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.
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!
We even customized them with our very own Pom Pom stickers… because we’re crazy like that.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.
After 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.
The 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!
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!
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.
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!
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?