Sometimes I get so bogged down in all my projects, all my stash, all the things I want to knit that I get almost frantic. It's overwhelming at times. Teaching a couple of days a week, trying to get all the holiday knitting done and all the time I spend on Ravelry, it's enough to make you forget why you started in the first place.
But then, every so often, I get to go to TNNA, the National Needlework Association's big semi-annual trade show. (I couldn't find a decent link.)It's an amazing experience. Your mind explodes, your eyes start to glaze over, you get weak in the knees. And that's just the first row of booths.
I went today. It's being held in Long Beach at the Convention Center. I don't know how many vendors are represented but it's just about every major yarn company and lots of smaller up-and coming ones as well. There is so much yarn and so many pattern and book selections that you begin to lose track of where you are. And that doesn't even cover the needlepoint half of the show.
I made some notes of yarns I liked and met with my boss, the owner of A Stitch in Time in San Marino, and went over what I had seen and what my favorites were. She will check everything I liked and decide what we'll be having in the shop in the coming months. I can hardly wait.