This TNNA Yarn Report is not exhaustive, but I’ll try to distill what I saw and my impressions. This Winter Show is always small, but this one was the smallest I’ve seen. There were a variety of factors, including VKLive in NYC the previous weekend, the inauguration and Saturday Womens Marches, plus the fact that this is a tough time for the yarn industry. More on that on Friday.
Yarn Report: Discover What’s New
On Friday vendors are setting up on the exhibition floor, while many attendees are taking classes. Others, like me, are just getting situated and enjoying some down time before the entire event kicks off with the Fashion Show at 5 pm. Knowing I was doing a yarn report, I went to the convention center to see what the early offerings were at the Discover What’s New tables. At the time I went by many vendors had merely claimed space and when I went back further into the show, displays looked more polished.
Knitting Abacus. I did go by the booth to learn more about it and how to use it. I am not likely to purchase one because I never use a row counter. A Facebook friend had queried earlier that week about how people counted rows. Otherwise, I would have ignored it. It did look much like the beaded bracelets I wear. I’m a confirmed non-row-counter-user.
Prism Yarn. Gradients
Kollage Yarn. Fabric yarn
DanDoh Designs. Beautiful summer weight yarn designs.*
DellaQ. Project bags and needle cases.
Knitting Zone. Yarn coasters. Colorful tools.
Tahki Stacy Charles. Kits. Children’s designs in kits.
Universal Yarn. Blue. Love the design sophistication.
Trendsetter. Gradient Novelty yarn.
These are the comments I made when I saw the products.
Fashion Show Yarn Report
I was late and didn’t get a program. I also didn’t end up paying a lot of attention because I was talking. I’ll leave the critiques to others. Tara Swiger was doing an Instagram Live, so you may want to check that out.
From the Floor Yarn Report
I walk the floor multiple times during the show. Sometimes I’m looking at product, sometimes I’m looking for a particular vendor. I always like walking the show with my friend Sara Lucas. She spots things I never see–and vice versa. After I’ve cased the floor with her I feel like I’ve really seen things. I also, on Monday, I went around with the specific intention of getting photos for my blog. I’m going to put up a lot of photos, just so you can see. I’ll give web addresses so you can investigate further. But I’m tired, and I’m here in San Francisco putting my energy into my Mom, so look for more on Friday and in my newsletter on Thursday.