This weekend I took myself off to TNNA – the National Needwork Association’s trade show! There’s two per year, one in January in California and the June show in Columbus, OH. Since I don’t really drive, I decided to fly Southwest (quite inexpensive). Of course, since Southwest doesn’t fly to Canada, I had to get myself to the States first. A slightly epic journey ensued.

311.365 - the long road

I took Megabus to get to Buffalo, which was totally fine – the bus is actually quite comfortable, super cheap ($10 ish!) and actually got to the airport on time. I hung around, but then my first flight to Baltimore (Southwest’s hub) was delayed. By long enough that I missed my connection in Baltimore and had to go on standby for the next flight to Columbus, 2 hours later.

I kind of understand why airlines overbook, but not really! The customer service person warned me that since the flight was overbooked there might not be any seats available. I waited and waited, and in the end ONE person didn’t show up for the flight and I got the seat! I got to the hotel in Columbus and met up with ysolda and Kristen, who had just arrived from Chicago, and we had a fun night out at the fashion show, Buffalo Gold party, and Tip Top!

I really needed the time away from the computer and camera for the most part, so there isn’t a lot of photographic evidence. But I had lots of fun walking around, meeting people, feeling up yarn, eating food from the Market, and hanging with everyone in the evenings. And eating ice cream. So much ice cream.

Sunday night we were having a get-together at the Hyatt for drinks and knitting. Late-night Hyatt antics culminated in the following Zoolander-style battle of the knitwear models between Ysolda and Cirilia.

the great model-off 2009

the great model-off 2009

the great model-off 2009

the great model-off 2009

If you are intrigued and wish to see more…I present the following video!

I had so much fun and was sad to leave on Monday (although my trip home was much smoother). Next time I’m staying longer to hang out and also go shopping – Columbus had some really cute shops that I wanted to visit!

18 Responses to “TNNA – “enjoyed by all””

  1. ThatLoganChick

    Great video! You must have been busting out with laughter the entire time they were goofing around. And it looks like behind the camera was the safest place to be.

    I’m glad you had fun, and hope that overshadowed the bad flight experience. We Canadians complain a lot about Air Canada, but I’m thinking even our half-hearted airline isn’t nearly as bad as many of the US airlines!

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  2. Dani

    Ah, and if you are ever in Columbus again then have a great outlet mall just outside in Jeffersonville. We make sure to hit it anytime we are driving home.

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  3. Seanna Lea

    It sounds like a lot of fun! I’ve never been to anything in Ohio, just passing through when driving cross-country.

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  4. Sarah

    looks like TNNA was a blast! You guys are the very best models for your designs — your personalities really show off the creativity! thanks, all of you!

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  5. yarnpiggy

    Love the video! Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Columbus does have some great shopping…another reason for you to go back next year. :o)

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  6. Cynthia A

    So fun – I love your video! It looks like you guys had a great time. Any chance that you know what pattern those two hats are? They are lovely ;)

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  7. Nicole

    Thanks for the sweet little peek into your trip. Looks like you had so much fun.

    And that’s a really lovely photo of you!

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  8. mai

    it looks like so much fun! i love those photos of ysolda and cirilia :)

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  9. Lori in Michigan

    Any idea which pattern the beret is that Cirilia is wearing? Lovely! Say, I’m using your book to teach a friend to knit socks..great visual aide!

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