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Friday, 9 May 2014

TNNA Roundup

It's a long way to go for only a few days, but every year TNNA comes around and we are excited all over again to visit this amazing show in the US. Having moved its location this year to Indianapolis I was intrigued to see what this city was like, although it reality the Show is so busy that we have very little time to take in any of the local sights and sounds!

We actually arrived very late on Friday, and as usual had a great deal to do to be ready for the first day of the Show, the following day. This year we had planned a dramatic change to the look of the booth and this did bring a few teething problems with it. Luckily, Betsy Perry of CEY came to the rescue, helping us with attaching the handpainted backdrops which were to be the big hit of this particular show.

A smaller show with lower footfall than last year, it was still well attended and we were certainly thrilled to be able to catch up with so many friends and stockists met at previous shows. It always strikes me how small our world of yarn really is, which makes these events feel so friendly and welcoming. There was a good contingent from the UK this year including our friends from Pom Pom Magazine - Meghan and Lydia, Verity of Baa Ram Ewe, the Loveknitting team and Jeni of Fyberspates.

Our 'Most Creative Booth'

Excitingly we managed to have delicious breakfast meetings with the wonderful Loop guys, Craig and Laura and on another occasion with the delightful Olga Buraya-Kefelien and Meri from amirisu. You can see just how much we all enjoyed these particular 'meetings'!

The girls with Meri of amirusu and Olga Buraya-Kefelien

I could get used to this . . .

We met so many new faces - designers, yarn store owners and other yarny people that it's difficult to remember all of them! I must say that meeting Tricia Malcolm of Vogue Knitting, Melynda Bernardi (aka FrenchPress Knits), Tottopper, Jenifer Stark (aka bluealvarez) and Jill Zielinski (aka knitterella) were particular highlights for me. Both Helena and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the new Limited Edition colours for A/W14 which were so well received, but it's also still such a joy to show our well-established patterns and yarn to prospective new customers and seeing just how much they love what we do.

Of course I can't talk about TNNA without mentioning that MillaMia won an award this year! We were overjoyed and surprised to win the prestigious 'Most Creative Booth' award which not only ensured we have a magnificent trophy to display in the office, but free advertising in next years catalogue! I want to sincerely thank Helena for her vision for this amazing idea but also our incredibly talented intern Tanya Leskinen who hand painted ALL of the backdrops - a stupendous job which I know took lots of time and skill - Tanya you are awesome!!

(posted by Katarina)

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