Mosaic Takes on TNNA in DC

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May 23, 2014
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There are very clear rules about travelling with a group of local yarn store women:

  1. Pack your knitting and crocheting projects. Even though the potential of long hours of knit/crochet time are rare, pack enough for several weeks’ worth of stitching.
  2. Pack shoes.  Lots of shoes.  
  3. If you have room left, pack clothes!

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!

shawlpinsOn 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:

  • Fibre Company/Kelbourne – We ordered Cumbria Fingering in gorgeous colors, and a brand new yarn called Arranmore. This is a beautiful Aran weight wool/cashmere/silk blend with 175 yards per skein.
  • We ordered from  new company for us, The Fiber Seed. The company boasts, “Hand Dyed yarns, Small Batch creations with American sourced materials.”  We ordered a great variety of Sprout, a fingering yarn with really interesting dye patterns.
  • Imperial Yarn is another new vendor for us.  This is another American company, housed out of a 30,000 acre ranch in Oregon.  Mosaic ordered Columbia, a worsted weight that is “mule spun” which gives it the feel of a hand-spun yarn.
  • At the Wonderland booth, we were excited  to find Randomness Hat Kits and a huge skein (310 yards) of yarn called Opposites Attract.  In this one skein, you will travel from merino wool to silk and mohair all while experiencing dramatic changes in color.  
  • At Trendsetter, we ordered Transitions, a cotton blend 175 gram ball perfect for a gradient shawl packaged in a smart box.  We are also excited to partner with our friend Grace Akhrem for her KAL shawl, and we will have plenty of kits available for this project.inbox-1
  • Per customer request, we knew we needed to focus on bags next. Tika Bags were our first stop where we ordered some cute bags in their newest patterns.
  • We then ventured to Atenti.  These are custom, beautifully created bags that are more like pieces of art and made in America.  The doctor’s bag opens wide so you can see all your supplies.  We were able to choose styles and fabrics…run fast to Mosaic the minute you hear these have arrived.
  • Chic-a Bags captured our attention next. We found Blossom Bags, Interchangeable cases, market totes, and clear front project totes.  atentibag
  • Many of you have seen the vintage buttons we came home with, along with shawl buckles and pins.  We also carried home some unique yarn caddies and pyramid shaped bags. We are looking forward to the Amish-made yarn bowls that are coming from The Yarn Guys, as well.

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.  

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