The TNNA is Coming! The TNNA is Coming!!

Yes, The National Needlearts Association, (TNNA), is coming to Phoenix, Arizona!

From January 21st to 23rd, my humble town will be taken over by a swarm of knitters, crocheters and other craft artist as they descend upon the Phoenix Convention Center.

Unfortunately, I am 3 wholesale member letters of introduction away from being able to qualify as a member of the association.  So, even though I’ll be passing by the event on my daily outings, I will not actually be able to attend. (After years of complaining that knitting events never come to my town, one is finally here and I can’t go. The irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife.)

But I’ve got TNNA spirit and I feel the it is my duty as a local knitter to welcome all of you who will be attending the TNNA convention here in Phoenix.

Survey says that there are only two things that knitters and crocheters love more than crafting and that is eating and drinking. So, I’ll be dedicating the next few blog posts to highlighting some of the places to eat and drink while in town. I will give some great tips on getting around the valley and where to get good deals. I’ll also point the way to some great places to be inspired and learn about our great city.

(Maybe all this goodwill will get me invited to a knitting after-party? Hint, hint.)

If you plan on going and want some qustions answered by a local, please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment.

June. What June?

WTF. Yup, those three little letters basically sums up my month of June. I’ve gone the whole month without being able to knit anything. Yes, you read that correctly. I didn’t knit a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g! Life got into that ‘suddenly I’m so busy and don’t have time to do anything but at the end of the day I can’t for the life of me figure out what the hell I was doing to be so busy’, mode. That has been my month and as I take a moment to reflect on it I still can’t see where all my time went.

My mom says that everyone experiences one month each year where they fall into a vortex of nothingness at the start of the month only to fall out at the other side at the end of the month scratching their head trying to figure out what just happened to the last 29 days of their life. I’m really starting to agree with her theory.

My ‘no knitting’ June must have also coincided with my yarn stash’s breeding season as now I am finding yarn balls of all colors and sizes falling off book selves and hiding in the bottom of my panty drawer. I guess when the needles are away, the balls shall play!

I did it in some good knitting eye candy by surfing the pictures of the most recent TNNA conference that such wonderful knitters are blogging about and uploading into their Flickr account.

I do hope that many of you out there were able to accomplish some grand knitting this month and if anyone knows how the whole vortex thing works, please let me know so I can try to avoid falling into another one this year.



I finally got some really cute pictures of my Boy Toy wearing my first ever male socks. And, of course I can’t show them to you because the swatch for it is being sent off for consideration in another knitting magazine.

My room looks like a giant mutant yarn moster stumbled into it after having way too many jager and redbull shots and threw up all over the place. There is yarn everywhere- but in the oh so wrong kind of way.

I just found my bobbin lace pillow, finished the lace edging that’s been hanging off that thing for like the past three years and have now started another lace piece. (Yes, I do bobbin lace. Unlike Latin, its not completely a dead artform. And once I take over the world with my two needle knitting I will then require all scholl age children to spend two hours a day learning bobbin lace. Yes, I AM an evil dictator!)

The Boy Toy has finally raised the white flag saying he has given up on trying to understand how I can have so many different craft projects going on at the same time. “I still can’t pat my head and rub my belly at the same time. How the hell do you manage to do so many things at once?”

After several tall adult drinks, I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that unless someone is willing to give me an all expenses paid trip, I will not be going to Sock Summit this year. (Wait, I think I may need another drink. The pain is starting to come back.)

I just realized that once my sock design gets published I still need to come up with a plan to get three TNNA members to write letters of introduction for me. Anyone out there willing to volunteer? I’m willing to send a free pair of hand knitted socks to you for your time. (Yes, I will stoop so low as to knit my way into TNNA. I am never above grovaling!)

And, well…

I’m working on another sock design that I will try to post here on the blog next week. Yup, its going to be a free one, yeah!!!