Wednesday, January 09, 2008

California Bound

Hi Knitters,
Well, it has come quickly. Tomorrow I am on my way to Long Beach for TNNA. This is my first time at this event. I have heard and read so much about it from other knitters and on blogs. It will be fun to see it for myself. I just want to soak in as much as possible. I will bring my trusty camera and I will try not to get my usual blurry travel shots but I can't promise.

I do have fun dinner plans with some very interesting knitters who you all know as well. That should be fun. I am lucky that my wonderful publicist, Jaime, is tagging along with me for the weekend and I love that. It will be great to have a friendly face by my side, plus she knits. What are the odds?

I will be at the Unicorn Books booth for a signing on Saturday at 3:30. Come on by to say hello if you get a chance. Just before me at the same booth is Wenlan Chia aka Twinkle, Louisa Harding, Clara Parkes and Mags Kandis to name a few. The booth is #2053.

I have to pack and most importantly I have to decide what knitting to bring along. I am leaning toward socks only, so small and easy. I have downloaded a couple of new audiobooks onto my ipod for the plane. Sometimes I download a book I have already read and liked. Then I can listen but if I zone out I still know what is going on. Smart thinking for a tired knitter, right? I think that may be a little weird but oh well it's true. You know the other thing is that for audiobooks, even if you love the book, you are at the mercy of the reader. The part that gets rough for me at times is when the reader tries to talk in different voices for the characters. It is especially awful when it is a woman reader trying to talk like a man. It doesn't always work well and when I find that I am cringing while listening it's over. I have learned to take a preview listen before I buy but it doesn't always help. If I enjoy what I hear I'll pass on the titles to you.

Have a good rest of the week.
best, susie
p.s. That's my Yarntini collection from last fall. It just looked so yummy and bright I thought I'd share it again. I am down to only 3 skeins left.


Oiyi said...

Good luck and have fun!

Adrienne said...

Have a great trip!!! Longbeach is my birth place!

Anonymous said...

You're gonna love it here, and it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend, sunny and in the 70s! Just hope you get a chance to enjoy some of our sunshine & LYSs - one of the best is right on the water at Alamitos Bay!

The Litter Box House said...

Have a great trip! My favorite program to listen to when knitting on planes or in cars is NPR's This American Life. You can download old free ones by subscribing to their site. Otherwise I think you can purchase new ones. Take care!


peaknits said...

Enjoy your trip - and I would love some book recommendations when you come back:) Yarntini is so gorgeous - even if I have seen it before - ah, like a fresh drink for the soul.

Unknown said...


First time poster here. Thanks for your blog and your books!

I'm with you about readers who try to modulate their voices according to what they're reading. It's best to keep it even so the listener can interpret the text. Stephen King does a great job of keeping his voice even.

I'd love to hear your suggestions for good audio books!

Have fun in California!


Anonymous said...

Susie, I hope you have a great time at TNNA! Bring some sunshine back when you return! I am especially envious that you get to meet Clara Parkes from Knitter's Review! Happy trails to you, Ramona

Knitterella said...

Oh, I wish I was going too. One of these days I'm going to make it to TNNA so I can meet all the ladies that I do Fiber Buzz ads for. If I ever go I would be tracking you down for sure so I can meet you!

Man, your booth is next to some fabulous ladies!

Have an awesome time and a safe trip - look forward to your report back :)

Great yarn shot!

Unknown said...

Have fun! What a great few days you will have. Post tons of pictures when you are back home.

Lisa Stone said...

Why oh why aren't there ever any of these events in NY? Maybe there are and I just don't know about them.

Have a great time!

Betz White said...

Hey rainbow girl...did you see the cover of the new Winter Vogue Knitting Magazine!? You are spot on.

Hope you had fun at TNNA..can't wait to hear about it. :)

MelissaKnits said...

Worst - Librivox, which provides free downloadable audio of public domain books often uses multiple readers for one book. The voice often changes from chapter to chapter. It can be disruptive.

Wonderful to meet you!!