TNNA: The strange and the beautiful

I spent last weekend at TNNA‘s summer show, and I think I’ve finally recovered from the sensory overload. Any description I try to write comes out as word salad—it was a lot to take in for this near-hermit—so here are some highlights in pictures. There’s a terrifying clown further down the page, so if you have a thing about scary clowns, you have been warned.

There was a metal sheep

At the Fyberspates booth. Metalwork sheep + wee hand knit socks? I'm in love.
At the Fyberspates booth. Metalwork sheep + wee hand knit socks? I’m in love.

and a metal Arnold.

Ahnold regardant un chapeau
Ahnold regardant un chapeau

There were zombies

We shared the convention centre with the Midwestern Haunters. There were zombies everywhere.
We shared the convention centre with the Midwest Haunters. There were zombies everywhere. This delightful woman kept right in character as she plunked down to join us for some crochet time.

and zombies*

Yes, he really licked my face. What're you going to do? It's showtime.
Yes, he really licked my face. What’re you going to do? It’s showtime.

and zombies.*

This one gamely let Shannon Okey/knitgrrl hide under her skirt while I climbed on the sofa to take the shot.
This one gamely let Shannon Okey/knitgrrl hide under her skirt while I climbed on the sofa to take the shot.

I found an ancient yarnbombing that had become one with the tree

Yarnbombings of TNNAs past?
Yarnbombings of TNNAs past?

and watched a barista in the North Market turn a broken cup into a baby igloo.

Broken cup or baby igloo? Yes, she happened to have a tiny baby in her purse. We debated hot gluing the thing to some barn wood & selling it on Etsy.
Yes, she happened to have a tiny baby in her purse. We debated hot gluing the thing to some barn wood & selling it on Etsy.

The quite lovely Ann Kingstone (designer of one of my favourite sweaters) bought me my first Jeni’s ice cream (blackcurrant frozen yoghurt, in case you’re wondering), but I ate it before I even thought to take a photo.

I met all sorts of kind, talented, fun, silly, sassy people; reveled in a weekend surrounded by knitters; and left with, among other things, some gorgeous yarn from Spincycle for a new design and some beautiful hat patterns from the delightful Woolly Wormhead. (Now I know what to make with those 4 oz. braids of spinning fibre. Huzzah!) As exhausting as it was, I feel inspired and grateful to be part of such a community. Their invigorating company was just what I needed to get through the mad crush of getting new designs out for the coming fall and winter, even while the Alabama summer turns the air to soup. Bring it on, I say. Bring it on.

I came home to find my beloved gardenia in bloom. Ahhhhhh.
I came home to find my beloved gardenia in bloom. Now I know it’s summer.

*The last two zombie photos are from the Instagram stream of Shannon Okey/knitgrrl, a.k.a. the force behind Cooperative Press, and are posted here with her permission.

3 Comments

  1. Looks like you had a fantastic TNNA – and it’s good to get some of the context for photos that I saw on Instagram! Jen from Fyberspates, Ann Kingstone & Woolly are some of my favourite knitty people, and I’m glad you got to meet them & enjoy their awesomeness too 🙂

    1. They really are wonderful; I’m glad I got to meet them, too. Hopefully we’ll see you here one day, too, or perhaps I should go to the UK for some of your fantastic fibre festivals instead. Or both! Yes, let’s do both.

      1. Both! I like that plan 🙂

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