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TNNA Market

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, June 29th, 2012 in Shop News

Last weekend was the TNNA Market that happens twice a year. TNNA stands for The National Needlearts Association, and we’ve been a member of that since the summer of 2006, when we officially opened our doors for The Loopy Ewe. Attending market is important for all kinds of reasons, and I’m always glad to go. There are classes for learning new things, meeting up with old friends and making new ones, seeing upcoming trends and products, ordering new lines for the shop, and eating Jeni’s ice cream. (Oh, wait. Jeni’s is only available at the summer TNNA in Columbus, OH. That makes attendance even more desirable at the summer market.)

I took a class with these two interesting guys. They are former fashion designers, turned knitting designers. They live in Norway and their class was a lot of fun. If you’re local, we’ll be teaching this class in the fall and will have the books soon for in-store purchase. If you’re not local and are interested, you can find their book on Amazon – Knitted Dolls. Isn’t it great how the dolls look just like them? They were entertaining and the book made us all want to knit ourselves into dolls. I haven’t been much of a toy knitter (like never) and am currently working through a cute brontosaurus which I’m not enjoying as much as I thought. But these dolls? Very very fun to work on.

I had Jeni’s ice cream twice, which frankly, was showing remarkable restraint given the fact that I was in town for four days. :-) It’s not unusual for people to wander over to North Market twice a day for ice cream. There are just too many awesome flavor combos, waiting to be tried. (My new favorite, which displaces former-favorite Salty Caramel, is Brown Butter Almond Brittle. Heavenly. Check out the list of flavors on their website.) There is typically a line of 20-40 people, and everyone just waits. It’s always worth it. You can find her cookbook on her website, which does include the recipe for their number one bestseller, the Salty Caramel. I need to try making it.

Standing in line with hundreds of shop owners for Sample It on Friday night, I had a “small world” experience. The person in front of me turned around and said, “I know you! The last time I saw you was in Pffafenhofen, Germany!” While Knitting Daughter and I were there visiting Claudia two years ago, we got to spend a couple of days hanging out in the Wollmeise shop. On one of those days, a gal from the States arrived to shop and we ended up going out for lunch together. It was so fun to see her again! And she had on this beautiful shawl, knit with 2 different colors of Kauni. She said it’s a simple triangle pattern – just increase on each end and do the {YO,K,YO} for increasing in the middle. You knit down and back with one color, then down and back with the other, just like Jared’s Striped Scarf, but with increases added in for a shawl.

Last but not least, I did find some fun things to add in to the shop. New lines, new bases in beloved current lines, new accessories, new kits, and more. We have these scheduled to arrive between now and the fall, and will be sharing them as they come in. It’s going to be fun! And busy!

Sheri hopingyouallhaveagreatweekendaheadofyou

P.S. Still far enough away from all fires that they are not a danger to us. But others are not so fortunate, so thanks for all of your continued thoughts and prayers for Colorado!

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