She gets the fear of god put into her, and no one was hurt badly – we all need an accident like that when we’re young drivers. I hugged her, she cried, we both felt better.
But it’s nothing that a little Jeni’s ice cream – brought home in dry ice – won’t cure…
Hmmm, could it be THAT was why I was speeding last night?
As I drove away from Columbus, Jeni’s ice cream firmly wedged in the back seat and happy memories of hugging everyone and their cousin dancing in my mind, I realized that I’d left out mentioning some of my favorite things from the show in my post yesterday.
Here are some amazing things from TNNA that I was too tired / frazzled / burned out to mention in my post yesterday.
Abundant Yarns Dyeworks
One of my favorite yarn shops in Portland went all TNNA-boothy this time and had some BEAUTIFUL stuff to show off! Between them and Knit Purl with their ShiBui yarns in the same town I have a very hard time choosing. So I won’t.
Miriam Felton (Mim Knits)
I hadn’t had a chance to see a lot of Miriam’s patterns and shawls up close and personal – they’re LOVELY! I absolutely fell in love with this red one – stunning. The girl designs and knits as well as she cooks, baby.
Kitchen Sink Dyeworks
Mercedes has more cool, neat-o ness and Moxie than one girl should be able to hold, and I am STOKED to use her new yarn. I’ve been a huge KIVA micro loan supporter for years, and was so thrilled to see her choosing them as a recipient of a portion of proceeds from her new yarn. Mercedes has excellent taste and color sense – I want to see EVERYTHING she does – now!
And, more to the point, she had the foresight to provide keychain / beer bottle openers with each skein of yarn. The woman reads minds…
Malabrigo Sock Weight Yarn
I’d heard about it, but hadn’t played with it yet – but the Malabrigo sock yarn is stunning, lucious and very well dyed (of course!) I’m looking forward to using a nice amount of it in a design for History on Two Needles (a sort of tank/wrap based on a South American sculpture) and cannot wait to get it in my hot little hands!
Glow In The Dark Yarn
When I travel I bring things home for the kids; T-shirts, pins, just silly stuff. What was the thing Max was most excited about in my bag las
t night? This Nightlights Glow In The Dark yarn from Woolstock Yarn Shop in Maryland.
I hadn’t seen it before, I’m giddily excited to play with it, and Max has made me promise to make him a mask. Fair enough! It’s supposed to be machine washable – I’ll report on how it does. This is going to get a LOT of attention in our house!
Mango Moon Elements & Zing String
One of the happiest yarns I’ve played with recently was Mango Moon’s Dharma, and when I stopped by their booth what did I see but a really cool beaded hold-along string that I may be able to use for further projects. It’s not as bling-y as what Tilli Tomas, Artyarns or Trendsetter is doing, it’s chunkier and more low-glitz, but it fills a niche that’s open right now (and works beautifully with their existing yarns.)
I love Nicky. Is there anyone I love as much? Hard to say. Just getting to spend 20 minutes with her for coffee and a short walk made my weekend. And she gave me a scarf. Nicky loves me, too!
Okay, I may just love Pam as much as I love Nicky. Oy. So many fabulous friends, so many choices! I never get enough time to spend with Pam. One of these days we’re going to have to do a trip together so we can get good and sick of each other.
Pam’s doing stellar things at Classic Elite, I have to get my hands on the Chesapeak yarn – it looks amazing!
Veronik’s Yarn, St. Denis Nordique, is a beautiful, lovely-feeling workhorse of a yarn that I MUST find some great place
Mission Falls 136
This is what everyone’s been waiting for – a lovely Mission Falls yarn that is machine washable! I KNOW I will have some place for this in my future!
I know I’ll get more notes to myself in the near future – I’ll do continuous updates of TNNA stuff that I’ve thus missed. Oy.