Jessamy, and Frannie, and I just got back from The National NeedleArts Association trade show. We learned a lot, have a bunch of ideas about how to make our store better, and met a lot of great yarn manufacturers. Highlights of the show included a funny fashion show (not intentionally funny) and getting to say hi to all our wonderful reps.
The fashion show was sad but funny. The majority of the clothes looked prety bad, they obviously spent more time writing their "descriptions" (ads) of the garments than they did making the garments. The presenters were literally yelling at the models because they were leaving the stage too soon. The camera man also did a pretty sad job, and often was taking pictures (which were projected next to the stage) of the wrong garment.
We took a few business classes and some technical classes. I took Knitting Andean Style, Jessamy took tapestry beaded crochet, and Frannie took a button class.
We said hi to most of our reps, all of which were very nice. We also said hi to some of the people who run the yarn companies that we currently purchase from. The Fibre Company, Rio de la Plata, Louet, Sweater Kits, and Skacel were all great people and great companies.
We also have a list of yarns we want to carry, these include:
Southwest Trading Co.
Knit One, Crochet Too
That all for now.