Last week Karen and Becky packed up the car and drove out to Columbus, OH for the annual National Needle Arts Association Market. Every year this group hosts a ton of classes with knitting, crocheting, needlepointing, marketing, and tech experts and a Marketplace where vendors debut new products for the Fall and much of the ordering is done.
It was so much fun! For the most part, picture taking is not allowed. But we did sneak in a few photos with some of our favorite people. Karen was thrilled to meet Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, and Becky chatted with Courtney Kelly and told her about finishing the Starboard Cape. We also had the chance to see Amanda and Norah from Berroco. They were very busy at the Berroco Yarn Bar!
It wasn't just play and chatting though. Some real work got done! You'll be so excited when the new yarns start arriving from Dream In Color, ShiBui Knits, Be Sweet, and Claudia Handpaints (more sock yarn!!!).
In the days before the trade show opened both Becky and Karen took classes too. Karen learned some neat things in her class about Tunisian Crochet, like how to do short rows, and Becky was blown away with knitting secrets by Sally Melville. No doubt that the Fresh Purls community will benefit from what they learned!
Perhaps most exciting outside of the TNNA show was their excursion out to Pickerington, OH to visit the Yarn Market warehouse and shop. It was overwhelming! We walked into a space of about 7 loading dock bays filled floor to ceiling with bins of yarn! Talk about kids in a candy shop. Becky drooled for a long time over all of the Kid Silk Haze choices, and Karen splurged on Art Yarns and Twisted Sisters yarns.
And Becky finished a pair of socks she started 2 years ago on the long drive home!
You can also read all about their experience at TNNA on the Fresh Purls Facebook page and in our Twitter feed (@freshpurls)!