The Yarn Market News Smart Business Conference took place in Portland at the beginning of this week. Lantern Moon sponsored the opening reception, and used their lovely dyed rice/lotus lantern/butterfly decorations from TNNA. I wasn’t able to be there, but it looks like it was fun! The conference was for LYS owners, teaching them ways to make their stores even better. The conference ended with a shop crawl on Tuesday, and the last stop was Pico Accuardi Dyeworks, where the PA gals hosted a cocktail reception for the crawlers and local Portland designers. I was honored to be one of those designers.
This was my second trip to the dyeworks in two weeks; I was just there for the Portland Yarn Crawl. It’s a cheery space. It was illuminating to talk to other designers about the business end of things, and great to meet LYS owners from near and far. Leila Wice (DekoBoko Design) and her baby S were there, chatting with Kristin Spurkland.
It was a who’s who of Portland designers, but I didn’t take pictures of everyone! I forgot my camera and made do with my iPhone. I know I saw Leila and Kristin, Leigh Radford, Lee Meredith, Sivia Harding, Judy Becker, Larissa Brown…
Joel & Sharon Woodcock and Steve Ham came from Lantern Moon, too.
I met Kate Perry, who is working on marketing for Pico Accuardi. She looked at my cowl, asked about the yarn…Knit Picks Chroma worsted. She recognized it because it’s her colorway, Midwinter; she designed it just before she left Knit Picks. Small world! Note her glasses and her shirt…she’s a blues person, too. We hit it off immediately.
It was great to see Erin Slonaker, editor of Yarn Market News, again; I met her at TNNA in January. She’s always cheerful and upbeat, and she was definitely happy to be finishing up a very successful conference.
Thanks so much to the Pico Accuardi team, and to Lorajean of Knitted Wit who shares their space, for a spectacular party!
But the party wasn’t quite over. The next day, I met up with Bethany Steiner of Jimmy Beans Wool. She came to visit the Lantern Moon offices and warehouse, so I went over to say hi. Sean gave her a warehouse tour; here they are checking out the highly organized needles.
And here she is with a Flower Power bag.
Bethany reminded me that the deadline for the Beans for Brains Scholarship applications is April 1. The Beans for Brains scholarship is a merit-based scholarship open to all students attending an accredited institution in the fall of 2011. If you knit or crochet, and are pursuing a degree of some kind, you should check this out!
That was a busy week. How was yours?