I’m back from Columbus and in some sort of weird cosmic shift towards the positive, I didn’t get stuck in the Atlanta airport in EITHER direction of my trip. But wait, that’s not all! I also finished a beanie for my friend Steve’s new son during the flight which means, I may actually get a baby gift to its recipient while he still in fact, is a baby. Buy a lottery ticket, people!
There’s something very strange about craft conventions when you work in the industry. It’s kind of like camp. You see the same people in San Diego, Atlantic City, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Atlanta & Columbus where you eat, sleep and yarn all within 1 square block of each other. When I arrived at the hotel, happy hour was already in full swing so I sat down to catch up and talk shop with Brett Bara, Candi Jensen, Kristen Nicholas, Nicky Epstein and Trisha Malcolm. It was good seeing everyone, but I was bummed to hear from Trisha that Knit.1 issues are being cut down again! I posted about it here.
Because I didn’t have much of an agenda for this show (other than trolling for products to review & yarn to play with), I completely spaced on the fact that I probably should’ve reached out and tried to meet-up with people I was hoping to hang out with. I briefly ran into Annie Modesitt, Stefanie Japel and Jesse from Ravelry–all of who I would’ve loved to grab a drink or coffee with, had I planned ahead. Alas.
The one time I did venture out of the convention-and-adjoining-hotel-compound (which P.S., was totally ill-prepared for feeding the amounts of people involved in a convention even though the very usage of the word “convention” in the title of their building would suggest that they had fair warning), was for a fantastic dinner with Drew Emborsky, Valerie (my new editor) and the Sterling publicity peeps. We went to a swanky neo-vegan restaurant that we’d all read about in an article on Columbus in BUST Magazine called, Dragonfly. My lord, it was delicious! We ordered 1 of almost everything on the menu and shared it family style. This included: pepperjack & asparagus pizza, pistachio pepperjack ravioli, gold potato gnocchi, hon shemjii calamari and organic red wine. Yum and yum!
The show ended for me with a morning interview over coffee with Drew (aka The Crochet Dude) for CRL, for an unplanned episode that will also include my fall yarn trend observations from TNNA. That is, if I can figure out how to get the rest of the podcast recorded with two, loud boys out of school on summer vacation!