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Flower power for the cause

Flower power for the cause

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Leonardtown hosts Pink Friday, with all kinds of wonderful fund raisers for the cause. My favorite is Uplifting Designs, a bra art contest that features fantastically decorated bras that visitors vote on through donations.

Crazy for Ewe entered a bra last year, and it was a lot of fun to put together. This year I want to invite the entire Crazy for Ewe community to participate by crocheting a flower or two. Antonella Thompson, our fabulous crochet instructor, offered a free crochet tutorial yesterday, and it was great.  I had forgotten how fun and satisfying it is to crochet! 

Antonella has agreed to do another session next Sunday, September 18 from 12-1 pm. You'll learn some basic stitches and make a cute crocheted flower. We have lots of pink yarn (of course), so bring hooks if you have 'em (or borrow one of ours) and come on in. 

If you already know how to crochet, come crochet a flower for the cause.  We'll probably put you to work helping others - right Keidi?  

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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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TNNA 2013

Rowan mannequin

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 McGyver, Sally Melville, and me at the Knit, Swirl booth

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.

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