Thursday, June 4, 2015

Highlights from TNNA Summer Tradeshow

The National NeedleArts Tradeshow is a gathering of all sorts of producers and distributors of yarn-related products. This year the summer show was held in Columbus, Ohio at a convention center that was simultaneously hosting a Haunted House convention. Needless to say, we got used to seeing zombies, goblins, and other haunted creatures creeping around the hotel.
The most glorious part of the city was Columbus's North Market: a wonderland of delicious smells, selling everything from fried chicken to Indian food to elaborate freshly made doughnuts.

Some highlights of the show floor:
GIANT yarn ball from Colinette

Our booth, of course
Amazing needle and wet felted T-Rex from Wool Buddy

An adorable sheep rug crocheted in Brown Sheep yarn
It's contagious to be around a group of people who are really excited about knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning. Of course I came back with renewed enthusiasm and ideas (and some new yarn).
We featured the Storm Cloud Tee in our booth--look for it in Midwestern Knits

As far as "work" trips go, I really can't complain. Maybe it could eventually get old but it's hard to imagine. I'm fascinated by all the colors and textures at a yarn show. Not to mention, people who have made their career in the fiber arts tend to be fun and interesting individuals.
It was great to meet some local yarn shop owners and connect with others in the yarn industry. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth!

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