The National Needlarts Association (TNNA) tradeshow was even more incredible than I anticipated. Met new and old friends, talked yarn knitting crochet fiber for a full week, ate a lot of Jeni’s (the best!), and Phydeaux yarn and patterns will be arriving in many new yarn shops … soon!
I arrived a day and a half early and good thing – I arrived with a stomach virus (fun plane trip!) and a huge list of to do’s. Pepto Bismol in hand, I got to know Columbus quickly, driving to Home Depot to Target and Michael’s to UPS.
I had a general plan for my space using materials procured in Columbus (rather than shipping). And it worked!
Yarn and samples hung from lightweight dowels, suspended by S rings using heavy duty, while thin, nylon cable. The dowels are super inexpensive at Michael’s, and were the perfect length to fit three across my 10′ wide walls.
I couldn’t find my banner with logo before leaving California, so had one printed in Columbus, along with a gorgeous glossy poster showing my colourways. SO glad I did that – filled the wall space perfectly and popped right off the black drapes.
The show itself was fantastic. I met so many incredible yarn shop owners and staff, designer, and dyers. I will be very busy during the next six weeks, dyeing up yarn shop orders.
Of course, you can’t go to Columbus without making at least one trip to ice cream mecca: Jeni’s. Despite not feeling great, I made the supreme sacrifice of making more than one trip. I had a great time on our last night eating a delicious dinner with Janet from One Loop Shy Designs and Toby from Toby Roxane Designs: asian fusion, followed by Jeni’s (my sundae below, so yum!).