Tuesday, January 11, 2011

TNNA Spring 2011 Report

We had tons of fun at TNNA this weekend! We saw many of our favorite fiber and yarn companies and met some new folks, too.

Jaime and I started out at the Knit Collage booth where Amy showed us what was new in her world of glittering handspun yarns. Jaime had a hard time resisting the urge to eat the precious skeins.

Amy recently spent six months in Punjab teaching 18 local women to hand spin art yarns. Some of her new yarns are inspired by that region and have bits of colorful sari silk and paisley sequins spun into them. We also love the new 100% silk handspun yarn embellished with glittery metal disks!

Our Colorado friends, Schacht, were there debuting their newest spinning wheel, the Sidekick. This adorable sister wheel to the Ladybug is compact and folds away for easy transportation. We can't wait to get some of these cuties in the shop! Barry of Schacht is really into bicycles as well as spinning wheels and has outfitted these new wheels with quick-releases like you would see on a bike wheel. He is kind of a genius... We love that we have such an amazingly innovative company making hand crafted spinning equipment just down the road in Boulder!

You might know we are total nerds about heritage sheep breeds. You can imagine our delight when we walked into the PicoAccuardi booth and they had naturally dyed fiber for spinning and felting in every sheep breed imaginable. Now we can spin our favorite cute breeds like Gotland and Wensleydale in magically hand-dyed colors!

We admit to being biased towards all things woolly, but we loved the color and uniqueness of this recycled cotton jersey t-shirt yarn from Be Sweet. What a bright, fun summertime knitting yarn!

Oh, cashmere, why are you so soft? I want this cowl. It was like wrapping luxurious warm butter around my head. I am dreaming of the day we receive our package of Jade Sapphire Cashmere and I am making that cowl. It was really hard not to run out of the convention center with that pile of cashmere...

We were delighted to see the ever adorable Joanna Johnson at the Lamb's Pride booth! She was there with her soon-to-be-published knitting storybook, Freddie's Blanket. She recently came to Fancy Tiger for a book signing of her first book, Phoebe's Sweater, and we fell in love with it. We were so excited to see her at TNNA decked out in an amazing dress and cardigan which she made from supplies she purchased at Fancy Tiger Crafts! Too cute!

That's just a few of the wonderful things we found at TNNA--also look forward to Lorna's Laces, U. S. raised Shetland lace yarn, Imperial Stock Ranch two-ply worsted, Hand-dyed Aran weight yarn from Alisha Goes Around, new Habu yarns, Neon merino yarn and so much more!


Jeanne Lois said...

Can I come next time?!??! Amazing.

Frank said...

How much is the Sidekick going for? Looks great!