January 21, 2009
We’re back! It’s warm in California. Seems so strange that one part of the country can be -20 degrees with the wind chill and a few hours away (ok, by plane) it’s in the upper 80′s. We were walking around outside, enjoying the sunshine and I was trying to imagine the Midwest cold. It didn’t work very well! We did do a lot of walking (here’s the shot from our hotel room, with the convention center a few blocks down) and a lot of eating out (including one of my favorite parts of TNNA – dinner with the Veronica and Nancy from Dream in Color.) This time, Web Guy went with me. I’m pretty sure that it was the lure of a sunny weekend in CA and not the lure of a yarn market weekend with his mom, that got him to hop a plane from Indiana to San Diego. But that’s ok – I’ll take time with him whenever I can get it. It was fun to have him there!
I have to say, I didn’t see a whole lot of NEW at TNNA this time. There were a few things. But I also added in some additional lines from some of our already-well-loved companies, that will be fun. I found myself picking up the yarns that would make warm and wonderful scarves and shawls, or cowls and mitts, as I walked along. (Many would also make great socks.) So, coming soon, we have:
- Ballet from Fiesta. It’s a 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Tencel yarn with 350 yds. per skein. I have had a skein of it in my stash for 2 years and have loved how wonderful it feels. Now I am going to pull it out and knit past the sample that I did and make something fun! We’ll have it in 28 choices of colors for you.
- Bonnie’s Bamboo from Farmhouse Yarns. I picked up two skeins of this last spring at one of the shops here in town, planning to knit a shawl or something equally drapey and wonderful. 100% bamboo, 3.5 oz, 200 yds. It would make a gorgeous Clapotis, if one was so inclined. The colors are semi-solids, so patterns show up beautifully. We’ll have it in 10 colors. (We also put in another order for Fannie’s Fingering while we were there.)
- Lorna’s Laces new Pearl line. Remember Amy’s Vintage Office in the special silk/bamboo blend? It has been such a popular yarn base that they have added it in many colors and expanded the line. We picked out 13 colors to add to the Amy’s Vintage Office colorway we already have in stock. (They had a Clapotis done up out of Amy’s colorway, which was fun to see. I have had some of that yarn tucked away to make that very pattern out of that colorway. It’s just as beautiful done up as I suspected.)
- Crystal Palace’s Mini Mochi was one of the brand new fun yarns that I picked up. It comes in 8 colors and does subtle color changes (similar to Noro, JoJoland, etc). Pictured here is Autumn Rainbow and I’m most anxious to knit it into a sock. This is 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 195 yds. per ball. Extremely soft. They had scarves done up in all of the different colors, too. Beautiful. Also from Crystal Palace – new colors in Panda Cotton, which we ordered.
- Skacel’s newest sock yarn was another in the line of “subtle color changes” and we all 9 colors that they had to offer in that, too. It would be nice if I could tell you the name of it, but it’s not written on my order form (only numbers) and I can’t remember! (And I saw too many yarns and names all weekend for it to have stuck in my brain, apparently.) You’ll love it for socks and scarves. I think these subtle color-changing yarns are also fun to knit up into mittens and gloves and hats as well.
- We re-stocked and added all of the new colors of Colinette Jitterbug, which I know many of you have been waiting on. I love their vibrant colors and the way that the tight-springy yarn knits up. (The only thing I don’t like about it is that they send it all in big loops – like the way you’d put it on a swift to ball it – and we have to twist it all up into skeins ourselves. By the time we’re done doing that with all of those cases of yarn, our wrists are about ready to give out…)
- New colors of Jade Sapphire Cashmere Lace, as well as a re-stock of all of the other colors. I could spend all day picking up and setting down the different cashmere skeins in their booth. Eventually I’m going to add in their heavier worsted cashmere line, too, because I SO want to knit some sweaters out of it.
- A new superwash/silk/bamboo blend from Araucania called Itata Multy, that is going to make beautiful socks, scarves and shawls. I have always loved the way that the Araucania colors knit up, and this new blend is amazing. That’s color 1007 and 1010 in the photo. We’ll have it in all 20 colors (some multi’s and some solids).
- Alpaca With a Twist Socrates in new colors. We’ve had this line in for awhile (and I used it to make this scarf). It’s soft and wonderful to knit with and the price is great. Now I need to make myself a pair of socks out of it. They’d be so warm and toasty.
- New patterns from Claudia Hand Painted and Gardiner Yarn Works (including the cutest crocheted/felted bags. I need to find someone to make one for me, since I don’t crochet!)
- An intriguing little product called a “Knit Kit” that has all of the accessories you need for your knitting, and happens to be safe to take on planes as well. The gal who owns the company has spent 2 years developing it.
And … I think that’s most everything. I placed lots of orders with our regular companies before I left, so we do have a HUGE influx of products arriving over the next few weeks. Whee!! I hope you’re ready!
I know many of you already caught the Sneak Up this week, but just in case you didn’t, we added in: Numma Numma BabyBoo, new colors from Lorna’s Laces and Claudia Hand Painted, Schaefer Nichole, new Shibui patterns and yarn, and more Loopy Ewe clear totebags.
I have picked a new name for our mannequin! I’ll have to blog it on Friday (along with the winners) because I’m out of time and space here. And yes, I did read every single one of the 1124 suggestions. They were wonderful!