Pom Pom Quarterly at TNNA!Over the last couple of weeks, PPQ editors Meghan and Lydia have hit the road! We arrived in Columbus, Ohio in late May for an industry convention, where we were able to show off the latest issues of Pom Pom to yarn shop owners from around the world! We met so many lovely shop owners and are super excited that Pom Pom will be in loads more shops this summer.

Pom Pom Quarterly at TNNA!

One of the most fun things about the convention (known as TNNA, short for The National Needlearts Association) is setting up a booth. It’s like a little pop-up shop and we like to have a bit of fun with it. Because of our super-summery issue out now, we decided to make our space seem like a little farmer’s market stall you might stumble upon on holiday – complete with bananas! Visitors to our booth were able to come in and peruse back issues and enjoy a nutritious snack. Win!Pom Pom Quarterly at TNNA!

We even customized them with our very own Pom Pom stickers… because we’re crazy like that.Pom Pom Quarterly at TNNA!After fun times in Columbus (which is a GREAT city by the way!) we scooted off to New York City for a little work and a little play – but mostly yarn. Though surely we only hit the tip of the woolly iceberg that is the Big Apple, we managed to visit some of New York’s best LYSs, including some PPQ stockists. Our first stop was Brooklyn General Store where we held the PPQ trunk show – but we visited twice! Once for yarn shopping and once for partying.

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General Store

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General StoreAfter the requisite shopping was done (including a skein or two of their very own New York grown Brooklyn Barnwool) we came back a couple of days later for party time.

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General Store

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General Store

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General Store

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General Store

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General Store

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General Store

Pom Pom Quarterly at Brooklyn General StoreThe lovely Catherine, Pia, and Audrey were the most gracious hosts and even made the Peach & Thyme Sangria recipe from the summer issue! (Also there were those dee-licious cookies you see in the photo above – they know what a Pom Pom girl likes!) We got to meet some very lovely local knitters, and some not-so-local ones too. And we were super excited to meet some past and future PPQ designers in person, like Judith Brand and Caarin Fleishman. Guests were able to see the PPQ patterns in person, try them on and ask questions about yarn choices and sizing. Post-party we all went out for food in the shop’s lovely Brooklyn neighbourhood, followed by some live music. We were feeling very lucky to have found such a welcoming bunch of knitters in New York!

Pom Pom Quarterly at Purl Soho!

As if that weren’t enough, we were also very much welcomed at other Pom Pom stockists in the city. Like Brooklyn General Store, Purl Soho was so nice, we visited twice! Imagine our delight to walk in and one of the first things we see is a nice stack of PPQs!

Pom Pom Quarterly at Purl Soho!

Pom Pom Quarterly at Purl Soho!

Pom Pom Quarterly at Purl Soho!We were absolutely agog over the inspiring presentation of everything in the store. Lydia was particularly taken with Purl’s very own line of yarns, including their Line Weight which she’s planning on making a nice bright Trienne with. We also fell head over heels for their stunning beautiful glass darning needles.

Pom Pom Quarterly at Knitty City!We also made it to new PPQ stockist Knitty City, which is crammed-to-the-gills with gorgeous yarn. This is Meghan going a bit crazy trying to decide which, oh which, of Julie Asselin’s speckle-dyed yarns she’s going to take home with her. If Knitty City is your LYS, look out for copies of Pom Pom arriving this week!

Pom Pom Quarterly at Gauge + Tension!On our last day in the city together, we also managed to get to Pom Pom designer Michele Wang’s weekend yarn shop, Gauge + Tension. (Though of course you probably also know her as part of Brooklyn Tweed’s design team and all around knitwear superstar.) The shop is in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and we highly recommend you make it out there on a weekend for the following reasons: 1) Michele’s beautifully curated selection of yarns, 2) in particular her very own line of Cormo (which Meghan managed to snatch up 3 skeins of before the first batch of it was gone!), 3) the quiet, beautiful shops and restaurants in the area, and 4) this view of New York:


There were so many other shops we meant to get to before we ran out of time, but perhaps we’ll continue our knitty tour of the city another time. We did manage to fit in some other fun things, including seeing the musical Hedwig & The Angry Inch (so good!) on a beautiful New York night, our first egg creams, visiting MOMA (including the Bjork exhibition, which was research for a new top-secret project!), and yes, a giant pizza.

We’d love to hear about your fave New York spots and encourage you to visit the lovely LYSs we did. And tell us… where should Pom Pom go on the road to next?





10 Responses to POM POM ON THE ROAD: A RECAP!

  1. Charlotte June 10, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    Looks like an amazing trip. That pizza is absolutely enormous…

  2. juliafc June 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    Looks like great fun! Thanks for the recap.

    • pompommag June 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      Julia – your cardigan was the star of the trunk show in the window of Brooklyn General!

  3. Rhi Owens June 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m going to New York in July for the very first time and will definitely visit all your recommended YLS’s. So excited!

    • pompommag June 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      That’s great! Yarn shop tourism is the best!

  4. Trish June 14, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Great post. Can’t wait to get back to NYC.
    But , more importantly, is Megan wearing the same skirt that is photographed in the summer issue ? And, WHERE CAN I GET ONE ?


    • pompommag June 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      Trish! You must mean Lydia, she’s the one in the skirts! She is in fact wearing TWO skirts/dresses photographed in the most recent issues – the floral one is vintage (sorry!) and the pink dress (pictured under her yellow Michelada sweater) is from Urban Outfitters. Hope that helps! x

      • trish June 20, 2015 at 12:38 am #

        oops, sorry Lydia!
        I had a feeling it was vintage.. She looks fab in all the skirts ;-)

  5. Jessica July 1, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Sounds like you had fun in NYC! It was nice meeting you at Brooklyn General!

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