Hardly surprising that when one goes to a Yarn Industry trade show yarn returns with the attendees. I don’t always bring yarn back from TNNA but the yarn returns I have from this show are of some wonderful things–and more will be arriving later–all of which feed into exciting projects for 2015 and 2016. What I find at each TNNA allows me to plan “what’s next” and gives me lots of ideas for which of my ideas I should be pursuing and which need to be put aside.
I did a trunk show in the Yarn Group Lounge for an hour on Saturday, so I brought a few things to wear, plus a suitcase full of things that resulted from past season’s yarn returns. There were a couple of sneak peaks of upcoming things too. In all I had 25 accessories & shawls, plus 19 garments. It was hard to choose which lovelies got to go, and many worthy things were left behind.
Yarn Returns at TNNA
I had a lovely piece in the Yarn Group fashion show on Friday night. This will be available shortly so stay tuned for that! This was part of the new Civility yarn from Elemental Affects. Worsted weight merino/silk knits up like a dream. I am completely in love with the finished look, and I wore it all day on Monday and it was also comfortable. The medium cardigan took 6 skeins. Because it was so pleasing in all ways, I am now working on a scarf from the trim pattern for those who want a one-skein project.I will show photos as soon as the knitter finishes it. You can guess where the buttons are from from reading on. My earliest visions of this garment had those buttons!
Yarn Returns from TNNA
I picked up a few things to bring back for inspiration here. I was specifically looking for things to redo some samples, finish off collections I’m working on, and new ideas which are always brewing. Universal Yarn is always generous, and I love what Yonca has done with the overall yarn collection they offer. Becca and Susan at BagSmith have cool new things–and BagSmith always goes big. I found yarn from a new company–Round Mountain Fibers simply because we admired each others’ hair. All their colors are based on birds. They gave me three skeins to try out–and I later found bird buttons at Renaissance Buttons which insisted I order them. I love visiting Susan at Renaissance, not because I love her buttons, which I do, or because she is always upbeat and funny, which she is, but because she loves her buttons. Always thoughtfully chosen and a little different, there is always something I need to buy. I also picked up stitch markers, and a free fabric shopping bag from Washington, DC, where our next Summer show will be.
I am regretting I forgot or neglected to get all the yarn I should have, but I ended up having to buy a duffle bag from Southwest so I could divide the overweight out of my suitcase. I used the opportunity to move things out of my carry ons too, so at least I had less weight to carry the whole way. I need to get in touch for those yarns I forgot, because of course I can’t quit thinking about them.