Thursday, March 01, 2018

3 things :about Las Vegas

Last month I was in Las Vegas. My reason was so weird that Uber drivers laughed at me.
I was teaching photography (for social media,  and Iphone-ography)  to yarn shop and yarn industry folks at the winter  TNNA tradeshow.  I was thrilled to be there! But you know how  it sounds. Keep in mind another trade show in town that same week was the Adult Entertainment Awards (ie PORN STAR OSCARS!) just one hotel over.  Ha! After telling us that, the same chortling uber driver offered to make a stop at a weed store straight from the airport. I guess we looked like we needed to loosen up?
I had a grand time talking about photography and yarn together, as I always do, given the opportunity. We had really wonderful students, it was two full days of good classes.

Three things (and more) from my trip to Las Vegas
1) After spending the day coaching our students to be fabulous on Instagram,  I cozy up with Elvis
I was co-teaching with writer/writing professor BeverlyArmy Williams, left, we have become excellent travel buddies as we've been taking our workshops on the road.

2) Wandered around the Strip , joking that we looked like the Sister Wives On Vacay in the Bright Lights.  You know the general population just doesn't wear hand knit shawls that much, do they?  Blown away by the conservatory gardens  in the Bellagio , theme was Year of the Dog Chinese New Year.

This was my first time  realizing how many creative people must have tons of work here--this had to take days and days to create.  The people figures are all made of flowers and are easily 20 feet high. The big husky was animated and a story high.

A highlight was joining Beverly in seeing an old friend of hers, Johnny Miles, perform a central character  in Cirque de Soleil,  Mystere. What a show! We had fabulous seats.

Johnny Miles in character, magenta tux,  at the Mystere finale
Beverly and Johnny Miles, sans makeup, after the show. Who'd know?

It was a spectacular show, truly. We got a tour of behind the scenes afterwards, on all the levels of the stage and backstage. This theater was built specifically for the show. It has live music and people who fly through the air playing drums and doing artful acrobatics and so much staging and costuming. Again I was blown away by the creative work opportunities in town.
Quick peek at the costume shop backstage for Mystere. There are full time salaried artists and costumers (plural) working there. Yes, I DID want to touch everything but mostly restrained myself.

3) Got out to the desert!
Another freind who's a frequent accomplice in travel and work, designer Mary Lou Egan, was also teaching at TNNA. We had to do  a quick hike. Las Vegas is densely developed --but after the last ring of new neighborhoods it is all desert. It was only a 15 minute drive to Red Rock Canyon.
 The start of our trail. Definitely not in New England here.

 Mary Lou showing off her just-off-the-needles September House sweater.

We were so happy to be out in the sun and seeing the odd-to-us plants and landscape.

I know this is a long post but I can't end without sharing some things I loved  at the trade show.
First,  I sampled the  new Addi Flexi Flips needles. 
Three short needles with a bendy center section. Each needle has one super pointy and one more rounded tip. You keep your small circular knitting on two of the needles and knit with the third.  I loved it! They are a little pricey, but for me, worth it. Awesome for sleeves, socks and hats. Haven't yet decided which size to get though.
I did purchase an Atenti  bag, mine is bucket style.  I can roll down the top inch or so and it stands up on it's own, holding a whole sweater (almost done! btw)  easily.  I have been wanting one every time I see them, they are beautifully made in the US . I love the fabrics they use - mine is a brocade, with an olive green suede lining and straps.  Its a family business. I had to visit their showroom space at TNNA.  (Check them out at your LYS, they make a lot of styles). 

phew that's a lot! It's nice to be back to blogging, I'll try to at least do the Three on Thursday (more linked from Carole's blog page).


Kym said...

Wow! Where to begin? What a great post! :-) It looks like y'all had a GRAND time in Vegas (and WHO KNEW they had Oscars-for-Porn-Stars!! Seems only fair and right!). What a fun adventure -- and that behind-the-scenes look must've been just awesome. I really want to try those flexible needles; I hadn't heard of them yet. . . but I do have an Atenti bag. (Mine is quite small -- perfect for traveling -- and I love it.) XO

Vicki Knitorious said...

Viva Las Vegas!! What fun! I've only been once, it's a while ago now... kind of, weirdly, feeling the itch to go back.

Ellen Bloom said...

Larry and I LOVE Las Vegas! There are SO many things to do there besides gambling! Glad you had a great time. Excellent photos, of course!

Leslie said...

1st time visiting you, I like.
What a great trip!
At one time I saw no beauty in the desert, but now I love it.
I try to visit Phoenix area once or twice a year.

Carole Julius said...

I love Vegas and it sounds like a wonderful trip! And I saw Mystere the first time I went to Sin City and LOVED it. Thanks, as always, for sharing your gorgeous photos.

Vera said...

Great pictures! I'm not a Vegas fan, but I do love the desert. I would've loved the behind the scenes tour at Cirque - lucky you!!

AsKatKnits said...

This post is packed full of fun! And, I am with Kym - who knew Porn stars could win awards. I am sitting here laughing out loud at the thought. Oh boy! And, Cirque du Soleil! So awesome!

I love Mary Lou's new sweater (and your Lopi-Along also!!)

Mary Lou said...

It seems like a minute ago! Such a great trip.

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