The absolute highlight of my yarn year is always TNNA – the National Needle Arts trade show. This summer, it was held in Columbus, which is always a blast! I had three goals in mind as I travelled down. Firstly, to reconnect with friends – much like going to a giant knitting group, I always feel inspired and rejuvenated after spending time with them. Secondly, to showcase a new design, both in the booth, in the Lorna’s Laces booth, and also at the fashion show. Thirdly, to source yarns for a new collection I’ve been working on. All three were accomplished (and then some!) with the added bonus of lots of giggles, conversation and a refreshing of the creative spirit that I know will remain for a good while!
I was lucky enough to room with the super talented Miriam Felton, who was kind enough to run a photoshoot for me, not scream when I accidentally sprayed us with a cold shower, and generally be the best of roomies! She brought home made gingersnaps and even bought me a smashing new teapot – a match made in heaven! Thanks Mims!
For me, the show is always split into two distinct components – on the floor and off the floor. As amazing as it is to see all the pretty, shiny new things on the show floor, I sometimes think I learn more, see more and do more business off the floor. Whether it’s at the incredible North Market, or the bar at the Hyatt, each and every day there is filled with amazing every time I turn around.
The highlight of my weekend, was seeing my new pattern debut at the fashion show on Friday night. Knitted in Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace, in the new colorway, Louisville, I was humbled and proud that it got a wonderful reception.The pattern is up for sale on Ravelry, and I’ll be blogging about it later in the week.
I feel very lucky to be able to get yarn support for my design work, and this year, I had a specific collection in mind.
First up is Titus. Created by the charming Verity, who owns two yarn stores in Yorkshire called Baa Ram Ewe, This yarn is a delicious mix of Wensleydale Longwool, BFL and Silk Alpaca. I’ve termed it sophisticated rustic – a bit of an oxymoron, but gosh, this is the softest and most beautiful of yarns. With a soft halo from the alpaca and a nostalgic homeliness, this is a delightful yarn to work with. I think I’m equally in love with it because it’s a good Yorkshire yarn and because of the hand and colors it comes in. I can’t wait to cast on with this.
Next up, I have Baah! Two skeins for the colorwork collection, and one skein just because it’s the exact same color as my hair! This is a superwash merino that has a lovely springy spin on it with strong, vibrantly dyed colors that make my heart go pittypat. I know this one will really highlight the stitches in my new design – the light just loves to bounce and play on stitches with a good merino.
Here’s Anzula’s Squishy. If you haven’t played with this yarn yet, I strongly recommend finding the nearest yarn shop that carries it and literally giving it a squish. Superwash merino, cashmere and nylon create a practical yarn that is so soft and bouncy. It is such a joy to knit with, smooth and supple with a depth of color that is so visually pleasing, that I find myself stopping work and just looking at how pretty it is! As you can see, I couldn’t wait to start working with these two. Bright, pretty colors for a chid’s hat are working perfectly with my knitting technique – I’m really happy with the results.
I have so much more to share, including the book, the people, the gossip and a 3 book giveaway that is truly phenomenal! More soon!