Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TNNA Update!

Sandy and Tamara have returned from the whirlwind that is The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) NeedleArts Market in Columbus with good news to share - lots of new products are on their way to the boutique!

We are excited to expand our Habu product line and will now offer every color of Cotton Gima as well as all of the Habu yarns featured in the new book Ori Ami Knits, which we will also carry. We will also offer all of the Habu textiles featured in Kirsten Johnstone's Assemblage patterns and Julie Weisenberger's CocoKnits patterns. Also on order are new products from Trendsetter (including the yarn used to make the scarf pictured at right, Soleil), Hand Painted Knitting Yarns, Interweave Books, Gedifra, Rowan, Berroco, Namaste, Authentic Knitting Board and Annie Adams Adornment, Inc.

Unfortunately, with the good news always comes the bad. In this case, the bad is the sobering reality that many local yarn shops across the nation are being forced to close as they lose business to online retailers and big-box stores, and it showed at TNNA. Sandy and Tamara were surprised to find that participation at the show was reduced compared to past years. "The most shocking thing for me at the show was how empty it was," Tamara noted. In an article published on the blog "The Crafty Retailer", a Toledo yarn shop owner explained the situation that so many LYS's find themselves in. With that in mind, we would like to encourage everyone to support their LYS and participate in The 3/50 Project.

We hope to see you soon at the boutique!

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