Last weekend we were in Indiana for our summer TNNA Market. (Not sure you can still call it the summer market when it’s in early May. It’s usually in June, so it was very early this year, for some reason.) The first TNNA I attended was back in 2006 and it was also at the Indianapolis Convention Center, so it was fun to be back there. Typically, the summer markets are in Columbus, Ohio each June.
It’s always fun to re-connect with friends, yarn company owners, designers, and other shop owners. But of course the main point of the weekend is to see new things that we might want to carry in the shop in the coming months! I wish I had taken more photos. I will remember to do that more the next time.
We added in the Mrs. Crosby line, from Lorna’s Laces. It was fun to see all of the colors they had come up with. We’ve been talking to Beth at Lorna’s for almost a year about this line, and have played with samples for a few months now. I know you will have fun with these beautiful semi-solids!
I’ve been looking for these Knerd Knitting Bags since our Office Manager Lynn bought one awhile back. We were happy to find them at TNNA, and to find out that Renee runs this business out of Castle Rock, CO, which is just over an hour south of here (and also where Web Guy lives!).
There aren’t usually many indie dyers at TNNA (because it’s expensive to have a booth). But last year I was happy to find Lelah with Fable Fibers, and this year I was happy to come across Sarah from Fiberstory. Can’t wait to get her beautiful yarns in the shop, and she was equally happy to have us carrying her line!
Madelinetosh has come out with Unicorn Tales, which are small mini skeins in 30 different colors. (Here’s a photo they shared on their Instagram account a few days ago.) We will be getting all 30 colors any day!
We added in some additional bases from some of the lines we already carry: Jilly from Dream in Color – the same base as our April Celebrations color (shown below, knitted up) and included in our Spring Kit, plus their new Classy base, Fino from Manos del Uruguay, a new base coming in August from Blue Sky Alpaca, gradient kits from Frabjous Fibers/Wonderland Yarn, etc.
We placed plenty of re-stock orders (Shalimar, Blue Sky, Spud and Chloe, Chic-A, Shaune Bazner, and more), both at the show, and before and after the show, too. Re-stocking is always ongoing around here.
And we did some fun brainstorming and planning over dinners with others. Fun things coming in the next year. We’ll keep you posted, as always!
Next weekend is Quilt Market in Pennsylvania. More walking, more booths, more gorgeous colors, and more inspiration. I’ll report back from there when we return.
(As usual, our UPS guy is not happy to hear all of this.)