There are very clear rules about travelling with a group of local yarn store women:
Having followed these rules carefully, five women from Mosaic Yarn Studio eagerly embarked on a trip to TNNA 2016 in Washington DC. The National Needle Arts Association holds its summer trade show each year, and this year, the “crew” was attending together. As you would expect, we took DC by storm…squeezing in most of the sites in a few hours on our first night. We were inspired to make a speech about using good yarn while on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but we controlled ourselves!
On the first day, we attended the Retailer’s Luncheon where the focus was women in small businesses. The speaker was very informative, especially about the resources available for small businesses. We enjoyed the connections we made with other yarn shop owners, and were encouraged to see that there are strong, thriving yarn shops all over the country. That evening, we were eager to go to the TNNA fashion show. Of the 99 designs we saw, some trends emerged: knitted and crochet skirts, ruanas, ponchos and “swanchos” (ponchos with sleeves) were all very popular. After the show, we were able to meet with national instructors/designers and we swept our way through “Sample It”, a mini-market for new ideas, products and yarns.
At 7:45 each morning (Thanks, Darlene!), each of us attended classes. Weaving, crochet charts, steeking, new knitting techniques, and ways to help our store succeed were all topics of our classes. Through every class, our thoughts were whether or not this would be something our customers would enjoy and find interesting.
Finally, it was time for Market. To say that we were excited was an understatement. Keeping all of us together was a bit of a challenge; there was so much to see and experience! To give you an idea of the size of this Market, at the end of the first eight hour day, we had covered less than half of the exhibits. Here is a taste of what we’re excited about bringing to Mosaic in the next few months:
A very long delay on our way home gave us our first chance to pull out our knitting and crocheting, and plenty of opportunity to reflect on all that we saw in Washington DC. We are grateful for supportive customers who keep our doors open, and we are thrilled to have so many things to bring to you in the coming months.