We just came back from our annual TNNA trip. For those of you who are not familiar with TNNA it is The National Needle Arts Association. This is the main event for viewing and purchasing yarns, patterns, notions, and accessories. For Annie and me, going to the TNNA was like taking children to a candy shop.
On our first trip last year we were overwhelmed. We wanted to try every piece of candy and ended up with an upset stomach, even though we enjoyed every minute of it! This year we behaved like mature adults and planned our time better. We reached for our favorites, Nestle’s Chocolate with Almonds, Butterfingers, and of course Lindt Truffles, yet we also kept in mind that there are great home made chocolates out there, and we definitely tried to scope those out.
The show was a huge success. It was not as crowded as last year but the attendees were all busy placing orders with enthusiasm. Most vendors had a waiting line for orders, which is always a great sign. The yearly and much awaited Fashion Show was full of wonderful new and trendy garments from small scarfs to full length coats. The amount of garments was much larger and more varied than last year. It’s worth taking a look when the video comes out on You Tube. We will post it on our Ravelry page when available.
Now for the fun part. What is “in” for the FALL of 2011? Well ladies and gentlemen the answer is cables, cables and more cables accentuated by drop stitches on the sides—from small delicate lace-like cables to very large “let’s make a statement” cables. Drop stitches on each side are the perfect canvas for these cables.
As for yarns, the most common fibers for new yarns are “Wool & Cotton.” A perfect combination for summer and warmer climates, the wool portion of the mix gives strength, elasticity, and memory while the cotton adds a light airy cool fiber to the mix. Some of these combinations are delicious, such as Amy Butler’s new yarn. Amy was one of the highlighted designers at TNNA with a beautiful booth featuring her fabric, luggage, and yarns. We have her new autographed book for you to browse. The most popular booth—judging by the amount of customers waiting—was MadelineTosh yarns, with their incredible colors and Noni patterns and with some new and very creative purses for fall. She has stepped out of her comfort zone of flowers and come up with a line of elegant and modern purses. Her sister Jul has all the perfect finishes for her bags.
The amount of accessories featured speaks for the commitment and love of knitters for anything that reflects yarn or sheep. Mugs with cute sheep, note books, notepads, garment labels, totes, pins—you name it, they had it. We have very cute surprises in store for you.
The most important reason we left our friends and our shop is LUCY NEATBY. Both Annie and I had the privilege of taking a class with this world renowned teacher/designer. What a class act! She is not only talented but witty, patient, and a fantastic teacher with a never ending wealth of information. She is an inspiration to any knitter. We have come back with great teaching tools and are full of enthusiasm for new and wonderful projects and classes.
Stay tuned for our updates on all that’s new at The Knitting Garden.
Great to be back!
Annie & Virginia