June 2009

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But we all know the best postcards arrive at least a week after you get back from a trip!!

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So, last week we were in Columbus Ohio for TNNA, which is a Trade Show for the yarn and needlepoint industries and it involves both education for store owners and a great big market space where there is yarn, yarn, lots of needles and accessories and, of course, more yarn!

We kicked off with classes on both Thursday and Friday before market opened on Saturday and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the teachers and our fellow students. (A big shout out to Kat, who sat beside me in Melissa Leapman’s class and who taught me Norwegian Purl, which ROCKS.MY.WORLD…!) Knitting during class was positively encouraged so I made great progress through the Dublin Dye Company sock which I started on the plane over.

In Class

One of my teachers was the famous and frankly quite brilliant Cat Bordhi who was really lovely and posed for a picture with me.

Cat Bordhi

We had such fun spotting people wearing garments made from patterns or yarns that we knew, and asking people about the source materials for other amazing garments and accessories! The whole atmosphere of TNNA was super friendly, and we’d often get chatting with another random knitter over morning coffee. Inevitably it would start with “What’s that yarn you are wearing?” or “What are you knitting?”

Knitting continued well on into the evening too, as these “Kinneared” knitters in the bar of our hotel are demonstrating below… There were a serious number of cocktails knocking about though, so I’m quite sure it was easy stockinette on the menu!

Kinneared Knitters

On Thursday evening we managed to get out to a local bead shop and a local yarn shop. Strangely enough, straight outside the bead shop we spotted some guerilla knitting and photographic evidence was required:

Guerilla Knitting Ohio

Next stop, yarn! The girls in Heavenly Creations Yarn Store were absolutely lovely to chat with and Jacqui picked up some of the sock yarn they had been dyeing themselves on the premises. I snuck out one lonely hank of a lovely laceweight, which we later spotted during the course of Saturday’s shopping expedition. Of course, I figured it was a sign that I had bought it for my personal stash, and therefore it HAD to become part of our stock!! What is this beauty I hear you ask?!? Watch this space!

Friday night brought around an event called “Sample It” where we had the opportunity to join a frenzy of new-product-purchasing with hundreds of other store owners! The event only lasts an hour, and stock is limited so we had to plan our strategy carefully. We’re fairly pleased with how we did though, see?

Yarn Lots Of

Saturday itself was just as insane but we came away very pleased after ordering from 5 new yarn suppliers, 4 accessory suppliers and 1 new knitting bag supplier! Not bad for a day’s work! We also met the incredibly talented Norah Gaughan, and vowed to pack her away in our suitcase the next time we go so she can design exclusively for TIK, lol!

Jacqui and Norah Gaughan

Oh and did we mention the yarn?

Claudia Handpainted

There might have been some yarn:

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At least, I think there was, anyway:

Art Yarns

I may have blocked it all out:

Tilli T

Cause it was all so overwhelming!

Yarn!

It was a seriously great trip and we are just bouncing with anticipation for the first of our new deliveries. Watch this space!!

…you take three large columns of Brown Sheep Yarn, a dash of creativity and a heavy dose of mischief?

I love TIK

Impromptu signage!!

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Greetings from Columbus, Ohio!!!

Jacqui and I are here for TNNA – three and half days of yarn-filled fun, education, sampling and networking.

It is 3am where you are but just 10pm here and I am struggling valiantly to combat jet lag by staying up as long as possible!

We have had a long day of travelling but it all went off pretty much without a hitch. The “get the knitting on the plane” plan worked out great. KnitPro Symfonie Tips in the bottom of the make up bag (so they look like eye or lip pencils) and the cables in with the laptop power cable/mobile phone charger (so they are completely indistinct). Top that off with the yarn for a project not-yet-cast-on and you *should* pass the security checks :)

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I got a fair bit done on the plane: two swatches for a design class I am taking and pretty much two full repeats of the second half of my wedding shawl.

Knitting 2 – Rest of the World 0

I did, however, manage to lose about six of the Swarovski beads en route as the space constraints of modern travel resulted in me tipping over the little tray I was keeping the beads in… :(

Knitting 2 – Rest of the World 1

A two hour stop over in Chicago gave us the opportunity to sample some of the local fare (read “beer”)… so the game and I took a little break at this point…

312 Beer

Damn nice beer it was too!

A short delay to the Columbus flight then allowed me to cast on with some Dublin Dye Co Sock Yarn that has been begging to be loved for months now… The colourway is “Gwendola” and pics will follow…

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…and also resulted in a brief impromptu knitting lesson at the Gate with a lovely lady from Portland, Oregon who has been trying to learn recently (turns out she has been adding stitches by having her yarn hanging down the wrong side every time she starts a new row).

Knitting 4 – Rest of the World 1

When we arrived in Columbus we had a quick taxi trip to the hotel and we are now going to rest up before classes kick off tomorrow afternoon.

It has been a good day for knitting but, I expect, tomorrow will be even better.

Well, we are just coming up on a week in our new (two-part) home at the Powerscourt Centre. Every single day last week I said to myself to take pictures and to share them here but the madness of unpacking and getting organised continued … so better late than never I suppose!

We are loving the new set up and it’s great to have everyone working out of the same space – I’ll take a few more pictures after some of the final touches are made on the fit out of the new unit but here’s just a little something to whet the appetite!

The New Set Up

We’ve had our first two classes in the new space and, although we have to keep the numbers down a little bit, it’s working out well. It’s safe to say we have a lot of yarn but even more pattern books, so snap up our great offer of 30% off almost all* pattern books, while stocks last.

We’ve also taken delivery of lots of brand-new-and-gorgeous Dublin Dye Company Sock Yarn so pop on in to snap some up while it’s available!

Books not included in 30% offer are “Breeze”, “Mini Knits 2″, “Baby & Toddler Knits” and “Araucania Collection Book 2″… This offer may not be combined with any other offer.