Thursday, June 27, 2013

TNNA 2013: A Huge Success

Stitchers from all over descended upon Columbus Ohio this past weekend for the summer TNNA needlearts market to shop for new products, get inspired and see friends old and new. It was a huge success. 

When walking the show floor frequently people ask if you have found anything new and exciting. As this is my tenth show there is a lot that I have seen before - with many new booths sprinkled in.  I find it all exciting. 

One of my first stops is Lorna's Laces to say hello to Beth & Michael.  Their yarns are a staple in the shop fall lineup. Shepherd Worsted is a wonderful machine washable wool that is hand dyed and lovely.  I am also very excited for their new yarn, Haymarket, which is 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool. It is so very soft and in Lorna's colors- amazing.  

I was very excited when I was walking down the 1000 aisle and ran into Lesley Scanlon who is the amazingly creative mind behind Mac & Me.  She was displaying her new patterns, all classic designs with a modern twist.  I was so happy to catch up with her and place an order for the shop.  

The Koigu booth is always full of buzz and excitement.  We picked through their hundreds of colors deciding what stayed and what didn't (this is never easy.  I love it all!).  Below is the beginning of the process... 

Wow, I love Koigu!

The show wouldn't be complete without seeing some favorite knitwear designers.  The cherry on top was visiting with Ysolda Teague. We talked about her designs, her new book, and even got some new tips for casting-on toys! She is such a nice person to chat with and I am so excited to work with her distributor, Crafty Diversions. 

With all that in mind I still have quite a few surprises up my sleeves for fall.  I cannot wait to share them with you.

Knit, Crochet, Create!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ohio here we come!

Fall market time is here and I am so excited to be heading back to Columbus, Ohio for TNNA, The National Needle Arts trade show. 
One item on the checklist is a 'social' knitting project.  I am currently participating in the Meadow KAL (knit a-long) with Kelbourne Woolens (Fibre Co.) but the next clue comes Saturday and I am traveling on Friday so I need a project. 

I have decided on Annabella's Cowl, a Churchmouse pattern. I am using KPPPM from Koigu held with Silk Cloud from Shibui. It is a beautiful cowl and simple enough that I can talk and knit. 

Happy knitting!