June 02, 2015 3 min read
Back from TNNA in Columbus. We hit the ground running Saturday morning and really didn't stop until late Sunday afternoon. In less than 48 hours we managed to see hundreds of booths and meet with dozens of vendors.
Our first stop was at the Westminster booth to meet Arne and Carlos. Well, not really, but they did have these cool life-sized cutouts.
Ginni and Mary are their new best friends. I posted that photo on Instagram to be entered to win a suitcase full of beautiful new Arne and Carlos sock yarn. I hope we win, but in case we don't I ordered a boatload of their gorgeous new self-patterning colorways they're doing in Regia Sock Yarn.
Then we hopped over to the Rowan booth. I wanted to see their new Alpaca Merino dk knit up. It is so soft and lovely.A little like Lima, but lighter weight. I love the angled cable on this sweater that gives you the perfect amount of waist shaping.
We have that yarn coming in 10 beautiful colors.
Next we were on to see Amy Herzog, whose new book Knit, Wear, Love is all about patterns that flatter your body shape and proportions. I consistently choose Amy's patterns because we think alike. Classic construction with set-in sleeves, shoulder shaping, and side seams. This method will always give you the most flattering and most well-fitting sweater. I've ordered her books, and I'm excited to announce that Crazy for Ewe will be one of the stores where you can have the full Amy Herzog custom fit pattern design ensuring a perfect fit every time without all the math! I'll be talking more about that later on. Super exciting!
This is the first year the vendors at the show have been allowed to offer cash and carry - and boy, did we have fun with that! We picked up some beautiful creative shawl pins for you - but just one in every color, so you'll want to grab the ones you like before anyone else does! Same with Anzula Fibers - we picked up just one skein each of several colors in Cloud, their light fingering weight merino cashmere blend put up in a generous 575-yard hank. Everyone say, "Mmmmmmm." Yeah.
We stopped by Blue Heron Yarns' booth and firmed up plans for that trunk show this month - I hope it's already on your calendar - June 19 and 20 - just around the corner!
We passed dozens of other booths with all manner of yarn and such. Manos del Uruguay has some new colors in our favorite Silk Blend, so of course, we had to order some of that. We perused dozens of other booths that day, and visited some of our vendors just to say hi and see their displays which really are a work of art. In some, it's like entering a magical tent where reality leaves you behind, and you're immersed in that company's brand. In others, it's a more straightforward display of wares. You can guess which ones are the most fun!
Anyway, we ended that first day in the book section to see if there were any new gems. When they announced the closing of the show floor, Ginni, Mary, and I were more than a little ready for The Drury's complimentary margaritas. How we do suffer...