Tomorrow morning I'll be leaving Toronto and flying to LA (via Dallas/Fort Worth). From LA, it's about 45 minutes by car or van or taxi to Long Beach. In Long Beach, I'll attend TNNA-- The National Needle Arts Association trade show, where distributors (like Classic Elite Yarns, Trendsetter Yarns, Bryson Distributing, and hundreds of others) will exhibit their Spring 2011 offerings to an avid retailer audience.
I have the honour, too, of appearing as part of a panel discussion on Knitwear Design and the Digital Medium, given by the AKD (Association of Knitwear Designers) from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon (7 January). My colleagues on the panel include Karin Skacel of Skacel Distributing; Patternfish publisher, celebrated designer, and new author Kim Dolce of Dolce Handknits; Kara Gott Warner, Executive Editor of Creative Knitting; and Hal Ozbelli of Universal Yarns. Our friendly skirmishes will be moderated by the very calm and capable Jill Wolcott of Y2Knit and the AKD. If you're there, come by and join the discussion!
As always, I'll hope to reinforce old friendships and begin new ones, and entice as many fine publishers as may be (reading too much Jane Austen lately) into offering their work through us. In the meantime, if there's anyone whose work you'd like to see on Patternfish, find out their email address, send a message, and tell them so.