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TNNA 2016 Day 1

TNNA 2016 Day 1

Well, we've had a chance to catch our breath after TNNA.  So exciting -- what a great show!  Maybe the best ever.  We spent the first day working on our priority tasks.  

Ginni showed up for the weekend carrying her beautiful Atenti Overnighter

Ginni in her Atenti Overnighter at Crazy for Ewe yarns

which reminded me how much I love this line of elegant bags.  We stopped at their booth and selected some stunning new bags that you want need this fall.  Hand crafted from European designer fabrics Atenti bags are a personal fashion statement. 

Then we headed off for our appointment at the Shibui booth.

Crazy for Ewe at the Shibui Booth at TNNA 2016

Shibui Yarns are the essence of refined luxury.  Classic. Chic.  If Eileen Fisher designed for the hand-knitting market, she might approach what Shellie Anderson has done at Shibui. Here's Shellie with my favorite sweater, Trace.

We have some gorgeous yarns and patterns and events coming from Shibui next month, so stay tuned.  If Shibui looks like your kind of thing, let me know, and I'll add you to the Shibui preferred list so you'll be among the first to hear about it.

Next we stopped at Manos del Uruguay to check out their new yarn, Gloria.  

Fairmount Fibers Manos del Uruguay booth at TNNA 2016 Crazy for Ewe

A gorgeous worsted weight merino Gloria has a plushy 3-ply construction - and did I mention it's superwash?  Oh yeah.  We ordered a boatload of that which will be arriving just in time for Sweaterfest September 16th and 17th  (mark your calendars to start the best sweater you ever knit!)

And then, to the Prism booth, dazzling as always. 

Crazy for Ewe at the Prism Yarns booth TNNA 2016

We made a quick pass to see the beautiful Prism Yarns.  Prism is the highlight of our December, so you'll want to mark your calendar for the Prism Trunk Show Friday December 2nd.  The shop will be filled with sparkling Stuff and silky Plume and gorgeous samples.

After all that, we had to fortify ourselves with crèpes.  I know, it is a hard job.  I'll tell you about the afternoon of our first day in the next post.

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Old Town

Old Town - hannah

Our lovely Hannah, who knits with us all the way from New York, sent a picture of her beautiful newly finished cardigan, Old Town.  Doesn't she look wonderful.  Hanna worked Old Town in Manos Serena, a gorgeous sport weight cotton alpaca blend from Manos.  Great work, Hannah - I so wish you lived closer!

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Pat's Serena Cardigan

About a month ago when the summer Knit Simple came out, Pat Dunlevy admired this smart little cardigan with a lace inset.  She chose Manos del Uruguy's Serena in  a lovely soft green that flatters her eyes, and got started.  She's been working away at the shop and at home, and just finished up the finishing. She did a beautiful job, in selecting the fiber, knitting the pieces, and doing the finishing.

Here's a closeup of the sleeve. That lace inset detail which really opens up the fabric for that perfect summer sweater effect. See how perfectly the shoulders fit her--and the length is just right. Pat's also done a wonderful job styling her sweater - don't you love how she's layered it with a cute camisole!  Pat, you look absolutely wonderful.

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Beverlie's Cather

Lovely Bev wore her newly completed Cather crochet top in to the shop today.  She added two full repeats to the length.  The yarn is lovely Manos Serena in a very subtle variegated blue green.  Perfect.  Nice work, Bev.

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Manos Serena Trunk Show

Last Friday, William, our UPS man, brought in an armful of boxes.  I was surprised and delighted that one of the boxes was full of sample garments in beautiful Serena from Manos del Uruguay.  I hadn't expected the trunk show until next week but, what a wonderful surprise!   We get to have it for a nice long time, which is good, because I really want you to have a chance to see it.  There are seven garments in the show, and they are all just terrific. 

I love Chopin, an open stitch tunic which is fun belted over black leggings. 

I also love Wharton, a beautiful swing cardigan with a leaf pattern at the top and a smart back pleat;

and Kashmina, a drape-front cardigan with set in sleeves and an all-over lace and cable pattern. 

Ginni was there when the box arrived, and she liked the two short-sleeved sweaters, Alcott and Stowe.

A surprise for me was the beautiful crocheted Cather, which we'll be featuring in a beginning crochet class this spring.

We'll be doing the trunk show this Friday, February 9 in Leonardtown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 in La Plata from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Don't miss your chance to see these and other beautiful Serena garments in person. 

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Finishing frenzy

Something about being stuck inside that makes me want to finish stuff.  Maybe it's knowing there's no distraction and no escape.  So yesterday and today I finished two very small projects that I should probably have finished weeks - maybe even months - ago.

First is Capucine.  This adorable little hat takes its name, I believe, from a gorgeous French actress.  C'est très chic, n'est-ce pas?

 It's a free pattern that takes one skein of Nadeshiko and about 5 minutes to knit. I'm in love with it because it's totally adorable, and it will keep my ears warm and not give me hat head, which is a major issue in the winter - especially for my daughters at college.  I hope they like it hat because I'm planning on knitting one for each of them.

Next is Saroyan.  This is such a lovely little wrap.  The leaf pattern has always appealed to me, and the yarn is just scrumptious.  Soft and matte, Manos Maxima works up so quickly in this pattern - size 10 needles, for pete's sake.  Still needs a good hard blocking but here it is.

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Started this Saroyan in September and it's kind of been my in-between project.  Took it out again last week and am really loving it.  The yarn is super soft, and the little leaf stitch pattern is fun to work.

You can make this with any size yarn, and you can make it as large or small as you like by continuing the increase section and/or lengthening the straight section.  I've made the increase section longer by two leaves and I'm working the straight section a bit longer as well.  This fiber is so fabulous, I want to use every speck.

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Manos del Uruguy

Look at what we got!

Here are a few of the gorgeous colors of Manos that arrived last week. We got multis and coordinating solids in really rich shades. Here's the perfect pattern for the Manos -- The Faith Jacket.

This is the one that you can make even if you've only ever knitted a scarf! See how gorgeous it is in the brown multi and solid.

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