Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer 2017 TNNA Recap

Yesterday I got back from the TNNA summer trade show, which returned to Columbus to the delight of pretty much everyone, judging by how busy and lively the show floor was for most of the weekend. My measurements are 100% unscientific, but it seemed like there was way more activity when compared to the rather quiet January show in San Jose.

The company I work for, Stitchcraft Marketing, created a community art installation called #StitchLove, which was on display in the TNNA lounge in the center of the show floor. It was the brainchild of my colleague Mari and I am so proud of how it turned out - we all are!

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L-R: Mari, Me, Leanne & Ben.
Seeing everyone's contributions was really cool, and by the end of the weekend, the wall was quite full!
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Although I'm pretty sure I didn't get a chance to check out every single booth, I did see some pretty cool things while I dashed from meeting to meeting. I was really psyched to spot Katrinkles, whom I discovered on Instagram last year. They had some new stitchable ornament kits - a cardigan sweater and socks - that I simply must get!!

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And I loved this display by Artfil in the What's New section - what an awesome use of Weavettes, and a clever way to display yarn in general (sure wish I thought of it first).

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Besides seeing all of my friends at the show (which was awesome), one of the highlights was having my photo taken with an alpaca, who also let me pet him a little. He was very soft!

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There was also a very handsome llama who was not as cooperative when it came to photos:

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You wanna take my photo? I don't care!!
He might be entertaining notions of photobombing Pearl Chin in this one, though - naughty llama!

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I was trying really hard not to bring home tons of yarn, since I already have plenty in my stash, but several mini skeins ended up in my luggage thanks to the quick thinking of Benjamin, who happened to be in the right place at the right time when Dream in Color posted on Instagram that they were leaving some yarn that didn't fit in their luggage in a specific location for the first person who could get there! If Ben hadn't shared this yarn booty with the rest of us, I would have brought home way more beer than yarn; this way, I think I achieved the correct ratio.

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I'll be sharing a post about the trends I spotted on the show floor over on the Stitchcraft Marketing blog soon, so keep an eye out!


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