Rowan mannequin Kidsilk Haze wrap
Lynne and I spent Saturday and Sunday in Columbus, OH at TNNA. TNNA is the trade show where vendors large and small come to tempt retailers with their latest products. It's basically the yarn industry's Fashion Week, and I always come away exhilarated and inspired. some booths are dressed thematically and give you the sense of stepping into another world. Rowan does an outstanding job of presenting their offerings. This year they had a masquerade theme, and all the mannequins were dressed as if headed to a masked ball with taffeta evening gowns and hand-knit sweaters.
At TNNA I like to see in person those vendors I mostly talk to on the phone. I had a chance to meet Deb McDermott of Shepherd's Wool, Arthur Karpeteyan of Karabella Yarns, and Demien Savits of Blue Heron Yarns. At his booth, Demian showed us several beautiful garments that will be part of our Blue Heron trunk show next month. It's so different to see the yarns and the samples up close and in person - to be able to feel the fabric and try them on. I'm so excited to offer you the same chance to see these lovely things! Take a peek at some here.
Sandra McIver, Sally Melville, and me at the Knit, Swirl booth
TNNA is also the place where we get to catch up with designers,teachers, and yarn professionals -- to make plans for how to share their offerings with you. Saturday we had lunch with Sally Melville and planned a weekend of wonderful classes for next June. Then we met with Stacy Charles of Tahki Stacy Charles Yarns. We ordered a bunch of dazzling sparkly yarns, as well as a gorgeous new cashmere tweed. He has several sample garments he's sending us - luxurious accessories you can do with just a couple of skeins. We spent a lot of time in Sandra McIver's booth trying on different sizes and shapes of Swirls. That was really fun too.
Sunday we met with Chris Bylsma, tried on her new designs, and scheduled a brand new class event for this September. We asked Claudia of Claudia's Handpaints to join us and bring a gorgeous display of silks and merinos for you to see.
It was a long couple of days, but so worth it. I have so many things coming that I think you'll really love, and I can't wait to share them with you. The first is the Blue Heron trunk show July 19th and 20th. Mark your calendar, because you do not want to miss this event.