Each year, as the middle of June approaches, I get giddy with anticipation. Why? Because I know that many of my friends will be joining me in Columbus, OH for the TNNA Summer Show. What is TNNA? It is The National Needlearts Association created to put those in the business of needle-love together for work and play. Here is where the various designers and manufacturers come out with the newest fashions, styles, and products. During those four days, I visit with old friends and make new ones as I discover the ins and outs of our industry and share what is going on with XRX, STITCHES, and Knitter’s Magazine.
This year was no different as I exchanged messages, tweets and posts with those who were attending and those who could not make it this time. Plans were made, appointments were set, and all kinds of fun were scheduled. My traveling pal Rowan Bunny was packed and ready to go!
Never met my Rowan Bunny before? This felted doll was a gift from my dear friend Rae Jean Rimmer, a talented fiber artist who seems to be a master of EVERYTHING with yarn and fabric. From a vendor’s booth at a September 2010 spinning retreat, he kept “telling” her that she needed to bring him home to me and she of course had to heed his call. 🙂 Above is a quick photo of Rae Jean working away on one of her wheels with the always present smile on her face.
So who has Rowan Bunny been seen with? And why is his name Rowan? Well when I brought him to his first STITCHES which was East 2010, he was introduced to Linda Pratt of Westminster. Her team and the Coats & Clark gang actually bunny-sat him for a day. From what I heard, they recorded evidence of Rowan doing some unbunny-like things: drinking wine with Linda and the Crew, helping her check her makeup, pooping in the Red Heart Sparkle yarn (okay, that is more bunny-like!)… He also has been photographed with some famous friends.
TNNA this year was no different. Rowan and I met up with lots of folks. The best part of TNNA besides meeting everyone? Getting the chance to add a little something to my piece of blogdom. “How?” By adding books to talk about in my upcoming posts. Of course that explains why this Crazy Bunny has been so quiet as of late. I have been reading and crafting away to test drive the following:
JC’s book: “Charts Made Simple”
Debbie Macomber’s latest:
Deborah Robson’s “The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook”
Sandra McIver’s “knit, Swirl!”
The Spring 2011 issue of Knitter’s Magazine, Lily Chin’s “Reversible Cables” DVD, and Kristin Omdahl’s “Crochet So Fine”
Last but not least, there is a really cool release by Cooperative Press that I have been working on called, “Shaping Shawls” by Anna Dalvi
Are there some books that have been keeping you busy? I would love to hear about them!
Bunny hugs for now,