May 5th, 2009

And Now a Word from Our Industry

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I have a few random items today to share with you so I figured I’d combine them all into one post.

First, the 2009 Stitch and Pitch schedule has been posted.  Stitch and Pitch is an effort between our industry association TNNA and Major League Baseball to promote the needlearts.  It’s a great way to get out an enjoy a baseball game with your family and fellow stitchers while hopefully attracting new knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, etc.  What’s great about this effort is that Stitch and Pitch has branched out to minor league teams as well!  Take a look at the MLB schedule and see if your favorite team is participating. 

I’ve never been to a Stitch and Pitch event as our beloved Red Sox have not stepped up to participate in this partnership (boo Red Sox).  I’m going to finally get the opportunity when I’m in Columbus in June!  Our trade organization TNNA is sponsoring a Stitch and Pitch for all of us retailers and wholesalers!  It’s going to be a great event so if you are a shop owner or a wholesaler and plan to be in Columbus, be sure to come out to the ballpark on Saturday evening, June 13th.  Info is on the TNNA website and in your TNNA brochure.

Interweave Press, publisher of Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet and Handwoven magazines (just to name a few) is embarking on a large-scale industry-wide survey of artists and art materials users in the USA.  It’s open to anyone who uses art materials—from casual crafters to serious artists, and everything in between—spinners and weavers who dye, polymer clay artists, quilters who paint, etc. Everyone who participates will get a copy of the survey’s executive summary.  Here’s an excerpt of the official press release with the relevant links:

New York, NY – April 27, 2009: The International Art Materials Trade Association (NAMTA) and “American Artist” magazine are pleased to announce the launch of a new industry study and are asking all artists and users of art supplies in the United States to take part. Completing the survey is easy online at:

In addition to collecting valuable data, NAMTA is donating $1.00  for every completed survey (for the first 2,000  completed) to visual-arts scholarships through the NAMTA Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Survey participants will be eligible to win one of five $100 gift certificates to an art materials store. Participants must register to receive the executive summary and to enter the sweepstakes by clicking on the link on the thank-you page after submitting their completed survey. The sweepstakes and
executive summary sign-up is separate from the survey to keep the survey anonymous.

Last, most of you know that I have made several appearances on the first two seasons of Knitting Daily TV.  One of my segments was featured on Knitting Daily   yesterday.  In this segment, I talk about blocking large lace pieces.  I’ll be honest, this is not one of my most memorable segments but I’m tickled that Sandi liked it – Thanks Sandi!



2 Responses to “And Now a Word from Our Industry”

  1. Sandi Wiseheart Says:

    Kathy you are such a joy to have around–and I love it when you come and share your expertise with us! Thank YOU!

    Sandi, that Knitting Daily gal…

  2. Guest Says:

    Good read. I have made a twitter post about this. Hope others find it as interesting as I did.

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