Tuesday, June 05, 2007

TNNA and a new KAL

Sheryl and I are back from our whirlwind trip to TNNA (the yarn market). We had already done all of our fall yarn purchasing through our travelling reps, so we concentrated on seeing what was new in patterns and accessories.
I was really jazzed about the new Amy Butler knitting bags. The opening order was really high so we couldn't invest in them right then, but I hope to pick them up for the shop in the near future. We did by the new Namaste bag which resembles a yoga mat bag. VERY different and cool.
We bought new patterns from designers we love: Stitch Diva, Glampyre, Chris Bylsma, Knitting Pure & Simple, Oat Couture to name a few. Phoenix Bess is a new designer that we picked up that has some really cool designs.

We saw a LOT of handpainted yarns at the show. To take advantage of those yarns, the yarn companies are doing a lot of colorwork pieces. Mainly entrelac and modular knitting. We will be doing some classes on both in the upcoming months.

We got to hang out with some of our favorite people at the show as well. It was awesome to catch up with the French Girl (Kristeen Griffin-Grimes). Not only is she an amazing designer, but she is a very interesting person and a great friend. I can't wait to travel with her in France! Y'all should go over and read Sheryl's Blog to hear about us rubbing elbows with the Crochet elite as well.

Finally, I'll leave you with a new Knit-a-Long I started. I've been obsessed with the new book Twinkle's Big City Knits since we got it in the store. I've started a blog for it at www.twinklealong.blogspot.com. You can see the designs from the book here. I plan to knit the Hamptons Halter, the Karate Sweater, and the Rockefeller Sweater. I got the yarn for all three on Friday! She has a very modern sense of fashion, which I find lacking in a lot of knitting design. Go check it out!


Blogger knittingnurse said...

Woo hoo for you! I can't wait to see some of these knit up. Hey, how's the little knitting prodigy doing? Any more designs from her?

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

It sounds like you guys had a great time!

I haven't seen the Twinkle book, but will need to check it out.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

You go girl! The KAL will rock, just like you.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Great to hear about your trip!
I haven't bought Twinkle's book yet - I am drawn to a lot of the patterns that I have seen knit up, but I am not sure how they would look on me. I do like her style - very innovative and modern!

6:04 AM  
Blogger Jeanie said...

OH! I am so on board with this knit along!!! Hopping over now to see how it works!

TNNA sounds like it was wonderful as always!

6:44 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

Woooo Hooo! sounds like fun :)

10:47 PM  

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