What’s it like to attend a fiber-industry trade show? When you’ve worked in the industry for (gulp) 15 years (!), you know so many people and, hopefully, you like them. If they like you, too, then it’s like a big working party. Tons of hugging and smiling and catching up on the news. And the work part? We get to see all the new products from yarn manufacturers and indie dyers, designers and makers of all types. It’s a pretty great industry to work in.
Jillian comes with me whenever she can, but as her and her daughter’s joint birthday weekend coincides with TNNA almost every year, sometimes I have to do it on my own. This year was one of those years. She’s trained me well…here’s just a little of what I saw! (Regarding my excitement at non-wool yarns, some of you may know I’m allergic to wool, so I can’t help but get excited when I see great stuff that’s not woolly.)
Cool robot buttons from Skacel
PEOPLE. This is ZAUBERBALL COTTON. I almost yelled out loud when I saw it! From Skacel. Please buy tons of it so they keep it in the lineup!
El Linio, also from Skacel. MORE LINEN! Yay!
New Binkwaffle zippy pouches with wrist strap!
More Minute Weavers™ in different gauges
Meet Kate, the guru behind Dragonfly Fibers, and wearer of an awesome linen apron!
Hey, It’s Liz Gipson, wearing her Hands-Free Cowl pattern from the Deep Fall 2016 issue of Knitty!
Our friends at Space Cadet now offer size-flexible ombre bundles – a very cool idea! Details here.
Meet Stephanie, the genius behind Space Cadet!
I found out about Pawley Studios mugs through Stephanie at Space Cadet. I met Amanda Pawley this year, and got to see her fabulous offerings. Keep an eye out for a Pawley/Knitty collaboration later this year!
I loved Jen Giuntoli’s very cool cowl and had to stop her to tell her so. You can find the pattern here. (If she hadn’t published it already, I would have begged to publish it in Knitty! ) Click to embiggen and see the beautiful bead details!
Meet Katy Westcott, the woman behind Katrinkles — cool laser-cut bamboo and wooden accessories.
The women behind Spincycle Yarns work with a monther/daughter-run mill in Washington state, and produce yarns that look like their original handspun offerings, but are repeatable. That’s so cool.
The Sweet Georgia booth is always a visual delight. Look at ALL THAT COLO(U)R!
Shibui has some of the most beautiful branding and packaging in the industry, and their yarns? Delicious.
Yummy fiber-themed pottery from JamPDX
The Freia Fibers booth was extra-stunning this year…look at this beautiful creation!
Oh, and their yarn is freaking gorgeous, too.
We love the wares offered by Hiya Hiya/Nirvana. This sheep shawl pin is the size of your palm! Awesome!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour. There is more at TNNA than I could possibly share with you, but this gives you a taste of why fiber-industry people are so eager to attend this show every year. Great people, fabulous products, and lots of interesting conversation, and collaborations planned for the future. As for that last bit, you’ll just have to wait and see what comes of my conversations in June as we move into our 15th Anniversary Year this September!