The winter trade show for The National Needle Arts Association (TNNA) took place in California from Feb 2 through Feb 4, 2013.
This is an event for yarn industry professionals to meet and see what new products will be available for the coming season. Yarn distributors like Knitting Fever set up booths and yarn store owners can come meet us and see our offerings in person.
You know how going to a yarn store is much more fun than yarn shopping online? It’s sort of like that for the yarn store owners. They also get the chance to see more yarns and sample projects than our sales reps out in the field can usually show them in one meeting.
We took some pictures of our booth, so I’m going to give you a sneak peek, too! Some of the stuff I’m going to show you is already in stores. Some of it might not be available until later in the month, or even a few months from now.
The picture above is from the Araucania Yarns section of the booth. Isn’t it lovely (if a little fuzzy. We blame the yarn fumes.)
The green shrug at the top left of the picture is the A2003 Calbuco Lace Shoulder Wrap, which is a free pattern on our website.
The multicolored lavender top in the bottom right is the A2004 Antihue Top, which is also a free pattern on our website.
Both designs are by Jenny Watson. She has created several new, free patterns for both Araucania and our KFI Luxury Yarns line.
Araucania has several other new yarns, and new colors of existing yarns, arriving in store for spring and summer knitting and crocheting projects. You can explore the others in the Araucania section of our main website.
This is a picture of part of the Debbie Bliss section of our booth.
The colorful sweaters on the left are from Debbie’s new Luxury Silk DK book.
And, of course, a Luxury Silk DK book means there is a Luxury Silk DK yarn. I’ll give that idea (silk yarn!) a chance to sink in.
Luxury Silk DK is a 100% Silk yarn that has approximately 110 yards per 50g. It is available in 20 coordinating colors. 14 of them are solids while the remaining six are self-striping.
Imagine the possibilities! Actually, you don’t have to if you don’t want to since Debbie already has.
The pink striped top at the top of the picture is Romana, which is knit entirely in the self-striping color #45.–Fruit Salad.
The blue raglan is Donata. The version in the book is knit using colors #6-Jade and #41-Ocean. But there is nothing stopping you from selecting a different color combination!
Jet lag and yarn fumes can be a powerful combination that can lead people to do silly things.
Case in point, our operations manager Jeff got confused and put socks on his hands while the booth was being unpacked!
They are knit using the new Mirasol Hachito yarn, a 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon blend with approximately 192 yards per 50g. With a suggested gauge of 7.5 sts per inch, this yarn will be great for socks, mittens, or lightweight sweaters. It is available in 10 variegated colors and is in stores now.
The wrap Jeff is wearing is also made using Hachito. As you can see, it will fit a wide variety of sizes.
Now it’s time to get back to those winter works in progress! It may not feel like it, but the warm weather is around the corner and we need to clear our needles in preparation.